Gastronomy in shutdown (in Hamburg): Usually there is 75 percent of normal sales
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The November state aid for companies affected by the shutdown and the self-employed are in high demand.
The Federal Ministry of Economics announced that 16,797 applications had been submitted between the start of the program on Wednesday and early Thursday afternoon.
The corresponding website has even been accessed 1.3 million times.
According to the ministry in Bavaria, the first direct application came from the "Independent stage, film, radio and television artists and other performing arts" sector.
In contrast to the previous immediate and bridging aid, applications for November aid can be submitted via a nationwide IT platform.
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The first aid funds are to be granted from the end of November, in the form of installments, i.e. an advance on later payments without a more detailed examination.
Specifically, companies and self-employed people should receive a discount of up to 50 percent of their requested sum, up to a maximum of 10,000 euros.
Those affected can indicate in their application for November aid whether they want an advance payment.
The federal government had promised the subsidies for restaurants and the self-employed, who have been affected by the officially ordered closings in the fight against the spread of the corona virus since the beginning of November.
For the vast majority of companies, grants amounting to 75 percent of the average turnover in November 2019 are to be granted.
The federal government expects a sum of 14 to 15 billion euros for the November aid.
Because of the extension of the partial lockdown until December 20, financial aid is again planned - and that is expected to be worth 17 billion euros.
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