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Second lockdown would be disaster, small shopkeepers say


A second phase of restrictive measures and another lockdown would have catastrophic consequences, the small shopkeepers’ union, Povek said on Tuesday as it urged the government to avoid steps that will forces businesses to close.

 “The situation is already dire for shops, another total lockdown would be a disaster, especially for businesses in the area of Ayia Napa or Protaras, which have been badly affected by the lack of tourism this year,” it said. 

 Povek claimed the government has managed to financially aid individual employees, but has failed to support shops and businesses. 

 “Instead of pondering a second lockdown, the state should be helping small businesses with their insolvencies by granting them funds so that shop owners can pay their rents and survive throughout the pandemic.”

In its statement, Povek also demanded the abolition of the mandatory €350 levy imposed on all companies since 2012, claiming that “it is unfair to tax a small shop and a mall with the same amount of money.” 

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