The next National Security Council is scheduled for June 3, but waiting until then is not an option, according to De Caluwe. “The time between a decision that day and a possible opening from June 8 is simply too short.”
Earlier it appeared that the loss of turnover for the catering industry due to the lockdown until June 8 was approximately 3.9 billion euros. In the meantime, a survey also shows that six out of ten catering entrepreneurs fear that they will have to fire employees this year. “Our sector was already struggling before the corona crisis. Without a package of additional support measures, the consequences are immense ”, says De Caluwe.
“We will explain several scenarios in Parliament on Tuesday. It is simple: if we do nothing, between 20,000 and 36,000 jobs will be lost in the coming twelve months, ”warns the CEO of Horeca Flanders.
VISITFLANDERS joins in: “If we want to restart touristy Flanders on 8 June, it will be too late to announce on 3 June,” says CEO Peter De Wilde of VISITFLANDERS. “Our tourism industry is all set to restart, and that perspective of reopening on June 8 is always required. We want clarity about that date in the coming week. ”