16,000 Carinthian businesses are part of the trade and crafts – such as carpenters, opticians, hairdressers and florists. Different regulations currently apply to them. These differences ensure numerous calls to the Carinthian Chamber of Commerce: Thousands of entrepreneurs have asked in the past few days to what extent they are affected by the lockdown.
The general rule:
While body-friendly service providers – such as hairdressers, masseurs or podiatrists – will probably remain closed until December 13th, this does not apply to other areas of trade and craft. All non-body-related services are permitted, such as those of the car workshops, cleaning shops, professional photographers, clothing makers or the food industry.
Loss of sales due to a lack of information
Assembly at customers’ sites and work on construction sites is also permitted in many areas. Carpenters, roofers, painters, plumbers, electrical or metal technicians as well as many other companies in the construction and ancillary trades have to keep the customer area closed for the sale of goods, but they are allowed to produce, deliver and assemble. “That means: The majority of the more than 16,000 commercial and craft businesses are not directly affected by the lockdown“, Emphasizes Klaus Kronlechner, chairman of the WK branch of trade and crafts. Since many customers assume that the factories are closed, there are now enormous losses in sales even in factories that are not affected by the lockdown. “This affects, for example, the opticians and hearing aid acousticians, the life and social counselors or the tailoring shops. They are open, but their customers don’t know. “
Here is a brief overview:
- Establishments that non-body services are exempt from the entry ban.
- Whether bakers, butchers, confectioners or millers: That Food industry has opened.
- Opticians, hearing care professionals, orthopedic technicians, orthopedic shoemakers and shoemakers as well as dental technicians: the companies in the Healthcare have opened.
- All branches of the Clothing industry such as clothes makers or tailors are also classified as non-body service providers and are generally open. But there is no sale of goods in the shop.
- The work of Life and social counselors is especially important in difficult times. They continue to conduct consultations.
- Also the Film and music industry continues to offer their services. Right now, for example, the time can be used to digitize old Super 8 and video films.
- That Chemical industries as well as monument, facade and building cleaners are allowed to produce and offer their services.
- Professional photographers have opened. Nothing stands in the way of Christmas photos with the family.
- Personal service providersThose who are active in the areas of astrology, animal-related services, human energetics or dating agencies, for example, are allowed to work in compliance with all protective measures.
- Establishments that body-hugging services provide, may not be entered. These include, for example, hairdressers, masseurs, podiatrists and beauticians. The provision of mobile services is not permitted.
- Podiatrist must be kept closed as a matter of principle (see above); however, diabetic foot care is allowed. This service is named as a health service in the Protective Measures Ordinance. A very strict framework applies (“in the event of danger to life and limb”).
- Therapeutic massage therapists are not affected by the lockdown as a “place where healthcare services are provided”. Patients must wear an FFP2 mask.
- Many Gardeners and florists have switched to “Click & Collect” (delivery and collection of previously ordered goods) because their customers are not allowed to enter the sales area.
- Companies operating in the area of Handicrafts are also closed for sale. You can, however, offer a “Click & Collect” pick-up service.