Various Issues Clarified, Including Which Industries Can Apply and Grant Amount
Below are a collection of questions, and answers by Fukui Prefecture, regarding the grant businesses can receive upon cooperating with the prefecture’s request to suspend operation (from April 25th to May 6th), as a measure against the continuous spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
When is the period of application and what are the required documents? When will the grant be paid out?
The details of the arrangement are still under review. The grain is to be paid out on May 6th, at the end of the business suspension period.
Why are daiko taxi services, barbershops, and beauty salons not listed under the business suspension request? Can such businesses receive a grant if they voluntarily suspend operations?
On the basis of maintaining social life, such businesses are regarded as essential, and thus not listed under the request, as is also considered in the Tokyo metropolitan area and Ishikawa Prefecture. Even if the business voluntarily suspends operation, a grant will not be paid out.
Restaurants and izakayas have been operating under the request to restrict hours between 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., and to serve alcohol up to 7:00 p.m. Can such establishments receive the grant while operating under the request of restricted hours?
Half of the grant will be paid out. Small to medium-sized establishments can receive ¥250,000, and individual owner-managers can receive ¥100,000.
Can restaurants that normally only operate during this time (between 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.) receive a grant?
No. However, those that suspend business for the whole day can receive ¥250,000, as a small to medium-sized establishment, or ¥100,000 as an individual owner-manager.
What about restaurants that operate as both an eat-in and take-out establishment?
Restaurants limiting eat-in service between 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. will be covered. Even if the establishment conducts a take-out service outside the restricted hours, a grant will still be paid out.
Must businesses be suspended throughout the whole period of April 25th to May 6th in order to receive a grant?
Yes. Businesses that have already suspended operations from before April 25th will also be covered.
In a case where a business person manages multiple enterprises, covered under the business suspension request, within the prefecture, will a grant be paid out for each establishment?
The businessperson themselves will receive a grant, but not for every shop.
In a case where a shopping centre suspends operations on its own volition, forcing its tenants to suspend business, will a grant be paid out?
Taking in consideration the numerous circumstances that arise from local businesspersons operating in a cooperative system, as is in a shopping centre, a grant will be paid out. The amount is currently under adjustment.
What is defined as a small to medium-sized enterprise, in applying for the grant?
It will be defined differently in each industry, based on the amount of capital and the number of employees.