Sunday, January 16

Covid-19 epidemic. Fixed costs and partial activity: increased business aid

While the Omicron variant saturates French hospitals, companies affected by the health crisis should see their aid reinforced, said the Minister of the Economy and Finance Bruno Le Maire, after a meeting in Bercy bringing together the employers’ organizations, and several representatives of tourism, hotels and restaurants.

Two existing systems see their conditions of access widened.

All businesses subject to sanitary restriction measures will benefit from partial activity without charge. The bases for triggering this system have been broadened and “all companies which have lost 65% of their turnover”, against 80% so far, will be eligible for reimbursement of the partial activity at 100% with no remainder to charged.

The device assumption of fixed costs, until now reserved for a limited number of companies (events, indoor leisure, caterers, etc.), will for its part be extended to all tourism companies: “the famous sector S1 and S1 bis, there is a hotels, bars, restaurants, travel agencies, all activities in the field of tourism ”, Bruno Le Maire insisted. The threshold for access to the system for covering all fixed costs has also been lowered, to 50% loss of turnover, against 65% previously.

Two requests under consideration by the Minister

The minister also promised to speed up reimbursement procedures for amounts less than 50,000 euros, “in a few days”.

He also indicated that two requests from the sectors concerned would be examined: the exemption from charges for companies which would have lost 65% of their turnover or which would be the subject of sanitary restriction measures, as well as the modalities of repayment of loans guaranteed by the State already granted.

“Many companies, especially the smallest of them, very small businesses, artisans, traders, fear that they will not be able to meet the deadline next spring, in terms of repayment terms and in terms of payment. ‘repayment schedule. In the next few hours, I will therefore be looking at the answer we can provide on this question, ”said Bruno Le Maire.

“The government has taken into account the situation of the sector. There are still improvements to be made, this is the whole subject of the discussions that we are starting now because we have to act quickly, particularly concerning eligibility for short-time work ”, reacted Didier Chenet, president of the GNI, the union of independent hotel and restaurant workers. As for the accelerated compensation of companies up to 50,000 euros, “that’s a very good thing,” he believes.

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