Tallinn to continue sick leave compensation and rent exemption until the end of the year

The City Government adopted a package of support measures, which includes both crisis help for residents and benefits for economic operators from the beginning of September to the end of the year. The city will continue to compensate the first day of sick leave to residents of Tallinn. Also, rent exemption to entrepreneurs operating in the city's premises will be extended until the end of the year.

"Combating the effects of the epidemic must be complex, which means that in addition to healthcare activities, social preventive and mitigating measures must also be implemented. Already during the first wave of coronavirus, the city quickly adopted subsidies for city dwellers and companies. Today, we have a support structure with which we want to reduce the negative effects of COVID-19 on the people of Tallinn," said Mayor Mihhail Kõlvart.

According to the draft regulation, the conditions for the payment of several benefits will be made more favourable for Tallinn residents. Until the end of the year, the city will continue to pay the compensation for the first day of sick leave so that the person can stay at home with the initial signs of illness. The estimated total cost of the sick leave compensation in 2021 is approximately 360,000 euros.

In addition, district administrations continue to distribute medical masks to families with many children, single parents, residents receiving income-related benefits, and senior citizens. When picking up masks, people are asked to bring an identity document and, if relevant, a pension certificate.

According to the regulation approved by the City Government, from September 1 to the end of the year, the 80% rental discount will continue to be granted to tenants of commercial premises in the City Centre who rent city property for catering, trade, services or entertainment. According to the regulation, the 100% rent exemption will continue to be granted to outdoor terraces throughout the city until the end of the year.

As the economy has recovered better than expected after the restrictions of coronavirus have been eased, the City Government decided not to continue to grant rent exemption for other commercial premises outside the City Centre.

Due to the rent exemption measure for economic operators, almost 950,000 euros will not be received in the city budget. The current support measures were valid until August 31.

The packet of support measures continuation must be approved by the Tallinn City Council.