Wales’ controversial revised guidance on the decision to ban supermarkets and other stores from being sold during the “fire-break” lockdown from the sale of “non-essential items” will be published tomorrow.
The Welsh government said on Monday, October 26, that it planned to talk to the retail sector about the policy, which was announced last week.
Tonight, an official spokesman confirmed that the talks had taken place, and that there would be news of the change tomorrow, Tuesday, October 27.
A Welsh government spokesman said: “The ministers had a positive discussion with the representatives of the retail sector this evening. The revised guidelines will be published tomorrow. ”
There has been widespread criticism of the unnecessary sales ban since it was announced on Thursday, October 22nd, just a day before Wales was on a two-week lockdown to bring down the coronavirus case in Wales.
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The goal was to stop selling items like clothes during lockdowns when other retailers who simply did not sell were forced to stop because they did not sell food.
The brief notice, however, came as criticism of Sarah Jones, head of the Welsh Retail Consortium: “This last-minute guidance, while welcome, does not reach the stage where it is expected to manage and implement our business situation.”
On Friday, shops were busy sealing and tapping the isles to sell products deemed unnecessary by the Welsh government.
Protests against the policy began over the weekend, however, with one man visibly throwing off all the covers to prevent people from buying unnecessary items, and another man simply went to a lingerie store to complain about the ban on clothing sales.
More than 24,000 people have now signed the petition calling on the Labor administration to reconsider the rule.
There was also controversy after a Tesco employee mistakenly told a customer that period products could not be sold because they were unnecessary items, before it was revealed that the products had been stopped due to an isle theft.
And a mark on the baby’s milk by incorrectly holding the shelf significantly increases the confusion.
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