The Trade and Industrial Chamber of Georgia has conducted a study to assess the COVID-19 influence on the business.
It surveyed 615 members of the chamber, as the representatives of the small and average business.
Most of the surveyed have up to ten employees. 52 percent of the respondents say they had to dismiss the employees due to the pandemic.
The employees (70.5%) started working remotely with full remuneration, partial salary (19.1%), or without pay (10.4%).
The research says that only 12.4% of the entrepreneurs remain unaffected.
The entrepreneurs state they should be allowed to continue operation in a usual regime, and the situation will improve.
Reduced or canceled orders represent the main challenge for the business. Sales and tourism are the main challenges as well.
9,7% of the entrepreneurs state that the situation has not caused any substantial changes in their operation.