Support for Businesses
I understand how difficult this unprecedented crisis will be for businesses and I have campaigned for business owners to be given the support they need to stay afloat during the pandemic.
RESTRICTIONS ON BUSINESSES
The new national lockdown means that certain businesses must close, including:
- non-essential retail, such as clothing and homeware stores, vehicle showrooms (other than for rental), betting shops, tailors, tobacco and vape shops, electronic goods and mobile phone shops, auction houses (except for auctions of livestock or agricultural equipment) and market stalls selling non-essential goods. These venues can continue to be able to operate click-and-collect (where goods are pre-ordered and collected off the premises) and delivery services.
- hospitality venues such as cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars and social clubs; with the exception of providing food and non-alcoholic drinks for takeaway (until 11pm), click-and-collect and drive-through. All food and drink (including alcohol) can continue to be provided by delivery.
- accommodation such as hotels, hostels, guest houses and campsites, except for specific circumstances, such as where these act as someone’s main residence, where the person cannot return home, for providing accommodation or support to the homeless, or where it is essential to stay there for work purposes
- leisure and sports facilities such as leisure centres and gyms, swimming pools, sports courts, fitness and dance studios, riding arenas at riding centres, climbing walls, and golf courses.
- entertainment venues such as theatres, concert halls, cinemas, museums and galleries, casinos, amusement arcades, bingo halls, bowling alleys, skating rinks, go-karting venues, indoor play and soft play centres and areas (including inflatable parks and trampolining centres), circuses, fairgrounds, funfairs, water parks and theme parks
- animal attractions (such as zoos, safari parks, aquariums, and wildlife reserves)
- indoor attractions at venues such as botanical gardens, heritage homes and landmarks must also close, though outdoor grounds of these premises can stay open for outdoor exercise.
- personal care facilities such as hair, beauty, tanning and nail salons. Tattoo parlours, spas, massage parlours, body and skin piercing services must also close. These services should not be provided in other people’s homes.
Other businesses providing essential goods and services are permitted to stay open, following COVID-19 secure guidelines. The full list of these businesses can be found here.
SUPPORT FOR BUSINESSES
I would urge every businesses to look carefully at the package of support available and do whatever it takes to keep employees on.
Other grants and support schemes are managed by the local Council. For more information you can contact the Council’s Business Sheffield Advisors by calling 0114 224 5000 or via firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you find that these schemes aren’t sufficient or you encounter any difficulties when applying, please do let me know.