Coronavirus Walloon Region: New allowance for the most affected sectors

Author: Anne Ghysels - Béatrice Verelst (Legal Experts)
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The Walloon government grants you a new allowance if you belong to the sectors that have been most affected since the start of the health crisis.

Provided that you meet certain conditions, you can apply for the allowance on the Walloon platform indemnitecovid.wallonie.be from 25 August 2021 onwards.

Do you qualify for this allowance?

To be entitled to this allowance, you must meet the following conditions:  

  • You are a very small, small or medium-sized enterprise OR a natural person carrying out a professional activity as a main activity and you are liable to social security contributions;
  • As a result of the measures taken to combat the pandemic, you have lost at least 60% of your turnover in the period from Q2/2020 to Q1/2021 compared to the period from Q2/2019 to Q1/2020;
  • You are active in the sectors that have been closed the longest since March 2020 or the activity of which is linked to the ban to travel abroad (see list of NACE-Bel codes below).

Description of the activity

NACE code

Retail sale via stalls and markets of food, beverages and tobacco

47.810

Retail sale via stalls and markets of textiles, clothing and footwear

47.820

Retail sale via stalls and markets of other goods

47.890

Other retail sale not in stores, stalls or markets

47.990

Hotels and similar accommodation

49.390

Youth hostels

55.100

Holiday and other short-stay accommodation

55.201

Guest Rooms

55.202

Tourist and other short-term accommodation

55.203

Camping grounds, recreational vehicle parks and trailer parks

55.204

Other accommodation

55.209

Full-service catering

55.300

Limited service catering

55.900

Event catering activities

56.101

Cafés and bars

56.102

Discotheques, dance halls and the like

56.210

Other drinking establishments

56.301

Motion picture projection activities

56.302

Travel agency activities

56.309

Tour operator activities

59.140

Tourist information services

79.110

Other reservation service and related activities

79.120

Organisation of conventions and trade shows

79.901

Sports and recreation education

79.909

Cultural education

82.300

Promotion and organization of performing arts events

85.510

Operation of theatres, concert halls and the like

85.520

Operation of cultural centres and multifunctional cultural halls

90.021

Operation of historical sites and buildings and similar visitor attractions

90.041

Botanical and zoological gardens

90.042

Gambling and betting activities

91.030

Operation of sports facilities

91.041

Activities of football clubs

92.000

Activities of tennis clubs

93.110

Activities of other ball sports clubs

93.121

Activities of cycling clubs

93.122

Activities of martial arts clubs

93.123

Activities of water sports clubs

93.124

Activities of equestrian clubs

93.125

Activities of athletics clubs

93.126

Activities of other sports clubs

93.127

Fitness facilities

93.128

Other sports activities n.i.e.

93.129

Fairground activities

93.130

Operation of amusement and theme parks

93.199

Operation of snooker and billiard halls

93.211

Operation of recreational areas

93.212

Other amusement and recreation activities

93.291

Hair care

93.292

Beauty care

93.299

Physical well-being activities

96.021

Dating agencies

96.022

Tattooing and piercing services

96.040

Other personal services

96.091

 

What is the amount of the allowance?

The allowance is equal to 15% of your turnover during the period Q1/2019 up to and including Q4/2019.

However, ceilings are set on the basis of your loss of turnover and your workforce calculated in full-time equivalents (FTE).

The number of FTEs is equal to:

Your loss of turnover

FTE 0

FTE >0 to <10

FTE 10 to <50

FTE 50 and +

Up to 75% of the turnover

€ 30,000

€ 60,000

€ 120,000

€ 240,000

More than 75% of the turnover

€ 37,500

€ 75,000

€ 150,000

€ 300,000

The Walloon allowances received in the past, i.e. allowances 1 to 16, will be deducted from the amount calculated for the current mechanism.

What do you need to do?

You need to submit a request for allowance on the website www.indemnitécovid.wallonie.be (allowance 20) from 25 August 2021 up to and including 24 September 2021.

 

Sources: Decree of the Walloon government of 1 July  2021 relating to the establishment of a resilience mechanism for the sectors most durably affected since the start of the Covid-19 crisis, Belgian Official Gazette of  09.07.21; Ministerial decree of 23 August 2021 implementing the decree of the Walloon government of 1 July 2021 relating to the establishment of a resilience mechanism for the sectors most durably affected since the start of the Covid-19 crisis, Belgian Official Gazette of 06.09.2021

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