Lisbon City Council launches new economic and social support program

Lisbon City Council presents a support plan for citizens, companies and associations which will face the economic and social impact of the new restriction measures, following the worsening of contagion conditions of COVID-19. Applications will be registered through a website that will be available from the beginning of December

The Mayor of Lisbon, Fernando Medina, presented the new Lisbon economic and social support program. The measures are intended to protect the economic sectors which are most affected and most vulnerable.

Applications for the program, said the mayor, will be opened through a website that will be available from the beginning of December.

Among the fifteen measures disclosed, Medina began by announcing a 20 M € non-refundable support to companies and entrepreneurs in the name of the Commerce and Restoration sector in the city of Lisbon.

The support, “designed to arrive quickly”, will be paid in two installments between December 2020 and March 2021.

Exemption from terrace fees in the first semester of 2021 (extendable), and non-refundable support for its requalification for the winter is one of the crucial measures towards hospitality industry. Communication campaign will be made in order to support restaurants and local businesses.

The support for the conversion of affordable rental accommodation will be promoted, as well as support for the economy recovery of existing companies but also for the creation of new ones. More than 1,250 companies have already been supported, 93% were micro-enterprises with 1-10 workers.

Lisbon also takes care of supporting the cultural entities, bookstores but also the households, meaning the City will support the families through various measures, such as the payment of water, electricity and gas; purchase of food and medicines; purchase of the Navegante Pass, etc.