Covid-19: restoration calls for changes in support to include most affected sectors

The PRO.VAR Association asked the Government this Friday in the Algarve for more support for the sector, including establishments with more than 40% break in turnover, changes in VAT rates and the restructuring of Covid-19 credit lines.

In a session with entrepreneurs in Quarteira, Loulé, the entity presented an inquiry that supports its claims and reveals that the restoration is recovering at different rates, with the areas with the greatest relationship with tourism and shopping centers being the most affected.

There is a part of the sector that is recovering and then we identified two niches, the tourist areas and the shopping centers, which are in a very slow deceleration and in the Algarve, with the situation of English tourists, there has even been a setback”, said the president of the association Daniel Serra to Lusa.

PRO.VAR – Promoting and Innovating National Restoration, asks the Government to “strengthen support” for companies in these conditions, namely to look for those who had “a drop above 40%” compared to 2019 which will “include the shopping centers and tourist areas across the country”.

The association asked, on the one hand that the income of companies with losses of 40% “continue to be supported until December” and on the other hand that, with the end of lay-off support, the Government guarantees the survival of the “very important” business fabric ” of tourism and catering.

Daniel Serra also revealed that PRO.VAR suggested to the executive that companies, through their certified accountants, could send “the magnitude of the expenses and the Government calculate the support according to their specific need”.

The association also demands a reduction in food VAT from “13% to 6%”, arguing that it is necessary to “give liquidity to companies” and that, thus, the rate would be “equal to that of hotels” and closer to that practiced in the markets competitors with Portuguese.

Lack of labor is another problem in the sector, with the survey revealing the need to increase professionals by “about a quarter”, as more than two thirds (77.5%) of the restaurants revealed “ wanting to recruit professionals, but not being able to meet the needs”, he pointed out.

The recently announced IVAucher is also the target of criticism by the association, which also proposes changes, presented “a month ago to the finance ministry”, so that the consumption of the voucher takes place “from Monday to Thursday”, causing a “change in habits in the consumer and an added value for the restaurants”.

Present at the session, some Algarve businesspeople highlighted the delays in government support, revealing that some of 2020 only arrived this year, which affects the financial availability of companies, something that will be unaffordable if the summer of 2021 is similar to last year.

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