Following the latest restrictions imposed by the government to alleviate the health crisis due to the coronavirus pandemic, including that non-essential companies only as part of the delivery or “bring away”, From the Association of Pizza Shop and Empanadas House Owners (Appyce), they expressed a strong opposition to the new restriction and warned of the critical situation the sector is going through.
The association, which integrates the businessmen of the sector, confirmed in a statement that “there are health, legal and economic reasons that lead to the challenge of all regulations that prevent the sector from working freely”. At the same time, they drew attention to the closure of 20% of pizzerias and empanada houses in the city of Buenos Aires since the beginning of the pandemic.
The aid received is still insufficient for companies in crisis. This new time and traffic restriction has a direct impact on the sector, as 70% of a pizzeria’s sales correspond to night hours and weekends
“We will continue to extend the claims against each new decision without ignoring the severity of the spread of the COVID-19 virus. We have claimed and continue to claim that the measures – apart from health data – are unacceptable until effective measures are proposed to sustain the hard-hit economic activity like our industry, “they noted.
And they added that the government-launched Repro 2 program is designed to help companies pay part of workers’ wages. “It is not an easily accessible solution, nor are the amounts allocated as a convenience to support employees in our industry”.
With that in mind, they stated that the latest restrictions, in effect through May 31st, will add to the indebtedness of the sector, which was eventually forced to invest in infrastructure in order to comply with health protocols.
“The aid received is still inadequate for companies in a crisis. This new time and circulation constraint has a direct impact on the sector, as 70% of a pizzeria’s turnover corresponds to night hours and weekends, ”they assured us.
“We have maintained, and continue to claim, that the measures – apart from the health data – are unacceptable until effective measures are proposed to sustain the heavily affected economic activity like our industry” (Appyce).
According to Appyce, reduced capacity and reduced protocols “showed that the catering trade is not a source of contagion”.
In this regard, they reiterated that so far we have declared the permanent closure of around 20% of the pizzerias and empanada houses in the city of Buenos Aires.
“The loss of jobs is far from being reintegrated into the labor market,” they warned.
And they added that despite the dynamic dialogue with the authorities, the choices made and the relief provided are not adequate.
“Today we charge 15% compared to the periods before the pandemic” (Los Inmortales)
“After 70 years on the most famous street in Buenos Aires, Los Inmortales de la Avenida Corrientes is facing the most unprofitable crisis we have ever experienced. Today we charge 15% compared to the periods before the pandemic. They have not given us the promised financial support (Repro II) on top of the unpaid debts accumulated in 2020, and we no longer even have enough money to pay the full salaries of our employees who are responsible for some part of our family were time. more than 30 yearsSaid those responsible for the pizzeria Los Inmortales.
And they warned that without the help of the state, both national and city governments, many families will be desperately jobless in the face of this crisis. “
To the last, Hector yes, Owner of a local empanadas norteñas in Palermo, explained: “I am very complicated, I feel the need to close my business, which is already 58 years old. We were a well-known brand at various events and commemorations. Today I find myself in this enormous situation. It is impossible to renegotiate the rent of my premises, the amounts requested are inaccessible. It all adds up, without the help of the state we cannot survive. “