New corona benefit: the support benefit

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It has been raining benefits since the start of the corona crisis. The Flemish government introduced the hindrance benefit, the closure benefit and the compensation benefit. Only recently the hinder benefit has been extended and the support benefit has been announced.  Have you lost sight of all the benefits?  Don’t worry, we will give you an overview of the principal Flemish benefits below.

 

 

1. The corona hindrance benefit

 

The hindrance benefit was announced at the very start of the corona crisis and is meant for enterprises that had to close their physical place of business due to the measures taken by the National Security Council.

 

This benefit consists of two parts: a fixed benefit of € 4,000 (the actual hindrance benefit) for all enterprises that had to close during the lockdown and an additional benefit of € 160 (the so-called closure benefit) for every additional day of closure after 6 April.  

 

The hindrance benefit was scheduled to expire on 12 June, but in the meantime the Flemish Government has decided to extend the application term for those business who have to remain closed (wellness centres, cinemas, discos, swimming pools,…).  These enterprises continue to be entitled to the closure benefit of € 160 per day until they are allowed to reopen their physical place of business following a decision of the Security Council.

 

The hindrance benefit can be applied for until 30 June.

 

 

2. The corona compensation benefit

 

The compensation benefit was announced in April and is intended for enterprises who were not forced to close (and therefore do not qualify for the hindrance benefit) but who had to considerably limit their activities due to the corona measures and suffered a significant loss of turnover as a result.  

 

If these enterprises can prove that their turnover decreased by at least 60% in the period between 14 March 2020 and 30 April 2020 compared to the same period last year, they are entitled to a fixed benefit of € 3,000 (€ 1,500 for people who are self-employed as a secondary activity).

 

The compensation benefit can also be applied for until 30 June.

 

 

3. The corona support benefit 

 

The restrictive measures taken by the Security Council are still affecting numerous enterprises. Especially the event sector is suffering great losses. Businesses and shops that have recently reopened their doors still have the obligation to observe capacity restrictions and are suffering considerable turnover losses as a result.  That’s why the Flemish government has created a third corona benefit: the support benefit.

 

This extra benefit is intended for all businesses who were entitled to a compensation benefit as well as for businesses who qualified for a hindrance benefit and have reopened their doors in the meantime.

 

The condition to qualify for this benefit is a loss of turnover of at least 60% during the period of one month following the reopening, compared to a reference period last year. For shops, this 1-month period is from 11 May to 11 June.  For catering establishments, it’s the period from 8 June to 8 July.

 

A further condition is that the business must actually have restarted its activities.

The support benefit amounts to € 2,000 (€ 1,000 for people who are self-employed as a secondary activity).

 

This corona support benefit can be requested from the second half of July until 15 August at the latest.

 

You can always consult our diagram for an overview of the principal federal and regional support measures.

New corona benefit: the support benefit

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It has been raining benefits since the start of the corona crisis. The Flemish government introduced the hindrance benefit, the closure benefit and the compensation benefit. Only recently the hinder benefit has been extended and the support benefit has been announced.  Have you lost sight of all the benefits?  Don’t worry, we will give you an overview of the principal Flemish benefits below.

 

 

1. The corona hindrance benefit

 

The hindrance benefit was announced at the very start of the corona crisis and is meant for enterprises that had to close their physical place of business due to the measures taken by the National Security Council.

 

This benefit consists of two parts: a fixed benefit of € 4,000 (the actual hindrance benefit) for all enterprises that had to close during the lockdown and an additional benefit of € 160 (the so-called closure benefit) for every additional day of closure after 6 April.  

 

The hindrance benefit was scheduled to expire on 12 June, but in the meantime the Flemish Government has decided to extend the application term for those business who have to remain closed (wellness centres, cinemas, discos, swimming pools,…).  These enterprises continue to be entitled to the closure benefit of € 160 per day until they are allowed to reopen their physical place of business following a decision of the Security Council.

 

The hindrance benefit can be applied for until 30 June.

 

 

2. The corona compensation benefit

 

The compensation benefit was announced in April and is intended for enterprises who were not forced to close (and therefore do not qualify for the hindrance benefit) but who had to considerably limit their activities due to the corona measures and suffered a significant loss of turnover as a result.  

 

If these enterprises can prove that their turnover decreased by at least 60% in the period between 14 March 2020 and 30 April 2020 compared to the same period last year, they are entitled to a fixed benefit of € 3,000 (€ 1,500 for people who are self-employed as a secondary activity).

 

The compensation benefit can also be applied for until 30 June.

 

 

3. The corona support benefit 

 

The restrictive measures taken by the Security Council are still affecting numerous enterprises. Especially the event sector is suffering great losses. Businesses and shops that have recently reopened their doors still have the obligation to observe capacity restrictions and are suffering considerable turnover losses as a result.  That’s why the Flemish government has created a third corona benefit: the support benefit.

 

This extra benefit is intended for all businesses who were entitled to a compensation benefit as well as for businesses who qualified for a hindrance benefit and have reopened their doors in the meantime.

 

The condition to qualify for this benefit is a loss of turnover of at least 60% during the period of one month following the reopening, compared to a reference period last year. For shops, this 1-month period is from 11 May to 11 June.  For catering establishments, it’s the period from 8 June to 8 July.

 

A further condition is that the business must actually have restarted its activities.

The support benefit amounts to € 2,000 (€ 1,000 for people who are self-employed as a secondary activity).

 

This corona support benefit can be requested from the second half of July until 15 August at the latest.

 

You can always consult our diagram for an overview of the principal federal and regional support measures.