Measures Zuid-Holland in COVID-19 Crisis
The measures that are taken in Zuid-Holland at the moment are mostly taken by the Dutch National cabinet. It focusses mostly on the health and safety of the Dutch inhabitants and keeping Dutch companies alive. The national government has created a ‘disaster package’ for the support of enterprises. They want to make sure companies are able to continue to pay their staff wages, they provide money for self employed ensure their income and help enterprises maintain their liquidity. The fund reserved for this is over €100 mln. This is for example by making tax arrangements easier, by providing compensation or providing extra credit opportunities.
The Dutch Chamber of Commerse created a CoronaDesk for entrepreneurs to guide them towards the instrument fit for their situation.
Next to the National measures, the province of Zuid-Holland is taking several measures to keep the economy of Zuid-Holland running. For example by supporting it’s important economic sectors, such as the horticulture sector (Greenports), with the emphasis on issues in logistics and human resources. A crisis organisation, under the Greenports Netherlands Initiative, has been established. It is also important that the harbour and industrial complex stays operational. Therefore, measures are being taken to maintain it’s continuity. The measures being taken in this sector are national and international.
The regional measures that are being taken for the regional economy, are:
- Creating insight in the economical impact through the Corona monitor Zuid-Holland;
- The SMITZH-program, estblished to support the region’s manufacturing industry, has been asked to supply means or services to battle the COVID19-virus.
The Province is trying to support initiatives which support short value chains. Via a program called ‘Voedselfamilies’, projects such as Local Goodness Box and Support your Locals are being promoted.
Another initiative is that food from the agriculture and horticulture sector that can’t find it’s way abroad, is being distributed among regional food banks to provide for the less fortunate inhabitants struck by the COVID19-crisis.
The province of Zuid-Holland launched a platform called ResilientSociety. On this platform innovative companies can provide solutions for challenges caused by the COVID19-crisis. Governments and start ups can work together in finding solutions for societal problems. This is an initiative taken together with companies such as Dell, T-Mobile and other governments like The Hague and Rotterdam.
- It is a priority that maintenance projects are continued;
- If possible, infrastructural project are being executed faster;
- During the period of the measures taken by the Dutch cabinet, bridges and sluices will be opened according to the winter schedule;
- There are less regionally funded buses and trains in circulation. The transportation companies are receiving the same amount of subsidies though. Negotiations on extra support measures are happening.
The province of Zuid-Holland tries to speed up the process of paying the bills. The regional authority is showing extra leniency towards sponsored or subsidised events and created opportunities for a number of advance payments. Certain tax payments can be delayed.
Inhabitants are asked by the national government to remain inside as much as possible. Nature preservation organisations picked designated areas in Zuid-Holland that are best to be avoided.
An update of the measures taken can be found on www.zuid-holland.nl/coronavirus.
Additional human resources
Tools have been created to supply extra human resources there where it’s most needed. The province of Zuid-Holland created a ‘Marketplace’, where supply and demand meet. This is a digital place where assignments of the organisation and external partners can be redistributed. Moreover it is more financially appealing for municipalities in the region to mobilise the ‘Flying Brigade’. This is a group of Provincial employees that can support regional developments in the area of built environment.