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Factsheet for case CZ-2020-34/975 – measures in Czechia

COVID Spa: vouchers for spa treatments to support the tourism industry

COVID Lázně

Country Czechia , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 20 August 2020 – 30 September 2020
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Promoting the economic, labour market and social recovery
– Support for spending, stimulus packages
Author Soňa Veverková (Research Institute for Labour and Social Affairs) and Eurofound
Case created 13 July 2020 (updated 27 October 2020)

Background information

The COVID Spa programme, announced 20 August 2020, supported Czech spas, which had been badly damaged by the anti COVID-19 measures and the sharp decline in tourism sector (with the loss of 180,000–200,000 clients per year in Czech spas).

Thus the Government of the Czech Republic delivered CZK 1,000,000,000 (€37,481,260 approx.) in the form of vouchers worth CZK 4,000 (€150) per person (250,000 vouchers are available in total).

The call was opened 24 August 2020 with the deadline of 30 September 2020.

Content of measure

Eligible for the vouchers for accommodation in the spas were:

  • people over 18 years with the Czech citizenship or with the permanent residence in Czechia, who are also covered by Czech public health insurance (i.e. those who pay public health insurance),
  • those who spent at least six nights at a Czech spa and have at least five spa procedures at the spa hotel from 1 July 2020 to 31 December 2020.

People, who were interested in getting voucher, were required to register online via special website . The website generated a unique code and the guest received a discount immediately.

Use of measure

As of 2 October 2020, 147,000 vouchers have been downloaded, from which approximately 25% have been used by tourists. [Ministry of Regional Development of the Czech Republic] (http://www.mmr.cz) has spent about CZK 1,800,000 (€66,593 approx.) on this programme.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Sector specific set of companies
Applies to all citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
Company / Companies
Companies
National funds

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Consulted Consulted
Form Consultation through tripartite or bipartite social dialogue bodies Consultation through tripartite or bipartite social dialogue bodies

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • No involvement
  • Main level of involvement: Peak or cross-sectoral level

Involvement

Social partners, which are members of the tripartite body (Council of economic and social agreement, Rada hospodářské a sociální dohody, RHSD) were informed and consulted in both formal (requested by institutional settings) and informal ways. They are not involved in the management of policy measures.

Views and reactions

Supportive.

Sectors and occupations

    • Economic area Sector (NACE level 2)
      I - Accommodation And Food Service Activities I55 Accommodation
      Q - Human Health And Social Work Activities Q86 Human health activities

This case is not occupation-specific.

Sources

  • 29 July 2020: MMR: COVID Spa programme/MMR: COVID Lázně program (www.mmr.cz)
  • 02 October 2020: MMR Press release: We have sent 1,8 mil. CZK to Czech spas/Tisková zpráva MMR: Prvním osmi lázeňským zařízením jsme poslali z programu COVID Lázně 1,8 milionu korun (www.mmr.cz)

Citation

Eurofound (2020), COVID Spa: vouchers for spa treatments to support the tourism industry, case CZ-2020-34/975 (measures in Czechia), COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, http://eurofound.link/covid19eupolicywatch

Disclaimer: This information has not been subject to the full Eurofound evaluation, editorial and publication process. All information is preliminary and subject to change.