The vice president of the Xunta and Minister of Tourism, Alfonso Rueda; the Regional Minister os Labour and Equality, María Jesús Lourenzana and the President of the Galicia Tourism Cluster, Cesáreo Pardal, discussed today with representatives of the Galician hotel and restaurant associations the options and assistance available to them to face the measures put in place march to fight the pandemic.
During the meeting, the participants in the meeting received information about the 12 million euros that the hospitality industry will have and the four million that nightlife companies will receive. They also learned about the conditions under which the 70 million euros of aid that the Xunta reserves for the self-employed and micro-enterprises of the most affected sectors will be granted.
Today’s meeting has been the first that the Xunta will develop with the different tourism subsectors represented in the Cluster.
Rueda and Lourenzana pledged to keep a communication channel open with the Galician hospitality industry, for which the Cluster and the organizations have appointed representatives who will make up a dialogue table.
The Xunta’s plan to face the new situation focuses on three lines of aid. In the first place, there will be aid to complement the cessation of activity for the self-employed, which will be received in a single payment of 1,200 euros. Second, there will be aids for micro-businesses and self-employed workers. To access these grants, it will be necessary for them to have an ERTE authorized since March and to be able to prove through a responsible declaration that their income decreased by more than 50 percent. These grants will be 4,000 euros (which may reach 5,000 in cases of particularly affected activities).
The third line will be that of direct aid for the effects of the stoppage of activity in 60 municipalities. It will be 1,000 euros per month closed for companies with less than 10 workers and 1,500 in the case of companies with more workers. The periods of activity derived from the closures in 60 municipalities in November, such as the previous ones in Ourense and O Carballiño, will be taken into account.
The sector also learned today that companies that serve take-away orders can opt for the aid if they do not have employees or if the employees are covered by an ERTE.
The measures were very well received by the sector, which insisted that it is one of the most punished by anti-Covid measures, to the point, in the words of Cesáreo Pardal, “of needing a rescue, like the one that was he did with the bank ”.
In this sense, both those responsible for the Xunta and the representatives of the sector agreed on the need for the involvement of other administrations in this rescue since there are measures, especially fiscal, and other types of direct aid necessary, which depend on the Central government.
The Minister of Emprego explained that the Xunta has not been stopped at any time and that it has had to seek funds from items such as training to promote employment and remnants of the European social fund to be able to announce this plan.
In this sense, the vice president, Alfonso Rueda, announced that, as long as the problem persists, the Xunta will seek funds to maintain the aid.
Rueda promised to have everything ready within a week so that the aid can be received by companies and freelancers, in any case, before the end of the year.
The president of the Galicia Tourism Cluster, Cesáreo Pardal, recalled after the meeting that the tourism sector will be, until there is a vaccine for Covid-19, in a situation of total inactivity in which the only thing that can be done is “ keep your vital signs ”. In this sense, he recalled that it is a strategic sector in which more than 120,000 Galician families live directly and represents 11 percent of the Gross Domestic Product. A sector that, he said, “is part of the solution to the problem now, and will be essential for social and economic recovery when the pandemic is controlled.”