The Hotel, Restaurant and Similar Establishments Association of Portugal (AHRESP) defended today the attribution of financial compensation proportional to the losses that will occur in Christmas and New Year, in view of the pandemic of covid-19.
“AHRESP met yesterday [segunda-feira] with the Government, in order to present the urgency of financial compensation measures for the high losses that are predicted for the Christmas and New Year season, which result from the loss of revenue and the payment of commitments already assumed ”, he said, in a statement, the association.
AHRESP considered it necessary to change the mechanisms for calculating the financial compensation, applying it to the actual break compared to the revenues recorded in the same period of the previous year.
On the other hand, the association asked the executive that this compensation should cover tourism accommodation companies, in addition to catering and the like.
“These compensations do not remove the imperative need to have all measures presented by the Minister of State, Economy and Digital Transition regulated and made available [Siza Vieira] last December 10, with a view to strengthening the liquidity of companies, protecting jobs and supporting commercial income ”, he said.
The covid-19 pandemic caused at least 1,703,500 deaths resulting from more than 77.2 million cases of infection worldwide, according to a report made by the French agency AFP.
In Portugal, 6,254 people died from 378,656 confirmed cases of infection, according to the most recent bulletin from the Directorate-General for Health.
The state of emergency enacted on November 9 to combat the pandemic was renewed until January 7, with mandatory curfews in counties with the highest risk of contagion.
The Government decided to maintain the measures planned for Christmas, but increased those for the New Year period, with a curfew starting at 23:00 on December 31, and from 13:00 on 01, 02 and 03 January .
It is also prohibited to move between municipalities between 00:00 on December 31 and 05:00 on January 04.
The operation of restaurants throughout the continental territory is allowed until 22:30 on the last day of the year, and until 13:00 on 01, 02 and 03 January.