Mauritius Budget for 2021/2022 was published about one week ago. As announced, the government is extending the Government Wage Assistance Scheme (GWAS) and the Self-Employed Assistance Scheme (SEAS) for June 2021.
1. Tourism Sector
A full month of financial assistance will be provided for employers and self-employed individuals in the tourism sector.
2. Sectors Other Than The Tourism Sector
A full month of financial assistance will also be provided for those carrying out the following activities and allowed to operate during June 2021.
- Fitness centres and Professional Sports;
- Horse racing bookmakers (outlets), casinos and gaming houses;
- Leisure parks, amusement centres, including aquariums;
- Multi-purpose halls, including wedding halls, theatres and cinema halls;
- Nightclubs licensed by the Tourism Authority, and bars;
- Religious body;
- Canteen of a private international school (excluding public and private grant-aided secondary school).
- Training institutions registered under the Mauritius Qualifications Authority Act;
- Auctioneers appointed under the Sales by Auction Act;
- Restaurants, fast food, café, caterers and other prepared food selling businesses whose annual do not exceed Rs. 50 million;
- Fee charging crèches, pre-primary schools, primary schools, secondary schools and registered universities;
- Self-employed individuals who are–
(i) Stallholders in markets that remained closed;
(ii) Haberdashers operating in a market;
(iii) Hawkers not allowed to operate;
3. Red Zone Operators
A full month of financial assistance will be available to employers having their principle place of business in a red zone and/or self-employed individuals residing in red zones or having their business activity within a red zone.
As per the communique issued for June 2021, the red zones are Vallee Pitot (specific area), Port Louis (specific area), La Valette Housing Estate, Bambous.