Posted on Thursday, November 25, 2021 at 5:29 p.m.
Through Sudinfo with Belga
40% less turnover compared to the same period before the coronavirus pandemic.
The 4th wave and the additional measures that have been put in place, the CST and the wearing of masks, have caused a spectacular drop in revenues from the hotel and catering industry, said Comeos, the trade and services federation, on Thursday.
“Today, a restaurant is really a safe place. All companies now have a CO2 meter to measure air quality, only vaccinated or tested customers are welcome and they all wear a mask, as do the staff. If we’re being honest, it’s much safer than welcoming people into your home today, ”said Dominique Michel, CEO of Comeos.
For the sector, the additional cost of end-of-year bonuses amounts to 250 million euros, or one million euros for a medium-sized hospitality chain.
“This situation is untenable. We therefore urgently call on the government to intervene in favor of the companies affected, as last year. Periods of temporary unemployment in the calculation of the end-of-year bonus will be borne by the government, periods of activity by the companies themselves. The sector has been at its wit’s end for almost two years. We desperately need support now. Likewise, it would be preferable to extend temporary unemployment until the first quarter of 2022, in particular for the Horeca sector. Temporary unemployment figures are on the rise again, ”concludes Michel.