Greece’s seasonal tourism staff to receive support for Covid-19

Greek Tourism Minister Harry Theoharis attended a virtual UNWTO meeting organized to assess the damage to the tourism sector caused by Covid-19. Photo source: OMT

Participating in a high-level UNWTO virtual meeting of world tourism leaders assessing the damage caused by Covid-19 and addressing the management of the health crisis in its current phase, the Greek Minister of Tourism Harry Theoharis stressed the importance of ensuring that employees who have lost their jobs due to the coronavirus outbreak are compensated and trained to re-enter the workforce once the health crisis is over.

In this sense, Theoharis said that the Ministry of Tourism, in cooperation with the Ministry of Labor and Social Security, had introduced a support measure for seasonal workers: the extension of unemployment benefits for two months (April and May) for those whose unemployment card expired during the first three months of the year and were to be employed this tourist season. According to the Ministry of Labor, unemployment benefits can be extended beyond May if deemed necessary.

Those employed in the tourism sector who would not otherwise have suffered a loss of income, will receive an allowance of 800 euros.

According to a recent government decision, there can be no dismissal after March 18.

The Minister also underlined the importance of relief measures for tourism businesses.

At the same time, on Thursday, the Greek finance ministry announced a new round of support measures worth 3.8 billion euros intended for a total of 1,400,000 employees in the Greek private sector.

The total number of coronavirus infections recorded in Greece on Friday evening was 495 with the death toll at 10.

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