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Coronavirus advice and information for businesses

The Government has set out a package of temporary measures to support public services, people and businesses through this period of disruption caused by COVID-19.

Changes on April 12th 2021

Business and activities

Step 2 of the Government's roadmap, from April 12, will see the opening of non-essential retail; personal care premises such as hairdressers and nail salons; and public buildings, including libraries and community centres. Indoor leisure facilities such as gyms will also reopen (but only for use by people on their own or in household groups); as will most outdoor attractions and settings including outdoor hospitality venues, zoos, theme parks, and drive-in cinemas. Self-contained accommodation such as campsites and holiday lets, where indoor facilities are not shared with other households, can also reopen.

Hospitality venues will be allowed to serve people outdoors at Step 2 and there will be no need for customers to order a substantial meal with alcoholic drinks and no curfew, although customers must order, eat and drink while seated (‘table service’). Wider social contact rules will apply in all these settings to prevent indoor mixing between different households.

Events

While funerals can continue with up to 30 mourners, the number of people able to attend weddings, receptions and commemorative events such as wakes will rise to 15.

Grants

For the latest information on Covid-19 support grants for businesses, please go to https://www.cravendc.gov.uk/coronavirus-advice-and-information/business-support-grants/


NHS Covid-19 app

Advice on the NHS COvid-19 app


Guidance for businesses with cases of Covid-19

Covid-19; Preventing and Managing Covid-19 in Workplace Settings – Local Guidance

Here are some resources to help you if there is an outbreak in your business:

Workplace Action card 

Letter template

https://www.northyorks.gov.uk/guidance-workplace-settings

https://www.northyorks.gov.uk/communications-packs


Top-up to local business grant funds scheme

Updated 30 June 2020

A discretionary fund has been set up to accommodate certain small businesses previously outside the scope of the business grant funds scheme.

The Government guidance stated that the Council must develop and approve a local policy for grant payments.

The Council’s Discretionary Grant Scheme is now closed and the applications have been assessed. To find out more click here: https://www.cravendc.gov.uk/coronavirus-advice-and-information/discretionary-grant-scheme-awards/

Find out more about the government business grant top-up scheme.


The Government has set up a coronavirus business support finder tool to help businesses and self-employed people across the UK to quickly and easily determine what financial support is available to them during the coronavirus pandemic.

The tool is online here: Coronavirus business support finder tool


The Government has set up a website with all the details of the schemes that have been announced:

Visit the UK Government Coronavirus Business Support website

Help includes a package of measures to support businesses including:



Local Business Support and Advice                                                                                            


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What are we doing to process support?

Grants

For the latest information on Covid-19 support grants for businesses, please go to https://www.cravendc.gov.uk/coronavirus-advice-and-information/business-support-grants/

Business rates holiday for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses

The Government introduced a business rates retail holiday for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses in England for the 2020 to 2021 tax year.

Businesses that received the retail discount in the 2019 to 2020 tax year have been rebilled by Craven District Council. 

Support for businesses that pay little or no business rates due to small business rate relief or rural rate relief 

The government provided additional funding for local authorities to support small businesses that already pay little or no business rates because of small business rate relief (SBBR). This provided a one-off grant of £10,000 to businesses currently eligible for SBRR or rural rate relief, to help meet their ongoing business costs. This scheme has now closed.

Environmental Health

Our Environmental Health services are running. Officers are following government advice to restrict visits to essential visits only. Priority is still given to issues of safety and each call will be reviewed and assessed.