Shortly after the COVID-19 pandemic hit the Czech Republic, the Czech Ministry of Finance introduced Antivirus – a support program for companies to compensate for their losses caused by the pandemic. Originally, it was due to end in August but the Czech government decided to extend it.
You can still apply
As the coronavirus pandemic continues, it is obvious that many companies still have to deal with losses. Some of them even had to close their business for good. To prevent this from happening, the Czech government recently made the decision to extend the program until the end of October.
At the same time, the Czech Minister of Labor and Social Affairs, Jana Maláčová, announced that she would also like to further discuss a new form of kurzarbeit, which should replace the Antivirus program from November.
What Is the Program For
While it is still possible to apply for the support, applicants have to meet a few conditions. The main condition is that it only applies to employers who do not use money from public budgets or European subsidies to pay wages, have at least 1 employee, and due to government measures against coronavirus cannot continue working at all or only to a limited extent. It is particularly intended for companies affected by the government’s COVID-19 countermeasures and companies currently facing related economic difficulties. Employers in difficulty will receive a contribution to compensate employees’ wages and will not be forced to lay their employees off.
Other conditions the companies have to meet are as follows:
- employers must follow the Labor Code;
- employees may not be on notice, nor may the company terminate them;
- employees must be employed and participate in sickness and pension insurance;
- the company must pay wages and pay levies.
Most of the other programs for companies and self-employed people ended in August. Among them, for example, the special contribution of 25,000 CZK for self-employed people, or social contribution for entrepreneurs in the cultural field. It is therefore not possible to apply for these programs anymore.
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Sources: Money.cz, Ceskenoviny.cz and MSPV
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2 thoughts on “Coronavirus in Czechia: Antivirus Support Program Extended until the End of October”
I had written to you earlier regarding my business in Brno which had to be closed down due to covid19. I was on short term business visa which expired on 12th July 2020 and at present stuck in Dubai as Czech Embassy is still not accepting any business visa applications. Can you please advice if there is any way I can get my business visa from Ministry of Interior as exceptional case as I am paying my shop and house rentals every month and incurring heavy loses due to closure of my business. Thanks.
I am sorry that you are in such a complicated situation. So far we have no information on whether this is possible. The best thing I can do for you right now is to recommend you to get in touch with my colleagues who specialize in this field – hopefully, they’ll be able to find some way how to help you. Fingers crossed!