Proposal for fair payouts to outlets presented

AN urgent proposal for fair payouts to salons, massage parlours, gyms and fitness centres was presented to parliament yesterday.

It is spearheaded by MP Khalid Bu Onk, along with five other MPs, who believe that the allocated financial help for such outlets from the BD40 million Business Continuity Support Programme through Tamkeen is low.

Under government measures to combat the spread of Covid-19, salons, cinemas, gyms, fitness studios, swimming pools and recreational activities will remain closed until 7 pm on Thursday (May 7).

To offset the financial impact of the pandemic on businesses, the government has already waived electricity and water bills, along with municipal fees and labour fees, while it is also paying the wages of Bahrainis in the private sector for three months and has asked banks to defer loan instalments for six months.

“We don’t know what the criteria for Tamkeen payouts is, but when a gym’s rent is BD1,500, the monthly payout can’t be BD500,” said Mr Bu Onk.

According to the latest statistics from the Industry, Commerce and Tourism Ministry, there are around 3,000 salons, massage parlours, health gyms and fitness centres registered in Bahrain.

The issue is scheduled for debate during Tuesday’s parliament session.




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