Since the beginning of April, Czechs are spending on average CZK 360,000 on beer and food vouchers every day to be consumed “in better times”.
Following the success of Zachraň pivo! (Save the Beer!) website, the new Zachraň svou hospodu! (Save Your Pub!) site enables concerned drinkers to buy vouchers for use when cash-strapped Czech pubs re-open.
The initiative partners include a dozen of the Czech Republic’s biggest breweries, alcohol, and soft drinks producers. Among them is Plzeňský Prazdroj, the makers of Pilsner Urquell.
“The brewers who work in the pubs all their lives are inherently connected with the pub. We need to support each other,” says Plzeňský Prazdroj’s chief brewmaster emeritus Václav Berka, who has personally bought several vouchers.
Berka called on his colleagues in the industry to support their pubs as well. “I was pleasantly surprised by the interest in this initiative, but on the other hand, I was surprised at how many pubs are not involved, yet. I don’t want to use any strong words, but beer is our destiny. Our lives have been associated with it for decades.”
“More than 90 percent of establishments are now closed. Czech pubs are part of our culture, an important part of communities. They are in fact a social network,” said Budvar’s brewmaster, Aleš Dvořák.
The “Save your pub!” project was launched by the Czech Association of Breweries and Malthouses, and so far about 2,500 pubs have registered, more than an eighth of the total establishments in the country.
The Save the Pub! website lets customers select establishments by region, district or neighborhood. As of Tuesday morning, almost 4,000 people had bought vouchers through the system – for anywhere from 100 crowns (good for two, maybe three pints) to 1,000 crowns (enough to have a proper night out for two).
Martina Ferencová, head of the Czech Beer and Malt Association, considers the Save Your Pub! the initiative really successful.
“Customers already spent 7 million CZK on vouchers. It’s a big success considering we started this project at the beginning of April,” she says to iRozhlas.
Approximately 50,000 pubs in the Czech Republic were forced to close as a result of government measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus epidemic.
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Mylaw.cz is a unique online legal portal that provides people clear legal information and connects them with their ideal lawyer for free. This portal has provided users proven legal content (articles and ready-made templates) for a long time, and provides a platform for online chat, mail or phone consultation with lawyers or tax advisors.
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Like other European states, the Czech government has announced a considerable financial stimulus package to help businesses during the crisis, but other several private projects appeared online in the last few weeks.
The following list refers to ‘save projects’ which go beyond the regional level and thus have a wider impact.
Save the beer
The online platform Zachraň Pivo (Save beer) aims to help 307 small breweries throughout the Czech Republic unload surplus beer. At the moment, there are 9 559 530 half-liter glasses of craft beer sitting in tanks.
How does it work? Visit the website and the map will help you to locate your nearest brewery and make an online order for collection.
Save the food
“We are a bunch of gastronomic enthusiasts from Ostrava and Prague who want to help restaurants in these difficult times. Almost without sleep, food, and sex, we programmed a restaurant aggregator and an ordering portal in one website: Jidloo.cz. It’s basically a Heureka in the gastro industry,” says one of the founders.
You can place your order without having to pay a commission for the delivery. Users can contact directly the restaurant by e-mail, or via the app. Currently, there are more than 2000 restaurants.
“Save the Hotel” initiative provides free accommodation for medical and rescue personnel. They can thus obtain emergency accommodation at a time when they cannot live with their family due to the risk of transmitting the disease.
You can also choose your favorite hotel, buy a voucher and use it when the coronavirus pandemic is over!
Save the pub
The platform zachranhospodu.cz brings together almost two thousand pubs. The website allows the purchase of food vouchers which can be used after the businesses reopen. People can choose a specific pub or restaurant and the value of the voucher.
Save the job
Do you have employees for whom you temporarily do not have jobs? Do you currently lack employees?
The Czech Chamber of Commerce integrated and created the project zachranpraci.cz that offers the companies to “share” their production capacities. The electronic platform of the “job exchange” is being provided to the Chamber by the company Jurent CZ which has longtime experience with the labour sharing.
For more info: 800 222 121 or e-mail [email protected]
Save small business owners
Crowdfunding platform Hithit.cz launched the program Hithit Antivir for small business owners. Craftsmen and other small entrepreneurs can reach out to potential supporters and ask them to deposit a required amount, with a minimum target of CZK 5,000.
Coronavirus has been affecting the lives of many people lately, including small breweries.
Due to the closure of restaurants, their demand dropped significantly. These circumstances led to the initiative Zachraň pivo (Save the Beer) to help them with the sale of alcoholic beverages.
At the moment, there are 1,306,833 half-liter glasses of craft beer sitting in tanks.
“Thousands of beers are waiting to be rescued. Brewed, fresh and unpasteurized beer is perishable. Throwing several thousand liters into a canal can put an end for some of us. Do you want to help Czech microbreweries? ” stated the post on the Facebook page.
According to the representatives of this initiative, it is not difficult to help. “Just look at our map, find the nearest store, buy and drink beers. Do you know a more pleasant way to help someone?”
“A quarter of about 500 Czech microbreweries will not survive the crisis”, said on Wednesday the president of the Czech-Moravian Brewery Association Jan Šuráň.
According to him, beer production in microbreweries has fallen by an average of 80 to 85 percent.
“These people will last for a month. The government should act as quickly as possible to compensate for the crisis measures. Restaurant operators pointed out that based on the Crisis Act, paragraph 36 states “the state is obliged to compensate the damage caused to legal and natural persons in causal connection with crisis measures with interest-free loans, withholding tax payments, or forgiving insurance payments.”
Microbrewers would join restaurants in the case of a class-action lawsuit. “If the government does not support microbreweries, there will be thousands of unemployed people”, according to Šuráň.