The Portuguese Hotel, Restaurant and Similar Association (AHREP) has asked the Government of the Republic to regulate nightlife, weddings and Christenings as so many firms are at risk of insolvency.
The vice-president of AHRESP Carlos Moura transmitted these messages before having lunch with the Prime Minister, António Costa, and the Minister of State and Economy, Pedro Siza Vieira, at Parque das Nações, in Lisbon.
Carlos Moura said that AHRESP has already delivered a document to the government with eleven proposals that need urgent attention due to the detrimental effect the pandemic on the economy.
In a statement to the government and the Directorate-General for Health (DGS), the AHRESP said that “nightlife, and the promoters of christening parties and weddings are not yet regulated for re-opening, but, certainly, the Prime Minister and his Government would not fail to ensure that the desired normality is resumed. If everything goes well, health authorities will also recommend opening and removing the 50% limit on activity.”
According to Carlos Moura, the AHRESP currently has “two major concerns”, the first of which relates to operating conditions to contain the spread of Covid-19. He went on to say that “we have been given a great lesson in responsibility because today there is no space that does not follow the guidelines of the DGS and our guide to good practices. Secondly, “we cannot watch the insolvency of so many companies currently at risk. We need the government to look at the sector in a more specific way, to avoid insolvencies and revitalise companies and the sector as a whole. We need to guarantee jobs!”
The vice president of AHRESP later pointed out that the food and drink industry brings together 240 thousand people, and if this were a household, about 1.2 million people are at stake. We are a fragile fabric of small and medium-sized companies, who are experiencing difficulties in accessing the credit lines.”
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