Night clubs and bars have paid the highest price of the pandemic, the two associations said in a press release on Sunday.
The national team is not considering allowing night clubs to stay open without restrictions, provided that COVID rules are complied with, as though they are the only ones to blame for the insufficient vaccination rate in Croatia and rise in infections, the statement said.
The associations said that if night clubs were allowed to operate indoors without restrictions, with the use of COVID certificates, that might encourage young people to get vaccinated.
By ignoring the constitutional right to work, the activity of night clubs and the hundreds of night club owners and their families are being marginalised, the press release said.
Despite the government’s job-retention aid and compensation for fixed costs, night club and bar owners cannot avoid closures and bankruptcies, it added.
Every individual must take responsibility for their health, the associations said, adding that by not allowing night clubs and bars to work in order to protect people who refused to get vaccinated, the national COVID team was bringing into question the purpose of vaccination.
They said they had not worked for 18 months and asked Prime Minister Andrej Plenković to try and live nine months without pay.
They told the national team to immediately open night clubs and bars, provided that COVID rules were complied with, or take responsibility for the ruin of the entertainment industry.
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