Press release – Retail Association Demands Extension of Working Hours for the Holidays

Based on yesterday’s meeting with the Office of Prime Minister Hoti, the Retail Network reiterates the request for extension of working hours and its unification for all municipalities as a fundamental need to avoid crowds for the end-of-year holidays and to ensure well-being of economic activities during this period of public health emergency.
Taking into account the situation on the ground and with the closure of educational institutions in the coming days, the Retail Network calls on the Government of the Republic of Kosovo to extend the allowed working hours in order to maintain public health and guarantee the implementation of measures .
It is evident that when the restriction of working hours and movement has been for a longer time, specifically until 23:30, the number of infected in relation to the number of tests has been much smaller. As an illustration:
• During December, the average number of infections for the first 10 days turns out to be 37.19% in relation to the tests performed (limited hours until 18:00, 19:00 or 20:00)
• During November, the average number of infections was 39.81% in relation to the number of tests, while (limited hours until 18:00, 19:00 or 20:00)
• During October, the average number of infections was 14.21% in relation to the number of tests performed (limited hours until 23:30)
Therefore, we reiterate that the extension of working hours and movement is a necessary need of the business community so that the situation created does not have greater implications not only for public health but also for the country’s economy.
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