Bookstores classified as essential businesses

Bookstores are now part of the so-called essential businesses, according to a decree published in the Official Journal.

Bookstores have joined the list of so-called essential shops and may remain open in the event of confinement at weekends, according to a decree published on Friday in the Official Journal.

Bookstores will be able to open Saturdays and Sundays between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m., specifies this decree, while the cities of Nice and Dunkirk are preparing to experience their first weekends confined.

During the November containment, bookstores were authorized to sell on their doorstep books reserved by customers in “click and collect”. But they could not receive the public, because not considered essential. A measure that had been unanimously denounced by bookstores, writers and publishers.

Resumption of the epidemic

This decree comes in a context of resumption of the epidemic linked to Covid-19 and while the government is considering possible new restrictions in twenty departments covering Paris, Lyon and Marseille, where cases of coronavirus threaten to flare up.

The Minister of Culture Roselyne Bachelot “welcomed” the government’s decision. “Bookstores are essential businesses. There was never any doubt. During the second confinement, the possibility of click-and-go and the free shipping costs of books offered to booksellers made it possible to maintain their activity,” a -she indicated to AFP.

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