Restaurants still closed, with decreases in turnover exceeding 60 percent in this 2021 as well, no regional administration, no help for the sector. The world of Sicilian catering is collapsing and a delegation from Tni Italia, an association that brings together thousands of companies from north to south of the boot, will be tomorrow and Tuesday in Caltanissetta, Palermo, Trapani, Catania and Messina to meet companies in the Horeca sector and decide on new initiatives to protect the category. The meetings will be held on Monday 10 May, at 10.30, at the Sale & Pepe restaurant, Villa Barile in Caltanissetta and on Tuesday 11 May in Palermo at 11.00. “We are still in the orange zone, despite the Rt index below 1. We still cannot open, neither outdoors nor indoors. The survival of our businesses is at stake. The Region of Sicily – Tni Italia provincial director of Caltanissetta, Michele Tornatore, points the finger – is absent. The recently approved budget provides for a negligible amount to be allocated to all VAT numbers and it is not known with what criteria. Furthermore, the latest announcement is linked to the regularity of the Durc. We can’t take it anymore ”. “The meetings we hold in Sicily – adds the national director of Tni Italia, Simone Giannerini – will also be attended by the regional director of Liguria, Rocco Costanzo, who, being Sicilian, is supporting us in this project of creating a national union to protect our category, abandoned for too many years by representative associations. Coherence, determination and credibility are our strengths, which we have demonstrated in the 27 events organized since March 2020. And if the institutions do not listen to us, in Sicily we are ready to organize the 28th “.” We welcome the friends of Tni Italia in the our land to undertake a collaborative relationship together. Palermo – says Virginia Derelitto, vice president of Vivo Impresa – has a very complicated regulation of outdoor spaces and for this reason we have asked for an exception. We are doing everything to be able to make events, but the Palermo bureaucratic machine is slow and cumbersome. European funds have arrived to the Region and equalization funds for the Municipalities, but nothing has yet been decided to distribute them ”.