RIGA - The government on Thursday endorsed the Culture Ministry's proposal to set June 30 as the end of the downtime period.
The Culture Ministry indicated that under the government regulations on downtime pay to self-employed persons affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, the downtime period has been introduced on March 14 for an indefinite period but not beyond the sate of emergency.
The downtime benefits are a short-term solution intended to provide means of subsistence to persons, including self-employed persons, who have lost income due to the coronavirus emergency. Since the current epidemiological situation in Latvia does not allow for setting a concrete date on which the state of emergency can be called off, the Culture Ministry has proposed June 30 as the end of the downtime period.
As reported, by Wednesday afternoon, the State Revenue Service had paid out EUR 10,011,592 in downtime benefits to 31,488 employees of 5,479 companies and EUR 618,530 to 2,068 self-employed persons.