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Business associations are warning the federal and state governments of serious economic consequences in view of the weeks-long lockdown and are urging a concrete opening concept.
Many companies were hoping for information on how the time perspective could be assessed more concretely than before, so that more plannability and predictability would be possible, according to a "basis for discussion" written by the Federal Ministry of Economics for consultations with the federal and state economics ministers this Friday. The paper was available to the German Press Agency.
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Previously, more than 40 associations had sent opening concepts to Economics Minister Peter Altmaier (CDU). The week-long lockdown with the closure of restaurants and many retail stores was recently extended by the federal and state governments to March 7th. Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and the Prime Ministers of the federal states will discuss how things will proceed next Wednesday.
The paper summarizes the main findings and suggestions of the associations. The long duration of the current lockdown has considerable effects on the companies affected and in some cases leads to a “drastic deterioration in their economic situation,” it says: “In many cases, this leads to a threat to their economic existence and the risk of a long-term loss of substance for the German economy : Job losses, bankruptcies, fewer apprenticeships, a declining number of start-ups, the loss of attractiveness of many inner cities would be the result. "
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For these reasons, all participating associations considered a “clear and predictable perspective” to be necessary for opening up closed companies. All those involved agree that the availability of a sufficient number of rapid antigen tests or self-tests can make a decisive contribution to enabling openings.
In addition to the general availability, the smooth and fast implementation is also important. Many business associations expressed that the companies and their associations are ready to participate in the implementation of rapid tests and the implementation of security concepts, it is said.
According to the paper, several associations expressly point out that outdoor activities in good weather are generally associated with a significantly lower risk of infection. "This results in opening perspectives for catering establishments with outdoor areas."
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From the point of view of the economy, it is desirable that the federal and state governments jointly define nationwide criteria under which openings are possible, the paper says. “This is the only way to prevent the creation of a patchwork of different strategies and approaches. Otherwise there would be considerable frictional losses and uncertainty. "
The implementation of a common framework should be more country and regional specific. A nationwide average incidence says little about the situation in individual federal states, “coldspots” or “hotspots”. Overall, it is proposed that the specific circumstances “on site” should be geared more strongly than before.
The vast majority of associations are in favor of a cross-sector opening concept in order to avoid the impression of preferential treatment or disadvantage for individual sectors and companies.
It goes on to say: "The associations complain that digital possibilities for the implementation of hygiene concepts and for contact tracking are still inadequately used and that the opening of shops can be delayed or prevented as a result."
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