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Wedding sector wants to resume activity with guest tests

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The Movement of Companies in the Marriage Sector (MESC) wants to resume activity in April, after a year “practically stopped”, with tests to covid-19 for guests for the wedding.

“Performing a test or demonstration of a negative test within 72 or 24 hours (depending on the test used) will be a requirement for the wedding,” proposes the movement, in a statement.

Identifying infected people will prevent them from going to the wedding, preventing them from being able to transmit the virus to guests and employees, he stressed.

In this way, the spaces where weddings are organized become an “active part” in testing, identification, communication and isolation of infected people, he said.

In addition to conducting tests, the movement advocates the collection of telephone contacts from all guests by the space where the wedding takes place and its communication to the Directorate-General for Health (DGS) in the event of an outbreak.

“These solutions will make it possible to effectively resolve the isolation of infected individuals and all those who have been in contact,” he said in the press release.

The movement recalled that the downtime is already “extremely long” and it is calling into question the survival of most companies in these sectors, namely hospitality, culture and services.

Speaking of a “highly seasonal” sector, the movement warned that, with the restrictions imposed, 83.2% of 2020 activity was lost.

“Despite the fact that the sector’s activity was legally feasible, the imposition of all restrictive measures, as well as the generalized climate of fear and distrust, caused more than 80% of marriages scheduled in 2020 to be rescheduled for 2021 or canceled”, indicated.

This situation forced, on the one hand, the companies to comply with the contracts of the clients who wanted to hold the events and, therefore, to give up regimes such as the lay-off and, on the other hand, to enter into litigation with clients, he said.

According to data provided by the Movement of Companies in the Marriage Sector, this industry moves about four billion euros and represents 2% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). In addition, seven thousand companies and 150 thousand people depend on this sector, he emphasized.

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