Opening of businesses: “It is not possible to prevent fully vaccinated people from entering malls”

Rami Shavit, The CEO and controlling shareholder of the Hamashbir Latzarhan chain, And Yossi Glazer, CEO of the Fattal chain in the light of the Dead Sea, were interviewed today (Sunday) for the program of Golan Yokfaz and Anat Davidov On 103 FM. The two referred to the opening of the malls and shopping centers according to the Green Label guidelines, which will take effect today.

According to Glazer, hotels are preparing for double inspections of vaccinators and will not hand over room keys without presenting a vaccinator certificate or green passport, but at the same time are preparing to give vacationers a full vacation experience: “Dining rooms will be open with all attractions, it will be a real vacation.” Shavit, on the other hand, attacked the decision-makers and said that “it is impossible to prevent full vaccinators from entering the mall, there are stores with essential equipment, there is no ban on all trade. People can still enter according to the purple mark.”

Ayalon Mall during the Corona period (Photo: Avshalom Shashoni)

Yossi, let’s start with you, first of all, what does this mean for the opening of the hotels this morning? What is open? How open? “
“Fortunately, we are gradually opening the hotels and today opening the gates of the Herods Hotel, and later this week our other hotels in the area. As you know, we are currently the only green island to open, and by and large we are opening in the same format as we were before the previous closure.”

So what will the holiday look like?
“Because we are a green island we allow our guests to experience a proper vacation – the dining rooms will be open, as well as the gyms, pools, and other attractions in the hotel. Although everything will be subject to the limits of the purple character, but by and large it will be a real vacation. The food, for example, will be in personal utensils and according to all the rules of hygiene, and we make sure to maintain a significant distance. ”

What is the occupancy rate this morning?
“We are partially opening the hotel, but towards the end of the week we expect a significant increase in the number of visitors to the hotel. Fattal’s reservation center is in great demand, and we are happy and welcome. Just as our employees are thirsty to return and work, so are our guests.” .

Passover is already fully occupied?
“Because everyone was in uncertainty, Pesach is not yet completely full, but it is filling up. We are pretty sure that Pesach will be like in previous years in the hope that we will not have any more surprises.”

How do you check that the person coming to the hotel is really vaccinated? A family is coming and what happens next?
“There is a double check. As I said the Dead Sea is a real green island, and there is the municipal supervision of the police at the entrances and exits. When the guest arrives at the hotel make sure with him and the guest gets a room only subject to the vaccinator’s certificate or green passport.”

Rami Shavit, you do not have a vaccinated certificate, do you?
“True. We did an experiment a week ago on Thursday. We piloted two commercial complexes and it turned out that there was a problem with the green sign. The mall has about 30 percent essential businesses, so then no one can be prevented from entering the place.”

That’s a problem isn’t it?
“Enough of the problem. Look how long we’re talking about a problem that doesn’t exist. We’re talking about complexes where the crowd is replaced six times an hour. We’re talking about guarded complexes, the best guarded in the country. “Can’t eat in the mall so what do you do? We do not work with vaccination certificates. We work with a purple mark and what it actually means is distance, and prevention of crowds. The number of customers who can enter the mall is almost a third of customers from a normal day.”

That is, there is no prohibition for those who do not get vaccinated to enter the stores?
“No. There is no ban. There is no ban in all trade in fact – both in stores and malls. People can enter under a purple sign.”

Unlike the previous time this time all the trading is opened. Do you expect there to be less pressure?
“This time it seems that they have internalized that opening a store all over the country is the right thing to do, and that way there will be no pressure in stores. Beyond that, we have a lot of goods with sizes and variety. Winter is still here and in the coming days we will have very big deals. For example. “A giant in the coming month, and the people of Israel will get what they want and will be able to renew, go out, and get the shopping experience. We will provide it in the full sense of the word.”

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