The Movement of Companies in the Marriage Sector (MESC) wants to resume activity in April, after a year “practically stopped”, with tests to covid-19 for guests for the wedding.
"Performing a test or demonstrating a negative test within 72 or 24 hours (depending on the test used) will be a requirement for the wedding," the movement proposes, in a statement.
The identification of infected people will prevent them from going to the wedding, preventing them from being able to transmit the virus to guests and employees, he stressed.
In this way, the spaces where weddings are organized become an “active part” in testing, identification, communication and isolation of infected people, he said.
In addition to conducting tests, the movement advocates the collection of telephone contacts from all guests by the space where the wedding takes place and its communication to the Directorate-General for Health (DGS) in the event of an outbreak.
"These solutions will allow to effectively resolve the isolation of infected individuals and all those who have been in contact," he said in the press release.
The movement recalled that the stoppage period is already "extremely long" and is calling into question the survival of most companies in these sectors, namely hospitality, culture and services.
Speaking of a “highly seasonal” sector, the movement warned that, with the restrictions imposed, 83.2% of 2020 activity was lost.
"Despite the fact that the sector's activity was legally feasible, the imposition of all restrictive measures, as well as the generalized climate of fear and distrust, caused more than 80% of marriages scheduled in 2020 to be rescheduled for 2021 or canceled", indicated.
This situation forced, on the one hand, the companies to comply with the contracts of the clients who wanted to hold the events and, for this reason, to give up regimes such as the "layoff" and, on the other hand, to enter into litigation with clients, he said.
According to data provided by the Movement of Companies in the Marriage Sector, this industry generates around four billion euros and represents 2% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
In addition, seven thousand companies and 150 thousand people depend on this sector, he emphasized.