A hard blow for traders. The administrative court of Clermont-Ferrand, seized Thursday in summary by the CGT of Puy-de-Dôme, suspended from Monday January 11 the prefectural decree of December 30 authorizing the shops of the department to open on Sundays in January.
In the context of the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, the court estimated on Saturday in its order that this Sunday opening of shops risked “to increase in fact the days of circulation and therefore of contamination by the virus, even though the official period of sales does not begin until January 20”.
By authorizing it, “the prefect of Puy-de-Dôme has committed a serious and manifestly illegal attack on the right to life, the right to rest for employees and the health protection of the population”, emphasizes the court order.
The decree of the prefect of Puy-de-Dôme Philippe Chopin dated December 30 provided for the opening of certain shops on January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31. The prefecture recalled in a press release that this decree had two objectives: to avoid a large influx of people in shops and on the public highway and to allow traders, hard hit by the financial crisis, to limit their losses.
Asked, the prefecture of Puy-de-Dôme said Sunday that it did not intend to react “at this stage” to the order of the administrative court.
The Minister of Labor Elisabeth Borne had specified in early January that this opening of shops on Sundays in January would be decided in the departments, after consultation with the communities and social partners, and “without automaticity”.