Support measures for traders

Several support measures have been taken at the federal, regional and municipal level to minimize the economic impact of the coronavirus.

Federal support

All traders, including food and street vendors, could apply for:

  • Deferral of payment of VAT, withholding tax, social security contributions, personal income tax and corporate income tax
  • A replacement income for the self-employed (bridging right)
  • Temporary unemployment for companies

Regional support

  • External site Bonus 2022 for nightclubs, events, restaurants and cafés and their suppliers, tourism, sports and passenger transport
  • External site Advance Loan (cultural and event sectors)
  • External site bonus: for employers who hire Brussels residents, recently registered with Actiris and/or fired following the health crisis
  • External site Guarantee fund for companies in the cultural and events sector (for financial losses related to cancellations, postponements or restrictions due to health measures)
  • External site Relaunch bonus (since 25 October 2021): for restaurants, cafes (and some of their suppliers), nightclubs, events, culture, tourism and sports. And support for companies in the tourist accommodation sector.
  • For companies that employ more than 10 FTE, the Brussels government wants to offer loans through External site Finance& that better meet the specific needs of these companies
  • Administrative support to traders to complete their formalities (by External site 1819)
  • Strengthening of the microcredit (Brusoc Recover): granting cash credits of up to 15,000 euros at a limited interest rate to self-employed persons, 'micro-enterprises' and social economy organizations
  • ...

More info:

An overview of the premiums:

Municipal support

At the municipal level, various support measures are proposed to support traders:

Economic recovery plan:

More info

Created on 31/03/2020 (modified on 22/09/2022)


Support measures for traders