x

Economy

Greek Restaurateurs Mull Suit to for COVID-19 Lockdown Payments

ATHENS – Closed half of the previous year under COVID-19 lockdowns that have put some on the edge of bankruptcy, Greek restaurant owners said they are considering legal action to get more compensation from the state.

Restaurateurs said they have suffered irreparable losses and damages by being forced to shut down during two lockdowns aimed at slowing the spread of the Coronavirus. 

Some 30-40 restaurant owners  in Athens are already on board with the idea of going to administrative courts, said Kathimerini, although the New Democracy government has offered subsidies to them as well as other businesses closed and workers temporarily laid off.

“A law firm we cooperate with is already looking into the issue and I believe that in March the case will have been submitted,” Maria Botonaki, a lawyer herself and owner of a bar in central Athens, told the paper.

She is involved with the Circle of Food Service Professionals she said represents 300 enterprises in talks with some 50 other associations around the country similarly hard-hit.

Food companies want payments corresponding to their take in 2019 before the pandemic began, seeking about half of their losses covered so they can survive until being allowed to reopen, many which won’t.

“Without having had to be prompted, the German government is handing out compensation to food service companies corresponding to 75% of their 2019 turnover. The French government is also handing out very high compensation. We are aware this is neither Germany nor France, and we certainly do not have such high demands,” Botonaki said.

She said restaurants, bars, taverns and food sector services are desperate, especially now with a hard lockdown being on the table as cases rose during a lenient second shutdown.

“Every day that passes is critical and possibly fatal,” said Botonaki, with fears the food services could be closed until even June, too late for many which won’t be around to open their doors as the summer tourism comes – if it does.

“Everyone has debts to someone. We fear that one in every two will never reopen after the sector is allowed to operate again,” warned Botonaki, similar to what happened in New York City.

She said major areas of Athens have already seen many restaurants gone for good, including in Kolonaki, Syntagma, Gazi and Psyrri, while main lease contracts that expired have not been renewed as landlords wanted to increase the rent during the pandemic to make a profit, gouging the businesses.

RELATED

ATHENS - The key for the total independence of Southeastern Europe from Russian gas is the new gas import and transit infrastructure that is being developed in Greece, according to an announcement by the European Commission.

Top Stories

General News

FALMOUTH, MA – The police in Falmouth have identified the victim in an accident involving a car plunging into the ocean on February 20, NBC10 Boston reported.

General News

NEW YORK – Meropi Kyriacou, the new Principal of The Cathedral School in Manhattan, was honored as The National Herald’s Educator of the Year.

General News

PHILADELPHIA – The Federation of Hellenic Societies of Philadelphia and Greater Delaware Valley announced that the Evzones, the Presidential Guard of Greece will be participating in the Philadelphia Greek Independence Day Parade on March 20.

Video

Mission…to Amyntaio, a TNH Documentary by Clelia Charissis

Dear readers, let me briefly introduce myself, while wishing you "a summer full of positive energy and good health.

Enter your email address to subscribe

Provide your email address to subscribe. For e.g. abc@xyz.com

You may unsubscribe at any time using the link in our newsletter.