On Monday December 14th, the Dutch government implemented another lockdown due to resurgence in coronavirus cases. On Wednesday December 16th they issued a clarification regarding store closures…
The Dutch government’s initial store closure announcement stated that all non-essential retail shops were required to close. Retailers deemed as essential were those that sell food and medicine.
Since the declaration was not overly specific, it led to both confusion and frustration, especially among retailers. Hema, for example, remained open saying it is the largest pastry seller in the country. In response, Action announced they would reopen their doors since they sell health and beauty aids.
The cabinet was forced to issue a more specific statement on Wednesday December 16th with parameters a store had to meet to remain open during the lockdown. To be considered essential, stores must have generated 70% of their revenue from food, drugstore items and/or animal feed. Those that meet the requirement can remain open but are not allowed to temporarily increase their offering in non-food categories.
Other clarifications regarding retail in the Netherlands during the lockdown:
- Webshops can continue to operate with home delivery (order pickup not allowed)
- DIY and pet food retailers can offer order collection at store locations
- Only weekly outdoor food markets are allowed to operate during the lockdown
- The only non-food merchandise that can be sold outdoors is flowers and Christmas trees