As part of the bridging aid, catering businesses will receive subsidies for the purchase of heating mushrooms. In addition, the expiring bridging aids will be extended until next year.
The heating mushrooms for the catering trade, which are forbidden in some cities and municipalities, are to be promoted in the Corona crisis now even by the federation. “Even in the autumn and winter months, a functioning outdoor restaurant is part of the solution,” the Federal Government’s Commissioner for Small and Medium-Sized Businesses, Thomas Bareiß (CDU), told the “Handelsblatt” newspaper. “That is why we not only want to make heating mushrooms possible, but in the current “Überbrückungshilfen II” (bridging aid II) the purchase is even financially supported”. This should help the “badly shaken” gastronomy in this difficult time.
According to the latest plans of the Federal Ministry of Economics, the bridging assistance for companies running until the end of the year is to be extended by half a year to June 30, 2021. The ministry said on Saturday that outdoor gastronomy in the winter months could be one way of maintaining operations despite rising infection figures. “That is why we will also be supporting measures for the temporary relocation of business operations to outdoor areas with the Bridging Aid II in the future. This means that the purchase of outdoor tents, radiant heaters, etc. can be subsidized in future.
According to previous experience, the risk of contracting the coronavirus is significantly greater indoors than outdoors. That is why many guests prefer to sit outside under heating coils rather than in the living room. However, gas-operated heating mushrooms and electric radiant heaters consume additional energy.
Also the Greens plead for a suspension of the heating mushroom prohibition. “I am no friend of heating mushrooms, but in times of pandemics one should not be more papal than the Pope”, said the Green economic politician Dieter Janecek to the “Handelsblatt”. “Inns, restaurants and cultural institutions are threatened by a massive wave of bankruptcies this autumn and winter if the number of infections increases, so we should help quite pragmatically”.