New disease records are broken every day, and the mass isolations do alleviate the congestion on the roads, but severely damage the business cycles in Israel.
The retail chains report a decrease of about 50% in sales revenue, and a similar rate of decline is experienced in the restaurant industry and in the field of personal care.
Despite this, the government is in no hurry to formulate any aid outline that will compensate businesses for the losses they are experiencing.
Business owners these days are dealing not only with the decline in turnover, but also with the severe shortage of workers who are also in isolation.
Despite the clear need for a business assistance outline, no such plan has been formulated so far.
Contrary to previous waves of morbidity, business owners seem to have come to terms with the situation and are not taking to the streets to demonstrate, thus allowing the government to continue to pursue a tight-lipped policy.
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"In the current wave, we have snatched cancellations in the millions of shekels, and we do not see any horizon," says Oren Haliva, owner of the production company Oren and Rinat Productions. On compensation, they say there is no closure, but on the other hand, CEOs are told, 'Whoever does not have to work from the office, leave him at home.'
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According to the Association of Restaurants, the past week has brought with it a 40% -10% decline in restaurant and bar activity.
In areas of extensive tourism such as Jerusalem, Jaffa and Acre, the decrease reaches 50% of the turnover due to the lack of tourists.
Beyond that, the restaurant industry suffers from a shortage of manpower due to the isolation of the workers.
"The restaurant industry has reached the last crisis with a shortage of close to 20,000 employees," said Shai Berman, CEO of the restaurant association.
Beyond the fact that during the recent crisis there is no compensation or government support, we need to fully bear the wages of the verified workers.
The government needs to take immediate steps and give breathing space to the business sector. "
NIS 61 per day of isolation
Adv. Roi Cohen, president of Lahav (Israel's Bureau of Independence), also emphasizes the need for a compensation plan: "We demand a compensation fund - just as there is in times of emergency and war.
This war is no different from a war against Hamas, or against any other army - it is a real war for survival for our livelihood, for the bread of our children. "Cohen adds that the government must compensate the self-employed for the days of isolation:" And what is the compensation for those self-employed?
61 shekels per day.
Does that make sense to anyone? "
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