PRESS RELEASE – RETAIL ASSOCIATION: COMPLETE CLOSURE OF THE COUNTRY UNAFFORDABLE FOR BUSINESSES

Prishtina, 6 November 2020 – The Retail Association considers the decision for the complete closure of the country from today until Monday to be economically unaffordable and inefficient.
Such a decision without consulting the business community, except that it is unexpected, causes colossal losses to businesses, further worsening the economic situation, and especially taken on an ad-hoc basis generates large losses from waste, especially in the food industry. .
On the other hand, allowing the exercise of activity for only a few economic entities as provided by the decision undermines the efforts for the protection of public health, as they turn into dangerous foci of infection due to the mandatory circulation only in those points.
The Retail Association considers this decision as a strong blow to the business community and the country’s economy, which sets a precedent for the closure of economic activities in the coming weekends, which would definitely result in the bankruptcy of many economic entities.
We call on the citizens to respect the measures to prevent the spread of COVID 19 and we are ready to offer our capacities to the Government of Kosovo to guarantee their implementation, as we consider that the complete closure will have irreparable effects and will be fatal. for individual businesses and the local economy as a whole.