The Study and Research Center of the Nueva Esparta Chamber of Commerce conducted a survey on the behavior of the regional economy during the months of April and May, showing that 77% of merchants perceive the situation as bad or terrible.
Jean Gebrán, director of the Study and Research Center of the Nueva Chamber of Commerce, announced that when asked about the priorities that must be addressed to reactivate commercial activity, most shop owners responded that massive vaccination is necessary to achieve herd immunity on the island and be able to reopen businesses.
“Second, what affects us the most, according to those surveyed, is fuel shortages. And the third, the maritime and air reconnection,” stated Gebrán.
In addition, he reported that 91% of those consulted specify that the performance of their businesses is openly negative, while 31% affirm that they have seen the need to reduce their payroll in order to operate adapted to the behavior of sales.