Coronavirus, or COVID-19, is causing panic worldwide. It’s causing a lot of very sensible reactions as well, but the panic is the problem here. As a food and festival trader, we rely on around 12 weeks of trade to float most of the rest of the year. There is off-season work to be had, but that is to keep the coffers topped up, not to fill them. So if the government or organisers cancel summer events it will leave a gaping hole for most traders who rely on this as their full time income.
This is one of the quirks of being self employed. We sit on the other side of the employer/employee divide. As the ruling party decrees that sick pay must kick in straight away to stop the infected coming to work, we all can nod approvingly. But the employer has to foot the bill. Even small businesses, often exempt from the more crippling staff entitlements like maternity allowance, are fully on the line here. And lets not forget that as an owner/operator, catching coronavirus means you can’t work, so that event just doesn’t happen for you: Full loss of stock, pitch fees and income.
有（而这是我花太多时间读这个drivel的错）很多“他们应该[不]来自各方。They should have taken out insurance, should have enough money to pay for sick employees, should have thought about the chance of an event being cancelled ahead of time, shouldn’t have paid all that money in advance, should have bought more bog roll while it was on offer, shouldn’t have got into this business if they weren’t prepared to face the possible consequences of a novel coronavirus threatening to wipe out 3% of the planet’s population. And this is all true. But it’s not helpful.
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