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Fourth wave of COVID-19: cancellation of concerts would leave 200,000 Peruvians unemployed

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With the arrival of the fourth wave of COVID-19 in the country, from the Ministry of Health (Minsa) It is proposed to suspend the massive shows, a fact that would affect the economy and the generation of jobs, according to the Lima Chamber of Commerce (CCL).

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The guild emphasizes that the performance of 40 scheduled concerts, between national and international artists, is put at risk, with which approximately 200,000 jobs would be lost.

“It represents a serious damage to the entertainment industry, which, despite political uncertainty, has achieved an important performance since April of this year, after being paralyzed by the pandemic for two years. Therefore, the Government must discard these proposals that threaten the reactivation, ”said the president of the Sector of Artistic, Cultural and Related Shows (Arena) of the CCL Services Guild, Jorge Fernández.

Fernández recalled that behind each show there are thousands of people involved who carry out activities, such as sound engineers, lighting technicians, dressing room workers, ushers, security, catering, among others.

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In addition, he maintained that the words of the head of the Minsa, Jorge López, expressed about the suspension of parties, events and attention in nightclubs have slowed down the sale of tickets.

“The minister did not think about the consequences that this type of announcement was going to cause, whose affectation is not only seen in economic losses and unemployment in the sector, but will also mean for the State lower tax revenues that are collected for IGV (18%) and income tax”, he noted.

Source: Larepublica

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