Business Advice during Covid-19
From Thursday 5th November England will be in lockdown to control the spread of the virus.
A number of new restrictions will be introduced:
Hospitality, retail, leisure and tourism
To reduce social contact, the Government has ordered certain businesses and venues to close. These include:
- Hospitality venues like restaurants, bars and pubs must close, but can still provide takeaway and delivery services.
- all non-essential retail, including, but not limited to clothing and electronics stores, vehicle showrooms, travel agents, betting shops, auction houses, tailors, car washes, tobacco and vape shops.
- indoor and outdoor leisure facilities such as bowling alleys, leisure centres and gyms, sports facilities including swimming pools, golf courses and driving ranges, dance studios, stables and riding centres, soft play facilities, climbing walls and climbing centres, archery and shooting ranges, water and theme parks,
- entertainment venues such as theatres, concert halls, cinemas, museums and galleries, casinos, adult gaming centres and arcades, bingo halls, bowling alleys, concert halls, zoos and other animal attractions, botanical gardens;
- personal care facilities such as hair, beauty and nail salons, tattoo parlours, spas, massage parlours, body and skin piercing services, non-medical acupuncture, and tanning salons.
Certain businesses can remain open these include:
- Food shops, supermarkets, garden centres and certain other retailers providing essential goods and services can remain open. Essential retail should follow COVID-secure guidelines to protect customers, visitors and workers.
- Non-essential retail can remain open for delivery to customers and click-and-collect.
- Hotels, hostels and other accommodation should only open for those who have to travel for work purposes and for a limited number of other exemptions which will be set out in law.
A full list of businesses can be found here.
A series of FAQ’s have been collated and can be found here.
Business conferences, exhibitions and large sporting events
Currently it is against the law for these to take place.
To help contain the virus, everyone who can work effectively from home must do so. Where people cannot do so (for instance people who work in critical national infrastructure, construction or manufacturing) they should continue to travel to work/attend their workplace. This is essential to keeping the country operating and supporting vital sectors and employers.
The police and other enforcement officers are able to issue penalties for those that don’t comply.
People in a group which refuses to disperse when told to by police could get a £200 penalty ticket, lowered to £100 if paid within 14 days. This doubles with every extra offence, rising to £3,200 for six or more offences.
Businesses allowing the rules to be broken could face enforcement action under health and safety rules. Additionally, organisers of illegal gatherings in England can be fined £10,000.
The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been extended for a month with employees receiving 80% of their current salary for hours not worked and further economic support announced.
Employers small or large, charitable or non-profit, are eligible for the extended Job Retention Scheme, which will continue for a further month. Businesses will now be asked to pay just National Insurance and Pensions contributions for their staff during the month of November.
For more information visit https://www.wakefieldfirst.com/covid-19/