“You can definitely say that after a day we can report the first successes,” the Interior Minister took stock of the situation after the Council of Ministers on Wednesday. And he also found praise for customers and retailers. The rules would be taken seriously. “The controls also work to a high degree, and the retail sector consistently supports them,” says Karner.
He attributes this to the close cooperation with trading companies and the understanding of the population. The police see themselves here as a partner of the trading companies.
The head of the trade association, Rainer Will, is not so positive about this. At a press conference on Wednesday, he warned that retailers would not be “sitting on a cash cow”. Due to the 2G regulation, every fourth customer would be absent. In his opinion, the damage is irreversible. “We are in the 22nd month of crisis and we are still in crisis mode,” he stated. All that remains for retail at the moment is “to hope that we can soon be there for everyone again.”
Will sums up the traders’ dilemma as follows: “Unvaccinated people blame us for political decisions and swear off the trade.” Financial aid is missing, the situation “is developing more and more into a farce”.