As the Coronavirus continues to impact the operations of businesses, learn more about the steps that Chamber members can implement to minimise impact on local communities and support the UK government’s strategy.
A full range of business support measures have been made available to UK businesses and employees.
All information can be found here on the government’s website. This helps businesses find out how to access the support that has been made available, who is eligible, when the schemes open and how to apply.
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Winter Economy plan
Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced a range of measures to help businesses during the winter months, including:
– Job Support Scheme: The government is to top up the wages of workers covering up to a third of their hours
– Pay as You Grow: Greater flexibility for Coronavirus loan repayments.
– Loan Schemes extension until 30th November 2020
– Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) extension
– 5% VAT extension until 31st March 2021
– VAT Deferral can be repaid in smaller payments
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Venues required to enforce rule of 6, NHS QR code posters and contact logs
Many businesses, including those in hospitality, are now required to enforce the rule of 6 or face a fine up to £4,000.
They must also collect customers contact details for NHS Test and Trace, and from Thursday 24th September display NHS QR posters.
Read more here.
Hospitality to close by 10pm and working from home recommended
From Wednesday 23 September, office workers who are able to work from home should do so and the requirement for customers to wear face coverings will be extended to all users of taxis and private hire vehicles.
From Thursday 24 September measures including the following will be introduced:
– pubs, bars and restaurants must operate table-service only, except for takeaways;
– hospitality venues must close at 10pm (which means closing, not last orders). The same will apply to takeaways, although deliveries can continue;
– the requirement to wear face coverings will be extended to include retail staff and staff and customers in indoor hospitality, except when seated at a table to eat or drink; and
– covid-secure guidelines will become legal obligations in retail, leisure, tourism and other sectors.
Read more here.
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