Several small and medium-sized entrepreneurs today have complained about the “dramatic” situation they face due to the restrictions imposed to contain the covid-19 pandemic, asking for answers from the Government and speedy application of support measures.
In an online meeting organized by the candidacy of communist João Ferreira, entitled “Conversation: supporting Small and Medium Enterprises, responding to the country – A horizon of hope”, four businessmen from different areas reported the situation they are experiencing, saying they fear that it gets worse.
Jorge Pisco, businessman and president of the Portuguese Confederation of Small and Medium Enterprises (CPPME), warned of the “dramatic” situation that entrepreneurs are experiencing and regretted that the promised financial support is late in arriving.
“In reality, the situation was already complicated, but at this moment, after two months, the situation, we can say, is dramatic”, he pointed out, lamenting that “the vast set of measures that the Government has been taking successively” , get lost in themselves.
According to the businessman, “there are sectors that since March last year have been completely stopped”, a situation to which the Government, the parties in the Assembly of the Republic and even the President of the Republic have been warning.
Luís Rebelo, a restaurant entrepreneur in Setúbal, said, for his part, that support for businessmen “is poorly distributed”, after the sector had to “reinvent itself for the ‘take away'” and move the capacity of the spaces to 50%, among other challenges.
For the entrepreneur, “the pandemic of unemployment and despair is more serious than any pandemic”, and this situation is expected to lead to the closure of companies and the destruction of thousands of jobs.
In this sense, he took the opportunity to make an appeal to the Government: “If we are waiting for you to help us, then help us in a single extremely important way: let us work”.
Paulo Pinho, an advertising entrepreneur in Vila Franca de Xira, was also “alarmed” and “discouraged” by the confinement ahead, considering that it will be “much more difficult than it was in March”, since the companies at that time were “quite balanced” by the “good year” of 2019.
At the end of the virtual meeting, the communist candidate for the Presidency of the Republic underlined that “no one spared” in the dramatic expression, “because the situation is dramatic”, adding that it is not a matter of “pushing the force of words”, but of “describing faithfully to the reality we are experiencing “.
During the morning, João Ferreira had a meeting with the socialist deputy Isabel Moreira, in Praça das Flores, from where he went to Jardim Amália Rodrigues for a symbolic action to demonstrate support for his candidacy of a group of 285 ecologists, with Heloísa Apolónia .
The first campaign carried out in Portugal in a state of emergency officially started on Sunday, under the threat of a new confinement and with the structures adapting their agendas to the restrictions imposed by the covid-19 pandemic.
Presidential elections are scheduled for January 24 and this is the 10th time that the Portuguese have been called to choose the President of the Republic in democracy, since 1976.
In addition to João Ferreira (PCP and PEV), six candidates are running for these elections: Marisa Matias (supported by the Left Block), Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa (PSD and CDS / PP), Tiago Mayan Gonçalves (Liberal Initiative), André Ventura ( Enough), Vitorino Silva, better known as Tino de Rans, and PS activist Ana Gomes (PAN and Livre).
The covid-19 pandemic caused at least 1,945,437 deaths resulting from more than 90.8 million cases of infection worldwide, according to a report made by the French agency AFP.
In Portugal, 8,080 people died from 496,552 confirmed cases of infection, according to the most recent bulletin from the Directorate-General for Health.
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