UK launches subsidy scheme to encourage population return to restaurants

Performed by: UK Government

Country: UK

As a way of encouraging the population to return to restaurants, the UK government launched in August 2020 the “Eat Out to Help Out” scheme in which it pays half of the restaurant bills of the customers.

The scheme provides to anyone who visits a restaurant, cafe or pub participating in the program on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays during the month of August a 50% discount on the bill. The discount applies to all food and non-alcoholic drinks consumed in the establishments, with a maximum value of £ 10 per person.

The subsidy is a way to protect jobs in the hospitality sector – which has been hit hard by the Coronavirus.


Rio de Janeiro City Hall performs Live for animal adoption during social isolation

Performed by: Rio de Janeiro City Hall

Country: Brazil

In July 2020, the City of Rio de Janeiro, through the department for Animal Welfare held an Adoption Live on Facebook, in which it featured 50 dogs and cats rescued that are available for adoption.

The new adoption method launched by the city was aimed at protecting people during the Covid-19 outbreak. Before social isolation, they ran parks and squares with its adoption campaign. However, to avoid crowds, the animals started to be presented live, with a video of the rescue of each one and explanations about their history, their behaviour etc.

To adopt, those interested should follow the Live and go through an interview. If approved, the animal is delivered to the adopter’s home, already neutered, vaccinated, dewormed and with an identification microchip.


A small town in Washington is printing its own currency during the pandemic

Performed by: Town Hall Tenino, Washignton, EUA

Country: United States

What happens when a city creates its own social currency? In a bid to lessen the blow of Covid-19, the town of Tenino has started issuing its own wooden dollars that can only be spent at local businesses.

Wayne Fournier, the mayor, decided that Tenino would set aside $10k to give out to low-income residents hurt by the pandemic. But instead of using federal dollars, he’d print the money on thin sheets of wood designed exclusively for use in Tenino. His mint? A 130-year-old newspaper printer from a local museum. Fournier’s central idea is pulled straight from Tenino’s own history.

During the Great Depression, the city printed sets of wooden dollars using that exact same 1890 newspaper printer. Within a year, the wooden currency had helped bring the economy back from the dead.

By reinstating the old currency now, Fournier has accidentally become part of a much bigger movement. With businesses worried about keeping the lights on and people scrambling to find spending money, communities have struggled to keep their local economies afloat. So they’ve revived an old strategy: When in doubt, print your own money. Today, these so-called “local currencies” might help small communities recover from the economic fallout of Covid-19.


Milan announces plan to encourage cycling and walking after end of confinement

Performed by: Milan Government

Country: Italy

Milan’s administration announced city plan ‘Strade Aperte’ (Open Street, translated literally) for mobility and the use of public space in post lockdown caused by the Coronavirus pandemic.

The city announced that 35 km of its streets will be transformed during the European summer to encourage travel on foot, by bicycle and scooter to optimize the use of public space. Among the measures provided for in the plan are the creation of new cycle paths, an increase in the number of roads with moderate speed and the expansion of pedestrian paths through the increase of sidewalks. I

n addition, the plan also seeks to facilitate the possibility of placing tables for bars and restaurants in external public areas, in order to recover part of the capacity lost inside the establishments due to the spacing restrictions.


French government releases financial package to encourage cycling after quarantine ends

Performed by: French Government

Country: France

In April 2020, French government announced the creation of a 20 million euro fund to encourage the French population to use bicycles in the post-quarantine period of the Coronavirus.

The fund’s money, administered by the Ministry of Ecological and Inclusive Transition, will be used to pay an incentive of 50 euros per person for those who want to finance repairs to their bikes. The amount will also be used to support the costs of installing temporary bicycle parking spaces and to provide training for those who wish to learn how to ride a bicycle safely.


Covidsafe app: Australia’s coronavirus contact tracing application

Performed by: Australian Government

Country: Australia

Australian government has launched coronavirus tracing app amid lingering privacy concerns – The COVIDSafe tracking app is part of the government’s strategy to identify, trace and isolate as it looks at life beyond physical distance restrictions.

The app helps find close contacts of COVID-19 cases. It helps state and territory health officials to quickly contact people who may have been exposed to COVID-19. The COVIDSafe app speeds up the current manual process of finding people who have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19


Amsterdam to embrace ‘doughnut’ model to mend post-coronavirus economy

Performed by: Amsterdam City Hall

Country: Netherlands

Dutch authorities and British economist Kate Raworth, from the University of Oxford’s Environmental Change Institute, use a guide created by the economist to help the city prosper after a pandemic. The model aims to seek a balance between the economic needs of countries, cities and people and the available environmental resources.

Israel Defense department converts military radar into Covid-19 detectors

Performed by: Partnerships

Country: Israel

Israel’s defense department, in partnership with two major defense contractors, Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and Elbit Systems, is working to readjust military radar systems designed for Israel’s defence against terrorist attacks to detect coronavirus in the human body. Officials at the country’s Ministry of Defense have announced in March 2020 that the technology will be able to measure patients’ vital signs, including pulse, respiratory rate and temperature, and patterns that detect Covid-19 infection.


Portugal gives migrants and asylum-seekers full citizenship rights during coronavirus outbreak

Performed by: Government of Portugal

Country: Portugal

In March 2020, the government of Portugal determined that all immigrants with residence permit applications pending with the Foreigners and Borders Service will have access to the same rights as all other citizens, including social support. The measure also covers asylum seekers.

Norwegian Prime Minister holds children’s-oriented press conference

Performed by: Norwegian Government

Country: Norway

Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg organized a press conference to talk especially with children in her country about the Coronavirus. For thirty minutes, she and two of her ministers answered questions sent by the children about Covid-19. In one of the responses, she comforted the little ones by saying that “it’s okay to be afraid, but in the end, everything will be okay”.