The sale of lily of the valley at florists authorized via delivery or withdrawal of order only

Collection of sprigs of lily of the valley (illustration image). – Sebastien SALOM-GOMIS / SIPA

Contrary to what had been announced earlier today, florists will remain closed this Friday for the traditional sale of lily of the valley. The government released this Thursday
a reminder of the rule regarding sales of thrush by florists on the crucial day
May 1st. Deliveries and withdrawals of orders will be authorized on their doorstep, due to
the coronavirus epidemic.

This clarification effectively excludes a formal authorization for direct sales of lily of the valley to florists on May 1, which the Federation of Florist Craftsmen had announced in a statement in the afternoon, specifying that it would take place “in front of the stores”. Matignon “recalls that the rules that have led to the banning of most businesses since March 17 have not been lifted, including for May 1,” said a spokesman.

Authorized supermarket sales

For its part, a spokesman for the Ministry of Agriculture stressed to AFP that sales of lily of the valley will be authorized “in essential businesses whose opening is authorized since the beginning of containment”, and at the florists “only for delivery or withdrawal of order”. “Florists’ stores are closed like all other stores,” added Agriculture Minister Didier Guillaume interviewed on CNews Thursday evening, “there can be no discrimination.”

“What we have authorized is that the florists can deliver or that they can pick up their order in front of the store, but in any case the stores cannot be opened,” he added. “The government’s goal is to win the battle against the virus,” he said.

The French Federation of Florist Craftsmen had initially indicated in the afternoon that they had obtained authorization from the Prime Minister to sell the traditional lucky strand in front of flower shops, which have been closed to the public since March 17 like most others shops. She published a corrective statement Thursday evening, clarifying that “the possibility for florists to sell on their doorsteps was not granted by the Prime Minister, but was raised during a meeting in Matignon”.



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