In this period of great expectation for the rules that will be defined to allow the reopening of the accommodation facilities, Faita-Federcamping continues in its proactive job aimed at finding the best possible solutions. Last Friday, president Maurizio Vianello spoke with a new video, published in the Facebook group dedicated to the Covid-19 emergency and addressed to the associates, to explain that it is necessary to be patient and wait another ten days, or at most a couple of weeks, before anything official can be known. In the meantime, the federation is working with the competent authorities to ensure that the needs of the category do not overshadow.
“We defined a series of guidelines about the health management and competent ministries and authorities have been involved, in addition to the ‘task force’ led by Vittorio Colao. Our goal is that everyone knows the characteristics of the plein air, where large spaces can be a value for all tourists”, said Vianello. “These guidelines have been prepared in a general way because we prudently wanted to wait for punctual decisions and regulations that will allow us to manage the emergency, without immediately binding ourselves to actions that could become very heavy burdens for companies”.
A job done together with other organizations
The president explained that to understand in which direction moving, it is better to wait because it will be important to have “the validation of a superior authority that allows us to reassure the manager, the entrepreneur and the company from the point of view of responsibilities”. The intense work of these weeks has been carried out in collaboration with other organizations and used by the regional Faita to relate to the local health authorities in order to have at least two work plans, the regional and the national one.
“In particular, we wanted to highlight to ministries the need to remember that outdoor activities must be included among tourist activities,” said Vianello. “We also talked about this with Federalberghi, which supports us because they themselves are in considerable difficulty. The Ateco codes concerning our campsites, 55.2 and 55.3, are not among those that can be operational at this moment. The fear, however, is that in the first reopening phase our structures may be mistakenly considered companies in which the aggregation of people can lead to health problems. We are trying to clarify these concepts and deny this belief”.
It is essential to wait a few more days
Vianello believes that it is necessary to keep an attitude of expectation and tranquility for now because at government level the instances of Faita-Federcamping have already been taken into consideration by the group led by Colao, which has the task of identifying all the problems concerning the reopening. A memorandum which highlights the specific features that characterize the sector was sent to this organization.
“We believe in a positive welcome and we think that within a couple of weeks at the latest we should have some indications,” continued Vianello. “In this period, we noticed the willingness of our associates to understand how to act to manage the company, but also a lot of anxiety in the search for answers and solutions. Given the uncertainty that still exists at the government level, however, it is an illusion to be able to define the solution to the problem in private terms”.
Vianello specified that the Minister of Tourism, Dario Franceschini, is also taking action and that the association has had contacts with some parliamentarians who are members of the Tenth and Sixth commission who will have to examine the provisions of the law proposed by the government. In informal hearings via videoconference, Faita-Federcamping will have the opportunity to present the needs of the sector.
“So, I ask you to still be patient and not to worry about seeking impromptu solutions,” concluded Vianello, “but to wait confidently for at least another ten days to understand what kind of fate the Government will reserve for us”.