SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Four in 10 Dutch companies have received support from the government to deal with the impact of coronavirus over the past 18 months, national statistics agency CBS said on Wednesday.
In total, five different support schemes were open to companies between March 2020 and June 2021, and 162,000 companies made use of either the scheme to help pay wages or fixed costs, or both.
However, just 6% of companies – or 26,000 in total – were given support throughout the pandemic, the CBS said. Cinemas were most likely to be helped – 80% of them were backed financially during the entire period under review.
Theatres, coach tour companies, hotels and restaurants were also more likely to be given continual support. The sixth and final package of support ended on October 1, although night cafes and clubs are still able to claim because of the continuing restrictions they face on both numbers and opening hours.