You want to make full use of the remaining ten shopping days, said toy dealer Gerhard Thurner. “You are just happy that you are allowed to sell – and you can also tell with the people: They come, they want advice.” Tourists, the visitors and otherwise this cheerful atmosphere that one wishes for Christmas. “
The rush on the first day was manageable
You can see that on Monday afternoon in Getreidegasse – it is manageable instead of overcrowded. They think it is important that the trade is open again, said the nurse Johanna Bacher. But you shouldn’t overdo it either and comply with the mask requirement. The mood is consistently good, said hairdresser Mario Krankl. One should not only think of Corona, but also of positive things.
Nobody knows how much sales have been lost
According to the Chamber of Commerce, Salzburg trade lost 60 million euros per lockdown week – which amounts to 180 million euros in three weeks – resulting from the Christmas business and general trade. On the other hand, there is a pure Christmas turnover of 140 million euros, which the Salzburg trading companies generate in a good year. The big question mark remains how much of this can still be done well in the next two weeks. “Unfortunately, we will not be spared the fact that we start the sale earlier than we would like,” says Gehmacher. Goods that get stuck in the warehouse are of no use to anyone. “Catching up completely, that is impossible – that will not work,” said Europark managing director Christoph Andexlinger.
2G – random checks
Only those who have been vaccinated or recovered are allowed in the shop – the dealers check spot checks – more is not possible in terms of personnel and more is not wanted either. “I just trust my customers that they will adhere to it – a control would be impossible and I am not entitled to”, says toy dealer Thurner. Like saw the Chamber of Commerce – “It is the job of the authority to do that,” said Johann Höflmaier from the Salzburg Chamber of Commerce.
Large crowds in shopping malls
In Salzburg’s largest shopping center, the first afternoon of shopping was reminiscent of the old days – the rush surprised many: “If things continue like this, we will slightly exceed the comparison Monday from 2019, that’s positive,” said Christoph Andexlinger.