‘Corona supermarket’ closed after all, owner in tears | Inland

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Interest group De Vrije Tukkers supported Berning, who had to close the doors of his supermarket from the safety region of Twente because he would not comply with the corona measures. Berning previously refused, but now he is tackling anyway. The door is now closed.

The supermarket owner thanks everyone present.

The supermarket owner thanks everyone present.

Last night Berning parked his Volkswagen bus in front of the shop door, so that the supermarket could not be closed by the authorities. And early in the morning, to loud applause from hundreds of villagers, the bus was taken away by him and the shop was opened as usual. But a little later the supermarket is told that the store really has to close at 10:00. If not, the police would intervene.

Berning fears the worst if the police close his shop, he told De Telegraaf during the morning. He claims that his 72-year-old father will be homeless by then. “The house and the shop are one, we only have one door to enter: the shop entrance.”

Germans have mouth caps

Many have responded this morning to the appeal of De Vrije Tukkers, a club that is opposed to what they consider too far-reaching governmental corona measures. They, just like Raymond Berning himself, cannot accept that the busy supermarket has to close. Especially because the shopkeeper has taken many measures to keep the virus in check.

The shop owner parked his bus in front of the entrance.

The shop owner parked his bus in front of the entrance.

“If you enter the store on any given day, you will mainly see customers wearing a mask,” says Marianne Brookhuis of the action group on the square in front of the store. “Where do you see that now? Many Germans come to this border village who adhere to the rules. ”

All the more remarkable it is according to the action group that Berning has to close. “We take action when measures are taken that are disproportionate. And this is such a decision. In many other stores things are really worse. Of course the aisles are a bit narrow, but you see that much more often. ” The shopkeeper himself does not understand anything about it and is furious. “I have been doing my very best for months with a disinfection column, stickers on the floor with directions for the one-way route, mudguards at the checkouts and longer opening hours for the distribution. Say it. What else can I do? ”

Outdated data

According to the shopkeeper, the municipality and the Safety Region assume outdated data when it comes to the floor space of his shop. “It is now 500 square meters, while the official documents apparently still record 140 square meters. Yes, then it quickly becomes a bit too busy of course. The Safety Region believes that it is regularly too busy in the shop near the German border and the entrepreneur has been warned several times to do something about this.

The supermarket receives a lot of support from local residents.

The supermarket receives a lot of support from local residents.

According to Berning, he does everything he can. Many think so, it turns out. The hundreds of statements of support on location, as well as on Facebook, are visibly benefiting the entrepreneur in the border village. “I can see what happens, but I just open up,” and then turn to the word. “I have not received a letter or email that I have to close. I did hear this verbally from the chairman of the Security Region. ” The situation escalated on Wednesday evening. Two Boas plus a Security Region spokesperson wanted to hand over an envelope, probably ordering the shop to close, to Berning, but he did not open it. The entrepreneur is very, very interested. “A form of legal inequality that I cannot deal with.” The combative shopkeeper himself suspects that something else is going on. “Maybe the boas have something against me. Could be. The Safety Region will in any case be informed by them. ”

This afternoon, the Twente Safety Region will hold a press conference. It remains to be seen whether the store will actually close today. Until now it doesn’t seem like it.

The supermarket owner is still in the best mood in the morning.

The supermarket owner is still in the best mood in the morning.

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