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Tsipras: Many Businesses in Hospitality Will Not Survive New Lockdown

November 3, 2020

ATHENS — Main opposition SYRIZA-Progressive Alliance leader Alexis Tsipras on Tuesday met representatives of the Panhellenic Federation of Restaurants and Related Professions and underlined the risk that thousands of businesses in the hospitality sector will close down, with thousands of jobs lost, as a result of the new restrictions imposed to contain the spread of the pandemic.

They also discussed the support measures provided by the government, while Tsipras underlined that this is not petty politics, but a just demand and response to the needs of a great part of the Greek economy.

He also said that many companies in this sector will not be able to survive the new lockdown.

Tsipras noted that more than 45,000 companies across the country at this time were shutting down their operations, some completely while others will continue to provide delivery and take away services, adding that "we must realize that we are facing the danger of many thousands of padlocks for small and medium-sized businesses and tens of thousands of jobs lost."

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