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In France, bookstores and record stores are now “essential trade”

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The French Government’s law decree, published last Friday, included bookstores and record stores in the list of the so-called “essential trade”, and may remain open in the event of confinement.

In statements to the agency France-Press, French Culture Minister Roselyne Bachelot welcomed this decision. “At bookstores are essential trades. We never had any doubts about that, ”he said.

Despite having been completely closed in the first confinement, the governor recalled that in the second these establishments could already deliver the products to the door, when customers opted to buy online and chose the “click and collect” option. Bachelot also pointed out that they were able to benefit from the free postage, which “allowed the maintenance of their activity”.

Now, with the new law decree, explains the French radio chain France Info, bookstores may be open at the weekend, between 06:00 and 18:00, even with the new restrictions in several cities in the country due to the increase in cases of covid-19.

Anne Martelle, president of the French bookstore union, told the radio she was “very happy” with this government decision, which was “necessary for two reasons”.

“First because, economically, bookstores are the least profitable business in France. Therefore, they are extremely fragile businesses and the least disturbance can result in bankruptcy. Second because in bookstores we have access to knowledge“, He explained.

In Portugal, remember, these stores are still closed, and they cannot even sell to the wicket. The Government recently authorized the sale of books and school supplies only in establishments that sell other goods considered essential, such as supermarkets and hypermarkets, but also stores such as Fnac.

Last week, the Portuguese Association of Publishers and Booksellers (APEL) defended that “It is urgent to reopen bookstores” and that these “are, not only due to their commercial weight, the decisive launching pad for any book”.

“Our challenge is not to close or condition bookstores or other points of sale, on the contrary, it is to create conditions for everyone to develop their activity in favor of a common goal, the dissemination of reading and books,” said APEL.

Filipa Mesquita Filipa Mesquita, ZAP //

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