The hostelry It has been one of the worst hit sectors since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. And, after the reopening of bars and restaurants, the hoteliers have asked for the extension of the closing hours as well as help to alleviate the consequences of the restrictions to stop contagion.
However, the President of the Generalitat, Ximo Puig, announced this Thursday that there will hardly be any modifications to the restrictions, what leisure and hospitality have described as “a” new blow to the SMEs in the sector “and has caused their complaints.
The only modification announced by the Consell that concerns the hospitality industry is that, as of Monday 12, the number of people is increased from four to six allowed per table on the terraces of bars and restaurants.
The capacity of the interior of these establishments will continue up to 30% of their capacity and the terraces to 100%. In addition, the schedule continues until 6 pm.
Reaction of the hoteliers
The Leisure and Hospitality Business Coordinator of the Valencian Community (CEOH) has regretted the continuity of restrictive measures for leisure, tourism and hospitality in the face of the pandemic situation and has announced mobilizations and protests in the sector.
The CEOH has criticized, in a statement, the lack of compliance with “commitments acquired on the participation of the sector in the Table of the Leisure and Hospitality De-escalation“.
The Consell, with the announcement of the maintenance of these measures, has provoked the rejection of the hospitality sector, which recalled the accumulated losses “of more than 1,017 million euros in leisure and hospitality”, which is equivalent to 11 million euros per day.
For the representatives of the leisure and restaurant businesses, the lack of flexibility of the measures “is inconceivable”, which is why they have defended the need to reactivate the sector because of the “more than 10,000 hospitality companies and 34,500 jobs“that have been lost since the start of the pandemic.
Faced with this situation, the CEOH has demanded that Puig put “science and technology to save the companies in the sector”, and has defended the lifting of measures based on epidemiological data, with a cumulative incidence of 31 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days in the Valencian Community.
In addition, they have denounced the “health radicalism” of the crisis management, and have criticized that the Valencian administration is “denying the resources that the European Union and the central government have allocated to protect SMEs and workers.”
That is why for the representatives of the sector it is “incomprehensible the lack of an economic aid plan counting on the resources” of the Valencian Community, about 140,000 million euros by the European Union and 11,000 million euros that the central government has aimed at “SMEs” and companies affected by the pandemic.
In this regard, they recalled that “SMEs”, within the “Parenthesis Plan“,” they have barely been able to count on 2,000 euros per company “, aid that has not been processed in all municipalities and that for hoteliers” does not even give to pay a month’s rent when we have between 80,000 and 300,000 euros of losses “.
The coordinator has lamented the restrictions that the sector has suffered, which, according to them, “continues to be stigmatized after a year of neglect.”
Faced with this situation, he highlighted the possibility of mobilizations aimed at “unblocking the total absence of dialogue by the Generalitat” with hoteliers and workers in the sector, in addition to calling for “a rescue plan and realistic economic aid” to compensate for the “consequences. economic decisions of the Consell “.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.