Latest Covid-19 advice and business support
Eat Out, to Help Out
By now, most of you will have heard of the Government’s new scheme to support restaurants, cafés, and pubs – ‘Eat Out, to Help Out’. To encourage people to safely return to eating out at restaurants the Government’s new discount scheme will provide a 50% reduction for sit-down meals in cafes, restaurants, and pubs across the UK from Monday to Wednesday every week throughout August 2020.
If you would like to register your business to be part of the scheme, there is still time to do so.
Recently, the Culture Secretary highlighted that performing arts can now take place outdoors from Saturday 11 July with a socially distanced audience present. The government will also work with the sector to pilot a number of small indoor performances with a social distanced audience to help inform plans about how best to get indoor venues back up and running.
With this announcement, the UK Government has released advice and guidance for people who work in performing arts, including arts organisations, venue operators and participants.
The Recovery Advice for Business scheme, supported by the government and hosted on the Enterprise Nation website, will give small firms access to free, one-to-one advice with an expert adviser to help them through the coronavirus pandemic and to prepare for long-term recovery.
Advice offered will include bespoke, specialist assistance from accountancy, legal, and advertising to marketing, recruitment and digital to help businesses adapt to difficult circumstances and to bounce back as the UK economy recovers.
Earlier this month, the Chancellor announced a package of measures to support jobs in every part of the country. This will help give businesses the confidence to retain and hire staff. As part of the plan to support jobs, a Job Retention Bonus will be introduced to help firms keep furloughed workers. UK Employers will receive a one-off bonus of £1,000 for each furloughed employee who is still employed as of 31 January 2021.
As close-contact services start to open their doors again, it is important that customers feel safe and know all safety precautions are in place. With this in mind, the UK Government has published the latest advice and guidance for close-contact services to follow. This guidance applies to venues such as spas, well-being centres, dress fitters, tailors and fashion designers. These resources are also designed for those who provide mobile close-contact services from their homes and in other people’s homes, those in retail environments and those in the arts.