BETTER news at last for the Valencia Community’s beleaguered nightlife industry.
Pubs can expect to receive direct aid of €7,000 from the regional government while discos will each receive €28,500.
Of all the region’s sectors, these have been hit hardest by anti-Covid restrictions, opening for barely three months since March 2020.
The province has 230 registered pubs with and without live music or entertainment and 70 discotheques, dance halls and night clubs.
The €7,000 grant covers venues licensed as pubs as well as those with live music or entertainment. Discos and similar will receive €28,500 each.
The Generalitat has allocated €8 million in aid, of which €3.5 million – 44 per cent of the total – goes to Alicante province.
Applications can be made between March 2 and April 2.
Generalitat sources revealed that if funds set aside for one of the two categories are not used up, these will be allocated to the other.
Speaking recently in Castellon, Generalitat president Ximo Puig admitted that the nightlife sector had “suffered especially” during the Covid crisis.
“The ERTE temporary redundancies have helped a lot,” he said, “but after so much time, direct help was also necessary to ease the situation.”
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