City of Mainz starts Corona aid package
Michael Ebling, Mayor of Mainz, stands at an election event. Photo: Frank Rumpenhorst / TEH / archive picture (Image: TEH) (Photo: Frank Rumpenhorst / TEH / archive picture)

Mainz – The city of Mainz wants to help companies, associations, artists, initiatives, and families plagued by the Corona crisis with a package of measures worth around 2.5 million. The funds come from both the city and the country. “We want to make it clear that this city lives – even in times of crisis,” said Mayor Michael Ebling (SPD) in an online press conference in Mainz on Thursday.

For example, from next Monday (April 6), companies can apply for trade tax claims without interest on request. Furthermore, according to Ebling, the amusement tax or disposal fees can be repaid. This year, restaurateurs and retailers are not expected to incur any special usage fees for outdoor facilities. In particular, the trade benefits from 300,000 euros, for example, for Sundays open to sales.

Together with the showmen, the city is planning a “winter fair” after the Christmas holidays as a replacement for the unusual Rhine spring, and a central New Year’s Eve fireworks are also being considered. Voluntary initiatives, neighborhood assistance, but also sports and cultural associations can apply for 1,500 euros each. Aid organizations such as the German Red Cross, the Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund, the Malteser or the Johanniter want to support the state capital with 10,000 euros to provide better equipment. The city reserves the right to make further adjustments, said Ebling.

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Kiranpreet Kaur
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