Francisco Bernardo underlined the importance of resuming the activity and functioning of amusement equipment and said that he is now waiting for the Directorate-General for Health (DGS) and the Ministry of Health to provide APED with a document containing the contingency measures for the sector.
“We are establishing contact with the DGS and the Ministry of Health because of the contingency measures to then move to the municipalities, to try to raise their awareness, as authorizations and licenses still need to be requested”, he said.
Francisco Bernardo recalled that this sector is not a sector like any other, in which the establishment is properly installed, the tutelage authorizes and just open doors.
“We have to submit an application to a specific municipality to present our interest, which will then be granted or not. If approved, we proceed with the installation. With this process 10/15 days passed, in some cases even more, and meanwhile we are already in the middle of July […]. But what matters is that it is authorized ”, he stressed.
The president of APED recalled that the strongest months for the sector are June, July and August.
“We have social support measures approved in a bill, approved in the specialty, and we now hope that they will be enacted and that the necessary conditions will be created for those who do not think it is profitable to start the activity. Whoever wants to have this opportunity, hopefully it will be profitable, as the expenses are the same as for a normal year ”, he said.
According to Francisco Bernardo, the sector’s working period runs from March to October in a normal year and the expenses to operate now will be the same.
“We have to have the certification of equipment, insurance for equipment and vehicles for transporting equipment, expenses for the payment of spaces, and requests for electricity. It is a range of expenses and that whoever starts the activity has to assess whether they will have the desired demand and the desired profitability to get the machine up and running, ”he said.
Regarding the authorizations that have to be given by the municipalities, Francisco Bernardo said that APED has some agreements with municipalities that have come from previous years.
“The local authorities have established contact and have shown themselves to be willing to organize something that serves as an alternative so that we can install and explore the equipment, but this will still be a long process. We will see if we can speed up the process and that the municipalities do not bureaucratize the situation too much ”, he concluded.
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