Information relating to Coronavirus.
England has ended all COVID-19 restrictions. Please continue to exercise caution from the ongoing risk of the virus. Find out how to stay safe and help prevent the spread
Information relating to Coronavirus.
England has ended all COVID-19 restrictions. Please continue to exercise caution from the ongoing risk of the virus. Find out how to stay safe and help prevent the spread
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Information provided is correct to the best of our knowledge but may not be exhaustive. Last updated 1 March 2022.
We are continuing to review the latest guidance from the Government and will provide further updates as soon as we can. We urge all visitors to follow Public Health England guidance regarding Coronavirus.
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In a statement in the House of Commons on 21 February Prime Minister Boris Johnson outlined the UK Government’s plan for living with COVID-19. The Prime Minister said that the UK Government will continue to work closely with the Devolved Administrations, but the ongoing approach for England will be around four principles, including:
The removal of all domestic restrictions in law.
From Thursday, 24 February:
The legal requirement to self-isolate following a positive test will end. Self-isolation support payments will also end. COVID provisions for Statutory Sick Pay will still be able to be claimed for a further month.
Routine contact tracing will end. Fully vaccinated close contacts and those under 18 will no longer be asked to test daily for seven days.
The legal requirement for close contacts who are not fully vaccinated to self-isolate will be removed.
Until 1 April, people who test positive will still be advised to stay at home. After April 1 people with Covid-19 symptoms will be advised to exercise personal responsibility.
From 1 April:
Free symptomatic and asymptomatic testing for the general public will end.
The UK Government will no longer recommend the use of voluntary COVID19-status certification, although the NHS app will continue to allow people to indicate their vaccination status for international travel.
Continuing to protect the most vulnerable with targeted vaccines and treatments.
Maintaining resilience: ongoing surveillance, contingency planning and the ability to reintroduce key capabilities such as mass vaccination and testing in an emergency
Securing innovations and opportunities from the COVID-19 response, including investment in life sciences.
The Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps, announced changes to the international travel rules from 11 February 2022.
England to move back to Plan A
This afternoon Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that the measures put in place under Plan B in England will be lifted.
Some measures still remain, including those on self-isolation. It is still a legal requirement for those who have tested positive for Covid to self-isolate. The self-isolation regulations expire on 24 March; it is not expected that they will be renewed.
Ahead of 24 March the UK Government will set out its long-term strategy for living with COVID-19.
Further information on the changes will be available soon.
The Government announced a slight lifting of testing restrictions for fully vaccinated visitors entering the UK and under-18s.
Please note that:
If the lateral flow test is positive, people will be issued a free confirmatory PCR test and will be required to self isolate. If the PCR test is negative, then the isolation period can end.
Individuals who are not deemed as fully vaccinated must complete a passenger locator form, take a pre-departure test, have booked a PCR day two and day eight test package and complete 10 days’ self-isolation.
This will apply to all four UK nations.
In England, Plan B will continue for a further three weeks. Rules such as work from home where possible will continue as well as wearing face coverings on public transport and most public indoor places. People are still advised to take a COVID test before going to high-risk settings or meeting the elderly or vulnerable.
From today, if people have tested positive or have symptoms, they can stop self-isolating after 7 days instead of 10 days if they get 2 negative lateral flow test results on day 6 and 7 - with tests taken 24 hours apart.
There is no change to the guidance for unvaccinated contacts of positive COVID-19 cases, who are still required to self-isolate for 10 full days after their date of exposure to the virus.
Read the press release.
The Chancellor has today announced that additional support will be available for businesses who have been impacted by the Omicron variant.
The package of support includes a new grant scheme for businesses in hospitality and leisure, a top up to the Additional Restrictions Grant, the reintroduction of the Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme and further funding released through the Culture Recovery Fund.
The Chancellor has asked HMRC to offer businesses in the hospitality and leisure sectors in particular the option of a short delay through the Time to Pay arrangement, and payment in instalments, on a case by case basis, as part of this.
As part of this support announced today, the devolved administrations will receive around £150 million of funding through the Barnett formula, comprising around £80 million for the Scottish Government, £50 million for the Welsh Government and £25 million for the Northern Ireland Executive.
Read the press release to find out more.
From 15 December you are not legally required to self-isolate if you are notified you have had close contact with someone with COVID-19 and any of the following apply:
If you are aged 5 years and over and have been identified as a contact of someone with COVID-19, but are not legally required to self-isolate, you are strongly advised to:
The Government has updated its guidance for restaurants, pubs, bars, nightclubs and takeaway services, as well as for shops, branches and other close contact services in accordance with these changes to isolation requirements.
This afternoon Prime Minister Boris Johnson held a press briefing announcing that England will be moving to plan B, while continuing to work closely with the Devolved Administrations. The measures announced include:
The NHS Covid Pass can still be obtained with two doses but will be kept under constant review as the boosters roll out. Having considered the evidence since the emergence of Omicron, proof of a negative lateral flow test will also be accepted.
The Prime Minister also outlined as Omicron spreads in the community daily tests for contacts will be introduced instead of isolation. People are being advised to test using a lateral flow device, particularly before entering a high-risk setting involving people they wouldn't normally come into contact with, or when visiting a vulnerable person. Lateral flow devices remain free of charge and can be collected from local pharmacies.
The government will keep the data under constant review. The regulations are set to expire six weeks after implementation, with a review after three weeks. Guidance on GOV.UK will be updated to reflect these changes in the coming days.
The new precautionary measures announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson came into effect today, 30 November. The hotels and guest accommodation, and events and attractions guidance has been updated with a summary of where face coverings will be mandatory within these settings and other settings within the visitor economy.
Customers and staff are legally required to wear face coverings indoors in shops and on public transport services. This includes:
For the full list of settings where face coverings are required please see the face coverings guidance.
On Saturday 27 November Prime Minister Boris Johnson held a press briefing where he confirmed new temporary and precautionary measures following the emergence of the Omicron variant in the UK. The following measures will be introduced from 4:00am Tuesday 30 November as a precaution to slow down the spread of the variant. The measures will be reviewed again in three weeks.
Red list update
Since Friday and there have been updates to the UK’s red list of countries and territories.
From the end of October
Testing for unvaccinated passengers from non-red countries will include pre-departure tests, day 2 and day 8 PCR tests. Test to release remains an option to reduce self-isolation period.
Travel from the rest of the world if you are fully vaccinated
From 4am Monday 4 October, if you have been fully vaccinated for at least 14 days:
Countries removed from the red list
Autumn and Winter Plan for England
In the House of Commons this afternoon Health Secretary Sajid Javid set out the Autumn and Winter Plan for England. This was followed by a press briefing by Prime Minister Boris Johnson addressing the public. The plan sets out a Plan A scenario and outlines a Plan B contingency plan for England that would only be enacted if the data suggests that further actions are necessary to protect the NHS.
The 5 pillars outlined for ‘Plan A’ include;
If the data suggests the NHS is likely to come under unsustainable pressure, the Government has prepared a Plan B for England. The Government’s Plan B prioritises measures which can help control transmission of the virus while seeking to minimise economic and social impacts. This includes:
If Plan B is implemented, at that point the NHS COVID Pass will change to display full vaccination only (exemptions will continue to apply). The Government expects that mandatory vaccine-only certification would be introduced for visitors to the following venues:
There are some settings that will be exempt from requirements to use the NHS COVID Pass, including communal worship, wedding ceremonies, funerals and other commemorative events, protests and mass participation sporting events.
The Government would seek to give businesses at least one week’s notice before mandatory vaccine certification came into force.
CMA publishes recommendations to improve PCR testing market
The CMA has published advice to the UK Government on ways to make the PCR testing market work better for consumers.
A number of recommendations were made, including:
Although this advice has been provided at the request of the UK Government, it has the potential to improve the market for consumers across the UK nations where private testing for international travel is allowed. In addition to providing advice to the UK Government, the CMA is already using its powers to act where it can. On 25 August, it published an open letter to all PCR test providers warning them to stay on the right side of consumer law.
Headline scheme rules for the Live Events Reinsurance Scheme have been published by DCMS
The headline rules for the Live Events Reinsurance Scheme have been published here. Full scheme rules will be available on this page in due course.
International travel: country listings update
From 4am Sunday 8 August the following changes apply for entry into the UK
Arrivals from Spain and all its islands are advised to use a PCR test as their pre-departure test wherever possible, as a precaution against the increased prevalence of the virus and variants in the country.
The change to the status for France means that the system is simplified to 3 categories, plus the green watchlist.
UK Government waives quarantine for arrivals fully vaccinated from Europe and USA to England and confirms international cruise restart
Today the UK Government has announced that passengers arriving from amber countries who have been fully vaccinated in Europe (EU Member States, European Free Trade Association countries and the European microstate countries of Andorra, Monaco and Vatican City) and the USA will not have to quarantine when entering England, as part of a range of new measures designed to reopen international travel, set out as part of the second Global Travel Taskforce checkpoint review.
From 4am on Monday 2 August 2021, passengers who are fully vaccinated in the EU with vaccines authorised by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) or in the USA with vaccines authorised by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), or in the Swiss vaccination programme, will be able to travel to England without having to quarantine or take a day 8 test on arrival.
Amber arrivals who have been fully vaccinated in the USA and European countries will still be required to:
Those arriving from France should continue to follow the separate rule. If a passenger has been in France in the 10 days before arriving in England, they must quarantine for 10 days after they arrive and take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2 and on or after day 8, even if they are fully vaccinated. They must follow the advice on how to quarantine if you are not fully vaccinated.
Today, the UK Government also confirmed the restart of international cruise sailings from England in line with Public Health England guidance. International cruise travel advice will be amended to encourage travellers to understand the risks associated with cruise travel and take personal responsibility for their own safety abroad. Guidance has been published for British people about taking cruise ship holidays abroad during COVID-19.
All measures announced will be kept under review and be guided by the latest data. In their press release, the UK Government stated they will not hesitate to act should the data show that countries risk ratings have changed.
You can read the press release here or read the red, amber and green list rules for entering England.
NHS Test & Trace COVID-19 compliance checks
The Home Office has issued further advice for hotels and accommodation providers on facilitating COVID-19 compliance checks on individuals who have a duty to quarantine following international travel from amber-list countries.
Accommodation providers should take all reasonable steps to encourage guests to adhere to government restrictions, including informing guests of quarantine restrictions when taking bookings.
It is also good practice for accommodation providers to ensure guests are aware of their legal obligations to quarantine and that they may receive a compliance check during their stay if they are quarantining. However, it is not your responsibility to check guests’ test results or enforce quarantine rules; enforcement of the law remains a matter for the police.
Guests may receive a visit from Mitie staff on behalf of Test and Trace, who are conducting COVID compliance checks to ensure individuals who have returned from amber-list countries are quarantining at the address provided on their passenger locator form. To assist Test and Trace staff in confirming compliance of the individuals, accommodation providers should take reasonable and appropriate steps to facilitate Mitie’s visits to their customers, whilst ensuring that guests’ data is only shared with Mitie in compliance with existing data protection legislation.
If NHS Test and Trace staff suspect that a guest is not quarantining, the case may be referred to police, who may conduct another visit, and could potentially issue the individual with a fine of up to £10,000.
Further guidance on the compliance checks service and what to expect can be found here: Self-isolation compliance checks after international travel - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
Further guidance for hotels and other guest accommodation to work safely during COVID-19 can be found here - Hotels and other guest accommodation - Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19) - Guidance - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
Or for further details for guests who are quarantining after travelling from an amber-list country: Quarantine and testing if you've been in an amber list country - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk
England has moved to Step 4 of the roadmap. Everyone should be cautious while managing the risks as cases of COVID-19 remain high. Find out what you should do to protect yourself and others.
Fully vaccinated people returning to England from most amber list countries will not need to quarantine.
Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, set out plans for the final step of the roadmap in England
The Prime Minister held a press conference today outlining more details about step 4, the final stage of the England roadmap, which is expected to start on 19 July. At step 4, the Government will remove outstanding legal restrictions on social contact, life events, and open the remaining closed settings. Guidance will be provided to the public and to businesses on how they can help reduce the spread of COVID-19.
There are 5 principles for managing COVID-19 as England learns to live with the virus:
More details can be found in the COVID-19 Response: Summer 2021
He also announced that the Government will work with the travel industry on removing the need for full-vaccinated people to isolate when entering the country from amber countries. The Transport Secretary is due to set out more details later this week.
A decision will be made on 12 July if this move can be made on 19 July.
The government has announced a 4-week pause at Step 3. Step 3 restrictions remain in place, and you should follow the guidance on this page, which explains what you can and cannot do.
It is expected that England will move to Step 4 on 19 July, though the data will be reviewed after 2 weeks in case the risks have reduced. The government will continue to monitor the data and the move to Step 4 will be confirmed one week in advance.
However, some restrictions will change on 21 June. From 21 June, there will be changes to the rules on:
VisitBritain has announced that tourism businesses in the UK registered to the ‘We’re Good To Go’ industry standard scheme can now be automatically issued with the international ‘Safe Travels’ stamp from the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC).
The We’re Good To Go scheme, launched last year by VisitEngland in partnership with the tourism boards of Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, has been recognised by the WTTC as meeting its international global standardised health and hygiene protocols and for its role in supporting the recovery of the UK tourism sector.
The WTTC stamp enables travellers to recognise destinations around the world which have adopted global standardised protocols - so they can experience ‘Safe Travels.’
VisitBritain is coordinating the Safe Travels stamp issue in the UK, on behalf of the WTTC, for businesses registered to the We’re Good To Go scheme, with those who welcome international visitors particularly encouraged to apply.
Downloading your stamp
A 4-step plan to ease lockdown in England has been announced.
Pupils return to face-to-face education in school and further education in England. Pupils in Wales and Scotland returned on 22 February. Wraparound childcare, such as after-school clubs, can reopen to enable parents to work, attend education, access medical care or attend a support group.
Outdoor recreation, such as a picnic, is allowed. This can be on your own, with one other person, or with your household or support bubble.
Indoor visits to care homes start again for a single named visitor.
From 4.00 am today, Monday 18 January all travel corridors with the UK have been suspended – meaning that all international arrivals who have departed from or transited through any country outside the Common Travel Area in the previous 10 days will be required to both take a pre-departure test, and self-isolate immediately for 10 days on arrival. This includes British and Irish nationals.
This move will be supported by increased enforcement, both at the border and across the UK, with Border Force increasing the number of spot checks on passengers that have entered the country. The new measures will be reviewed on Monday 15 February. The government’s Test to Release scheme for people who arrive in England will remain in place, giving passengers the option to shorten the mandatory self-isolation period.
From 04.00 on Monday 18 January 2021 passengers must have proof of a negative COVID-19 test to travel to England, Scotland and Wales (Northern Ireland from 21 Jan). The test must be taken in the 3 days before the journey.
Detailed guidance has now been published by the Department for Transport.
DfT has also shared a stakeholder partner guide with communications materials and advice for partners on travel corridors, test to release and the passenger locator form.
The Supreme Court has substantially allowed the FCA’s appeal on behalf of business interruption insurance policyholders. The legal process for impacted policies is now complete and means that covered policyholders will now have their claims for coronavirus-related business interruption losses paid. The judgment is legally binding on the eight insurers that agreed to be parties to the test case.
The judgment also provides authoritative guidance for the interpretation of similar policy wordings and claims. The FCA has said it will be working with insurers to ensure that they move quickly to pay claims that the judgment says should be paid, making interim payments wherever possible. The judgment does not determine how much is payable under individual policies, but provides much of the basis for doing so. Each policy needs to be considered against the detailed judgment to work out what it means for that policy. Policyholders with affected claims can expect to hear from their insurer soon. Policyholders with questions should approach their broker, other advisers or insurer. 370,000 policyholders were identified as holding 700 types of policies issued by 60 insurers that may be affected by the outcome of the test case.
The FCA has published draft guidance for policyholders on how to prove the presence of coronavirus, which is a condition in certain types of policy. The FCA will issue finalised guidance as soon as possible after the consultation which closes on 22 January. They will also publish a set of Q&As for policyholders to assist them and their advisers in understanding the test case. The FCA will also publish a list of BI policy types that potentially respond to the pandemic based on data that they will be gathering from insurers. Read more on the FCA website
Applications for the new measures to support businesses during lockdown are now open.
For retail, hospitality and leisure businesses, a one-off top-up grant worth up to £9,000 per property is available to help businesses through to the Spring which is offered in addition to the Local Restriction Support Grant (LRSG) for Closed businesses. A new Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) discretionary scheme has also opened.
Those businesses who have not been contacted or did not receive the payment in November but can answer yes to the following questions
are invited to apply here for the LRSG for Closed Businesses and the one-off grant
Similarly, those businesses who received a payment through the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) discretionary scheme during the November lockdown, should by now have received confirmation from the Council that they have been automatically included in the new scheme and therefore do not need to apply again.
The ARG scheme is open to businesses that are not eligible for the LRSG scheme but have still been severely impacted by the new national lockdown. Those businesses who have not been contacted or did not receive the payment in November but believe they are eligible for support can apply here for the ARG scheme.
Full details of all the schemes are available on the Business Financial Support pages of the Derby City Council website.
The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will be extended through November. Workers in any part of the UK can retain their job, even if their employer cannot afford to pay them, and be paid at least 80% of their salary up to £2500 a month. The flexibility of the current CJRS will be retained to allow employees to continue to work where they can. Employers small or large, charitable or non-profit are eligible and because more businesses will need to close, they will now be asked to pay just National Insurance and Pensions contributions for their staff during the month of November – making this more generous than support currently on offer.
The Job Support Scheme will not be introduced until after Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme ends.
Here is a link to the new style Employment and Support Allowance.
As ever we will continue to keep you updated.
In England, you must wear a face covering in the following indoor settings (a list of examples for each is included in the brackets):
You are expected to wear a face covering before entering any of these settings and must keep it on until you leave unless there is a reasonable excuse for removing it.
You should also wear a face covering in indoor places not listed here where social distancing may be difficult and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet.
Face coverings are needed in NHS settings, including hospitals and primary or community care settings, such as GP surgeries. They are also advised to be worn in care homes.
We're Good to Go industry standard
VisitEngland has announced a new industry standard and supporting consumer mark for tourism to provide a 'ring of confidence' for businesses, attractions and destinations, as well as provide reassurance to local residents and visitors that clear processes are in place and that as an industry we are good to go. The We're Good to Go scheme has been introduced and Visit Derby are encouraging as many businesses in the city as possible to sign up to the scheme. You can find out more on our We're Good to Go page.
Travel Advice & Updates
With the enforcement of government restrictions limiting all travel to that of an essential nature. All visitors, businesses and residents are urged to read the government's guidance on travel during the Coronavirus pandemic here.
City Centre Events
Derby Roundhouse Tour, 27 June – cancelled
Head High’s Fundamental Event, Market Place, 11 July – cancelled and liaising with the event organiser to confirm a new date for 2021
Sunrise City 5K, 17 July – postponed to 16 July 2021
Caribbean Carnival, 19 July, parade from city centre to Osmaston Park – cancelled and liaising with the event organiser to confirm a new date
The Outdoor Theatre and Cinema Season at Markeaton Park Craft Village – all events cancelled. This applies to:
Other Park Events – all regular activities, plus:
All Parkruns at Markeaton and Alvaston Parks, and Junior Parkrun at Markeaton Park - cancelled
Derwent Valley Orienteering event, 30 May - cancelled
Wacky Wig Walk, Markeaton Park, 17 May - cancelled
Derby Summer Series 5K, Darley Park, 19 May, 16 June, 21 July, 18 August – cancelled and liaising with event organiser to confirm new dates
BMX Regional Race 2020, Alvaston Park, 31 May - cancelled
Big Lunch, Stockbrook Street Recreation Ground, 7 June – cancelled and liaising with the event organiser to confirm a new date
The Big One, Chaddesden Park, 7 June – cancelled
Fake Festivals, Markeaton Park, 20 June – postponed to 19 June 2021
Oakfest, Oakwood Park, 28 June – cancelled and liaising with the event organiser to confirm a new date
Race For Life and Pretty Muddy, Markeaton Park, 27 and 28 June - postponed to 10 and 11 October 2020
Colin Potter Memorial 10K Race, Darley Abbey Park and Fields, 3 July – cancelled and liaising with the event organiser to confirm a new date
Community Fun Day, Osmaston Park, 4 July – postponed to 3 July 2021
The Derby Retro, New and Classic Car Show, Markeaton Park, 5 July – cancelled
Pond dipping at Markeaton Park, 5 July – cancelled and liaising with the event organiser to confirm a new date
Community Fun Day, Sinfin Moor Park, 11 July – postponed to 10 July 2021
Festival of Music and Flowers, Markeaton Park, 18 and 19 July – cancelled and liaising with the event organiser to confirm a new date
Alvaston Park Family Fun Day, 19 July – cancelled, 2021 date to be confirmed
Superhero Picnic in the Park events
Hydrangea Derby Open Day, Darley Park Walled Garden, 9 August – cancelled and liaising with the event organiser to confirm a new date
Indoor Market, 2 May – cancelled
Mum 2 Mum Market, 13 June – cancelled
British Cheerleading, 19 to 20 June – cancelled
The Big Bang Fair Midlands, 27 June – cancelled
National Youth Omnium, 25 to 26 July - cancelled
Derby LIVE ticketed events
Rescheduled events – tickets on sale:
Whitney, Queen of the Night – rescheduled to 3 June 2021 at Derby Arena
Elvis Tribute Artist World Tour – rescheduled to 30 June 2021 at Derby Arena
The Dreamboys - rescheduled to 14 January 2021 at Derby Arena
The Magic of Motown – rescheduled to Sat 26 June 2021 at Derby Arena
Queen Machine Symphonic - rescheduled to Wed 13 Oct 2021 at Derby Arena
Dog Lovers Festival - rescheduled to 6-8 August 2021 at Elvaston Castle
Derby LIVE also acts as the ticket agent for a number of other shows throughout the county. We will update our listings when organisers inform us about changes to their shows.
As guidance and updates are constantly changing we will endeavour to keep this list up to date as much as possible. If you have any information you can provide us regarding an event, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As of 1 June 2020 some shops have begun to reopen with more retail outlets reopened from Monday 15 June.
We have liaised with local businesses to provide the most up-to-date information on our website listings.
You can find out what shops are open on our dedicated Shopping in Derby during Covid-19 page. Please remember to practice social distancing at all times when shopping in Derby.
Parks & Open Spaces
With the relaxation of lockdown permitting further use of outdoor spaces and our ability to meet with up to six people outside, we have expanded our list of available parks and open spaces in Derby.
Check out our dedicated Parks & Open Spaces page for further information. Please remember to follow Government guidelines and practice social distancing at all times when using our open spaces.
We've also compiled a list of Outdoor Sports in Derby to help you remain active during lockdown.
We have included the following updates and information from Visit Britain and Visit England for businesses to consult at this time.
New 'top up' grant scheme is now open. Derby City Council is now inviting applications for a new ‘top up’ grant scheme to support small businesses and charities struggling to meet their on-going fixed property related costs during COVID-19. The scheme opened on Friday 29th May and is open until Friday 19th June. Read the full details on their Newsrooom
The Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme has been expanded to cover all viable firms. All firms with a turnover of more than £45 million will now be able to apply for up to £25 million of finance, and up to £50 million for firms with a turnover of more than £250 million.
The Government has announced that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will be extended until the end of October to reflect continuing social distancing measures
On 11 May, a revised version of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme step-by-step guidance was published on how to apply for support.
Please read the latest advice from Visit England below (updated 15 June)
The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, has recently announced changes to the UK-wide Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) and the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS).
Self-Employment Income Support Scheme
The Self-Employment Income Support Scheme will be extended, with eligible individuals able to claim a second and final grant in August. The eligibility criteria remains the same as for the first grant and individuals will need to confirm that their business has been adversely affected by coronavirus.
The grant will be worth 70% of average monthly trading profits, paid out in a single instalment covering three months’ worth of profits, and capped at £6,570 in total. This is in line with changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (see below) as the economy reopens.
The first SEISS grant, which opened for applications on 13 May, will close to new applications on 13 July. Eligible individuals will be able to make their claim for the first grant any time until this date, and those eligible will have the money paid into their bank account within six working days of completing a claim.
Further guidance on the second grant will be published later this month.
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
From 1 July 2020, businesses will be given the flexibility to bring previously furloughed employees back part time. This is a month earlier than previously announced to help support people back to work.
From August 2020, the level of the grant will be slowly tapered to reflect that people will be returning to work:
The cap will be proportional to the hours not worked. To enable the introduction of flexible furloughing, and support those already furloughed back to work, claims from July onwards will be restricted to employers currently using the scheme and previously furloughed employees. The number of employees an employer can claim for in any claim period cannot exceed the maximum number they have claimed for under any previous claim under the current CJRS.
The scheme will close to new entrants on 30 June, with the last three-week furloughs before that point commencing on 10 June for new entrants.
From 1 July, employers can bring back to work employees that have been furloughed for any amount of time and any shift pattern, while still being able to claim CJRS grant for the hours not worked. Employers will need to agree any flexible furlough arrangements with employees, and when claiming the CJRS grant will need to report and claim for a minimum period of a week.
Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme now live
Employers with fewer than 250 employees can now claim for up to two weeks of coronavirus-related Statutory Sick Pay (SSP). In order to file a claim, businesses must be registered with PAYE Online and must have already paid employees’ SSP. Forms are now open for employers to check whether they are eligible and file a claim online.
Guidance on the NHS test and trace service for employers, businesses and workers has been published. The test and trace service launched across England on Thursday 28 May and the new guidance means that anyone who has been in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19 must self-isolate for 14 days even if they have no symptoms. This guidance explains how employers and businesses can play their part in the NHS test and trace programme to slow the spread of the virus, protect the health and care system and save lives.
To find out more about the support available to small businesses visit our Business Advice Hub.
Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CLBILS) maximum loan size increased
The Government has extended the maximum loan size available through CLBILS from £50 million to £200 million. The change is to help larger firms who do not qualify for the Bank of England’s COVID Corporate Financing Facility (CCFF). The expanded loans will be available from 26 May. Companies that receive help through CLBILS and the Bank of England’s Coronavirus Corporate Financing Fund will be asked to agree to not pay dividends and to exercise restraint on senior pay.
Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme opens for claims on 26 May
Small and medium-sized employers will be able to recover Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) payments they have made to their employees through an online portal from 26 May. Employers with fewer than 250 employees will be able to apply to HMRC to recover the costs of paying coronavirus-related SSP.
Repayments will be at the relevant rate of SSP that has been paid to current or former employees for eligible periods of sickness starting on or after 13 March 2020. Tax agents will also be able to make claims on behalf of employers. Guidance on making a claim is available on Gov.UK.
Discretionary Grants Fund open to small and micro businesses in England
Small and micro businesses with fixed property costs that are based in England and not eligible for other Government grant schemes can now apply through their local council for the Local Authority Discretionary Grants Fund. Grants of £25,000, £10,000 or any amount under £10,000 may be given. Councils have been asked to prioritise businesses including bed and breakfasts paying council tax instead of business rates.
Other Government updates
HMRC Business support videos available
HMRC has published videos for businesses to understand the support available to them. Topics covered include: coronavirus job retention scheme, self-employment and income support scheme, statutory sick pay rebate scheme, helping employers support employees.
Two new business event initiatives launched
The Business Events Growth Programme 2020/21 has opened for applications.
Applications are welcome from various types of organisations, including but not limited to event organisers, convention bureaus/destination management organisations, universities or associations.
Further information, including types of event support, current criteria and how to apply for financial support, is available online.
Meanwhile, VisitBritain has announced that its flagship annual Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions (MICE) event, MeetGB, will this year be run as a virtual educational event on the 17 and 23 June 2020.
MeetGB Virtual, in partnership with MeetEngland, VisitScotland Business Events, Meet in Wales, Tourism Northern Ireland and London Convention Bureau, will see international buyers from around the world connect online to discover the diverse business event opportunities from across the UK.
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme extended until April 2021
The Chancellor Rishi Sunak recently announced that the job retention scheme will be extended until the end of April 2021. Until the end of July there will be no changes; however, from August to October there will be more flexibility to enable people to return to work part-time.
On 11 May, a revised version of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme step-by-step guidance was published on how to apply for support.
UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy
Following the Prime Minister’s announcement, the Government published a recovery roadmap yesterday. The document outlines a re-opening timetable with July 4 being the earliest date for the hospitality sector, including accommodations and attractions, to start opening their premises to customers.
The tourism sector reopening forms the third stage of a tentative timetable to ease the country out of lockdown, following earlier stages which include starting to return children to schools, the re-opening of retail and some relaxing of rules around exercise. The ambition of the third step is to open some of the remaining businesses and premises that were required to close, including food service providers, pubs, accommodation providers, public places and leisure facilities such as cinemas. However, this is dependent on whether the appropriate social distancing guidelines can be adhered to and the Government’s five tests:
In order to keep overall levels of infection down the Government has set out new restrictions around international travel (see page 29), in line with many other countries.
A series of measures and restrictions will be introduced at the UK border:
All journeys within the Common Travel Area will also be exempt from these measures.
These international travel measures will be introduced shortly. Further details and guidance will be set out shortly.
The Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) opens for applications on 13 May
The scheme will allow those who are self-employed to claim a taxable grant of 80% of their average monthly trading profits, paid out in a single instalment covering three months, and capped at £7,500 altogether. This is a temporary scheme, but it may be extended. Check if you are eligible to claim.
To make a claim you will need:
When claiming, you will have to confirm to HMRC that your business has been adversely affected by coronavirus.
Guidance for employers
New guidance for employers has been made available for construction and other outdoor work, factories, plants and warehouses, homes, labs and research facilities, office and contact centres, restaurants offering takeaway or delivery, shops and branches and vehicles to help them get their businesses back up and running and workplaces operating safely.
Industry bodies have been contributing to industry-specific guidance, which is awaiting sign off and will be available over the coming weeks.
HMRC Business Webinars
HMRC are continuing to run business webinars on the following topics:
Other Government updates
New guidance on safe travel has been published by the Department for Transport; this includes specific sections for each type of transport.
Guidance for businesses seeking to help voluntary, community, and social enterprise organisations during the coronavirus outbreak has been published.
Revaluation of business rates will no longer take place in 2021, to help reduce uncertainty for firms affected by impacts of COVID-19.
Safer transport guidance for operators has been published. The guide will help businesses, agencies and others understand how to provide safer workplaces and services for themselves, their workers and passengers across all modes of private and public transport.
What is the purpose of this funding?
This funding is being made available to help small, retail, leisure and hospitality businesses with their ongoing business costs in recognition of the disruption caused by COVID-19.
How much funding is available?
Small Business Grant Fund
Small businesses, who as of 11 March had a rateable value of up to £15,000 and were eligible for small business rates relief will be eligible for a grant of £10,000.
Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund
Businesses within the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure sectors, who on the 11th March had a rateable value of up to £15,000 will potentially be eligible for a grant of £10,000.
Businesses within the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure sectors, who on the 11th March had a rateable value between £15,001 and £50,999 will potentially be eligible for a grant of £25,000.
How are you making businesses aware of the award?
We have identified all of the businesses that we believe may qualify for a grant and are writing directly them. Where we hold a correspondence address that is different to the property address, for which the grant may be payable, we will send the letter to the correspondence address.
We are also sending out communications via the other usual channels including, newsroom, twitter and facebook
I haven’t received a letter can I still get a grant?
Just because you don’t receive a letter doesn’t mean you can’t receive the grant.
What do I need to do to get the grant?
The Council have put a place which is designed to be simple and collect the information necessary to make payments, securely, as soon as possible. The process is set out in the letter & is;
Go to the following website myaccount.derby.gov.uk. This will take you to Derby City Council’s on-line account where you will need to create an account. You will need your phone number and email address to create your account and creating an account should only take you a few minutes to complete. You will need to create a new account to continue with this process. (even if you already have an on-line account with the Council).
Once you have created an account you will be taken to the myaccount home page. Here you will see a banner inviting you to complete the COVID-19 Business Support Grant data capture form.
After completing the form and the eligibility declaration please click ‘Submit'. You may then exit and there is no further action required.
We will then email you to confirm that your form was submitted successfully, the email will also contain your case reference number.
How will I receive my grant?
Part of the data capture will include collecting bank account details. As soon as any relevant checks have been completed we will pay your money into your nominated bank account as soon as possible
How will I know the payment has been made?
We will email or write to you to let you know that the payment has been made.
There is no telephone number on the letter who do I contact?
The process has been designed so that every business can give us the necessary details without having to contact us. However, if you do have to contact us please email us on email@example.com . This email address is also on the letters
I have more than one business; can I receive more than one grant? e.g. Can a hairdresser with three shops, each with less than a £15k rateable value, claim three £10k grants?)
Businesses can only get one grant under the Small Business Grant Scheme.
Businesses eligible for the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure scheme can claim one grant per eligible property.
I am a small business receiving small business rate relief and I am in the retail sector; can I receive a grant under both schemes?
No, you can only receive one grant. If you receive a grant under the small business grant scheme you will not be entitled to one under the retail, hospitality and leisure scheme.
Can I decline the grant if I want?
Yes, you may decline the grant. If you want to do this please email firstname.lastname@example.org saying which business you are & giving your business rates account reference number.
How should Local Authorities deal with businesses who, now a grant is possible, are advising them that they have been in occupation of a property for some time?
Any changes to the rating list after 11 March 2020, including changes which have been backdated to this date, should be ignored for the purposes of eligibility. Local Authorities are not required to adjust, pay or recover grants where the ratings list is subsequently amended retrospectively to 11 March 2020.
The eligible business is the ratepayer in Local Authority records for 11 March. However, Local Authorities have the discretion to depart from this if they know that record was incorrect.
Do state aid rules apply?
YES. The Small Business Grant and the Retails, Hospitality & Leisure Grant are both classed as state aid.
Should a business receive a grant which they do not think they are entitled to because it breaks state aid rules they must contact the Council immediately on email@example.com
Derby City Council 'Top Up' Grant for Small Businesses and Chairities
DCC is now inviting applications for a new ‘top up’ grant scheme to support small businesses and charities struggling to meet their on-going fixed property related costs during COVID-19.
The scheme opened on Friday 29th May and is open until Friday 19th June
Read the full details on our Newsroom
Derby Employment Hub may be able to support your employees find alternative employment.
The Derby Employment Hub is a new programme in the City, established to provide a personalised support service to empower individuals with the skills, motivation, confidence and training to progress into work. Our support includes: CV writing, mock interviews, targeted job search, job and apprenticeship applications, work experience, work rehearsals etc. During this lock down period, we are supporting individuals through emails, telephone and other online communication tools including Skype, Zoom etc.
Please contact us at DerbyEmploymentHub@derby.gov.uk, call 01332 640990 or text 07917 551 621
You can find out more about the Derby Employment Hub by reading the leaflet below
We have included a list of useful links of support networks that businesses can consult to discover more information regarding funding options and ways of accessing help.
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