Chaos reopening, entrepreneurs do not lift the shutter. Too much uncertainty about the rules and sanctions, on Monday 18 May they risk opening slightly more than half of the shops and one trader out of three fears to close. In fact, only 6 out of 10 companies, including shops, bars and restaurants, intend to reopen the day after tomorrow. And between fears of working at a loss, complex safety rules and fear of getting sick, the long-awaited restart is all uphill. This is what emerges from a survey conducted by SWG for Confesercenti on a sample of entrepreneurs in the retail trade and administration.
62% of entrepreneurs intend to open on 18 May, against 27% who have already decided to remain closed. 11% are still uncertain, and will decide over the weekend. Among those who will certainly remain closed, 68% indicate the lack of convenience of opening as the reason. But there is also a 13% who still continues to have safety concerns, also due to the long uncertainty about the relative legislation. An emblematic case is that of the markets: each municipality is providing its own protocol, often conflicting with the others, throwing entrepreneurs into uncertainty. The lack of clarity also affects 13% of operators who have not yet adapted the premises and work organization to the new provisions.
A task exacerbated by the onerousness of the adjustment, between sanitization and PPE for workers and customers: 8 out of 10 shops and public establishments certify that they have not been able to obtain the masks at a reduced price. “For companies, reopening is an obstacle course and against time – writes Confesercenti -. The prediction of being forced to work in anti-economic conditions weighed more than anyone else. Entrepreneurs fear the impact of the rigidity of the guidelines on activities, and to be squeezed between the increase in operating costs and the foreseeable drop in revenues “.
Above all, the fear of not being able to overcome this difficult phase is growing: 36% of entrepreneurs fear to close the business, a further 41% believe they are at risk in case of unexpected prolongations of the emergency and 82% are worried about the future.