According to the latest survey by our German partner association DEHOGA, 57% of businesses in the sector are struggling to survive. In the first half of January, turnover was also 55.1% down on 2019. The hardest hit are clubs and discos, where turnover was down 93.2%, event catering (-77%), business catering (-61.9%), and city and conference hotels (-58.6%). 53.7% of the 5,823 responding businesses had also used short-time working in January, double the rate in November 2021. 87% of the respondents reported a massive drop in the number of guests, 83.4% reported a large drop in turnover. Business sentiment has hit rock bottom and only a strengthening or extension of previous forms of support can provide a solution.