Owners of restaurants and merchants are suffering from government emergency measures. For that reason, Prague representatives voted to support entrepreneurs in mitigating the economic impact of COVID-19. Until the end of the year, no rent or local fees will be charged for the placement of restaurant gardens. Prague will also waive fees for the use of public space enabling street sales in front of the establishment. The exemption of the local fee and rent will also apply to outdoor markets, including farmers’ markets. The measure applies broadly to all establishments that are on the City’s property until the end of the year.
“Entrepreneurs will be able to place a stand, a table or a sales counter for free in front of the establishment. In the hospitality sector alone, the current measures will affect more than 40,000 workers, so the city must use any tools at its disposal to help. Reducing the fixed costs of establishments is one of the logical and economically most effective steps.”– Vít Šimral, the councillor for business support.
The total costs of waiving the fees for the use of public spaces amount to CZK 107 million. The same amount will arise by suspending the rent for small restaurant gardens. Therefore, together these measures will relieve an amount exceeding 200 CZK million. The measures are valid from 14 March.
This measure applies broadly to all entrepreneurs. The aim is to facilitate the restart of a much-affected segment of the hospitality area. At the same time, Prague is finalizing the administrative simplifications and speeding up of the process. As a result, entrepreneurs will only have to report street sales by e-mail and will not have to wait for the authorities to process the application. However, relief for street sales will include technical constraints. For example, maintaining safe passage on the sidewalk, maintaining cleanliness, or the need to assemble everything in the evening for road cleaning will be required.