Coronavirus (COVID-19)

We’ll keep you updated with the latest news as the coronavirus outbreak evolves here in the UK as of December 2021.

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BRISTOL BUSINESS SUPPORT AND #BUSINESSBOOSTER

21/12/21 - We sent a letter to the Prime Minister and Chancellor urging them to act immediately with guidance and support for our businesses. Additionally, we called on the government to deliver a #BusinessBooster and support hospitality, retail and leisure businesses.

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RE-OPENING HANDBOOK FOR THE HOSPITALITY & LEISURE INDUSTRY

13/07/2021 - Useful information from NTIA (Night Time Industries Association) ahead of the move to step 4 of the roadmap out of lockdown from 19 July

Open handbook

NATIONAL LOCKDOWN: STAY AT HOME

05/01/21 - The Prime Minister has announced a national lockdown for the UK, advising that everyone must stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives. New rules have been introduced and should be followed immediately.

New rules

BRISTOL IS PLACED IN TIER 3

26/11/20 - Bristol has been placed in Tier 3 and so the restrictions which apply to businesses within the Bristol City Centre BID area

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BUSINESSES TO REOPEN ON THE 2ND DECEMBER

20/11/21 The recently released COVID-19 winter plan includes detail on the reopening of businesses, the tier system and the following: The route back to normality; Controlling the virus; Protecting the NHS and the vulnerable; Keeping education and the economy going

Winter plan

BUSINESSES ORDERED TO CLOSE

05/11/20 - The Government has ordered the following businesses and venues to close. The full list of venues that must close/can remain open can be found on pages 29-32 of the regulations.

Full list

UPDATED GUIDANCE FOR WORKING SAFELY DURING COVID-19

04/11/20 - As of the 4 November, government guidance for working safely through the pandemic in the following sectors has been updated.

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SECOND LOCKDOWN ANNOUNCED

31/10/20 - From Thursday 5 November until Wednesday 2 December, the UK government have introduced tougher restrictions.

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GOVERNMENT TO COVER 22% OF WORKER PAY FOR SIX MONTHS

24/09/20 - From 1st November the Government are introducing a new Job Support Scheme to protect viable jobs in businesses who are facing lower demand over the winter months due to coronavirus.

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TEST & TRACE

24/09/20 - The new NHS COVID-19 app is now available to download for free and is the fastest way to see if you or your business are at risk from coronavirus. Businesses are required to have NHS QR code posters visible on entry so customers can safely check-in.

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FURTHER NATIONAL MEASURES ANNOUNCED

22/09/20 - The Government has introduced further measures to address rising cases of COVID-19 in England. The measures are effective from 24 September

Further measures

THE RULE OF SIX

11/09/20 - The Rule of Six principle is that businesses operating in accordance with current COVID-19 secure guidance will be able to continue doing as they are , provided that individual groups of customers obey the Rule of Six.

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THE GOVERNMENT’S COVID-19 RECOVERY STRATEGY

26/05/20 - The Government has released a roadmap for how and when the UK will adjust its response to the COVID-19 crisis. The roadmap will be kept under constant review as the situation evolves here in the UK.

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PRIME MINISTER SETS OUT TIMELINE FOR RETAIL TO REOPEN

25/05/20 - Prime Minister Boris Johnson has confirmed that thousands of high street shops, department stores and shopping centres across the UK are set to reopen in June once they are “COVID-19 secure” and can show safety for customers.

Press release

REGULATORY STATUS OF PPE

06/04/20 - The different regulations that apply to devices and equipment, including hand gels and PPE (personal protective equipment), have been outlined to ensure everyone’s safety.

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CORONAVIRUS PRESS CONFERENCE SLIDES

30/03/12 - Press conference slides and datasets used by Sir Patrick Vallance, to accompany the coronavirus press conference that took place on 30 March 2020.

Slides & datasets

PM ANNOUNCES STRICT LOCKDOWN FOR THE UK

23/03/20 - Boris Johnson has announced a UK lockdown, saying people can only shop for basic necessities and limit exercise to one form a day. People must also restrict travel only to and from work if it’s essential.

UK Lockdown

NATIONAL CRIME AGENCY WARNING

22/03/20 - The National Crime Agency (NCA) has warned that organised crime groups may try to exploit the coronavirus outbreak to target the UK.

NCA Warning

GOVERNMENT SETS OUT PLANS TO ENFORCE CLOSURE OF BUSINESSES AND OTHER VENUES

22/03/20 - Guidance issued states that the local government will be responsible for enforcing regulations requiring businesses asked to close on 20 March 2020.

Closure plans

GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCES FURTHER MEASURES ON SOCIAL DISTANCING

20/03/20 - o limit the spread of coronavirus, measures to close entertainment, hospitality and indoor leisure premises across the country will take place from the end of trading hours on Friday 20 March.

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AVON AND SOMERSET POLICE RESPOND TO THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK

19/03/20 - Avon and Somerset Police respond to COVID-19 to reassure the public that they’re taking all necessary steps to maintain critical functions.

Police response

GOVERNMENT TO GRANT PERMISSION FOR PUBS AND RESTAURANTS TO OPERATE AS TAKEAWAYS

17/03/20 - The Government will relax planning rules to allow pubs and restaurants to operate as hot food takeaways during the coronavirus outbreak.

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GRANT FUNDING & LOAN SCHEMES

Stay informed with useful links to ongoing advice related to COVID-19 (coronavirus).

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Business Rates

  • 03/06/20 - RAISE THE BAR CAMPAIGN UPDATE

    The #RaiseTheBar campaign continues to ask Government to increase the business rates threshold from £51,000 to £150,000 to allow retail, hospitality and leisure businesses across England and Wales a fighting chance of survival.

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  • UPDATED 02/04/20 - BUSINESS RATES: GUIDANCE

    The guidance provided to local authorities on the expanded retail discount response 2020 – 2021, supporting operation and delivery of the scheme.

    Rates Discount
  • 01/04/20 - £22 BILLION GRANTS AND BUS. RATES

    From 1st April, high streets will begin to receive £22 billion, with grants of up to £25,000 already being paid into bank accounts of high street businesses.

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  • 17/03/20 - BUDGET 2020: NEW RATE DISCOUNTS

    Information on the new business rate discounts following the 2020 Budget and the Chancellors Statement 17 March. There will be extra relief available to certain business ratepayers to help alleviate effects from the coronavirus.

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TENANTS & LANDLORDS

March 2020: COVID-19 advice for accommodation providers and a new ban on evictions for commercial tenants

The Government has released advice for businesses providing accommodation to take the necessary steps to close as quickly as possible, whilst following social distancing guidelines. Read more to find guidance for families in temporary accommodation, for hostels serving food and for residents showing COVD-19 symptoms.

There is also now extra protection for businesses as commercial tenants who cannot pay their rent because of COVID-19 will be protected from eviction. Aiming to help businesses struggling with their cash flow due to worries around eviction, the measure supports the current conversations between landlords and tenants around voluntary rental payment arrangements.

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EMPLOYMENT & FINANCES

  • 02/04/20 - EXTEND THE DEADLINE FOR FILING YOU

    If you think the impact of COVID-19 will cause delays in filing your company accounts, you can now apply for an automatic and immediate 3-month extension. You must apply for the extension before your filing deadline.

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  • 27/03/20 - CARRYING OVER ANNUAL LEAVE RULES T

    Employees will now be able to carry their annual leave entitlement over into the next 2 years so that they don’t miss out due to COVID-19. These new measures will ensure workers won’t lose their leave entitlement.

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  • 26/03/20 - DEFERRAL OF VAT PAYMENTS

    Temporary changes to the VAT payments due between 20 March 2020 and 30 June 2020have been announced to help businesses manage their cash flow.

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Webinars

Our series of free webinars will provide guidance for businesses in the City Centre BID area during this unprecedented crisis.

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LEARNING PORTAL

Level-up in lockdown with free online courses.

  • HM GOVERNMENT SKILLS TOOLKIT

    The UK Government’s free-to-use online skills toolkit allows people to develop their skills during the current lockdown. The toolkit includes a selection of high-quality courses.

    Skills Toolkit
  • BARCLAYS DIGITAL CONFIDENCE LIFESKILLS

    LifeSkills is a free programme designed to help young people develop the skills they need for the 21st century workplace and includes valuable content for educators, parents and young people.

    Lifeskills
  • LLOYDS BANK ACADEMY

    The Lloyds Bank Academy is packed with free digital skills learning for any level, with the option to learn online or face-to-face. Gain skills for everyday life, as well as skills to boost business.

    Academy
  • BRISTOL MIND YOUTUBE CHANNEL

    The team at Bristol Mind have put together a series of short, free videos from a variety of local trainers and experts, offering advice and support to help you look after your wellbeing during the pandemic.

    Training Videos
  • GOOGLE DIGITAL GARAGE

    Use Google Digital Garage to learn at your own pace, with flexible and personalised training courses that are designed to build your confidence in the digital world. Get access to: – Online courses – Free webinars – Certification – Workshops

    Learn More
  • PEARSON UK LEARNS

    UK Learns provides a curated selection of online courses, from data science to childcare, to help the UK workforce and businesses acquire new skills and earn qualifications and accreditations. Many are free of charge, some for a limited period.

    UK Learns