Gas Stations Could Close Starting Thursday
Gasoline Retailers Association Says Fuel Sales not Sufficient to Keep Businesses Open
SAN JUAN – Gas stations could stop operating Thursday, the president of the Gasoline Retailers Association (ADG by its Spanish initials), Rafael Mercado, confirmed.
“I believe that most retailers are going to close because selling gasoline alone is not feasible to operate a gas station,” Mercado said on Red Informativa.
“For many years, it has not been feasible to operate a gasoline station with gasoline alone and we have had to include several articles to make it viable,” he added.
He explained that as a result of the modification of Gov. Wanda Vázquez Garced’s executive order, only gas stations can sell only fuel; however, “three days of gasoline alone could be detrimental,” he said.
He mentioned that the items sold at the stations, for the most part, are essential items such as items for babies, for cars, milk, bread, etc.
Mercado sent a letter to Vázquez to advise her about the consequences of the executive order and requested that gasoline retailers be included in the Emergency Business Operation Center, to receive accurate information to handle the Covid-19 outbreak with the least possible negative effect on consumers and retailers.
“If they want to apply the closing law, they should apply it as they did before,” he concluded.