The restrictive coronavirus measures implemented by the National Civil Protection Directorate have brought many companies, particularly those in the service sector, to the brink of bankruptcy.
So far the Croatian Employment Bureau has paid out 80% of the fixed costs for December to businesses affected by the restrictive coronavirus measures, amounting to 63 million Kuna. Businesses can submit applications for the payment of fixed costs for January until the 15th of next month. On Wednesday Labour Minister Josip Aladrović pointed out that so far more than 350 million Kuna of aid has been paid out in January.
Meanwhile, after easing the restrictive measures on Monday and announcements made on Tuesday by some county branches of the Civil Protection Directorate that due to their low infection numbers, they are looking to re-open bars and cafes at the beginning of March, the head of the National Civil Protection Directorate, Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Davor Božinović announced on Wednesday what the directorate is planning for March 1st: “We can still, thankfully, talk about a mild reduction in numbers, today we're at about 13 percent less than last Wednesday. So, we're maintaining that rhythm, and hoping that we will be able to continue this downward trend in new infections. That will then open up the possibility of considering easing additional measures. There was talk of this yesterday at the county level, in which county officials later explained that they were referring to filing requests to the national office. Local initiatives are not problematic, but when you announce easing measures, it is best to first inform the national office first.”
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