Latest Coronavirus Announcements
As you are likely aware, over the weekend the Government announced a new national lockdown will be imposed from the 5 November until at least the 2 December.
To help support businesses and workers, it was also announced that they are extending the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) - also known as the furlough scheme.
The scheme will now be open until December, with employees receiving 80% of their current salary for hours not worked, capped at £2,500 per month.
Any employee who has been on an employer’s payroll at 30 October will be able to be enrolled on the extended CJRS. Employers can reduce employees’ hours in line with rules implemented for the CJRS since 1 July (which were intended to allow employers to gradually bring employees back from furlough). It is not necessary for an employer to have previously used the CJRS to claim. All employers who intend to use the extended scheme should explain this to affected employees and seek to gain their consent to being furloughed (or to continuing to be on furlough). As the CJRS has been extended the implementation of the JSS has been delayed until the CJRS ends.
Local Restrictions Grants
A series of grants, worth up to £3,000 per month will be made available in England to premises forced to close. These grants are being provided under the Local Restrictions Support Grant scheme. In addition to this local authorities are being given additional funds to help support businesses in their area. More information can be found on your local authority's websites.
Businesses required to close
Restaurants, bars and pubs will be required to close but can continue to offer takeaway services. In addition, the following businesses will be required to close:
Non-essential businesses can continue to offer delivery and click and collect services.
- all non-essential retail (clothing, electronics, betting, tobacco and vape shops, betting shops, tailors, car washes, vehicle showrooms and travel agents)
- indoor and outdoor leisure facilities (gyms, swimming pools, gold courses, dance studios, shooting ranges and stables/riding centres)
- entertainment venues (theatres, cinemas, bingo halls, casinos, zoos and animal attractions)
- personal care facilities (hair, beauty and nail salons, tattoo parlours, spas, massage parlours, non-medical acupuncture and tanning salons)