Monday 30 November, 2020

COVID-19 support extended for Caribbean Netherlands

The Netherlands has extended the coronavirus support and recovery package for Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba.  

The government said it is extending the subsidy regulation for wage costs and loss of income by nine months.  

In addition, the public entities will be financially compensated for the loss of tax income and additional costs incurred due to the coronavirus.  

There is also an extension and expansion of the fixed costs compensation regulation. 

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A statement acknowledged that the COVID-19 crisis has had an enormous impact on the community of the Caribbean Netherlands, with the three islands being hit hard economically. 

State Secretary Raymond Knops said on behalf of the government: “The medical and economic situation on Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba remains worrisome.

There is currently no prospect of improvement for the three islands. With this extension of various measures, we protect the incomes of residents and businesses for a long period of time.  

We hope that most jobs will be kept with this. These are difficult times, where a lot will be demanded of the community.

At the same time, the government is convinced that even in this crisis the resilience of the islands will ensure that together, government and community on both sides of the ocean, we will get out of this.” 

It was also noted that the tourism sector which drives a large part of the economy of these islands has come to a standstill.   

The extension of the support and recovery package was sent yesterday to the Parliament on behalf of the State Secretary for the Interior and Kingdom Relations, the Ministers of Economic Affairs and Climate, the Ministers of Finance and the State Secretary of Social Affairs and Employment. 

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