More than 125 events have been canceled since the Government announced its intention to implement a new general containment, resulting in losses of more than one million euros in the invoicing of companies in the sector. The figures are advanced by the Portuguese Association of Technical Services for Events (APSTE), showing concern with the prospect that “after the confirmation of this decision the scenario will deteriorate substantially”. The events canceled between the end of last week and this week would take place, according to the association, between the months of January and April.
“Now that some work has started and several of our associates already had events scheduled until April, this new threat of confinement appears, which means the immediate loss of fundamental revenues for the survival of several companies”, points out Pedro Magalhães, president of APSTE, remembering that, “unlike what happens with other sectors of activity, also very affected by this context, the truth is that a large part of our companies are practically out of work since March last year”. In addition, he regrets, “some of the most recent measures taken by the Government, by limiting corporate events to five people, for example, only came to destroy what little there was”.
“We are not indifferent to the situation in the country and the health problem we are going through, but it is incredible how one sets out for a new general confinement when the financial health of companies is practically non-existent”, criticizes Pedro Magalhães, warning that “the support is not enough to to guarantee the survival of companies and the maintenance of jobs, because nothing compensates for the loss of income due to the prohibition of working ”.
The official defends, therefore, that “it is time for the Government to start working with us in creating the necessary conditions so that we can work without compromising the health of anyone”, which may, in the opinion of the president of APSTE, pass “tests quick entry ”,“ mandatory outdoor events ”or“ need to ensure safety distance and the use of a mask ”. “The important thing is that the Portuguese can enjoy their events safely and we can develop our activity”, he concludes.
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