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CoronaVirus (Covid-19) Outbreak:

 

Business Advice and Guidance Update

On 23 March the Government stepped up measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus and save lives. All non-essential premises must now close.

Takeaway and delivery services may remain open and operational in line with guidance on Friday 20 March. Online retail remains open and encouraged while postal and delivery services will continue to run as normal.

Retail and public premises which the Government expects to remain open must:
 
  • Ensure a distance of two meters between customers and shop assistants
  • Let people enter the shop only in small groups to ensure spaces are not crowded
  • Ensure queue control is in operation outside of shops and other essential premises that remain open.


Some businesses must close and all companies are encouraged to reduce staff travelling to work


Detailed guidance for businesses is provided here.

The Government is asking the businesses and premises and other venues outlined in the link not to open for trade from close of trade 23 March 2020.

The Government will look again at these measures in three weeks, and relax them if the evidence shows this is possible.

Everyone is instructed to comply with the rules issued by the government in relation to coronavirus, in order to protect both themselves and others.

As of 2pm on 21 March 2020, closures on the original list from 20 March are now enforceable by law in England and Wales due to the threat to public health. The government will extend the law and enforcement powers to include the new list of premises for closure. Further measures on enforcement could be taken following the passage of the Coronavirus Bill through parliament. 
 

Support for Businesses 

The primary route for Tameside business advice is through Greater Manchester Business Growth Hub.
Local Tameside general business queries can visit here or contact the council on:
Email - employmentandskills@tameside.gov.uk
Email (business rates specific) businessrates@tameside.gov.uk
 
Guidance on the support being provided by the government is available here.

Below is the package of support that government has set out for business and how the initiatives can be accessed:
 
  • A Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme where 80% of affected employees’ costs will be paid. HMRC is administering applications
  • VAT payments will be automatically deferred from 20 March to 20 June and Income Tax will be deferred until 31 January 31 2021. This will be automatically applied and no application will be needed
  • A Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) relief package will be available for businesses with 250 employees or less and will refunds up to 2 weeks SSP due to COVID 19. This scheme is currently in development
  • A 12-month business rates holiday for all retail, hospitality, leisure and nursery businesses in England. This will be administered by Tameside Council
  • Grant funding of £10,000 is available for all business in receipt of Small Business Rate Relief or Rural Rate Relief. This will be administered by Tameside Council
  • Grant funding of £25,000 is available for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses with property with a rateable value of between £15,000 and £51,000. This will be administered by Tameside Council
  • The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme offering loans of up to £5 million for SMEs through the British Business Bank. All major banks will offer the scheme once it’s launched
  • A new lending facility from the Bank of England to be available which will help support liquidity among larger firms, so they can bridge coronavirus cash flow disruption through loans. The Bank of England to administer once launched
  • The HMRC Time To Pay Scheme can potentially support businesses and the self-employed in financial distress on case-by-case basis tailored to circumstances. HMRC to administer.
 

Supporting Tameside

If your business and employees can offer support (e.g. production of medical supplies, professional advice for charities, contingency planning support etc.) or wants to share any resources please contact employmentandskills@tameside.gov.uk
 
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