Sex shops, dance studios and tattoo parlours to get Covid grant

 ROME – Small businesses providing essential services for Italians as diverse as tattoo parlours and sex shops as well as clothes boutiques and dance schools will receive financial grants from the latest government stimulus package to offset impact of Covid-19, political sources said on Tuesday.

 Italy’s president Sergio Mattarella has signed off on the Ristori Bis decree that will aid companies, the self-employed and employees disadvantaged by the measures of the most recent government restrictions.

 Non-repayable contributions will be handed out to 130 business categories.

 To the categories in the first round of grants, some 20 activities have been added – from tourist buses, dance schools and tattoo artists to museums, bomboniere shops and fireworks producers.

 Help has doubled for those who are having to shut their doors in the ‘red’ zones. There, the second annex to the Decree bis includes another 57 categories: from clothing, furniture and haberdashery stores to weapons, antique dealers and sex shops.

 The measures, worth 2.5 billion euros are added to the five billion previously allocated.

 Give the worsening situation there is provision for funds of 340 million in 2020 and 70 million in 2021 to help businesses crippled by the restrictive measures in the new ‘orange’ and ‘red’ zones.

 The funds are expected to be disbursed over the next few weeks.