They demand a more equal treatment and remember that until now “we have complied with all orders without question.” CAEB and PIMEM consider the European aid destined for the Balearic Islands insufficient.
Restauración-CAEB has today denounced the “discrimination” that it feels its sector is subjected to and, in order to avoid comparative grievances with other sectors, has called for a general cessation of all activity from six o’clock, as is the case with restoration. On the day that the new Government regulations come into force that forces bars and restaurants to close at six in the afternoon in order to contain the rise in contagion rates, the association integrated in CAEB has raised its voice to claim a more equal treatment.
Thus, they demand that “all sectors end all commercial activity at 6:00 p.m. and thus be able to face next year in a clean and safe way, without contagion and without discrimination towards the catering sector, which always ends up being the harmed “. The association stresses that efforts have been made so far “to comply with orders without question”, but warns that “the sector will not withstand a fourth wave and will not sit idly by, as we are risking the future of 2021.”
Likewise, the association that presides Alfonso Robledo, points out that in other communities such as Madrid and Extremadura “they have not limited or bankrupted the restaurant sector”, since there “bars and restaurants are still open”. Despite this, contagion rates in these communities are still lower than in the Balearic Islands -which continues to lead the statistics at the community level with 514 infections per 100,000 inhabitants-, which constitutes one more argument for Restauración-CAEB when it comes to defending that bars and restaurants “are not a source of contagion.”
On the other hand, the association has expressed its “disappointment” after the meeting held yesterday between the Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, Reyes Maroto, and the presidents of the hotel associations from all over Spain. In his opinion, from the central government “The buck is passed to the autonomous communities and all the aid they receive is diluted in an impossible bureaucracy”. In addition, it considers the aid “insufficient” and demands that it be clarified what specific amount of European aid destined for the Balearic Islands -3% – will go to the hotel and restaurant industry.
“We continue to need a clear figure for aid to SMEs and the self-employed”, they complain to also demand “clarity and continuity” for ERTE.
PIMEM, ALSO PESSIMIST
For its part, the Federation of Small and Medium Enterprises of Mallorca (PIMEM), has agreed with CAEB that European aid for the archipelago is “totally insufficient”.
The president of PIMEM, Jordi Mora, has pointed out that “it is logical to be above the average with respect to other autonomous communities since the situation in the Balearic Islands is clearly more difficult than the rest of the territories of the State”. However, “we must be aware that with 300 million euros we will not have a sufficient economic recovery, it is a very low item”. Mora has expressed his wish that this money “be used to the maximum to be able to help the most affected sectors.”