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TIER Updates

Message on behalf of TIER: COVID-19 update (28 October)

Newark and Sherwood, Nottinghamshire Districts and Boroughs and Nottingham City, to move into local COVID alert level very high (England)

Newark and Sherwood District Council has announced that due to the increase in infection rates across Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, Newark and Sherwood, along with the other Nottinghamshire Districts and Boroughs and Nottingham City, will move into local COVID alert level very high. This is expected to come into force at 00:01 Friday 30 October. Further details including the financial support are expected to be published shortly. 

Lockdown Business Fund open for applications (Wales)

The Lockdown Business Fund is now open for applications. The purpose of the fund is to support businesses with cash flow to help them survive the economic consequences of the restrictions put in place. To receive the grant businesses will need to register and or make an application for the discretionary elements of the fund. Registration and applications will open on 28 October 2020 via links to each Local Authority (LA) site which will be provided on the Business Wales website.

Economic Resilience Fund (ERF) phase 3 opens for applications (Wales)

Phase 3 of the ERF business development grant is now open for applications for businesses in Wales and will remain open until 25 November 2020 or until funds are fully committed. See more details on the Business Wales website. 

Updates to the working safely during coronavirus guidance (England)
The guidance for providers of grassroots sport and gym/leisure facilities has been updated in the following sections:

  • (Section 2) keeping your customers and users of sports and gym/leisure facilities safe
  • (Section 4) social distancing
  • (Section 6.4) changing rooms and showers
  • (Section 8) Cars, accommodation and visits

Other Government updates

  • Information asking employees for a shielding note or a letter from their doctor or health authority advising them to shield has been added to the employer guidance on claiming employees’ coronavirus-related statutory sick pay.

TOURISM ALLIANCE UPDATE – 28 OCTOBER

  • Ensuring All Businesses are Eligible for Business Grants

With the announcement of the revised Job Support Scheme and the additional cash grants of up to £2,100 per month for businesses in the hospitality, accommodation and leisure sector who may be adversely impacted by the restrictions in high-alert level areas, we have written to the Secretary of State to ask him to ensure that these grants are available to all components of the tourism industry.

  • Claiming Back Statutory Sick Pay

The Guidance on who can use the Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme to claim back employees' coronavirus-related Statutory Sick Pay has been updated so employers can ask for a ‘shielding note’ or a letter from their doctor or health authority advising them to shield because they’re at high risk of severe illness from coronavirus.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-back-statutory-sick-pay-paid-to-employees-due-to-coronavirus-covid-19  

  • ONS Compendium on Coronavirus Research

The ONS has produced a useful compendium of the research that they have undertaken on the impacts of Coronavirus which is well worth bookmarking. The compendium includes research on:

    • Levels of infection and preventative measures
    • Deaths
    • Natural environment
    • Impact on mental health
    • Household and community impact
    • Social impacts
    • Mobility and trade
    • Labour market impact
    • UK output and productivity
    • Inflation and retail sales
    • Sector accounts and government finance
    • Business impact

https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/healthandsocialcare/conditionsanddiseases/articles/coronaviruscovid19reviewdataandanalysismarchtooctober2020/2020-10-28  

  • Transport Use

The Department for transport’s weekly figures for transport use indicate that public transport use is starting to decline again with National Rail down to 30% of usual capacity (a level last seen in July), while bus use is also starting to show signs of weakening. There is also signs that private vehicle use is also falling with average car use over the last week falling below 85% of usual for the first time since July. None of which is particularly good news for destinations and attractions.

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/transport-use-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-pandemic

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