COVID-19 - Support

COVID-19 - Support

 

COVID-19

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

 

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

 

Click here to download the Government Plan for reopening the economy

 

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In the announcement, it was outlined that from 4 July;

 

·        The two-metre social distancing rule will be relaxed to one-metre plus. Where it is possible to remain two metres you should continue should do so, but where this is not possible it should be a ‘one metre plus’ policy. New guidance will be published to support businesses – including changing office layouts, protective screens, closing non-essential communal areas etc.

 

·        Restaurants and pubs can open. Indoor hospitality is limited to table services and contact details will need to be collected from customers.

 

·        People will be free to stay in self-contained accommodation including hotels, B&Bs, and campsites – so long as shared facilities can be kept clean.

 

·        Tourist attractions will be able to reopen if they can do so safely, outside gyms and playgrounds can also open.

 

·        Places of worship will be able to reopen, weddings can take place with up to 30 guests

 

·        Close proximity venues such as nightclubs, soft play, indoor gyms, swimming pools and spas will remain closed. Taskforces will be established to help them become COVID secure.

 

·        Indoor facilities for sports will remain closed, and close contact sports should only happen with people from the same household.

 

·        Two households of any size will be able to meet in any setting (inside or outside), they do not have to be the same household each time. They are not recommending multiple households meet indoors.

 

·        Outside, the guidance remains that people from several households of up to six, or two households can meet regardless of size.

 

·        Hairdressers will be able to open with visors, nail bars will be able to follow when they are confident they can open in a COVID secure way.

 

Guidelines will be published for these reopening sectors. We will share these as soon as they are available.

 

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Useful Links, Advice and Guidance & Financial Support Available

Top-up to Local Business Grant Funds Scheme

The Government has established a £617m discretionary fund has been set up to accommodate certain small businesses previously outside the scope of the business grant funds scheme. The funding will be available to a range of businesses including B&B operators that pay council tax instead of business rates which is great news for the tourism industry.

To qualify, businesses must be small, under 50 employees, and they must also be able to demonstrate that they have seen a significant drop of income due to Coronavirus restriction measures. Further guidance on this funding will be published soon.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/top-up-to-local-business-grant-funds-scheme?utm_source=c711a024-400a-41c6-a2b9-1a103a62ddaa&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=immediate


Extended Furlough Announcement

Here is the Government’s announcement of the extended furlough scheme. There are a number of questions still to be answered on issues such as flexibility and employer contributions but hopefully more detailed guidance will be published soon which will provide some clarity on these issues. One point that seems to be coming through (although not confirmed) is that, from August, the payment rate from Govt will fall to 60% with businesses required to make up the other 20%.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/chancellor-extends-furlough-scheme-until-october

 Furloughed Workers to Receive Full Parental Leave Entitlement

  • Pay for furloughed workers taking family related leave is to be calculated based on usual earnings rather than furlough pay
  • Full earnings will apply to Maternity Pay, Paternity Pay, Shared Parental Pay, Parental Bereavement Pay and Adoption Pay

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/furloughed-workers-to-receive-full-parental-leave-entitlement

Guidance for Employers to Help Workplaces Operate Safely

The Government has Published guidelines to make workplaces as safe as possible and give people confidence to go back to work. In addition, up to an extra £14 million made available for the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) for extra call centre employees, inspectors and equipment to handle inquiries. In addition, the guidance provides employers with a downloadable notice businesses should display to show people they have followed the guidance. There are eight sets of guidance for people working in different settings including outdoor work, offices and restaurants providing takeaways and deliveries. The Five Key principles of all the guidance are:

  1. Work from home, if you can
  2. Carry out a COVID-19 risk assessment, in consultation with workers or trade unions
  3. Maintain 2 metres social distancing, wherever possible
  4. Where people cannot be 2 metres apart, manage transmission risk
  5. Reinforcing cleaning processes 

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19

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 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

 

 The attached link provides the breakdown of financial business support that organisations can access: 

  • Bounce Back Loans

    The Chancellor has announced new “bounce back loans” for SMEs will be available from 9am next Monday.  Small businesses will be able to access loans worth 25 per cent of their turnover, up to £50,000, and the government will pay the interest for the first 12 months. The loans will be 100 per cent guaranteed by the Treasury, meaning the government will take on all the default risk. The good news for SMEs is that, unlike the other loan schemes, there are no tests of business viability and no complex eligibility criteria. Instead, there will be just a simple online form to complete.

    https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/chancellors-statement-to-parliament

 
  • The Government has announced that Working Tax Credits payments will be increased from 6 April 2020. As part of a number of measures to support the country during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the basic element of Working Tax Credit has been increased by £1,045 to £3,040 from 6 April 2020 until 5 April 2021

 

VAT Deferrals Update

HMRC has updated it’s guidance regarding how different VAT payments can be deferred including payments on account and monthly and quarterly payments. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/deferral-of-vat-payments-due-to-coronavirus-covid-19

Sector Support

 

Further Support and Advice

  • Government Business Support Measures here
  • UK Government has now published advice and guidance for those providing hotel and other accomodation in the UK. this includes those who serve food, temporary accomodation and also exclusions plus advice on those with guests suffering COVID-19 symptoms
  • 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
  • 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
  • Guidance for food businesses has been added to GOV.UK,

 

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Messaging and Marketing Support

Understanding Visitor Holiday Plans in South East England, post Covid (June 2020)

Tourism South East has carried out research from within its known database of visitors to South East England to understand their thoughts and feelings regarding days out, short breaks and holidays the country slowly opens up.

Download Full Report 

Tourism South East Recovery Toolkit

Tourism South East has produced a recovery toolkit, designed to highlight key considerations and help you restart your business. This toolkit contains useful websites, links, and documents to assist you through this process. 

Download Tool Kit

 

Tourism South East tips for Social Media to help keep things going and to help you remain present on Social Media here
 
 
View or Virtual Support Programme

 

 

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 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.

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.

 

How to Homeschool When You Live Off-Grid | Matthew Davies         25 Fun Activities to Do With Your Kids - DIY Kids Crafts and Games ...

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

UK Government has now published advice and guidance for those providing hotel and other accomodation in the UK. this includes those who serve food, temporary accomodation and also exclusions plus advice on those with guests suffering COVID-19 symptoms