Caterers, beauticians and hairdressers, united in sections at the Chamber of Craft and Entrepreneurship of Slovenia, addressed a letter to the Prime Minister and line ministers today, urging them to reconsider measures to close and restrict individual activities.
“Restaurants have never been a source of infection, so closing seems unjustified. If this were to happen, it would mean enormous economic damage to the hospitality industry, tourism and all related industries. “ warn in the section for catering and tourism at OZS. Caterers therefore suggest that, similarly to Austria and Germany, restrictions be adopted according to the number of infected by municipalities or regions.
They expect help at the closure
As an alternative to closing, caterers suggest that at least plants with terraces, similar to May, and all plants where they can provide adequate distance between tables could operate.
In the event of closure, they expect the state to fully cover their wage compensations for employees and basic income for employers (regardless of the decline in turnover), cover rental costs and other fixed costs. The state should also provide guarantees for banks that demand installments of loans even during the closure or limited operation of the premises. At the same time, caterers expect that the planned measures will be presented to them in time (at least 1 week in advance) so that they can adjust their purchases and prepare for the measure.
Beauticians and hairdressers warn against working illegally
Hairdressers and beauticians are also concerned, as the new measures provide for only one client in the salon, which means additional economic damage for them. The opinion of the Section of Hairdressers and the Section of Cosmeticians at the OZS is that work in salons can continue with the current measures of the NIJZ, which are already stricter than in neighboring countries. At the same time, they point out that no country with an even worse epidemiological picture has such a restriction, ie one party in the salon.
Due to the current measures of the NIJZ, hairdressers and beauticians are already unable to perform the work in its original scope. An additional restriction to one client per salon, in practice, means that many employees will lose their jobs overnight. However, since there can be several different espies in one salon, a restriction to one client in the salon would also mean closing the business. At the same time, as at the time of the spring closure, undeclared work in homes will increase again without adequate protection.
In the case of an additional restriction to one client per salon, hairdressers and beauticians, like caterers, require the state to fully cover the cost of employee compensation, basic income for employers, rental costs and other fixed costs.