Tables set, reservations taken but after two years of pandemic in the premises of Rome and the province some of the staff is not in order.
“We considered that about 15% of commercial employees still do not have a Green pass – to speak Valter Giammaria, President of Confesercenti Rome – It is an important damage especially for small businesses which, lacking staff, thus risk remaining stationary and of not being able to go back to work “. It is a damage above all for the supply chain, however, “for the image we send to tourists and foreigners who arrive in the capital”, Giammaria points out.
All this within hours of the fateful 15 October, which marks the deadline for managers and owners of commercial activities to comply and ensure that all staff have a Green pass. Penalty freezing of salary and suspension from the workplace, as required by law. A deterrent that does not, however, discourage those who work in catering and can instead slow down the recovery of the entire sector.
Between those who open at all costs and those in accordance with the law
The alarm comes precisely from one of those sectors that months ago repeatedly threatened to violate ministerial provisions with demonstrations such as “IoApro” and to fold their arms in the face of government restrictions. It is no coincidence that Biagio Passaro, leader of the “IoApro” movement, was among the demonstrators last Saturday for the No-vax protests, to besiege the CGIL headquarters in Rome.
If some of the workers in the trade make an iron fist on the Green pass, the one represented by Confesercenti Roma is for exercise in accordance with the law. “40% of employees in the commerce sector are still on layoffs, compared to 2019 we are recovering, but the 2020 data show that commerce is one of the sectors that has suffered most from the economic crisis. We are for freedom of expression in these difficult times, but only by respecting the rules can we return to normality, they serve to protect customers as much as businesses and business managers “.
The first step towards normality is “making sure that companies and managers encourage employees to get vaccinated and collaborate”. For the conditions in which the activities are today, “employers cannot bear the cost of passing tampons to employees, they should be the ones to protect themselves”, is what Confesercenti claims.
“We understand the difficulties, but a compliant activity is an activity that guarantees safety to customers, we cannot allow scenes like those on Saturdays, with tourists closed in shops or celebrities from the world of entertainment who tell of a city put to iron and tourism in Italy contributes 13-14% of GDP and the event has made the country lose hundreds of thousands of euros.