“Desolate” and “disillusioned”, is how Gonçalo Lobo Xavier, general secretary of APED - Portuguese Association of Distribution Companies summarizes in Jornal Económico the feeling of the majority of operators of large distribution areas operating in Portugal regarding the latest measures and declarations that national policymakers have issued in relation to the sector in the context of combating Covid-19. First, the criticisms are directed at the Government, which in the Council of Ministers of last Wednesday, October 14, maintained restrictive measures in supermarkets and stores, in particular the ban on the sale of alcoholic beverages from 20 hours and the maximum limit of five people per 100 square meters, which will be maintained for at least two more weeks.
“We are perplexed and a little disappointed and desolate with the maintenance of these restrictions, because nobody explains to us what is behind these measures, nobody explains who they serve, nobody justifies their rationale. We have questioned the Government and we have no answers ”, laments Gonçalo Lobo Xavier.
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