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Factsheet for measure AT-2020-45/1637 – Updated – measures in Austria
|Country||Austria , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 03 November 2020 – 30 June 2021|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
Supporting businesses to stay afloat
– Direct subsidies (full or partial)
|Author||Bernadette Allinger (Forba) and Eurofound|
|Measure added||30 December 2020 (updated 01 March 2023)|
In November and December 2020, the federal government implemented further lock-downs, in order to reduce the dynamics of the COVID-19 infection process.
On 3 November, a so-called "lockdown light" was implemented, which essentially regulates closures of restaurants and hotels (with take-away and business overnight stays allowed), as well as fitness centres, leisure facilities and the like. This was in place until 16 November (and again between 7 and 25 December) and was followed by a "strict" lock-down from 17 November to 6 December and 26 December 2020 to 17 January 2021, which regulated additional closures (e.g. retail, personal services such as hairdressing, cosmetic studios, but also museums or libraries). In order to support the Austrian economy and all those business affected by the closures, the federal government provides a lockdown sales compensation as a further aid measure as part of the federal Corona aid fund.
Companies that are directly affected by the imposed restrictions are eligible to the sales compensation. For different sectors (according to the NACE classification) and periods, different replacement ratios apply, so that a so-called "November sales compensation" and "December sales compensation can be differentiated:
The following updates to this measure have been made after it came into effect.
|16 February 2021||
(Referring to the update from 27 December 2020:) The so-called lockdown turnover compensation II for indirectly affected companies has started on 16 February 2021 for companies which are indirectly affected by the lock-down (i.e. if they generate at least 50% of their sales or turnover with companies that were directly affected by the official closings in November and 2020). The compensation is granted if the company suffers a revenue shortfall of more than 40% during this time period for up to five different observation periods. The compensation is to be applied for between 16 February and 30 June 2021.
|27 December 2020||
At the end of December 2020, it was announced that a turnover compensation for indirectly affected companies (e.g. supplier companies) will be provided for the months of November and December 2020 for those companies which had losses of at least 40%. No further details are available as of now.
As of 18 December 2020, 65,499 applicants received turnover compensation in the amount of €1.422 billion. The state paid €2.9 billion overall for applications in 2020 and €495 million in 2021.
|Does not apply to workers||
Sector specific set of companies
||Does not apply to citizens|
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Form||Not applicable||Not applicable|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
Social partner involvement is unknown.
Organised business (especially the sectoral associations concerned by business closures) appreciates the measure.
This case is sector-specific
|Economic area||Sector (NACE level 2)|
|G - Wholesale And Retail Trade; Repair Of Motor Vehicles And Motorcycles||G45 Wholesale and retail trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles|
|G47 Retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles|
|H - Transportation And Storage||H49 Land transport and transport via pipelines|
|H50 Water transport|
|H52 Warehousing and support activities for transportation|
|I - Accommodation And Food Service Activities||I55 Accommodation|
|I56 Food and beverage service activities|
|J - Information And Communication||J59 Motion picture, video and television programme production, sound recording and music publishing activities|
|N - Administrative And Support Service Activities||N77 Rental and leasing activities|
|N79 Travel agency, tour operator and other reservation service and related activities|
|N82 Office administrative, office support and other business support activities|
|P - Education||P85 Education|
|Q - Human Health And Social Work Activities||Q86 Human health activities|
|R - Arts, Entertainment And Recreation||R90 Creative, arts and entertainment activities|
|R91 Libraries, archives, museums and other cultural activities|
|R92 Gambling and betting activities|
|R93 Sports activities and amusement and recreation activities|
|S - Other Service Activities||S96 Other personal service activities|
This case is not occupation-specific.
Eurofound (2020), Lockdown - turnover (sales) compensation, measure AT-2020-45/1637 (measures in Austria), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/AT-2020-45_1637.html
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