Statement from discussions with retailers

Written by on 28th October 2020

Welsh Government News: Statement from discussions with retailers

Following positive discussions with essential retailers, representative groups and Trades Unions we have provided an updated list of goods that can be sold, and have clarified that a sensible system should be introduced whereby customers can ask to buy non-essential items by exception under the regulations.“We are hopeful this provides a workable solution for retailers and customers. However, we cannot move away from the central principle that retailers must restrict the sale of non-essential goods for the duration of the firebreak. We continue to work closely with the sector and would stress that these restrictions are in place to stop the spread of coronavirus and save lives.“We are asking the public to continue to support the effort by restricting unnecessary journeys and shopping .”Setting this in the context of a supermarket, we consider that the Regulations allow the following types of product to be sold:

1. Food and drink.

2. Products ancillary to the sale of food and drink, primarily disposable items used for the preparation and storage of food (such as kitchen foil, food bags and cling film) but also basic products necessary to prepare and eat food and drink.

3. Products for washing clothes and for cleaning and maintaining the home, including batteries, light bulbs and fuel.

4. Toiletries and cosmetic products, including toilet rolls and sanitary products.

5. Pharmaceutical products.

6. Baby products including equipment, clothes and nappies.

7. Newspapers and magazines.

8. Stationery and greetings cards.

9. Pet food and other pet supplies.

10. Products for the maintenance of bicycles and cars.

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