COVID Lockdown November Update

Updated 23/11/2020:

The application process for the Additional Restrictions Grant scheme is now live on the Cornwall Council website (www.cornwall.gov.uk/BusinessSupportGrant).

As you will see from the Additional Restrictions Grant policy in the link, we will prioritise eligible businesses which have not previously received any coronavirus grant support. Grants of up to £3,000 are available and eligible businesses will have until Monday, November 30 to submit an application.

Additional Restrictions Grant Applications
Check to See if you are Eligible

Updated 20/11/2020:

So here were are over halfway through this lockdown and anxiously awaiting next week’s Government announcement re December!

We are still busy preparing in line with reopening on 3rd December with plenty of PR re late night shopping and the things St Ives In December are planning for the town so please keep watching the website & social media pages. Also, check out the Late Night Christmas Virtual shopping event in St Ives next Thursday 26th Nov 6 pm on the I Love Shopping In St Ives Facebook page for some fantastic Christmas presents not to be missed.

I hope by now many of you will have submitted your applications for the Local Restrictions Grants and I will be in touch again as soon as I hear about the Additional Grants being open on the Cornwall.gov.uk

Today I have attached info re top-ups to Bounceback loans and a number of letters from the Chancellor to various business sectors re Brexit & being prepared.

I hope some of you are enjoying a bit of a break before what we all hope is going to be a good Festive season and that you are also enjoying the great Christmas lights in our currently quiet town?

Top Ups to Bounce Back Loans
Transition Period Letter to The Tourism Sector
Letter to The Retail Sector
Letter to The Professional, Business and Services Sector
Letter to All Sectors

Updated 18/11/2020:

See below links to the latest information on open shops, takeaways, and local online businesses for click and collect services.

Order information for Local Takeaways
List of Open Shops
Local Shops Online & Click Collect

Updated 13/11/2020:

We have been advised today by Cornwall Council that they expect the online application to be available for local restrictions support grants (mandatory closed or severely impacted financially businesses), based on 3 tiers of rateable values later today so please keep an eye on their site www.cornwall.gov.uk and get your application in asap.

The discretionary application for additional restrictions grants should be available by the end of next week for others to apply including those who have not received any grants so far. There are no guarantees but all applications will be looked at closely.

Coronavirus Additional Restrictions Grant
Support for Open Businesses
Support for Closed Businesses

Updated 10/11/2020:

In response to the latest lockdown the people who brought us the St Ives Community Leaflet during the last Lockdown have very kindly and at extremely short notice, have produced a Winter Lockdown 2020 version.

St Ives Community COVID Winter 2020 Leaflet

Updated 09/11/2020:

More guidance on which businesses and activities can operate as well as which businesses are opening in St Ives throughout the lockdown.

Open For Business – Local and Online
Open Takeaways and Bakeries
Businesses and Venues – Who can Open
Lockdown 2 Bounce back Loan Application

Updated 05/11/2020:

Update on Click and collect:

The law that went before Parliament yesterday states that non-essential businesses can operate:

by making deliveries or otherwise providing services in response to orders received—

  1. through a website, or otherwise by on-line communication
  2. by telephone, including orders by text message
  3. by post

to a purchaser who collects goods that have been pre-ordered by a means mentioned above, provided the purchaser does not enter inside the premises to do so.

And below is an update on Track & Track for employers, businesses and workers, as well as a National Restrictions poster from the Government that hopefully clears up any questions you might have.

Track & Track Info for Employers
National Restrictions Poster

Updated 04/11/2020:

We are getting daily updates so please pick through this info carefully and pay special attention to the dates in the linked information.

Both the Business Interruption loan and Bounce back loans have had the deadlines extended to 31st Jan 2021 .

Also find attached latest guidance for local authorities re latest grants. Hoping to have further news re clarification of many more points re this second lockdown shortly after MPs votes today.

Business & Self Employed – Latest Support & Grant Info
Visit Cornwall – Who can stay visitor update
UK Government Corona Virus Impact Statement

Updated 03/11/2020:

So here we go again!

I would like you all to share details with me that I can circulate for businesses doing takeaways, deliveries click& collect and online trading?

Also for those businesses that are remaining open during lockdown opening hours?

Any information including website, facebook links & contact/ordering details please.

We are also continuing to put together press releases radio campaigns and social media posts re late night shopping which will now hopefully start on Thursday 3rdDecember so don’t forget to keep sending me details of any offers  you might have.

I am sure we will be in very regular contact over the next few weeks and I am happy to share info so please stay in touch.

New National Restrictions from 5 November
Support for businesses and self-employed people during coronavirus
UK and EU transition: new rules for 2021

Updated 02/11/2020:

As we rush headlong into another COVID 19 Lockdown it is unclear exactly how long it will last and if we will be out in time for Christmas… however, this is what we know so far… and you might want to bookmark this page as we will be updating it regularly as we get more up to date information.

What we know so far:

Business 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.

Job Retention Scheme

Employers small or large, charitable or non-profit, are eligible for the extended Job Retention Scheme, which will continue for a further month.

Businesses will have flexibility to bring furloughed employees back to work on a part time basis or furlough them full-time, and will only be asked to cover National Insurance and employer pension contributions which, for the average claim, accounts for just 5% of total employment costs.

The Job Support Scheme, which was scheduled to come in on Sunday 1st November, has been postponed until the furlough scheme ends.

Additional guidance will be set out shortly.

Mortgage Holidays

Mortgage payment holidays will no longer end today. Borrowers who have been impacted by coronavirus and have not yet had a mortgage payment holiday will be entitled to a six month holiday, and those that have already started a mortgage payment holiday will be able to top up to six months without this being recorded on their credit file.

The FCA will announce further information on Monday.

The Prime Minister’s Announcement

The Prime Minister has announced tougher national restrictions in England from Thursday.

With the NHS weeks from being overwhelmed, and a higher death toll than the first wave predicted without new restrictions, the Prime Minister, Chief Medical Officer, Chief Scientific Advisor, and Cabinet agreed there was no alternative to tougher national measures.

The Prime Minister will update Parliament on Monday, and MPs are set to vote on the measures on Wednesday. This follows a Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister earlier today.

He said that no one wants to impose these kinds of measures, but no responsible Prime Minister could ignore the evidence presented.

He also said that, whilst Christmas will inevitably be different this year, tough action now could mean families may be able to be together.

Belgium, France, Germany and other countries have already put in place national restrictions, following earlier local measures.

From Thursday 5 November, everyone must stay at home, and may leave only for a limited set of reasons.
These include:

  • For education;
  • For work, if you cannot work from home;
  • For exercise and recreation outdoors, with your household, support bubble or on your own with one person from another household;
  • For all medical reasons, appointments and to escape injury or harm;
  • To shop for food and essentials;
  • And to provide care for vulnerable people, or as a volunteer.

A full set of exemptions will be set out in law.

Single-adult households will still be able to form an exclusive support bubble with one other household, and children can move between homes if their parents are separated.

Non-essential shops, leisure and entertainment venues will be closed. Click and collect services can continue and essential shops, including supermarkets, will remain open, so there is no need for anyone to stockpile.

Pubs, bars, restaurants must close, except for takeaway and delivery services.

People should work from home wherever possible. Workplaces should stay open where people cannot work from home – for example, in the construction or manufacturing sectors.

Shielding as practiced in the spring will not currently be reintroduced. The clinically vulnerable, or those over the age of 60, should be especially careful to follow the rules and minimise contacts with others. Those who are clinically extremely vulnerable should not only minimise their contact with others but also not go to work if they are unable to work from home.

There is no exemption for staying away from home on holiday. This means people cannot travel internationally or within the UK, unless for work, education or other legally permitted exemptions. Overnight stays away from primary residences will not be allowed, except for specific exceptions including for work.

Inbound international travel will continue to be governed by the travel corridor approach, and those currently on a domestic holiday will be allowed to finish their holidays, but are still subject to the requirements in England not to go out without a reasonable excuse.

Public services, such as job centres, courts, and civil registration offices will remain open.

There is no exemption for communal worship in places of worship (except funerals and individual prayer), organised team sports, or children’s activities.

Elite sport will be allowed to continue behind closed doors as currently.

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, known as the furlough scheme, will remain open until December, with employees receiving 80% of their current salary for hours not worked, up to a maximum of £2,500. The cost for employers of retaining workers will be reduced compared to the current scheme, which ends today.

As the Prime Minister and Education Secretary have said, keeping young people in education is a national priority so early years settings, schools, colleges and universities will all remain open. Parents and carers should make sure their children keep attending school. However, universities and adult learning providers should consider increasing online provision where possible.

Parents will still be able to access registered childcare and other childcare activities where reasonably necessary to enable parents to work. Parents are also able to form a childcare bubble with another household for the purposes of informal childcare, where the child is 13 or under.

Ministers are also clear that it is vital to keep the provision for non-Covid healthcare needs going. Unless clinicians tell patients otherwise, they should continue to use the NHS, get scans and other tests, turn up for all appointments and collect medicines and treatments.

Ministers have done everything in their power to avoid another national lockdown.

The natural rate of R is around 3, meaning local restrictions have helped slow the spread of the virus, whilst NHS Test and Trace is testing more than any other country in Europe.

But the R rate is still above 1, meaning infections, hospitalisations and deaths continue to double, and the virus is now a national problem.

On present trends, in the South West, where incidence is low for example, it is clear they would run out of hospital capacity in a matter of weeks unless we act.

Whilst work is underway to boost capacity, including preparing the Nightingales, it is impossible to create extra bed space, and recruit extra doctors and nurses, at the rate necessary to outpace the virus.