Covid-19: Lack of balance between sanitary and economic measures


AHRESP’s secretary-general considered that a “necessary and desirable” balance between sanitary and economic measures is not being achieved and that support for restaurants and hotels appears “late” and “very complex”.

“We are not managing to make a balance that is necessary and desirable between sanitary measures and economic measures, as simple as that”, considered the general secretary of the Portuguese Hotel, Restaurant and Similar Association (AHRESP), in an interview to Lusa.

Ana Jacinto considered that support for restaurants and tourist accommodation companies “appears late” and “in a very complex way”, taking into account a business fabric composed largely of micro companies.

“Companies have had a hard time understanding what kind of support they can get, how they can get it, if they are eligible or if they are not eligible,” said the head of the association, highlighting “two major problems”, which are “ insufficient support ”coupled with the“ complexity ”of the processes.

Ana Jacinto pointed out that the support measures, in addition to taking “a long time to be structured and made available”, when they are ready “there are so many obstacles” that they end up leaving out “most of the entrepreneurs”.

Regarding the time taken by companies to receive support, AHRESP said that, in the case of the simplified ‘lay-off’ and support from Turismo de Portugal, payments have been made with “some speed”, however, same does not happen with other programs.

“I have situations of companies, for example, that resorted to the extraordinary incentive in the modality of two salaries and have not yet received the second installment. And we are talking about last year’s support ”, explained the secretary general of AHRESP.

“In the meantime, there are salaries that have to be paid to employees, there is this cost that has to be paid, everything has to be paid, but, at the right time, support does not come as quickly as it should come”, he stressed, emphasizing that there are many entrepreneurs who are “with the rope around their throat, always watching when they can take another day”.

In this sense, AHRESP has already proposed to the Government the creation of a single mechanism for access to support, in order to facilitate the process, but, to date, it has not received a response.

“Entrepreneurs are not able to use each of these mechanisms in different places, with different conditions, with different eligibility conditions and, many times, without knowing whether one is better or another,” said Ana Jacinto.

AHRESP also warned of the need to intensify and reinforce the support lines, remembering that Apoiar.pt and Apoiar a Restauração have already exhausted their endowment and, therefore, are no longer accessible to more entrepreneurs.

“These supports were announced in December, at a time when companies were working, with revenue shortfalls, but they were working. However, we entered a period of confinement that was not known, on the date of December 10, so, obviously, now the support must be reinforced ”, he defended.


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