The government is not aiming for a postponement of Black Friday bargain day. After all, the trade federations are not a requesting party.
Economy Minister Pierre-Yves Dermagne (PS) announced this Friday evening. ‘The contacts have shown that a large number of retailers use click and collect wants to ride the waves of Black Friday, a phenomenon that is gaining in importance year after year. ‘ The minister does call for support of Belgian traders.
Initially, the government’s intention was to postpone Black Friday, following the example of France, as it sounded at a press conference this morning. To this end, the minister contacted the major digital players. With the postponement, the government wanted to ensure a ‘level playing field’ between the major online players and businesses that are forced to close their doors due to the corona virus.
Trade federation Comeos soon announced that it would not like the postponement. At online store Bol.com, Black Friday had already started and the promotion will last a week, the online shop said.
Avoid Christmas golf
Decisions about what will be possible during the Christmas period will not be taken until next week at the Consultation Committee, but Prime Minister Alexander De Croo (Open VLD) gave another small hint this afternoon after the Council of Ministers. Not much will be possible. To illustrate, he showed at the press conference the cartoon by Lectrr that in today The standard appeared about the possible ‘christmas wave ‘of infections. ‘A cartoonist succeeds here in three lines to clarify what it is about.’
‘Not a feast of darkness’
The government wants to avoid at all costs that Christmas becomes a celebration of the spread. De Croo therefore appeals to common sense and leaves the phrase ‘you don’t have to be a virologist to understand that …’ is working overtime. ‘Christmas is a shared concern of all my European colleagues. Christmas is a celebration of security, it should not be a time when we put each other in danger. We will make a decision on the measures at the end of this month, but don’t let us make plans that we already know will put each other in danger. It should not be a celebration of darkness. ‘
Traveling and skiing holidays are one of those plans for De Croo. ‘I think we all remember very well that the winter sports holidays spread the virus in Europe. Travel is strongly discouraged within Europe. You don’t have to be a virologist to know that skiing holidays pose a very high risk and I would strongly advise against them to anyone. ‘