“Measures required with great urgency” – Chamber of SMEs

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The Malta Chamber of SMEs said that the government has effectively made another decisive move towards the lockdown but appealed to the government for greater clarity about the exact list of operations that will be allowed to continue.

In a statement, the Chamber of SMEs referred to the measures announced on Sunday by the Deputy Prime Minister and Health Minister Chris Fearne, to continue addressing the coronavirus situation.

According to the Chamber, the economic pressures are extremely worrying and an emergency response mechanism is needed as soon as possible and mentioned how a number of businesses in the non-essential category have themselves decided to close in the past week due to lack of business and also an unjustified risk for their staff and spreading further the virus.

“As an SME Chamber, we are in receipt of many queries asking about further details on the latest announcements.”

These include dispensing  opticians, queries related to working behind closed doors, deliveries that were planned as well as repair services.”

The Chamber for SMEs said that unfortunately the new measures were not accompanied by the necessary economic support and compared the measures taken by the Maltese government to the measures taken by other countries such as the United Kingdom.

In its statement, the Chamber of SMEs expressed its gratitude towards health authorities and all the essential private sector operators for their work during these challenging times.

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