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Germany’s hospitality sector calls for clear roadmap to reopen

Berlin, Mar 18 (efe-epa).- The German hospitality and catering sector on Thursday called on the government to set out a clear plan to reopen that would provide a much needed outlook to the sector that has been battered by the coronavirus pandemic.

The head of the German Hotel and Restaurant Association (DEHOGA) Guido Zöllick said in a press conference that “there is a growing anger, despair and fear of the future in the sector.”

Germany has been under lockdown since November, with restaurants only allowed to open for take away or delivery services.

Cultural venues like theaters and cinemas also remain closed.

Ahead of a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Zöllick asked how and under what conditions a reopening plan would be proposed.

“If we continue to be asked for a special sacrifice so that other sectors and schools and nurseries can remain open, then we have to get compensation,” he said.

The turnover of the hospitality and catering sector dropped by 39 percent in 2020, Zöllick said, citing figures from the Federal Statistical Office.

According to a survey conducted by DEHOGA, the drop in revenues has as high as 63 percent since March 1, 2020.

The situation has also affected the sector’s suppliers, who suffered a 37 percent drop in turnover in 2020.

“On March 22, there has to be a clear plan showing when and under what conditions restaurants and hotels can reopen. It is not about reopening at any price but we need a clear perspective,” Zöllick said.

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