FOOD FESTIVALS ARE COMING BACK: ARE WE SURE IT’S RIGHT?
Some regions, as of June 15, have allowed the classic summer food festivals. What is the meaning of this choice in the Covid era, with the whole Horeca sector in great difficulty?
In Italy, often, the rules and regulations have turned into simple tips to follow or not, we already know that. It is strange, however, what is about to happen in some Italian regions.
Summer 2020 is coming, and the time of food festivals also arrives. The problem is: if for some regions festivals have been postponed to next year, in other areas the events have been restored.
At this point, the differences between who work according to the law and are forced to follow stringent rules and those who, instead, transform festivals from events based on volunteering and being together in real money machines, are evident. Machines that, however, will see real gatherings with hundreds, if not thousands, lined up or side-by-side on common tables.
So much for all the restaurateurs who are struggling to reopen, and do not have the opportunity to bring back to service their employees still in layoffs (money that hasn’t been received in most cases).
After all, it was predictable: lately, the infection numbers are reassuring, and someone feels entitled to neglect the most normal precautions. At this point, however, the decision to keep the stadiums closed (for example) is funny. Then you see thousands of fans on the street celebrating a victory, as happened after the Coppa Italia final.
In the same way, we should consider the many rules the restaurateurs have to follow, the same ones we told you about, easily overcome by the permission to hold festivals.
In a nutshell, some have to put plexiglass on the tables or dedicate entire tables to a small group of friends to keep their distances according to the law, and there are those who can not care about the rules.
Especially since there would be discussions on unfair competition in which, in many cases, some festivals have become protagonists.
According to Fipe, more than 42 thousand festivals last year (2019) (80% of which are concentrated in the summer, 15 thousand only in August), for a turnover of around 900 million euros. Of these, 32 thousand, again, according to Fipe, would be “abusive,” that is, without respecting hygiene and safety rules or the necessary links with local specialties.
Therefore, it would be good to think about the opportunity to allow festivals, mainly due to the risk for the participants, and secondly as a matter of respect for those who, such as catering companies, hotels, restaurateurs, wedding organizers cannot work or afford to call their employees back, because unfortunately there is no real work.
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