Shops in Rhineland-Palatinate were already allowed to open on Sunday. But very few did. (Photo: TEH)

RHEINLAND-PFALZ – Supermarkets and certain other shops in Rhineland-Palatinate are also allowed to open on the Easter holidays. The dealers decide whether they also make use of it. The supervisory and service directorate (ADD) in Trier confirmed this to the SWR on Friday.

The basis for this is the Third Corona Control Ordinance for Rhineland-Palatinate of March 23. It states that for certain stores “opening on all Sundays and public holidays from 12 noon to 6 pm for the sale of goods is permitted”. So also on Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday. So shop openings would have been allowed on the previous Sunday, but hardly any shop in Mainz, for example, made use of it.

Rhineland-Palatinate is not an isolated case: According to an agreement between the federal and state governments, important shops such as grocers are currently allowed to open on Sundays and public holidays to ensure supplies. The rush in the shops could also be better distributed over the week. Large supermarket chains such as Edeka, Rewe, Aldi and Lidl had already declared that they wanted to keep selling Monday to Saturday – also to protect their employees.

The possibility of opening on public holidays and Sundays is valid until April 19; can open – as stated in the state regulation – retail businesses for food, beverage markets, drugstores, pharmacies, medical supply stores, banks and savings banks, post offices, newspaper and magazine sales, construction, horticultural and pet supplies markets and wholesalers.

But also on public holidays and Sundays, as during the week, certain requirements must be met. For example, according to the ordinance, the shops must meet requirements: for example, regarding hygiene, for example, “by providing disinfectants, protective screens for checkout staff” and “for controlling access (for example, through admission controls) to prevent people from gathering in front of or in the facilities.” In addition, it must be ensured that “the minimum distance between people is 1.5 meters and that there is a maximum of one person per 10 square meters of facility space”.

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Kiranpreet Kaur
Staff writer at The Eastern Herald. Studied political science.