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Press release from the Council of State

Posted on November 5, 2020

COVID-19 crisis

The Council of State provides 20 million francs for industry support; 50 million for hardship cases; 20 million for the support of consumption and local trade, 10 million for the support of culture and 15 million for the payment of 10% of the wages for the month of November of employees for the benefit of RHT working in companies whose government ordered the shutdown. The head of DFIRE also presented a full statement of the state’s financial commitments since the start of the health crisis. It is about fifty measures for an amount of 492 million. The economic impact of the measures amounts to 188.5 million.

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As a preamble to the new plan to support the economy, the head of DFIRE presented a status report on October 19, 2020 of financial commitments related to the COVID-19 crisis. It appears that the forty or so measures implemented by the canton amount to a total of 492 million francs. This is 26 million more than the previous statement of September 14, including 15 million more for medico-social (EMS) and socio-educational (ESE) establishments.

All areas of State activity are concerned and its departments impacted: health and social (DSAS) 228 million, economy (DEIS) 150 million including 100 million for the COVID-19 guarantee fund, public transport and day care (DIRH) 76 million, training and culture (DFJC) 33 million, security (DES) 5 million. In addition to the Canton’s commitments, various measures were financed by the Confederation for an additional amount estimated at 72 million. In addition, compensation for reduced working hours (RHT), paid from March to the end of October by the canton’s unemployment funds for a provisional amount of 766 million, including 635 million paid by the Cantonal Unemployment Fund alone.

New support measures

On behalf of the Council of State, the head of the DEIS also announced a new plan to support the Vaud economy comprising five major measures for a total amount of 115 million: 20 million for industry support; 50 million for hardship cases; 20 million for support for consumption and local trade, 10 million for support for culture and, in order to support purchasing power, a budget of 15 million to cover 10% of salaries for the month of November employees for the benefit of RHT in companies which the Council of State has ordered to close.

The industry support fund (20 million) aims to create and maintain industrial jobs in the canton of Vaud. (economic impact 20 million) The cases of hardship (50 million) are the hotel and catering industry, tourism, animal parks, events, operators, travel agencies, fairgrounds and discos / night clubs ( economic impact 67.5 million) The amount of 50 million provided by the canton will be supplemented by an amount of 18 million from the Confederation. Operation welQome 2 (20 million) will be launched as soon as possible with vouchers valid until August 31, 2021. The validity of welcome 1 vouchers should also be extended until that date; the sectors targeted by welQome 2 are activities and leisure, culture, accommodation, catering, the Vaudois region, transport and wine growers and brewers. With its leverage effect, welQome 2 should induce an economic impact of 60 million.

10 million for culture

The Vaud Council of State has also taken the decision to replenish the COVID-culture fund to the tune of 10 million. This sum is added to the confederal part, bringing the amount available to the cultural sector to 26 million for a third phase of aid covering the period November 2020 to December 2021. Continuation of compensation measures for cancellations and postponements, there is a new support mechanism for cultural businesses that are transforming and reorienting themselves in order to ensure their future.

When closing the 2019 accounts, the Council of State decided to allocate 403 million pre-financing to COVID-19. These resources make it possible to finance a large part of the measures undertaken since the start of the pandemic or announced today.

As part of its broader counter-cyclical policy, the canton has already adopted in 2020 more than 50 investment objects for an amount of 446 million. The 2021 state budget project provides for current expenditure growth of 2.3%, an increase in the workforce of 350 posts as well as an increase of 44 million for investments. Additional resources that integrate new priority projects such as the Climate Plan, strengthen infrastructure, effectively support sectors in difficulty and thus maintain social cohesion.

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