Catalonia pledges 50% rent reduction for businesses closed in anti-Covid push
Government promises relief aid for bars and other establishments
The Catalan government has pledged rent reductions of up to 50% for bars, restaurants, and other businesses ordered to close or affected by measures to curb coronavirus contagion.
The Catalan executive says that the new decree will either grant a 50% discount for businesses that have been closed down, like bars, restaurants, or massage parlors, or a proportional deduction if restrictions only affect their opening hours, like 24/7 stores that now must close at night.
While prioritizing agreements between landlords and tenants, the decree will provide a safety net if they fail to reach one after a month of negotiations.
The decree is expected to be approved by the Catalan government on Tuesday, but cabinet sources say a new law will also be needed within two years that allows rent contracts to be renegotiated if there are "unexpected changes of circumstances."