On the first Saturday after the end of the lockdown in Austria, there were sometimes long lines in front of stores, and shopping centers in particular were well attended.
Fashion stores were particularly busy, offering discounts of up to 70 percent to Austrians eager to buy. The shopping streets were a little less busy due to the sub-zero temperatures.
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In some clothing stores, customers had to plan for waiting times of an estimated half hour. In the Auhof Center in the west of Vienna, this was the case on Saturday afternoon at TK Maxx and Nike, for example, where security personnel controlled the entrance.
In the stores themselves, compliance with the rule of 20 square meters per customer worked. In the aisles, however, the frequency was similar to that before Christmas, for example.
On the Ikea Facebook page, pregnant women and customers complained that they had not been let in without FFP2 masks despite having a medical certificate. The Swedish furniture giant only allowed customers with FFP2 masks into its stores in Austria, without exception.
“Due to the current situation, we ask those who find it impossible to wear an FFP2 mask to postpone their visit,” Ikea said on Facebook about the complaints. The online store is still all there, he added.
- source: k.at/picture: pixabay.com
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