Gov't to aid mountain tourist regions hit by Covid-19 - Deputy PM

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The government is working on a support programme for local governments and tourist facilities in Poland’s mountain regions hit by the winter lockdown.

Last week the government announced that all ski slopes and hotels will have to close from December 28, in a move that dealt a massive economic body blow to regions and businesses dependent on the winter tourists.

In a Monday interview for the newspaper Dziennik Gazeta Polska daily, Jaroslaw Gowin, a deputy prime minister, promised "a support plan for the tourist sub-regions affected by Covid-19 restrictions."

The paper wrote that the state aid will run into hundreds of millions of zlotys.

Gowin said new ways to support the tourism and hospitality sectors were being created, although he declined to be specific.

He added that local investment in tourist regions could be funded by the state budget so that local governments could save money to aid business people.

The minister claimed that in the first tranche of the government's "anti-crisis shield," tourism companies had received PLN 4-5 billion (EUR 887 million - 1.1 billion) under the Government Local Investment Fund.