Commercial Sector Suggests Resumption of Activities

Applying cleaning and prevention protocols in workplaces and shops, such as those stipulated by the health authorities, are the proposals of Costa Rican businessmen to resume the commercial activity that has been restricted since mid-March.

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Following the spread of covid-19, in Costa Rica and the other Central American countries, governments have decreed mandatory quarantines and have also restricted the movement of consumers at certain times.

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In the context of mobility restrictions, retail trade has been one of the most affected, and according to businessmen in the sector, there are companies that have reduced their sales by up to 80%.

In a meeting held by President Carlos Alvarado and representatives of the Costa Rican Chamber of Commerce (CCCR), the need to reactivate commercial activity, in a gradual and orderly manner, was presented.

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Julio Castilla Peláez, president of the CCCR, said that there has been "an urgent call to the government to return gradually to the opening of formal economic activity, since the crisis generated by the Covid-19, has caused serious consequences for the trade sector as the loss of employment, decrease up to 80% of sales, business closure and increased informality in the sector."

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The union's statement explains that "... During the meeting it was proposed to start with the continuity of business, from a process in conjunction with government authorities, where the different companies can standardize their hours of operation, following the Protocol Guide prepared by the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Commerce (MEIC)."

From the Chamber of Commerce, we will inform each of the businesses, the detail of this guide prepared by the MEIC, to ensure that they are properly prepared with all the protocols to serve the public safely, added Castilla.

According to reports from CentralAmericaData, it is predicted that the impact of the crisis of covid-19 in the wholesale sector in Central America will be explained, to a greater extent, by the expected fall in trade in disposable items.

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