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Coronavirus: Useful Sources of latest information

New National Restrictions from 5 November 2020

New National Restrictions come into place from 5 November to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.  The single most important action we can all take, in fighting coronavirus, is to stay at home, to protect the NHS and save lives. 

People will not be permitted to travel internationally or within the UK. This also means that people must stay in their primary residence and therefore cannot visit a second home or holiday home

From Thursday 5 November until Wednesday 2 December, the Government is taking the following action:

  1. Requiring people to stay at home, except for specific purposes
  2. Preventing gathering with people you do not live with, except for specific purposes
  3. Closing certain businesses and venues

The new measures will apply nationally for four weeks up to Wednesday 2 December. At the end of the period, the Government will look to return to a regional tiered approach, based on the latest data.

Government guidance updates

Following the recent national lockdown restrictions that came in to place today, 5 November 2020, the Government has updated its Visitor Economy Guidance

As you will know from previous updates, certain businesses and venues have been ordered to close. Look at the guidance to see the list.

The Visitor Economy guidance states that event spaces, including in conference centres and exhibition halls, can be used for reasons permitted by law, including for business events of up to 30 where reasonably necessary, for education and training purposes where reasonably necessary, or to provide socially beneficial public services such as Nightingale hospitals or food banks. Conference centres and exhibition halls should remain closed for conferences, exhibitions, trade shows, private dining or banqueting events. There is also detailed guidance for accommodation providers and heritage locations


Updated Guidance for Restaurants, Bars, Cafés and Pubs

The Primary Government Guidance for Working Safely During Coronavirus has been updated for Restaurant, bar, café and pub operators to reflect recent changes in Government rules for these businesses. Namely:

  • Hospitality venues like restaurants, bars and pubs must close, but can still provide takeaway and delivery services.
  • Sale of alcohol is permitted via pre-order for collection or delivery services only.
  • Anyone who can work from home, should do so
  • Clinically extremely vulnerable individuals should not attend work if they can't work from home for this period of restrictions

For more information visit the Gov.uk website.

Grant Funding to be administered by Eden District Council   

The Government has confirmed that nearly £3.4m in Local Restrictions Support Grant Allocations is being made available to support businesses in Eden during the current national lockdown.  As with previous schemes the responsibility for administering the distribution of these grants will fall to Eden District Council as the local authority.

The Local Restrictions Grant (closed) and the Additional Restrictions Grant are now open for applications (where appropriate).

Local Restrictions Grant (closed Local)

The Council has emailed businesses which are thought to be eligible. These businesses will be paid without the need to make an application, Businesses that haven’t received an email and think they meet the criteria can apply using our on-line application form. 

Additional Restrictions Grant

Businesses can now apply for the above grant via the Eden District Council website.

For further information about each of the grants and details of the application processes visit 
the Council’s website, www.eden.gov.uk.

 

VisitEngland Business Recovery Webinars

VisitEngland are holding a series of free business recovery webinars.  For more information visit the VisitBritain website.

 

Government extends Furlough to end of March 2021

Workers across the United Kingdom will benefit from increased support with a five-month extension of the furlough scheme into Spring 2021, the Chancellor announced today, (5 November 2020).

The key points are:

  • The furlough scheme will now be extended until the end of March 2021
  • The next self-employed income support grant will also increase from 55% to 80% of average profits - up to £7,500

For more information visit the Gov.uk website.

Job Support Scheme

The Chancellor announced changes to the Job Support Scheme (22/10/2020) which will provide further support for Businesses impacted by Coronavirus.

  • Open businesses which are experiencing considerable difficulty will be given extra help to keep staff on as government significantly increases contribution to wage costs under the Job Support Scheme, and business contributions drop to 5%
  • Business grants are expanded to cover businesses in particularly affected sectors in high-alert level areas, helping them stay afloat and protecting jobs
  • Grants for the self-employed doubled to 40% of previous earnings

For full details visit the Gov.uk website.

Government’s Bounce Back Loans

The Government's Bounce Back Scheme will help small and medium-sized businesses affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) to apply for loans of up to £50,000.

Kickstart Scheme

If you are an employer looking to create job placements for young people, check if you can apply for funding as part of the Kickstart Scheme.  More information on the Kickstart Scheme is available on the Gov.uk website.

Claiming money back through the Eat Out to Help Out scheme

Claims for reimbursement for the Eat Out to Help Out scheme has now closed (on 30 September 2020.)

Grant schemes (delivered through Cumbria Growth Hub) closed to expressions of interest

Update 7/9/20: Due to the huge volume of enquiries, these schemes have closed to expressions of interest. If you have applied, please be patient while your application is processed.  For more information, visit the Cumbria Growth Hub website.

Small Business or Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant

Applications have now closed (on 28 August 2020).
 

‘We’re Good to Go’ - new industry standardGood to Go logo 

The UK-wide industry standard and consumer mark 'We're Good to Go' has been launched, in partnership with the national tourist organisations of Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales to provide a ‘ring of confidence’ for tourism as the sector works towards reopening.

The ‘We’re Good To Go’ industry standard and supporting mark means businesses across the sector can demonstrate that they are adhering to the respective Government and public health guidance, have carried out a COVID-19 risk assessment and check they have the required processes in place.

The scheme is free to join and open to all businesses across the sector.  For more information please visit ​the VisitBritain website.

Self-Catering Cleaning Protocols

Cleaning protocols for Self-Catering properties are now available on the Professional Association of Self-Caterers website. These will be included within the wider UKHospitality guidelines as well as certification schemes.

The Drinks Trust

The Drinks Trust is able to assist people who have lost their income as a result of COVID 19, as well as support those people who have faced challenges with their wellbeing as a result of the virus. For more information visit the Drinks Trust website.


Cumbria Tourism

Cumbria Tourism have a Coronavirus Business Support Hub with useful information for tourism businesses.  Cumbria Tourism are also gathering information with a survey on the impacts of Coronavirus on Cumbrian Tourism businesses.


Websites that provide the latest updates, information and advice on Coronavirus

Some are specifically aimed at tourism businesses and the tourism/travel industry:

VisitBritain - the latest information and advice for businesses.

Cumbria LEP - Information including a link to Cumbria Chamber of Commerce Coronavirus Business Toolkit.

Gov.uk: You can sign up for Government email alerts on Coronavirus.

The Budget 2020 announced a plan to provide support for public services, individuals and businesses affected by COVID-19. This guidance gives further detail on the measures announced by the Chancellor including additional funding, Statutory Sick Pay changes, and an increase in the Business Rates retail discount for one year.

On 17 March the Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced significant further support for business and workers.

The UK Government has also set up a dedicated page outlining the full range of business support measures that are available

Businesses of all sizes can contact the Government's Business Support Helpline for free advice. In England the number to call is 0300 456 3565.

The British Business Bank will be delivering a new temporary Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS), to support businesses to access bank lending and overdrafts, available week commencing 23 March to businesses with a turnover of less than £41m. The maximum value of a loan provided under the scheme will be £5m.  

A number of private lenders are also making funds available to small businesses impacted by COVID-19, including £2 billion from Lloyds Banking Group and £5 billion from NatWest.

HM Revenue and Customs has launched a Tax Helpline to help businesses concerned about paying their tax due to Coronavirus. The number is 0800 0159 559.

Companies House has produced guidance if Coronavirus has affected your company and you need more time to file your accounts.  Find all the information on the Companies House website.

ACAS has published information for employees and employers, including simple steps to help protect the health and safety of staff.

The British Chambers of Commerce’s website offers advice and support to businesses.

The Business Growth Hub has a suite of resources including 10 steps to take now, a series of webinars, and guidance on keeping your business operating and managing cashflow.

The Local Resilience Forum has established a number of sub-groups to support people and businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes the Business and Economic Response and Recovery Group (BERRG), which is being chaired by the Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership.  BERRG is keen to hear from businesses that want to provide intelligence or need support, with businesses invited to email info@thecumbrialep.co.uk

KPMG provides a quality-assured checklist that enables you to understand the impact of COVID-19 on your organisation, crisis manage and plan business continuity.

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has the latest advice and guidance for small businesses and the self-employed

The Universal Credit webpage provides information about claiming for benefits as a result of COVID-19.

The Office of the Small Business Commissioner (SBC) can provide advice and help on late payment issues for small businesses with under 50 staff.

The Cumbria Chamber of Commerce has a Coronavirus Business Toolkit and other resources including Chamber Connect which matches people available for work with businesses looking to recruit staff to plug gaps in their workforce. 

Cumbria Business Growth Hub can offer remote advice and support to help you to plan through and beyond the crisis.


For more information contact the Eden Tourism Team:

  •   Email: tourism@eden.gov.uk
  •   Address: Eden District Council, Mansion House, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 7YG

 

Additional information and guidance on the COVID-19 outbreak can be found below: