As in 2020, taxis, cafes and restaurants in Geneva will be exempt in 2021 from the annual tax due to the health crisis which lasts and affects them hard. The Grand Council voted on Thursday evening urgently and unanimously two government bills in this direction.
This measure is a positive sign towards taxi drivers, noted Mauro Poggia, head of the Department of Health, Employment and Security (DSES). The non-collection of this tax relating to the increased use of the public domain represents a shortfall of 1.6 million francs.
The disastrous consequences of the pandemic on coffee makers and restaurateurs did not give rise to debate in the Grand Council. The deputies voted for exemption from the annual tax, which corresponds to a shortfall of 3.2 million francs.
In the process, the Grand Council voted a motion asking the executive to intervene in Bern to obtain earlier opening of restaurants for lunch service. But Mauro Poggia recalled that scientific studies showed that restaurants were problematic places of contamination.