COVID-19 – Additional measures to support businesses

Following the reinforcement of the containment measures announced by the President on March 16, public authorities have announced additional measures to support businesses, including, in particular :

1. 1500 euros granted to all small businesses, independents et micro-businesses through the solidarity fund;

2. Rents, gas, water and electricity bills suspended for small businesses facing difficulties;

3. Support from the State up to 30 billion euros and from Bpifrance in order to guarantee bank lines that companies may need because of the epidemic.

You will find below the updated version of the governmental note detailing these measures:

 You will also find below an updated version of the Ministry of Labour’s recommendations regarding all coronavirus-related situations that may within in your company on this link.

In particular, we remind you that trips outside from home should be kept to a minimum and that teleworking should be favoured whenever possible (see details in the decree following this link)

Travel between home and the place of work is still authorised when it is essential for the exercise of activities which cannot be organised in the form of telework or business trips which cannot be postponed.

Employers will have to provide the employees concerned with a justificatif de déplacement professionnel. The employee will also have to carry an attestation de déplacement dérogatoire, downloading below.

Attention : Ministère de l’Intérieur clarified this morning that only printed or handwritten attestations are valid, digital versions will not be accepted so far.

We would also like to inform you that the conditions for processing requests of partial activity and compensation for this activity will change within the next few days following the publication of a decree of which details we will communicate.

Finally, please find below a note released by the firm Karl Waheed regarding the extension of validity of residence permits and the closure of the borders of the Schengen area for 30 days starting 16 March.

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