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CORONA VIRUS IN NEUSS​

Updated July 10 2020

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As is the case across the globe, life in Germany has been heavily impacted by the Corona virus known as SARS-CoV-2 or Covid19. While society is going through many stages of the pandemic, the Office of Economic Development is informing the business community and beyond. 

Several phone numbers are available for enquiries:

  • Immediate assistance for companies +49 208 300 0439
  • CoronaCare shopping support for elderly and impaired +49 2131 909 050
  • City closures, times of opening and appointments +49 2131 909 090
  • Concerning full or part time schools and kindergardens +49 2131 909 080
  • For all medical concerns +49 2181 601 7777

Latest information relevant to Neuss will be published here as it becomes available from the Office of Economic Development or the Press Office. Validity of links and content lie within their area of responsibility.

July 10

Even after the end of the emergency aid programme, the Federal Government and the State of NRW will continue to provide financial support to small and medium-sized companies. The bridging aid gives companies that continue to be affected by significant sales declines due to corona requirements or closures the opportunity to receive a subsidy at monthly fixed costs. A total of € 25 billion is available for this purpose, with a maximum subsidy of € 50,000 for companies with more than 10 employees. Further information on eligibility for application and the content of the grant.

The Ministry of Economic Affairs, Innovation, Digitalisation and Energy of the State of NRW supports the stationary retail trade in questions concerning the digitalisation of their own company in order to remain competitive, especially in times of the corona crisis. The support includes a non-repayable grant of a maximum of 12,000 €. This grant can be applied for until 30.08.2020. Further information.

July 2

Press Office: The subsidy programme initiated by resolution of the Neuss City Council on May 8 2020, the Location Strengthening Fund of the City of Neuss, expired at the end of June 30 2020 despite the advance resolution passed by the Neuss City Council on June 19 2020. Although the Council’s anticipatory resolution had created the possibility of extending the location strengthening fund for a further three months over the period of June 30 2020, the programme was not extended. However, this could not be implemented: The system of the Location Consolidation Fund is based on the privileged period of the special regulation under federal law on the protection against dismissal of commercial tenants/leaseholders and on loan agreements, Article 5 §§ 2, 3 of the Act on the Mitigation of the Consequences of the COVID 19 Pandemic in Civil, Insolvency and Criminal Procedure Law, so that only if the special regulation under federal law had been extended would the Location Consolidation Fund have been adjusted accordingly. The government has refrained from extending the federal regulation.

The application procedure for the location strengthening fund of the city of Neuss, which thus ended on June 30 2020, was taken up by around 200 companies. To date, around 80 percent of the applications have been approved. The majority of the applicants have already received a favourable decision on the approval of the grant payment and the amount determined. The remaining applicants will receive the decisions electronically in the next few days so that a speedy payment can also be made. In the course of processing the remaining 20 percent of applications, the administration will have to make inquiries of the applicants, in particular regarding the decrease in sales caused by the Corona pandemic of at least 50 percent compared to the same month in 2019. Only a very small portion of the grant had to be refused. The applicant companies mainly came from the catering sector. Even though many companies were allowed to reopen in compliance with hygiene and infection standards in accordance with the Corona Protection Ordinance NRW, sales did not reach “pre-crisis” levels. In addition to the catering trade, many retailers and wholesalers from the textile sector as well as companies from the fields of trade fair construction, event technology and the travel industry also applied for subsidies.

With the establishment of the Location Strengthening Fund, the city of Neuss is one of the few cities in the region to provide financial support for the local economy in times of the Corona pandemic.

June 12

An application for the location strengthening fund of the city of Neuss has been possible since May 29 and is available until the end of day on June 30. The application form and further information on our homepage. In addition, we have set up a hotline for questions about the subsidy programme for you. The number of the hotline, which can be reached during the opening hours of the city administration, is 02131 909 060.

A new version of the Corona Protection Ordinance of the state contains further relaxations. These will apply from June 15. Saunas, wellness facilities and bars may reopen from next Monday. New regulations will also come into force for events; for example, events and meetings with more than 100 people will again be possible under certain conditions. In the retail sector, the number of people who can be in the shop at the same time will be increased to one person per seven instead of per ten square metres.

An overview of the changes can be found on the pages of the state government. The annex to the Corona Protection Ordinance with the hygiene and infection protection standards is available. We have adapted the information sheet on gastronomy accordingly with regard to the changes.

All tables on the terrace regularly occupied? Nice weather but only tables in the restaurant? Do the ideas for the design of the restaurant comply with the Corona Protection Ordinance and how can the ordinance be implemented in practice?

Contact us by mail, or phone: 02131 903 101. We will be happy to advise you in a team with the colleagues from the specialist departments. We are of course also available for further questions and suggestions.

The NRW emergency aid programme ended on 31 May. On our homepage, however, we will continue to inform you about topics that are important after the application procedure. This includes, for example, information on the documentation of financial support.

The Oleadent division of the Neuss-based company Iduna Foods GmbH offers coronavirus throat-swab tests and coronavirus antibody tests in cooperation with human medical laboratories. The required samples can be taken independently by the user. Further information and the company’s contact details can be found here.

May 29

The application for the location strengthening fund of the city of Neuss is now possible! The fund is intended to provide financial support to companies in Neuss that are severely restricted in their earning opportunities by the corona pandemic and the measures taken to counteract it. The subsidy is intended to give these companies a perspective for future development and remain permanently in the Neuss location. The guidelines, the FAQ and the application form are now available. Please note that you can only apply online using the application form provided.

The Bundestag has decided to reduce the sales tax on food from 19% to 7%. This regulation is initially limited in time from July 1 2020 to July 1 2021 and is intended to support catering businesses during the period of reopening.

The revised Corona Protection Ordinance of the State of NRW contains further relaxation of the contact restrictions; these will apply from Saturday May 30. Among other things, cinemas will be allowed to operate again from tomorrow. The indoor swimming pools can also be visited again from Whitsun Saturday onwards. Information on the hygiene and infection protection standards applicable in this respect are available. As of Saturday, up to 10 people may again be in public spaces, regardless of the number of households. This also has an effect on the possibilities of table occupancy in the catering trade. We have revised the information sheet on gastronomy accordingly and marked changes in red).

At this point we would like to draw your attention once again to our offer of on-site consultations. In the course of an on-site appointment, we would be pleased to check with you the possibilities of setting up a new or expanding an existing outdoor catering facility. We are also happy to advise you on the implementation of the unchanged complicated regulations in the gastronomy sector.

Employers who wish to increase their employees’ short-time working allowance will now enjoy tax relief. Thus, top-ups of up to 80% of the salary remain tax-free. Already, social security contributions do not have to be paid for top-ups up to 80%. Taxation will now be adapted to this procedure, initially limited until 31.12.2020, and will thus ensure that the full amount of the payments reaches employees.

By Vincent Green, July 10 2020

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