Coronavirus: nuisance premium for Flemish companies

Author: Leen Lafourt (Legal Expert)

In order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the federal government has taken a number of measures that significantly affect a large number of companies. To remedy this situation, the Flemish government provides for a nuisance premium (by analogy with the nuisance premium for public works).

For whom?

Entrepreneurs and self-employed persons in the Flemish Region who are forced to close their business because of the coronavirus measures. The premium is granted per company and not per establishment unit.

Market vendors (all itinerant traders) can also make use of the nuisance premium.

A list of the businesses concerned is available on the website of the Federal Public Service Economy.

How much?

The amount of the nuisance premium varies depending on whether the company has to close down completely or only at weekends:

  • Complete closure: one-off premium of € 4,000;
  • Weekend closure: € 2,000.

If the closure continues after 21 days, compensation of € 160/day will be granted.

Restaurants that do not close completely but offer take-away meals are also entitled to the nuisance premium.

How to apply for the nuisance premium?

The nuisance premium can soon be applied for via an online application on the VLAIO website.

More information

For more information about this premium, please visit the website of Flanders Innovation & Entrepreneurship. (VLAIO).


  • Website VLAIO :;
  • Website UNIZO:;
  • Decree of the Flemish Government granting support to companies that are forced to close down due to the measures of the National Security Council of 12 March 2020 in relation to the coronavirus, in force from 14 March 2020 to 13 June 2020.

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