It has now been more than three months since the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted life as we knew it, freezing in time, practically overnight, all social, cultural and business activities. While we, as an administrative authority, have made every effort to maintain our essential services for residents and visitors alike, we have always been keenly aware of the dire consequences that this disruption could have for our companies and businesses.
Accordingly, one of the first decisions made by the college of aldermen was to suspend the collection of rent on City-owned business premises, reflecting our desire to do our part in easing the burden of our tenants’ expenses during this period of enforced shutdown. We have also given our full support to a range of positive social and business-oriented initiatives by promoting them through our various communication channels, affording them as much visibility as possible and, in the case of delivery services, the best possible operating conditions to enable them to cover their costs and get through this difficult period.
We have also suspended the terrace tax for 2020 levied on Luxembourg City cafés and restaurants, and it is our sincerest hope that, in the next few months, public health and good weather will allow them once again to serve their patrons.
We have always been and will continue to be a solid and reliable partner for businesses, residents and visitors alike, and we will continue to make every effort to support a safe return to life as we knew it.