Personas caminan por los alrededores de la tienda Carlos III, en La Habana, durante la desescalada post COVID-19. Foto: Otmaro Rodríguez.

Cuba: Havana limits purchase by municipalities of residence in two chain stores

The “municipalization” of commerce, already implemented in Havana during the pandemic, is now determined by the “availability of products” and involves stores of the Caribe and Cimex chains, according to official media on the island today. The measure comes into effect effective from next Thursday, April 21.

The note released by the Government of Havana points out that the purchase restricted to the municipality of residence in stores of said chains is taken “taking into account the existing situation with the availability of products and with the objective of making the sale more viable, achieving greater equity and therefore reduce the agglomeration of people in establishments.

In this way, the products that are marketed in these stores will be controlled and regulated, “writing down in the supply book” and verifying the identity card.

The information underlines that in the municipalities where conditions allow it, “the nuclei will be linked to the stores and points of sale”, as well as “sales cycles of the controlled products will be organized, in correspondence with the real possibilities of supply and logistics ”.

Another novelty is that some large shopping centers are limited in the same way.

Thus, in the Cuatro Caminos Shopping Center, only the population residing in the municipalities of Habana Vieja and Cerro will buy; in Carlos III, the population residing in the municipalities of Centro Habana and Plaza de la Revolución, while in the El Pedregal Shopping Center the population residing in the municipality of La Lisa will be purchased.

Havana: Sales by Municipality Restricted Again

The “municipalization” method has been alternatively implemented during the COVID-19 pandemic. coronavirus. In 2020, the Provincial Defense Council (CDP) put it into practice to limit mobility and thus reduce the chances of spreading the virus.

Now, the authorities turn to him due to the lack of products caused by the serious crisis that the Island is experiencing and that, along with various factors, has been exacerbated by the pandemic itself.

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