New national restrictions
The government announced on Saturday 31 October that England would enter its second national lockdown on Thursday 5 November until Wednesday 2 December 2020.
The new national restrictions determine that we must:
1. Stay at home, except for specific purposes.
2. Avoid meeting people you do not live with, except for specific purposes.
3. Close certain businesses and venues.
Business that are eligible to remain open
The businesses that are permitted to stay open under the new legislation are:
- food retailers, including food markets, supermarkets, convenience stores and corner shops
- off licenses and licensed shops selling alcohol (including breweries)
- pharmacies (including non-dispensing pharmacies) and chemists
- hardware stores
- building merchants, and building services
- petrol stations
- car repair and MOT services
- bicycle shops
- taxi or vehicle hire businesses
- the following businesses— (a) banks; (b) building societies; (c) credit unions; (d) short term loan providers; (e) savings clubs; (f) cash points; (g) undertakings which by way of business operate currency exchange offices, transmit money (or any representation of money) by any means or cash cheques which are made payable to customers
- post offices
- funeral directors
- laundrettes and dry cleaners
- dental services, opticians, audiology services, chiropody, chiropractors, osteopaths and other medical or health services, including services relating to mental health
- veterinary surgeons and pet shops
- agricultural supplies shop
- storage and distribution facilities, including delivery drop off or collection points, where the facilities are in the premises of a business included in this Part
- car parks
- public toilets
- garden centres
The government's Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) - also known as the Furlough scheme - will remain open until March 2021, with staff receiving 80% of their current salary for hours not worked, up to a maximum of £2,500.
More information on the furlough scheme is available on the government's website.
Local Restriction Support Grants
Businesses required to close in England due to local or national restrictions will be eligible for the following:
- for properties with a rateable value of £15k or under, grants to be £1,334 per month, or £667 per two weeks
- for properties with a rateable value of between £15k-£51k grants to be £2,000 per month, or £1,000 per two weeks
- for properties with a rateable value of £51k or over grants to be £3,000 per month, or £1,500 per two weeks
Further information on the new national restrictions is available on the government's website.