COVID-19 – Resources for Businesses
Update: 26th November 2020
Following today's Government announcement, from 2nd December, Bath and North East Somerset will be in Tier 2: High Alert. Click here for more information regarding the Government's announcement about the tier system.
In Tier 2, hospitality settings that serve alcohol must close, unless operating as restaurants. Hospitality venues can only serve alcohol with substantial meals.
We will be updating our website to ensure that we are carrying the latest advice from Public Health, business reopening/closure information, plus inspiring content to attract visits to Bath and North East Somerset.
We are aware that there will be several Members and businesses in Bath who will not be able to open, either through restrictions or for other reasons. If there is anything we can do to help, please do not hesitate to contact us.
We appreciate that information relating to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic is changing regularly and wanted to be able to share and signpost information for businesses working in the tourism and hospitality industry. We anticipate that this information will be updated frequently. Please visit the following pages for up-to-date information:
- VisitEngland – business advice hub
- VisitBritain – latest information and advice for businesses
- VisitBritain – 'We're Good to Go' scheme
- NHS website
- GOV.UK – UK government response
- GOV.UK – support for businesses
- GOV.UK – business support toolkit
- Bath and North East Somerset website
- Travelwest – coronavirus travel advice
- Invest In Bath – information for businesses
- Acas – advice for employers and employees
- PASC – information and advice for self-catering businesses
Not in Bath and North East Somerset?
Links to other local authority information:
Government Advice on Reporting Outbreaks
COVID-19 early outbreak management information has been created to make sure that people who run businesses or organisations:
- Know how to recognise and report an incident of COVID-19.
- Are aware of measures local health protection teams may advise in order to contain it.
- Full details can be found here.
In addition, 'action cards' have been developed to cover a range of businesses and organisations to provide specific advice on the issues each type of organisation may face now lockdown restrictions have been eased.
Update: 1st November 2020
The Prime Minister has announced a second national lockdown for England. You can view the full speech here.
In summary, this lockdown comes into effect on 12:01am Thursday 5th November for four weeks (following a Commons vote on Wednesday and regulations published on Tuesday), until 2nd December 2020. After the four weeks, the Government will seek to ease restrictions, going back into the tiered system on a local and regional basis according to the latest data and trends.
Key Points From Boris Johnson's Speech Are:
- The public must stay at home from Thursday, only leaving home for specific reasons, including:
- Work, if you cannot work from home, for example
- Exercise and recreation outdoors, with your household or on your own with one person from another household
- Medical reasons, appointments and to escape injury or harm
- To shop for food and essentials
- To provide care for vulnerable people, or as a volunteer
- Workplaces should stay open where people can’t work from home – for example, in the construction or manufacturing sectors
- Single adult households can still form exclusive support bubbles with one other household, and children will still be able to move between homes if their parents are separated
A press release on the PM’s statement on upcoming national restrictions in England has since been published which outlines some further details on restrictions applicable to tourism.
The key points to note are:
- There is no exemption for staying away from home on holiday. This means people cannot travel internationally or within the UK, unless for work, education or other legally permitted exemptions. Overnight stays away from primary residences will not be allowed, except for specific exceptions including for work
- Inbound international travel will continue to be governed by the travel corridor approach, and those currently on a domestic holiday will be allowed to finish their holidays, but are still subject to the requirements in England to not go out without a reasonable excuse
There is also a new guidance page on gov.uk about the changes in England. Please be aware that this is initial top-line guidance and more detail will be available in the coming days.
Of particular note:
- The Government has ordered certain businesses and venues to close, including:
- 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
- Food shops, supermarkets, garden centres and certain other retailers providing essential goods and services can remain open. Essential retailers 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 can operate
- Playgrounds can remain open
- Hospitality venues like restaurants, bars and pubs must close, but can still provide takeaway and delivery services. However, takeaway of alcohol will not be allowed
- 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 the business closures will be published and set out in law
- Weddings and civil partnership ceremonies will not be permitted to take place except in exceptional circumstances
All non-essential travel by private or public transport should be avoided. Essential travel includes, but is not limited to:
- Essential shopping
- Travelling to work where your workplace is open or you cannot work from home
- Travelling to education and for caring responsibilities
- Hospital, GP and other medical appointments or visits where you have had an accident or are concerned about your health
The Government's Furlough Scheme has been extended, with further economic support announced.
The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) will be extended through November. Workers in any part of the UK can retain their job, even if their employer cannot afford to pay them, and be paid at least 80% of their salary up to £2,500 a month.
The flexibility of the current CJRS will be retained to allow employees to continue to work where they can. Employers small or large, charitable or non-profit organisations are eligible, and because more businesses will need to close, they will now be asked to pay just National Insurance and Pensions contributions for their staff during the month of November, making this more generous than support currently on offer.
The Job Support Scheme will not be introduced until after the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme ends.
Click here for details of the new style Employment and Support Allowance.
Click here for full details, courtesy of VisitBritain, of the latest information and advice for businesses.
Supporting your business during this time
We will continue to share the latest guidance and updates and will aim to support those businesses who will again have to adapt to suit current guidelines.
This will include sharing information of hospitality businesses offering takeaway and delivery services, and any support for local businesses promoting online sales or future travel, should you wish to do so. This will also include virtual tours and experiences if you have them.
Please do keep us updated if you can, and send details of any takeaway services, virtual activities and online sales to Lisa Franklin, on email@example.com.