A tailor’s shop closes in Ottobrunn, a hairdresser closes in Aschheim, and many innkeepers give up. “It is estimated that between 20 and 40 percent of companies in the sectors particularly affected in the Munich district will be affected,” says Rudolf Denzel. The Aschheimer is the chairman of the Munich-Land district association of the SME Union, whose state board has meanwhile criticized Prime Minister Markus Söder’s (CSU) lockdown.
SZ: Many companies initially supported the tough corona measures. Why has the mood turned?
Rudolf Denzel: Many medium-sized companies and self-employed people have used up their reserves, have canceled their old-age provision and can no longer do so. You are financially and nervously at the end. Something has to be done urgently. The social and economic collateral damage is existent, dangerous and its extent cannot yet be assessed. Self-employed people who – to put it bluntly – are now on the street – that is a psychological burden that makes you sick. The y are also a burden to the general public, even though they are actually creative people.
The artists are extremely affected. This industry is doing very badly, all try to keep somehow afloat. A whole area is affected, people go crazy, they lack recognition. Many who have their regular income are more in favor of the hard lockdown. But the others wonder where to go.
What are you asking for?
Our common goal in the SME Union is to lead a normal life again. To achieve this, we need a clear perspective, precise guidelines on what happens when.
If you just look at the incidence values, you will never be able to predict anything. What do you suggest?
The re is no evidence that there is an increased risk of infection here, especially not in comparison to schools or the S-Bahn and tram. Many entrepreneurs simply do not understand many restrictions, in some cases they have made so many investments in hygiene measures.
The y are mad.
The trade association Hohenbrunn und Riemerling has made a clear appeal to the political decision-makers: In a press release it calls for an “opening concept with a clear, comprehensible strategy, which will be discussed and decided at the next Prime Minister’s Conference on March 3rd” for the companies To enable survival “on their own”. This should include a “reliable opening perspective for the economy” as well as liquidity security for companies, including tax relief.
The traders insisted that the promised aid be paid out quickly.
From the point of view of the entrepreneurs, the implementation of these measures is cheaper than the lockdown, which not only costs around 20 billion euros per month, but also “social cohesion and trust”.
The trade association around chairman Ivo Fuhrmann justifies the initiative with the massive wave of insolvencies that can be expected from the lockdown. It is about thousands of jobs and training positions and livelihoods. “And the point is that the corona measures will no longer be accepted if action is not taken now.” On the other hand, the trade association makes it clear that it is by no means questioning the need for health protection. “However, it must also be recognized and rewarded that the companies already developed sophisticated hygiene and distance concepts last year that guarantee the best possible health protection,” the letter says. stga
What do you fear if Söder stays tough?
The re are those who receive their money on a regular basis regardless of the restrictions, such as civil servants or retirees, and those who do not have their accounts replenished automatically. Politicians also need to think about how those who are hardest hit can get back on their feet.
The middle class will probably have to bear most of the costs.
What effects would that have in the Munich district?
The n it hits the rich district too. We are the richest and also the largest in Bavaria. We also have many areas that are doing very well, property prices are rising, and craftsmen are hard to come by. We’re doing pretty well, but gastronomy and tourism will suffer serious damage and it will take years for that to be balanced out again. Once the entrepreneurs have taken out loans, how are they supposed to repay them? If that stays on over Easter, then I’ll see everything black. For our social life it is very important that everyone can meet again in the inn, the boys, the parties, but also the young people in general. How are they supposed to get to know someone? We are also Vereinsmeier in the district, we try to keep the youth in the area by offering something. And outdoor sports are supposedly healthy, but forbidden. That can’t be in the long run.
Despite everything, you believe that the Munich district will come out of the pandemic stronger than many others. Why?
The introduction of rapid tests and vaccination also gives me great hope, but unfortunately it is dragging on.