(MENAFN – Swissinfo) The Swiss government has agreed to provide financial assistance to people working in the cultural sector.
This content is published March 31, 2021 – 16:51 March 31, 2021 – 16:51 swissinfo.ch/urs
Applicants, including self-employed artists with frequent and limited work contracts, will be able to receive funds for lost income starting March 2020.
“The Covid curbs have hit the cultural sector in full force from the start,” Interior Minister Alain Berset said at a press conference on Wednesday.
As part of the new rules that took effect on Thursday, conditions for receiving emergency assistance have also been eased.
There are about 63,000 companies and about 300,000 people in the Swiss cultural sector.
So far, the Swiss government External Links has spent CHF410 million ($ 436 million) to pay for lost revenue for a cultural sector hit by the restrictions imposed on the Covid pandemic. Regional authorities also support the cultural sector financially.
There are no more salary limits
Meanwhile, professional sports clubs will have easier access to receive emergency funds from the state. The government has said it agreed to override a prerequisite that football and ice hockey clubs must limit salaries in order for their top players to be eligible for non-refundable financial assistance.
The government also decided to allocate an additional CHF2.6 billion to pay for the cost of the vaccination campaign.
These funds still need parliamentary approval.
In another development, members of the civil protection service could be called on to support staff at hospitals, nursing homes and Covid testing centers. The government extended the mandate until the end of June.
Over the past several months, up to 1,500 of those service members have served each week, according to the defense ministry.
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