COVID-19

COVID-19

COVID-19

Please find below the latest information for UK Tourism businesses, including useful links, financial advice and guidance. 

Everything you need to know about COVID-19 here

Business Support

The Government have launched a new dedicated website for businesses to find out what support is available. click here

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Useful Links, Advice and Guidance & Financial Support Available

  • How to access the Job Retention scheme  

    You will need to:

    • designate affected employees as ‘furloughed workers,’ and notify your employees of this change - changing the status of employees remains subject to existing employment law and, depending on the employment contract, may be subject to negotiation
    • submit information to HMRC about the employees that have been furloughed and their earnings through a new online portal (HMRC will set out further details on the information required)


 

  • HMRC will reimburse 80% of furloughed workers wage costs, up to a cap of £2,500 per month. HMRC are working urgently to set up a system for reimbursement. The full details of the support packages and procedures can be found at:

       https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/covid-19-support-for-businesses

  • The attached link provides the breakdown of financial business support that organisations can access as result of the Budget here

       The Business rates: expanded retail discount guidance has been updated to cover certain properties previously excluded from the relief, but that have been forced to close         as a result of coronavirus restrictions












  • Government Business Support Measures here

  • The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) Advice for Employers and Employees click here. The advice is being reviewed daily. They are monitoring government updates and when legal changes happen, they are updating this page. 

  • ACAS are holding two sessions for businesses on how to handle the impacts of Coronavirus – a live Twitter Q&A and a Webinar. 

    Coronavirus, an advisory webinar for employers

    Multiple dates available. Register to attend.  This free webinar will provide practical advice for employers to help manage the impact of Coronavirus in the workplace. It includes:

    - steps that can help reduce the spread of the virus 
    - effective ways of communicating with employees 
    - self-isolating, time off, sickness certification and sick pay 
    - altering working hours, shift patterns and working arrangements 
    - remote working and the use of technology 

    Acas practical information on coronavirus is reviewed daily to give you and your networks access to the most recent updates and common sense advice. For example, today’s update included more on social distancing and vulnerable workers; updates on working from home, lay-offs and short-time working; and a section on cleaning a workplace if someone comes to work with coronavirus. 

  • Acas practical information on coronavirus is reviewed daily to give you and your networks access to the most recent updates and common sense advice. For example, today’s update included more on social distancing and vulnerable workers; updates on working from home, lay-offs and short-time working; and a section on cleaning a workplace if someone comes to work with coronavirus. 

  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for employees, emplyers and businesses, Government website guidance here

  • Advice and guidance from the WHO (World Health Organisation) Click here

  • Advice for preventative cleaning, find out more here

  • Government guidance for cleaning environments within the community including, hotel rooms, work places, offices plus many more here 

  • Government advice for home isolation, find out more here 

  • Guidance on Social distancing for vulnerable people find out more here

  • Government guidance for mass gatherings and events here 

  • The Government has relaxed rules and regulations at this time to allow establishments to operate as takeaways. Find out more here


  • The Treasury has published guidance for Local Authorities on the Expanded Retail Discount 2020/21: Coronavirus Response, which sets out in more detail what is meant by 'leisure, hospitality and retail' when referring to the business rate holiday and other schemes
 
  • WSX Enterprises are offering their business support/advice service, for free, to businesses and new entrepreneurs across the region.  They have earmarked 8 specialist advisers who are available to offer specialist advice to any client - as detailed in the attached weblink.Find out more here 

     

 

 

Join the VisitBritain marketing response 
VB have launched a social marketing campaign to keep Britain top of visitors’ minds during international travel bans. The campaign aims to share inspirational content based on popular British culture such as recipes, TV and film shows, literature and more, for people to enjoy in their own homes. Join the conversation via @lovegreatbritain and #lovegreatbritain on:

 Practical Advice, Working From Home

As many of us will be finding ourselves working from home in the coming weeks here are some tips and websites that might help from conference calling to things to do with the kids.

Tourism South East tips for Social Media to help keep things going and to help you remain present on Social Media here

The 6 best free video conference calling apps according to the "how to geek" find out more here

Top tips for working from home from Monster here and from REED Recruitment here

NCSC - NATIONAL CYBER SECURITY CENTRE - Advice to help organisations manage the cyber security challenges of increased home working here.

 

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Things to do with the kids

As many schools begin to close here are some hopefully helpful links that will assist with keeping  a little bit of structure in these difficult times and provide you with some ideas of how to keep them entertained.

You Tube  25 fun activities to do with the kids 

Pinterest Kids arts and craft ideas to do at home

National Geographic  

Accu Weather

North Shore Mums

Joe Wickes Free Youtube PE lessons at home here 

BBC 

Twinkle Home school resource

A pinch of perfect how to turn the parent into a teacher 

 

 

 Stay at home, play Videogames, protect the NHS, save lives ...

STAY AT HOME UNLESS

You should only leave the house for one of four reasons.

● Shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible.

● One form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle - alone or with members of your household.

● Any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person.

● Travelling to and from work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home.


To find out more about the symptoms of COVID-19 and how best to protect yourself and others see the NHS website for advice here

TSE continues to lobby the Government, through the national agencies, communicating our members feedback and frustrations.

Our Membership team are working remotely and are able to offer help and support where possible, please email us at [email protected]

For the latest up to date information check our news story here