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Alarm in Italy where 50,000 bars and restaurants can close on COVID-19

Rome / Some 50,000 bars, restaurants or clubs are at risk of definitively shutting down in Italy after the pandemic, the National Federation of Public Establishments (FIPE) warned on Monday, demanding “urgent” measures from the government.

The federation calculates that the blockade of the country to avoid contagions by the coronavirus will cost some 30,000 million euros in losses to bars, restaurants, pizzerias, discos, patisseries, catering, restaurant chains or beach bars.

The sector is in a “deep crisis” that threatens to permanently close 50,000 establishments and end 300,000 jobs, because the country is confined.

Support measures are insufficient

The FIPE, integrated in the largest employers in Italy, Confcomercio, warns that against this horizon “many entrepreneurs are evaluating not reopening their establishments because the support measures for the sector are still seriously insufficient”.

The Government of Italy decreed on March 11 the “total blockade” of the entire country to stop the pandemic, confining the population and closing non-essential establishments, such as bars or restaurants, which can send food at home.

Pharmacies, parapharmacies or food stores are open in the streets of the country and since last April 10, children’s clothing stores, bookstores or stationeries.

The FIPE denounces that the aid so far to the sector is “a partial response” and that this sector is also weighed down by a “suffocating bureaucracy” and the continuity of its fiscal obligations, such as the payment of the rate of occupation of public land and garbage, despite forcing its closure.

The Italian Government is studying the gradual reopening of the country as of May 4, when it notes a downward trend in the pandemic, and IFAP calls for “an effort” to save the catering sector.

“We ask for help and an effort more to save a portion of our production system than with 85,000 million turnover 1.2 million employees, it is the locomotive of tourism and the economy of the country”, says the president of FIPE, Lino Stoppani. (April 20, 2020, EFE / PracticaEspañol)

(Automatic translation)

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