Neuss (dpa / lnw) - The ailing hospitality industry in North Rhine-Westphalia insists on the rapid disbursement of state aid.
"We need the compensation - preferably yesterday," said Bernd Niemeier, President of the German Hotel and Restaurant Association (Dehoga) NRW, on Monday in Neuss.
Many entrepreneurs are left empty-handed - reserves are often no longer available, costs for leasing, for example, continue to run.
Niemeier pointed out that business was already going badly because of the pandemic, even without the opening bans in force in November: According to a survey among association members in North Rhine-Westphalia, business in restaurants and hotels in October fell by almost half compared to the same month last year.
The industry is in an "economically catastrophic situation".
With a view to the expected continuation of the corona measures in December, North Rhine-Westphalia's hospitality industry is demanding further state aid.
Restaurants have been closed since the beginning of the month, which is why the operators receive 75 percent of the turnover in the same month last year.
"If we have to continue to make this special sacrifice for society as a whole, then with appropriate compensation," said Niemeier.
Not only restaurants but also hotels are eligible for the November aid.
The hotels are still allowed to accommodate business travelers.
But their number has shrunk because there are hardly any congresses, trade fairs and other business events.