A Victorian government statement stated that up to 90,000 businesses can receive support payments of $ 3,000 through the Fund for approved reception centers and $ 2,000 through the Business expense assistance program.
“People start to need support from day one – the first hour – of a lockdown. We know this is tough on Victorian businesses and we are supporting them, as we have been doing since the very beginning of the pandemic, ”Premier Daniel Andrews said of business payments.
Businesses eligible for payment include cafes, restaurants, bars, event providers, tourism and accommodation providers, and non-essential retailers.
Andrews said the “decisive” lockdown, which was announced for five days last Thursday but was extended following positive COVID-19 figures of 13 new cases on Monday and four more to be officially reported.
“We have to be sure our guard and we have to make sure we make the best calls because you kind of only have one chance to make it, ”the prime minister said on Monday.
“We don’t want to go back and forth, not having faced this epidemic and fooling ourselves.”
Now that @DanielAndrewsMP confirmed #melbournelockdown will be extended, how long can the restrictions last? Modeling by Christopher Fairley @kitfairley @MSHCResearch @MonashCCS and @ LeiZhan21499561 @Monash_SPHPM suggest it could take weeks. https://t.co/nukh7x8ZrM
– Susan Elliott (@ProfSueElliott) July 19, 2021
Small Business Minister Jaala Pulford said payments were essential for small businesses struggling to survive for 18 months.
“Small businesses in Victoria […] keep doing whatever it takes to protect the community. We know it’s really tough and we thank each and every one of them, ”said Pulford.
“Victoria’s local businesses are the backbone of our economy. This essential support will enable business owners to overcome this new challenge and make a strong recovery, ”added Industry Support and Recovery Minister Martin Pakula.
A Victorian government statement said 22,000 applicants for the Business Cost Assistance program were being finalized by the Department of Employment, Constituencies and Regions. Ministry officials were looking for missing information or additional details from these companies to confirm their eligibility for the program.
“Thousands of these applicants are expected to be selected and paid by the end of [this] week, ”the statement read.
Reported yesterday: 13 new local cases and 1 new case acquired abroad (currently at headquarters).
– 14,758 doses of vaccine were administered
– 54,839 test results were received
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– VicGovDH (@VicGovDH) July 18, 2021
Income support payments for workers, to be paid from the first day of foreclosure on Friday, are also possible through an agreement the state has made with the Commonwealth. Workers who are affected by the latest public health orders can receive the same payments as workers in New South Wales.
No cash flow test will apply to people claiming the weekly payment, which will be $ 375 for those who lose 8 to 20 hours of work, and $ 600 for those who lose 20 or more hours of work during the shift. confinement.
Citizens are told to request payments through the Australia Services website, with Commonwealth Funding Payments for those who live or work in federally declared hot spots and State Government Funding Payments for all other Victorians.
A new date for the end of Melbourne’s latest lockdown has yet to be announced. More soon.