By letting the idea of another lockdown hover, the Legault government finds itself with traders who are little surprised since they have had time to take the shock.
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The ban on supermarkets, such as Costco and Walmart, from selling non-essential products rejoices small Quebec merchants, who denounce unfair competition.
“This is the good news. It was absurd in the spring that Walmart could sell toys in front of my store, ”says Audrey Tremblay, co-owner of Galerie du Jouet stores in Saguenay – Lac-Saint-Jean.
From an economic and social perspective, the break from December 25 is also welcomed.
“Everyone would have rushed. My December is 30% of my year, and between Christmas and New Year’s Day, it’s 3%, ”adds the businesswoman, who is also purchasing director for four branches in Alma. , in Chicoutimi, in Roberval and in Jonquière.
Personal care such as hairdressing will also be closed until January 11, 2021. Some were starting to get used to the idea.
“I’ve been expecting this for a few weeks, and I wanted to. We are very careful, but the cases keep rising. I hope to be able to reopen afterwards, ”adds Hélène Boutin, hairdresser at Salon Fière Allure, in the Saint-Sacrement neighborhood in Quebec.
Over the past few months, several merchants have had time to improve their online sales. In other areas, traders will experience little or no impact. “The rules remain the same for restaurants in the red zone. Take out only, ”says Charles Auger, partner at Chocolats Favorites.