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Easter egg crackdown over essential status 'wrong'
« on: Monday 30 March 20 13:16 BST (UK) »
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 have defined which stores can remain open, and that includes convenience stores, including newsagents and off-licences,” said ACS chief executive James Lowman. “There is no government definition of which products can be sold within those stores.
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Re: Easter egg crackdown over essential status 'wrong'
« Reply #1 on: Monday 30 March 20 13:29 BST (UK) »
Denying Chocolate to kids, mums and dads will be remembered come the next election.
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Re: Easter egg crackdown over essential status 'wrong'
« Reply #2 on: Monday 30 March 20 20:51 BST (UK) »
Chocolate is an essential. It is, in law, an irrebuttable presumption of fact or, if it isn't, it should be!!.
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Re: Easter egg crackdown over essential status 'wrong'
« Reply #3 on: Monday 30 March 20 21:04 BST (UK) »
When you read the article, you realise it's actually a non-story.
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Re: Easter egg crackdown over essential status 'wrong'
« Reply #4 on: Monday 30 March 20 21:09 BST (UK) »
Can anyone find examples of the convenience stores in which this has actually happened? i can see lots of newspaper reports but no specifics. I suspect this has been blown out of all proportion by the media.
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« Reply #5 on: Monday 30 March 20 21:18 BST (UK) »
Can anyone find examples of the convenience stores in which this has actually happened? i can see lots of newspaper reports but no specifics. I suspect this has been blown out of all proportion by the media.

Exactly. Which law would these "heavy-handed officials" be applying? There's no new restriction on what food-stuffs a shop can sell and, as far as I can see, no genuine example of this actually happening.
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Re: Easter egg crackdown over essential status 'wrong'
« Reply #6 on: Monday 30 March 20 23:58 BST (UK) »
Can anyone find examples of the convenience stores in which this has actually happened? i can see lots of newspaper reports but no specifics. I suspect this has been blown out of all proportion by the media.
 
                                                                                       
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Re: Easter egg crackdown over essential status 'wrong'
« Reply #7 on: Tuesday 31 March 20 08:00 BST (UK) »
Denying Chocolate to kids, mums and dads will be remembered come the next election.

Inappropriate action by an official at a local level can hardly be blamed on the Government.

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Re: Easter egg crackdown over essential status 'wrong'
« Reply #8 on: Tuesday 31 March 20 09:20 BST (UK) »
There are no restrictions on what the shops that are allowed to open can sell.
Anyone who thinks there is a restriction is ignorant of the regulations.
There is a big difference between guidance, which is simply good advice and regulations which are legal requirements.

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