The longer the lockdown in Europe lasts, the more desperate restaurateurs, event organizers and all the millions in hospitality get. For them lockdown means – to be useless!
The German chancellor has today tightened the laws once again and said the phrase "The situation is serious" probably for the thousandth time. By this she meant the virus. The seriousness of the economic situation for Germany and the threatened or destroyed livelihoods, especially in tourism and hospitality she does not perceive as being serious. But seeing the German Health Minister having Dinner parties with more people than allowed by Corona Rules in his new Million Euro Villa seems to be tolerated.
The police are busy with hundreds of people constantly tracking changing rules or preventing birthday parties, while the restaurants with a perfect hygiene concept would have handled the party without any problems.
As you can see now with the opening of pubs in England, people need to find places to meet again. In England 22,000 pubs have closed forever but the survivors now see at least light at the end of the tunnel.
Illegal restaurants are discovered in France – who is surprised?
More than a hundred guests in Paris restaurant: Police closes restaurant
Police officers are called to a restaurant in Paris on Friday night to break up a gathering of more than a hundred guests.
• The organizer and the owner are arrested.
In the TV report of the broadcaster M6, one statement was particularly indignant. "I ate this week in two or three restaurants that are so-called illegal restaurants, with a number of ministers," says one man who is introduced as the organiser of a secret party.
People need to celebrate and come together and exchange ideas. Young people will have parties, whether allowed or not, and young people who are banned from any sports and who have to live with curfews can't even be blamed for that. They are just pushed underground.
A policy based on incidence figures is deadly for the hotel industry, gastronomy and all tourist companies. Open today? For two days - then again closed? How is this supposed to work? In order to reserve a table, the guest has to ask "Are you open on Sunday?" and the host has to say "I don't know!" This creates trust and security.
But here the politicians certainly know better, if one can remember the "economic wizard" Lars Feld, who told the Handelsblatt: "A pub is opened easy when it is allowed again". 02.01.2021 SPON.
He may be wise but it would be nicer to be quiet.
Author: Stephan Busch, Academic Director at the State University for the Humanities Moscow RGGU, Faculty of Tourism & Hospitality and the Swiss International University earned his Master Certificate in Hospitality Management from Cornell University, USA. He has a diverse experience in launching operations, business development and service training- for hotel and cruise companies in Asia, Europe, Canada and Russia.