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CORONA VIRUS IN NEUSS​

Updated June 11 2021

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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.

June 11

Neuss has reached level 1 of the three-level system of the state of NRW. This can be seen in an overview of incidence levels of the districts and independent cities. The incidence value has been below the value of 35 for more than five days, so that further relaxations come into effect as of today.

For all retail outlets, the limit of persons in a shop is now one customer per 10 m², and the special regulation for shop premises over 800 m² no longer applies. Indoor catering can now also be visited by patrons without a negative test, as the provincial incidence value was also below 35 on at least five days. Further relaxations in other areas such as education or for leisure and entertainment venues can be found in the current Corona Protection Ordinance or in the overview on the NRW state page.

The prioritisation of entitlement for vaccination against the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus was lifted on June 7 2021. Therefore, company doctors can now also vaccinate in enterprises. For companies in the Rhine district of Neuss, the infrastructure of the vaccination centre in Hammfeld can be made available for this purpose, whereby vaccines must be ordered by the company doctors via pharmacies. Interested company doctors can contact the vaccination centre by e-mail. Assistance on ordering, delivery and administration of the vaccine by company doctors can be found on a joint page of the trade associations.

As some sectors are still affected by the consequences of the Corona pandemic, the federal government has extended bridging aid until September 30 2021 as “Bridging Aid III Plus”. New in terms of content is the possibility of claiming a so-called “restart premium” instead of the lump sum for personnel costs as a subsidy for the rising personnel costs caused by reopening. For instance, when employees are brought back from short-time work. Under certain conditions, legal fees and court costs incurred for restructuring such as averting impending insolvency can be reimbursed. The new start-up assistance Neustarthilfe Plus is also extended until September 30. You can find more information about the bridging aid on the homepage and on the pages of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.

June 2

Not only is the nice weather is a reason to rejoice, but specifically the easing in  accordance with the Corona Protection Ordinance NRW. As of today, incidence level 2 is valid in the city of Neuss!

Thus, also as of today, the sun can be enjoyed during outdoor catering without presenting a negative test. The operation of indoor areas is now also permitted. However, a negative test is still required for this.

Furthermore, all shops can open without an appointment and without presenting a negative coronation test. In general, the customer limit is now reduced to one person per 10 m² instead the previous 20 m² for a shop with <800 m² sales area. You can find more information on the homepage, also where you can find the now applicable regulations for other areas.

May 28

The state of North Rhine-Westphalia has introduced a new three-tier system for all municipalities for which the “federal emergency brake” for the 7-day incidence > 100 no longer applies. Depending on the respective incidence of infection, the independent cities and districts will be assigned to three incidence levels as of today: Level 1: Incidence ≤ 35; Level 2: Incidence > 35 ≤ 50; Level 3: Incidence > 50 ≤ 100.

The following applies to the upgrading or downgrading: The municipality is assigned to the next highest level if the respective threshold value is exceeded on three consecutive calendar days. A downgrading requires a shortfall on five consecutive working days. The change takes effect on the day after next and is published by the state Ministry of Health.

In Neuss, the 7-day incidence is currently below 50. If this remains constant, the district could be downgraded to level 2 during next week. At present, however, Neuss still falls under the incidence level 3. Compared to the legal situation that applied until yesterday, the new level classification brings initial relaxations, which we present on the homepage. You can find an overview of the regulations valid for the respective levels on the website of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia or on the website of the city of Neuss. We will inform you with this update if there is a change in the level classification for Neuss.

The Mittelstand Innovativ & Digital, MID programme of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Innovation, Digitalisation and Energy of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia supports small and medium-sized enterprises from all sectors in further developing their products and services digitally. The existing funding offer has been expanded to include MID-Plus in response to the consequences of the pandemic. Companies can still benefit from the improved funding conditions and apply for the funding until 30 June 2021.

The expansion of funding consists of the larger selection of digitisation projects for which financial support can be applied for. For example, the first-time conversion of previously physical services such as advisory services or courses to digital instruments as well as the new development of corresponding offers for customers can now also be funded. Small enterprises receive a funding rate of 80%, medium-sized enterprises 60%. Applications can be submitted online via the programme’s website. If you have any questions, please contact us or use the publications on the programme website.

May 22

The, hopefully permanent, expiry of the so-called “federal emergency brake” for Neuss is such important news. By general decree of the Ministry of Labour, Health and Social Affairs of today, it was determined that the strict regulations of the Federal Infection Protection Act § 28b para. 1 in the Rhine District of Neuss will cease to apply from May 24 2021, 0:00 hrs. You can find the general decree on the pages of the Ministry of Health.

May 21

The incidence value in the Rhine district of Neuss has now been below the value of 100 for days. This means that the regulations of the “federal emergency brake” will probably also cease to apply in Neuss from Whit Monday, 24.05.2021.

In this case, the curfew restriction from 10 pm to 5 am would no longer apply. In addition, all shops will be allowed to open again, and appointments will no longer be necessary. Shops that do not contribute to basic supplies are still to be entered by the customer with a negative test.

Restrictions of people continue to apply: Basic service shops <800 m² 1 customer/ 10 m²; Basic service shops >800 m² 1 customer/ 20 m²; All other shops: 1 customer/ 20 m².

Even services close to the body, where the minimum distance of 1.5 metres cannot be maintained, may then be practised again. Hygiene precautions must be strictly followed. If the mask can only be worn temporarily or not at all during the service, a negative rapid or self-test according to § 4 of the Corona Protection Ordinance must be available from the client as well as from the staff in each case. This rule does not apply to medical services.

Catering establishments may serve guests on outdoor terraces. For this, the guests must present a negative rapid or self-test according to § 4 of the Corona Protection Ordinance and the guests must be assigned a fixed place to sit or stand. Hotels are then also allowed to reopen for tourist purposes, but only 60% of the existing capacity may be used.

Further information on the relaxations can be found in the FAQ on the NRW website.

The perspective of opening outdoor terraces confronts restaurateurs with the question of what requirements there are in regard to contact tracking. The answer is as follows. All data including name, address, telephone number and period of stay can be recorded on paper as before. In addition, a digital variant, app, can also be used to record the data. The customer can then choose between the two variants. The only important thing is that for customers who do not want to use a digital version, the option to register on paper is offered.

The restaurateurs of Neuss do not have to fear that they will have to dismantle the tents, pavilions, pagodas or windbreaks purchased with the support of the city at the end of May, despite the current modest weather conditions. It is true that this is basically a measure to enable people to stay outside during the winter season. However, as long as the indoor areas of the restaurants are not allowed to be opened, the City of Neuss will tolerate the furnishing of outdoor terraces during the summer months. In this way, the city takes into account the fact that guests cannot move indoors when showers start or when it cools down in the evening.

Companies, freelancers and solo self-employed persons who have so far failed the eligibility criteria for federal and state aid but have nevertheless suffered considerable hardship due to the consequences of the Corona pandemic now receive a financial subsidy in the form of hardship aid. These are based, analogous to the bridging aid III, on the amount of the company’s fixed costs and are applied for through an auditing third party such as tax advisor or auditor. In addition to being affected by Corona, there must also be an extraordinary economic burden that foreseeably threatens the economic existence of the company. The grant is intended to secure the company’s continued existence. You can find more information about the aid on the homepage and on the federal government’s funding platform.

May 14

The 7-day incidence in the Rhine district of Neuss is still above 100, but at least it is falling. This increases the chances that the so-called federal emergency brake will soon no longer intervene in Neuss. On Wednesday, the state of North Rhine-Westphalia published a new version of the Corona Protection Ordinance, thus modifying the legal situation for the period from or upon the expiry of the federal regulations. The new version applies from tomorrow, Saturday, May 15 and is initially valid until June 4 2021.

The new version provides for relaxations in two stages, under 100 and under 50 new infections within seven days per 100,000 inhabitants. The first stage of below 100 already includes, among other things, the opening of outdoor gastronomy. In trade with goods that are not part of the basic supply, the booking of appointments is no longer required, services close to the body may be provided again. Negative rapid tests of the customers, if necessary also of the staff, are a prerequisite for the provision of services. At the second level, below 50, more far-reaching relaxations take effect; among other things, the indoor areas of restaurants are allowed to reopen.

A list of the rules for the levels above 100, below 100 and below 50 can be found on the webpage of the Ministry of Labour, Health and Social Affairs.

A “stable” undercutting of the respective threshold still requires that the 7-day incidence is below 100, or below 50 for the second relaxation step, for five consecutive working days. If this is the case, the relief takes effect on the day after next. So even if the best possible course is taken with the 7-day incidence from tomorrow always below 100, the emergency brake in Neuss cannot come off before Saturday, 22 May. We will keep you up to date here and on the homepage.

May 7

Following a comprehensive update of the bridging support, financial assistance has now also been activated for start-ups that were founded by October 31 2020. A decline in turnover of at least 30% can be determined in various ways. For example, the average monthly turnover of the two pre-crisis months of January and February 2020 or the average monthly turnover in the months June to September 2020 can be used as a comparison. Alternatively, the monthly turnover can be based on the annual turnover from 2020. The application is submitted via an auditing third party such as a tax advisor. Further information is available on the homepage and on the pages of the funding platform.

The Corona pandemic has a variety of effects not only on society as a whole, but also on the professional working environment. Home office solutions are shaping the everyday working life of many people. Is the Corona pandemic an accelerator of developments in the field of “New Work”? What impact does “New Work” have on office real estate? We cordially invite you to participate in our digital event “New Work – What are the opportunities and challenges for office real estate?” next Tuesday, 11 May at 6 pm. Discuss with us and the two speakers, Ms Julia Collard, Head of Sales and Marketing HSB Management at the European University of Applied Sciences and Mr Oliver Bossmann, Regus Franchise Partner Rhineland and Managing Director of the REGUS Center in Neuss. Further information is available on the homepage.

By Vincent Green, Jun 2 2021

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