Tsipras: Gov’t must support food sector in locked-down cities

The government must support restaurant and food places affected by the lockdown imposed on Thessaloniki and Serres, SYRIZA-Progressive Alliance leader Alexis Tsipras said on Wednesday, speaking from the headquarters of the Thessaloniki International Fair offices.

Businesses have viability issues, especially as this is the second time they have to shut down within a few months, Tsipras told food sector representatives, adding that the government must use all EU funding options to support them.

At the meeting, Tsipras said that his party proposed funding businesses solely on the basis of the number of employees (2,000 euros per employee) and subsidizing both the staff’s salaries and the insurance cost.