Covid-19. Lisbon Council extends non-repayable support until June 30

Covid-19. Lisbon Council extends non-repayable support until June 30
Covid-19. Lisbon Council extends non-repayable support until June 30
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The City Council of Lisbon supported about four thousand entities, mainly in the areas of catering and commerce, in the total amount of 23 million euros, and extended the support until June 30, it was announced this Monday.

“At this moment, more than four thousand entities have already been supported in the city of Lisbon alone, with a total support amount of 23 million euros. Support that arrived on time and at the time it was needed and that we have now extended to 30 of June, in case he needs to be at the disposal of catering and commerce “, said the mayor.

Fernando Medina (PS) was speaking to journalists at Parque das Nações, on a visit to some restaurants, on the day that the terraces could reopen in the context of the second phase of deflation.

Asked whether he expected the deflationary process to continue on April 19, the mayor agreed.

“That is our hope, it is our expectation, that everything will go well, that everything will go safely. That we can keep the numbers low so that this is not an opening that will close next,” he stressed.

Referring that he made a point of visiting some restaurants to give a “word of strength, of encouragement”, at a time that “is important for thousands and thousands” of businesses, Medina also assured that he will remain “close” to the merchants and entrepreneurs of the city’s restoration .

“This is a very important word at the moment, at a moment of doubt whether we will be able to endure this process of deflation until the summer. I am confident that it will, but we will be here in any circumstance to support this very important sector”, reinforced Fernando Medina.

In addition to the four thousand entities that the Chamber has already supported in a non-refundable way, the mayor said that the municipality received a total of “five thousand candidacies”, which budget “around 26 million” euros.

At the end of last year, Fernando Medina announced non-repayable support for companies, with an available budget of 20 million euros, and later, in January, announced another 20 million, destined to entities that were not previously covered.

There is, therefore, money available to continue supporting these entrepreneurs and that is why the Lisbon City Council decided to extend the application deadline, noted the mayor.

According to Medina, the most supported sector is the restaurant sector, followed by commerce.

Beneficiaries must register a turnover drop of more than 25% in the first three quarters of last year or in all quarters, in relation to the same period of 2019.

The Covid-19 pandemic caused at least 2,853,908 deaths worldwide, resulting from more than 131.2 million cases of infection, according to a report made by the French agency AFP.

In Portugal, 16,885 people died from 823,494 confirmed cases of infection, according to the most recent bulletin from the Directorate-General for Health.

The disease is transmitted by a new coronavirus detected in late 2019 in Wuhan, a city in central China.

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