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CORONA VIRUS IN NEUSS​

Updated October 1 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.

October 1

Recast of the Corona Protection Ordinance. The so-called “7-day incidence” has become even more important due to the latest version of the Corona Protection Ordinance that is valid from today. If a value of 35 new infections is exceeded within one week based on 100,000 inhabitants, the permissible number of participants in parties is reduced. Further information on this and also on changes in the catalogue of fines can be found on the homepage.

Bridging aid can still be applied for retroactively for June to August 2020. Applications for the 1st phase of the bridging aid can still be submitted until October 9 2020. This phase relates to the funding months June to August 2020. After October 9, no applications for support for these months can be submitted retroactively. From mid-October, applications for the 2nd phase can be submitted, which grants financial aid for the funding months September to December 2020. The bridging assistance is financial support for small and medium-sized companies, self-employed persons and non-profit organisations from the Federal Government and the State of NRW and subsidises part of the fixed costs incurred. The amount of funding is based on the expected decline in sales. Applications can only be submitted via tax consultants and auditors. Further information is available on the pages of the bridging grant.

Outdoor gastronomy I: Extension of the terrace season. With the end of the summer, the situation of the gastronomy in the Corona pandemic threatens to deteriorate further. The terrace season normally ends on October 31. In order to help businesses in the current situation, the city of Neuss has now decided to extend it until spring. As a result, the city’s catering businesses are now allowed to “play” in the streets and squares and serve their guests food and drink in the open air in winter as well. And all this without having to pay the otherwise “usual” fees to the city. Businesses that wish to expand their outdoor terrace areas or create an outdoor terrace for the first time can continue to take advantage of our on-site consulting services.

Outdoor Catering II: Grant programme “winter-proof outdoor catering” – application now possible. The city of Neuss goes one step further in supporting its catering businesses. On the basis of a concept with design specifications, gastronomers can better protect guests on their outdoor terraces from the autumn weather. The town will pay a subsidy upon application for the purchase of tents, pavilions, pagodas or wind protection elements. Applications can be submitted until December 15. The application form, the underlying concept and further information on the procedure can be found on the website. We will be happy to send you the documents by other means as well. Please contact them.

September 8

During the coalition committee of 25 August 2020, several existing measures in connection with the COVID 19 pandemic have now been extended. On the one hand, the short-time working allowance was extended from a period of twelve months to up to 24 months. The maximum short-time working allowance is to be paid until 31 December 2021. Further information on eligibility and application for short-time working allowance can be found on our homepage. The bridging allowance has also been extended. A second phase will cover the funding months September to December 2020. Information on the application and requirements for the support programme can be found on our homepage. The suspension of the obligation to file for insolvency for over-indebted companies has also been extended until the end of this year. You can find more information here.

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.

By Vincent Green, July 10 2020

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