Report: ILO Monitor: COVID-19 Arts, entertainment and recreation
Since the first ILO Monitor, the COVID-19 pandemic has further accelerated in terms of intensity and expanded its global reach. Full or partial lockdown measures are now affecting almost 2.7 billion workers, representing around 81 per cent of the world’s workforce.
X In the current situation, businesses across a range of economic sectors are facing catastrophic losses, which threaten their
operations and solvency, especially among smaller enterprises, while millions of workers are vulnerable to income loss and layoffs.
The impact on income-generating activities is especially harsh for unprotected workers and the most vulnerable groups in the informal
The majority of job losses and declining working hours will occur in hardest-hit sectors. The ILO estimates that 1.25 billion workers,
representing almost 38 per cent of the global workforce, are employed in sectors that are now facing a severe decline in output and a high
risk of workforce displacement. Key sectors include retail trade, accommodation and food services, and manufacturing.
X Particularly in low- and middle-income countries, hard-hit sectors have a high proportion of workers in informal employment
and workers with limited access to health services and social protection. Without appropriate policy measures, workers face
a high risk of falling into poverty and will experience greater challenges in regaining their livelihoods during the recovery period.
Limited public resources need to be used to encourage enterprises to retain and/or create jobs.