Last week the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Chemnitz carried out a survey on the effects of the border closure with the Czech Republic on Saxon companies. Here are excerpts from the press release on the results:
IHK demands the fastest possible border opening for commuters
The current entry regulations on the border with the Czech Republic have serious effects on Saxon companies. This is borne out by the results of the most recent survey by the Chemnitz Chamber of Commerce and Industry on the issue of cross-border commuters. Until February 26th, 2021 a total of 255 companies with around 25,000 employees were involved. Around half of the companies come from industry.
“We call on politicians to restore normal conditions at the Czech border as soon as possible. It cannot be that companies are no longer able to work, or only to a limited extent, because they are losing their Czech workforce. Most of the companies would even accept daily testing of their employees”, emphasizes Hans-Joachim Wunderlich, General Manager of the Chemnitz Chamber of Commerce.
According to the results of the survey, the majority of respondents oppose closing the border to commuters. While 47 percent rate this measure as disproportionate, 14 percent consider it necessary. The short-term changes to the Saxon quarantine ordinance as well as the lack of reaction options and insufficient planning security are also seen as extremely critical. [...]
With a view to a possible opening of the border for commuters, two out of three companies are willing to have their commuters tested on a daily basis. This would then be the most frequently tested population group in Europe. Based on this knowledge, the federal and state governments in Bavaria and Saxony should take a joint decision as soon as possible to open the German-Czech border to commuters.
The entire press release and the detailed results can be found on the Chemnitz Chamber of Commerce website .