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Bars that reopen as cafes can keep the lay-off simplified

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Bars and clubs “that want to resume their activity as cafes or pastry shops”, under a measure approved this Thursday in the Council of Ministers, will be able to continue to benefit from the simplified lay-off regime. The information was released this Friday in a statement by the Government.

At the press conference that followed the Council of Ministers this Thursday, Minister Mariana Vieira da Silva said that this possibility was only accessible, from now on, to establishments that remained closed. “Whoever chooses to open is in a different context, and can benefit from the regime for those who have very significant breaks,” said the Minister of State and the Presidency yesterday.

But, in a statement, the Ministries of Economy and Labor and Social Security said that, after all, “bars, other drinks establishments without a show and drinks establishments with dance space that intend to resume their activity as cafes or pastry shops, fulfilling the rules in force in each territory, may continue to benefit from the simplified lay-off mechanism “.

The note clarifies that “bars, other drinks establishments without a show and drinks establishments with dance space” remain closed, but that they are now given the possibility “to function as cafes or pastry shops, without the need to change the respective classification of economic activity, provided that all the rules in force, namely those of hygiene, health and safety, are complied with, and spaces destined to dance or similar remain unusable, even if they can be occupied with tables intended for customers “.

The measure was taken, explained the Minister of State and the Presidency, because some establishments were changing their activity register in order to be able to reopen as coffee or pastry.

Thus, the statement reinforces, the simplified lay-off, which ends in August for companies that have already resumed activity, remains valid for companies that remain closed, but also for “establishments that, while remaining closed by legislative or administrative measure , may, based on other economic activities, partially resume their activity in accordance and in accordance with the Resolution of the Council of Ministers which declares the contingency and alert situation, in the context of the COVID-19 disease pandemic “.

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