Govt OKs Antivirus program, support for self-employed

(ČIA) Czech government approved the Antivirus program on March 31, 2020. Minister of Labour and Social Affairs Jana Maláčová (Social Democrats, ČSSD) said that entrepreneurs may apply to the state for wage compensation for the period from March 12 until the end of April 2020. The program foresees two schemes. The first applies to quarantined persons and enterprises closed by the state’s decision; e.g. they have reduced sales or lack of subcontracting. The program will be calculated from the super-gross wage. In mode A it will cover 80% with a maximum of CZK 39,000 and in mode B 60% with a limit of CZK 29,000. The impact on the state budget will reach almost CZK 33bn. The government also supported compensation for self-employed persons limited by COVID-19, amounting to CZK 500 per day between March 12 and the end of April.

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