Berlin (dpa) – Business associations have criticized the massive restrictions adopted by the federal and state governments in the fight against the Crown crisis.
Crafts President Hans Peter Wollseifer said: “It is good that the federal government and states clearly wanted to avoid a general economic lockdown, but that was not always successful and it was a hard and bitter day for many artisan companies.”
The great efforts and investments made by many companies in recent months to protect customers and employees with sophisticated hygiene concepts deserved further recognition. “Some craft areas are affected partly directly and partly indirectly by the upcoming closures.”
The partial lockdown that has now been agreed is particularly affecting companies that have already been heavily affected by the first lockdown. It is therefore crucial that the announced additional support package is determined promptly: the federal government is planning financial assistance of up to 10 billion euros.
From the point of view of the German trade association, many trading companies will depend on the promised state aid. It is positive that instead of one customer for every 25 square meters originally planned by the federal government, at least one customer should be allowed for every 10 square meters of sales area in stores. “However, the de facto lockdown endangers many retailers in the city center.”
The German Hotel and Restaurant Association (Dehoga) is examining legal measures. The head of Dehoga of Saxony-Anhalt, Michael Schmidt, announced this in an interview with the German Press Agency. “It’s a huge disappointment, it’s really dramatic for us,” Schmidt said. “We are not the drivers of the pandemic.” Only restaurant owners could complain. Dehoga CEO Ingrid Hartges told the ARD that members had already reported that they wanted to complain.
The resolutions of the 16 prime ministers with the federal government establish, among other things, that restaurants in November, as in spring, can only sell food outside the home. The hotels can also only accommodate business travelers. The regulations should take effect on Monday and will initially apply until the end of November. The affected companies will be compensated by the federal government and reimbursed up to 75 percent of their sales starting in November 2019.
That’s also only moderately optimistic for Dehoga’s country manager, Schmidt. “In the end, the emergency aid in spring came much later than previously thought.” With the new help, every day counts. The existential fears of spring would now return to the members of his association.