Coronavirus: Easter egg crackdown over essential status 'wrong'


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Convenience stores selling Easter eggs are facing interference from “heavy-handed” officials trying to restrict the range of goods they can sell under coronavirus curbs, a trade body says.

Some shops have been told by police and local councils that the chocolate eggs are considered non-essential goods.
The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) blamed “overzealous enforcement and a misreading of the rules”.
It has told shopkeepers to carry on selling a full range of goods.
“The government has“In the cases where officers have challenged retailers and shoppers in this way, it’s brought confusion, distracted retailers in the busiest weeks of their lives and increased the interactions between people at a time when the government is trying to minimize them.”
Exactly what qualifies as an "essential" business that is allowed to stay open during the coronavirus pandemic has caused confusion in some quarters.
 defined which stores can remain open, and that includes convenience stores, including newsagents and off-licenses,” said ACS chief executive James Lowman.
“There is no government definition of which products can be sold within those stores.
The official list of essential retailers put together by the Cabinet Office includes off-licenses, supermarkets, and pharmacies as well as newsagents and corner shops.

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