Pafos Chamber is informing its members / businesses as well as any interested parties of the measures announced jointly on Sunday 16 March 2020 by H.E President of the Republic of Cyprus Mr Nikos Anastasiadis together with the Ministers of Health, Finance, Labor and Welfare and Social Security. We would like to remind you that the Local Chambers of Commerce have transmitted and assisted in the formulation of the above measures through the Cyprus Chamber and are in constant contact with the Government and the State to take additional action where appropriate.
The "Support Program" includes the following:
AID NETWORK PROTECTION OF WORKERS AND VULNERABLE GROUPS
A "special permit", which may last up to 4 weeks at this stage, and which does not include public holidays, will be granted the following allowance:
For a parent with a salary of up to € 2,500: for the first € 1,000 of the parent's salary a 'special leave' allowance of 60% of the salary will be paid and for the subsequent € 1,000 of his / her salary, a 40 % allowance will be paid. It is noted that in the case of single parent families, the rate of payment of the benefit varies between 70% and 50% respectively.
[1 month € 20m, potential beneficiaries 50,000 persons]
In many businesses has today decided to suspend their work and many businesses will continue to operate and will suffer a decrease in turnover in excess of 25% applies Draft Suspension of business operations in order to avoid redundancies, while the affected workers They will receive unemployment benefits for as long as the company will be suspended operations.
bonus payment, which will equal pay, approximately 5000 persons employed in Afternoon and Evening Programs of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport and Youth (Music Schools, Sports Schools, State Education Institutes, Training Centers, optionally Day Schools, Evening and Evening programs Arts and the program "School and Social Integration Actions") and other similar services of the Ministry of Education purchase plans.
ι.Workers experiencing particular health problems within the directory that has been prepared by the Ministry of Health, who must be absent from work for health protection purposes and not the worse. Condition the presentation of a certificate from their personal physician.
ιι.compulsory absence cases from work to persons with instructions or ordered by the Authorities (Division 1 [statutory limitation under medical monitoring (quarantine)] and Category 2 [Restrained under telephone surveillance]), provided that restricted workers hold a certificate issued by the Ministry of Health.
iii. Persons beyond the age of 63rd year until the age of 65 year, who do not receive a statutory pension and continue to work and which fall under the Categories and the Ministry of Health, provided that restricted workers hold a certificate issued by the Ministry of Health.
For purposes of enhancing the self-employed, sickness benefit will be paid as and employees, from the fourth day.
[For each 20,000 employees, 16m]
Payment of benefits for those benefits will be by simplified and accelerated procedures.
STRENGTHENING HEALTH SYSTEM
- Employment additional medical, nursing and support staff and for more effective and more direct response to the work they are required to carry.
- Strengthening equipment and logistics
- Strengthening of the Institute of Neurology & Genetics, both in human resources and infrastructure
- Strengthening the Center Ambulance
- Strengthening of the Office 1420
BUSINESS SUPPORT AND STRENGTHENING OF LIQUIDITY AND ENHANCING INTERNAL CONSUMPTION
This measure will result in strengthening of liquidity in the period in which it is expected to face a liquidity problem.
OTHER MEASURES of PROTECTION OF CITIZENS
The public service and the broader public sector and serving the educational service for the next month, from Tuesday 17/3/2020 will work:
The above arrangement excluding essential services. The competent ministers will determine the needs of the Ministry and their Departments for proper planning of the work.
Regarding the Educational Service, the Minister of Education and Culture is authorized to draw up the program for the educational needs for the duration of the non-operation of the public schools in order through the use of technology to address part of the educational program.
Regardless of what has been mentioned above, and to ensure timely and effective implementation of the measures announced, those serving in the public service, the public sector and the educational service will be required if not in a designated service or homework where invited to provide their services in other areas if deemed necessary.
Finally the Minister of Health by ministerial decree in accordance with a decision of the Cabinet, in a series of measures taken by the Government to protect public health and managing the impact of the epidemic of the coronavirus, explained that from March 16, 2020 from 6-00 am For a period of four weeks, the operation of the following companies compulsorily suspended:
Provided that they receive compulsory and strictly observe hygiene rules, companies can perform administrative or other tasks with close doors.
For health safety reasons and proper functioning of the community, open the following business categories remain:
It clarified that retailers who do not fall into category suspend their operations can continue their work by ensuring that the workplace will be no more than five workers.
All other companies not-listed the above categories, can continue to operate as it will keep strict hygiene rules and the protection of staff and space.
In regard to the operation of hotels, they suspend their work until April 30th 2020. To serve their existing customers may continue to operate for a period of six days from now.
Regarding the public service companies from the private, public and parastatal noted that not strictly true that the presence of people in the service area should be more than one person per 8 square meters. Indicatively, public service area means the bank branches, Citizen Service Centers, the bill payment centers, and so on.
Finally, arrangements regarding public transportation will be announced the same day by the Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works.
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