Support for commercial activities affected by the health crisis
In order to support companies directly affected by the current health crisis, and more particularly those required to close their doors in accordance with the decisions taken by the Federal Council to combat the spread of the coronavirus, the City of Geneva has taken a number of decisions relating to commercial activities and activities in public areas.
Rents and rentals
Rents for public establishments and shops
During the session of 18 March 2020, the Administrative Council of the City of Geneva decided to support businesses directly affected by the current health crisis, and more particularly those which have been forced to close their doors. The decision has therefore been taken to waive the collection of rent from public facilities and non-essential businesses which have closed in accordance with the decisions of the Federal Council (non-food shops, restaurants, bars, entertainment and recreational facilities and any establishments providing services implying close contact with customers) for the month of April 2020.
The City of Geneva is naturally monitoring the discussions between the Canton, the Confederation and the tenants’ associations very closely and will comply with the decisions taken over the coming weeks.
Other commercial tenants which have not been expressly ordered to close by the Federal Council but who are suffering the full consequences of the crisis, can contact the Canton of Geneva.
Rents for pavilions or kiosks and terraces
The City of Geneva has decided not to charge any rent on pavilions and kiosks during the health crisis. These measures will be renewed if the deadlines stipulated in the federal ordinance relating to the measures designed to combat COVID-19 are extended.
Furthermore, the City of Geneva’s Executive Committee has waived collection of the usual taxes levied on the encroachment of terraces until the end of 2020 and has also authorised owners who submit a request to the Public Areas Service (SEP) to extend their terraces.
- Terraces: the City has waived taxes for 2020 and authorised extensions - press release of 15 May 2020
Rental of market stands
The City will not charge rent on markets traders’ stalls during the health crisis linked to the spread of the coronavirus or the daily rent of daily traders for 3 months after the date on which the market reopens.
Exoneration from taxes, emoluments and fees
Taxes and administrative emolument for cancelled events
The City of Geneva has decided to waive the administrative fees and not to charge the public sphere taxes associated with events that have been cancelled following the measures taken by the Federal Council and the State Council to combat COVID-19,and for which the authorisations have already been issued.
Measures concerning the invoicing of encroachments in public areas
Terraces, advertising measures and encroachments
The increased use of public areas by terraces, advertising measures and encroachments linked to shops and public establishments benefiting from an authorisation/permission from the City of Geneva will not be invoiced throughout the period of bans decreed by the relevant authorities (decree of the State Council of 16 March stipulating the measures to combat the spread of the COVID 19 epidemic). The invoices will take account of the duration of the prohibitive measures decreed by the authorities in a pro rata temporis format still to be defined. In light of the current context and the health recommendations, your administrator will be happy to accompany you and provide you with more detailed information. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Terraces: the City has waived taxes for 2020 and authorised extensions - press release of 15 May 2020
The increased use of public areas by work sites benefiting from an authorisation/permission from the City of Geneva will not be invoiced throughout the period of bans decreed by the relevant authorities, except construction sites which have reopened on the basis of a specific authorisation from the cantonal authorities. In light of the current context and the health recommendations, your administrator will be happy to accompany you and provide you with more detailed information. Contact: email@example.com
Other support measures available to companies
Companies suffering the full consequences of the crisis, can contact the Canton of Geneva by calling the hotline, opened by the Department of the Economy, on 022 388 34 34. In this way, they can be informed of the measures in place and the possibilities for receiving assistance.
Article modifié le 20.05.2020 à 11:31