The situation with coronavirus, officially Covid-19, is changing daily. The future situation is unknown but there are resources and advice available which will change as the situation changes.
Updated 14th July 2021
Changes to government restrictions from 19th July
Most legal restrictions to control COVID-19 will be lifted from 19th July. Rather than legal requirements, individuals will be asked to use personal judgement to manage their own risk. The government has also made some recommendations alongside the lifting of legal restrictions.
Businesses and venues
Working Safely Guidance for businesses
The government’s Working Safely during Coronavirus guidance will be updated on the government website here. At the time of writing these have not been updated.
Employers will still have a legal duty to manage risks to those affected by their business and are expected to carry out a health and safety risk assessment which includes the risk of COVID-19 and how those risks will be mitigated. The could include
Protections remaining in place:
The rate of VAT for hospitality, hotel and holiday accommodation and admissions to certain attractions has been amended by the government as follows:
Find out more here.
Busnesses in the following sectors are eligible for business rates retail discount:
The Business Rates retail discount in England is as follows:
The government’s Kickstart Scheme offers fully subsidised 6 month placements for 16-24 year olds claiming Universal Credit. Hampshire Chamber of Commerce are taking on the role of intermediary to being together groups of businesses who want to take on fewer than 30 people and is supporting them to bid for funding. Find out more here.
NHS COVID-19 app and QR Codes
Covid-19 Secure guidelines for safe working
Updated 14th July 2021
The Government will updated the Covid-19 Secure guidelines to reflect changes from 19th September Specific guidance is available for the following sectors:
Read the guidance here.
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (Furlough)
Updated July 2021
FLEET BID SUPPORT
Our Back in Business car packs include posters, hand sanitiser, floor and window stickers. On our website we can create a dedicated page for any business who does not have an e-commerce operation but would like to have some products available online.
You can also access information on suppliers of protective equipment here.
To find out more or to get involved email us.
Government Grants from Hart District Council
Hart District Council have opened applications for their Extended Restrictions Grant scheme.
These are designed to support businesses who have been adversely affected by the government extending restrictions beyond 21st June. This includes:
Hart District Council have emailed businesses they believe are eligible and payments will be made automatically starting 12th July.
The closing date for applications is 22nd July at 5pm. Apply here:
Hampshire County Council is leading the Local Outbreak Control Planning and together with District Council Chief Executives and Environmental Health Officers and have set up a business information page which aims to support businesses in Hampshire respond to a case or outbreak of coronavirus. The page includes: