PHASE 2 IN ITALY AND EUROPE: THE NEW DECREE AND AID TO RESTAURANTS
In Italy, we are waiting for the Decree-Law that will meet the needs of the tourism and catering sectors, which will face more difficulties than others. Let's see what will happen and how the rest of Europe is reacting
In the last few hours, during a speech to the Senate, Dario Franceschini, Minister for Cultural Heritage and Tourism anticipated what will happen in the next May Decree-Law of 55 billion euros. To clarify, the one in which forgivable loans are envisaged for restaurants and bars linked to food & beverage.
In his speech, Minister Franceschini said: «Through Cassa Depositi e Prestiti we are thinking about two strategic funds capable of defending our hotels and our businesses, currently in great difficulty. We must protect this sector, which is fundamental for the country “.
For catering companies (and not only for them), Franceschini underlined two aspects: “The intervention for companies will be commensurate with the drop in turnover. One of the limits on which we are thinking is € 5 million, below which the intervention should be non-refundable “.
An intervention, therefore, that according to the minister not only “will be done in a short time, we won’t have to wait much longer,” but that “will concern almost all small and medium-sized enterprises.”
Another special condition for entrepreneurs of the restaurant sector will be linked to the bars and restaurants that will have to open despite the obligation of social distancing: “Businesses – said Franceschini – must be able to organize the tables outside without the current bureaucratic procedures, for this reason, we are envisaging a transitional rule that does not charge the occupation of public land for the next six months. Furthermore, the authorization of the superintendencies can be avoided ».
Finally, from the indiscretions and declarations of Minister Gualtieri, the willingness to provide for the “full compensation of the rental cost borne by the companies that have had a drop in turnover” emerges in the next law decree. The same will be for the bills.
These are measures that should limit the crisis and help the restart that, as we will also see based on the experience of the other countries (see Sweden below), will not be easy or fast. A study by Ernst & Young, among other things, shows which areas will go back to normality with more difficulties.
(Green: easy restart; Yellow: tentative restart; Red: critical restart; White: slow restart)
What happens in Europe: Sweden
While in Italy, we are waiting for the release of the Decreto Maggio 55 miliardi (May Decree 55 billion), Sweden, which has not closed anything except schools, has had a greater number of infected than other Scandinavian countries. Still, its companies will suffer less and restart earlier.
Some data on catering, however, show a different trend: the Swedes, with a high public spirit, have certainly avoided crowded restaurants. The turnover for catering has also collapsed because no more than 50 people can be accommodated in an indoor place, and the distance must be guaranteed. The incomes today are equal to 20% of those before Covid. Improvement has occurred, however, for those who have started to rely on delivery and take away.
Switzerland reopens, here’s how
In Switzerland, catering is starting again today. With Gastrosuisse, the trade association, the Swiss government has defined the rules to follow. Number one: only table service, which can accommodate up to 4 people. There must be at least two meters between the tables, while the bars will have to fill in the attendance register and will not be able to serve at the counter. The permanence at the table, moreover, must not be prolonged for long. The mask will be mandatory when crowding requires it while the records will have to be filled out so that in case of infection, all those who have dealt with the Covid-19 patient can be traced. In short, the Swiss regulations are very similar to those prepared in Italy by Fipe.
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