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Factsheet for measure CZ-2021-3/1648 Updated – measures in Czechia

COVID – Gastro – Closed establishments support programme

Program COVID – Gastro – Uzavřené provozovny

Country Czechia , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 15 January 2021 – 15 March 2021
Context COVID-19
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Supporting businesses to stay afloat
– Direct subsidies (full or partial)
Author Soňa Veverková (Research Institute for Labour and Social Affairs) and Eurofound
Measure added 05 January 2021 (updated 12 May 2021)

Background information

The programme COVID – Gastro – Closed establishments, which draft should have supported closed companies and businesses in gastronomy sector only, in its final version covers all closed companies and businesses not only in gastronomy, but also in other services (shops, cinemas, swimming pools, fitness centers etc.).

The programme is managed by the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic .

Content of measure

Eligible for the support are all companies and businesses, which have to be fully or partially closed in the period of 14 October 2020 to 10 January 2021 (first call of the programme) due to government´s anti COVID-19 measures and which also have employees or cooperate with self-employed people.

The company will receive CZK 400 (€15 approx.) per employee and day for every day, when the company has to restrict its activity due to anti COVID-19 measures (the period of restriction depends on the sector in which the company run the business).

The support can be used to cover operating expenses, such as wages, rents, energy payments, etc.

Companies can apply for the support since 15 January 2021 to 15 March 2021. This type of subsidy is possible to combine with other support programmes, namely with Antivirus employment retention programme and COVID-Rent).


The following updates to this measure have been made after it came into effect.

01 April 2021

COVID - Gastro - Closed establishments is replaced by two new programmes COVID - Uncovered costs programme and COVID 2021 programmme .

25 February 2021

The Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic has announced that deadline for applications has been prolonged until 15 March 2021.

Use of measure

No information available yet.

Target groups

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

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
Employers' organisations
Company / Companies
National funds

Social partners

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

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Informed Consulted
Form Not applicable Direct consultation outside a formal body

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

  • Only employers' organisations
  • Main level of involvement: Sectoral or branch level


Sectoral employers´ organisations has actively joined the preparation of COVID – Gastro – Closed establishments support programme and its conditions.

Especially Czech Confederation of Commerce and Tourism and Czech Association of Hotels and Restaurants have several times pointed out that gastronomy sector is one of the most damaged sectors in the economy and needs a targeted support - this programme is a result of cooperation between social partners and Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic .

Views and reactions

Supportive, both by employers and trade unions.

Sectors and occupations

    • 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
      I - Accommodation And Food Service Activities I56 Food and beverage service activities
      P - Education P85 Education
      R - Arts, Entertainment And Recreation 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.


  • 04 January 2021: MPO: COVID - Gastro call/MPO: COVID - Gastro výzva (
  • 25 February 2021: MPO: The deadline prolonged/MPO: Výzva prodloužena (


Eurofound (2021), COVID – Gastro – Closed establishments support programme, measure CZ-2021-3/1648 (measures in Czechia), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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