Even Mexico is going to deal with the effects of Coronavirus outbreak as Guanajuato’s footwear industry comes to a stop. “We are about to face the biggest storm we have ever come across: we must hold up, support and aid each other. In doing so, we will manage to overcome it all together”. Mexico’s footwear industry is due to suspend its activity. Luis Gerardo González Garcia, president of the Cámara de la Industria del Calzado del Estado de Guanajuato, announced it publicly. The State currently hosts one of Mexico’s most important shoe clusters.
Several shoe-making companies, based in the Mexican state, have already shut and suspended production. Likewise, some more are going to do it in a short while. Others are striving to hold up as much as they can, though, meanwhile, they have reduced their activity by working every other day. Such are the effects of Coronavirus outbreak on Mexico’s footwear industry. For the records, about 220,000 workers, either direct or indirect, are employed in the shoe industry. While talking to am.com.mx, González Garcia illustrated that 83,000 people, who are currently working in some big footwear companies, have already registered to ask Mexican Social Security Institute for an income support. Yet, according to some estimates, 90,000 more workers, employed in small workshops and labs, have supposedly submitted the petition.
A positive message
Guanajuato’s footwear industry has come to a stop. That is why González Garcia urged entrepreneurs to hold up. “Once the current emergency is behind us, we will be selling shoes again: we must therefore be prepared for it – he commented –. It is high time we used our ingenuity and cleverness. We do not have to panic: let us rather keep up the good work. For sure, some buyers will change, as well as products, but orders will not stop”.