Update: 01.04.2020 15:12
Prague – Self-employed persons can apply for nursing care for children under the age of 13 in connection with school closure. They are entitled to 424 crowns per day, maximum can get 13,144 crowns per month. CZK 100 million is earmarked for support; applications are accepted by the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MIT). People can fill out the form online, send it via data box, email or mail. Applicants will find detailed information as well as the form at site of the Ministry. Trade licensing offices will also assist in completing the application. In the first five hours since the program was launched, the MIT received 10,000 applications via an online form, said MIT spokeswoman Stepanka Filipova.
Only self-employed persons who have business as their main activity and care for a child up to 13 years of age, a dependent child up to 26 years of age dependent on the assistance of at least grade I (light dependence) who cannot attend a school closed due to coronavirus can apply. Support also applies to care for the disabled at least at level I under the Social Services Act.
Contributions will be paid retroactively for March, specifically from the 12th, people can apply for them by the end of April. They will have to attach an affidavit together with the application. They will have to prove that the school or social service facility attended by the child or disabled is closed due to coronavirus.
“From 09:00, when we started accepting applications, until about 2:30 pm, we received over 10,000 requests for nursing through the online form,” Filipova said. It is clear that creating an application for this purpose, which was created in less than a week, was the right step and the online path suits applicants. The application was developed in cooperation with Microsoft and Unicorn.
The government also approved on Wednesday that the self-employed will pay a lump sum of CZK 25,000 to those affected in connection with the contagion. The government proposal has yet to be approved by the House, which should discuss it on 7 April.