“We discriminated against, closed until July like fairs”
The dpcm continue to create discontent. Despite the design of the new road map given in the latest conference by Prime Minister Mario Draghi on the staggered reopening of restaurants, bars, gyms, cinemas and theaters, some still feel “Unfairly discriminated against”. The protagonists of today’s complaint are amusement parks. According to the new decree, in fact, the theme parks should reopen from 1 July in the same way as fairs and congresses. Therefore, although theirs is mainly an outdoor activity they are, in the last ordinance, considered as the categories that carry out activities mainly indoors. For this reason they are clamoring for help and fairness in the treatment of amusement park totolari in respect also of a sector that generates an important turnover for the national economy, in 2019 the induced was 400 million euros, 1,000 if we also include in the calculation the turnover of hotels, restaurants and gadget shops that revolves around, a sector that is now 80% of the loss.
“Why are outdoor parks associated with fairs and congresses?”
The first to point the finger at the decisions of the CTS and the government is Gardaland: “Pending formalization with the next Dpcm, we cannot explain why the Amusement Parks, which carry out their activities almost exclusively outdoors, are associated – in terms of reopening date – to the fairs and congresses that take place indoors. Indeed, if this deadline for reopening were maintained, the Parks would be considered more dangerous than gyms or cinemas that are indoors! ». The CEO of Gardaland, Aldo Maria Vigevani, underlines this in Adnkronos. «This logic would be exactly contrary to the international situation – see England and the USA – where parks, precisely outdoors, are among the first activities to resume – continues Vigevani -. Last year Gardaland even inaugurated the season on June 13th and thanks to a robust and effective Security Protocol no contagion was recorded among its Guests, who confirmed the effectiveness of the measures on several occasions through thousands of online interviews. . ”
The trade associations
Topics shared by the Italian Permanent Parks Association, member of Confindustria, which represents 230 companies scattered throughout the national territory. “Solid scientific evidence of international standing has shown that the risks of contagion in the open air are infinitely lower and it has been proven that the presence of chlorine in swimming pools eliminates the viral agent in a few moments”, the association noted, underlining that in doing so, the government takes away from these companies a whole month of work even compared to last year when the green light came at the end of May. The tones are exasperated: “The unequal treatment compared to other categories can be configured in a real unfair competition”, denounces Giuseppe Ira, president of the association and the theme park of Leolandia in the province of Bergamo. It is he who underlines the growing feeling of anger that animates the operators “We are treated worse than the arcades”, he accuses recalling the many measures put in place to guarantee the safety of the public, from the quotas of entrances to avoid gatherings to the “strict safety that have already demonstrated their effectiveness last year ». Comparisons are almost inevitable: “the indoor museums open as early as April 26 but not the outdoor wildlife parks and adventure parks in the woods, the green light is given to outdoor pools on May 15, now all equipped with slides for children, but not at the water parks, gyms and indoor restaurants will open from 1 June and even the return of the public to the stadiums is announced in May, but not to the theme parks “.
Hence the requests: “We ask for immediate equality with similar product sectors – says Ira – otherwise we will have to take sensational actions”. Among the most affected by the crisis, the manager recalls, the parks sector is now at its last limit, with an average loss of 80%. A drop in turnover, underlines the association, which also endangers employment: «Until 2019, our sector directly involved 25,000 employees, about 50,000 with related industries. The persisting uncertainty will lead to a very strong contraction in the number of employees now in FIS for too many months – Ira still points out -. Our workforce can’t take it anymore: the best have found another job, but thousands of people are struggling to survive ». And to worry the category there is also a technical and organizational problem because formally the sector still falls into the category “Traveling Circus and Entertainment” which belongs to the ministry of culture and not to tourism, a detail that according to the association would have done to exclude the category from refreshments and also from the Imu concessions granted to tourism companies, while the banks would have limited financing. In 2020, the association recalls, 20% of parks completely gave up on opening and 10,000 seasonal jobs were lost. The risk now “is to make the position of hundreds of Italian companies and thousands of workers even more precarious.”
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