Alexander De Croo: “The best measure is to reopen stores …

Prime Minister Alexander De Croo will visit a small design shop in Ghent on Friday on the occasion of ‘Entrepreneur Day’. A non-essential matter that must keep its doors closed during the corona crisis, but that trade continues with digital and telephone alternatives. “The best measure would of course be that people can open again,” says De Croo after the visit. “But it is still too early for that.”

On Friday afternoon, the prime minister speaks of a ‘Entrepreneur Day’ in a minor key. The corona measures do not make it easy for entrepreneurs to do business, but “we also see how much ambition and creativity there is,” says De Croo. He reiterates the federal government’s commitment to support entrepreneurs in the best possible way.

“We are clear: we want to help entrepreneurs through it, as we help employees through it. We do this with measures such as the double bridging right and deferment of payment. The best measure is of course that people can open again, ”says De Croo. “But it is still too early for that. We will see where we are at the end of this month. ”

In the meantime, De Croo hopes that entrepreneurs will look for creative solutions and he shows admiration for the way in which ‘Piet Moodshop’ approaches the situation. “This is one of those shops where you typically walk around and browse a bit. But now they do it via click & collect, by telephone and so on. ” At the invitation of Unizo, the prime minister takes time for a meeting with the manager, with Unizo CEO Danny Van Assche and with regional director Jos Vermeiren.

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