Yesterday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced there would be another national lockdown which could last until mid-February 2021. This new lockdown has been put in place to protect the NHS and to ultimately save lives, you should not leave your house unless it is absolutely necessary.
You may leave home to:
- shop for basic necessities
- go to work if you can't work from home
- exercise with your household or one other person (limited to once per day inside your local area)
- to meet your support bubble or childcare bubble
- to seek medical assistance or avoid illness/risk of harm
- to attend education or childcare.
Click here to read the full detailed guidelines.
What does this mean for businesses?
We will ensure our website is kept up to date with any new support measures as they are announced, you will be able to find all relevant links at our Coronavirus support page and also via the news section of our site.
Similar to the first national lockdown, to reduce social contact, the new regulations require certain businesses to close. If this includes your business, you may be eligible for a Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) via your local council - if you're unsure, please contact our team and we will help to put you in touch with your local authority.
Businesses who need to close during this time are listed below:
- 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
- community centres and halls must close except for a limited number of exempt activities, as set out below. Libraries can also remain open to provide access to IT and digital services – for example for people who do not have it at home – and for click-and-collect services
However, some businesses can remain open, such as:
- essential retail such as food shops, supermarkets, pharmacies, garden centres, building merchants and suppliers of building products and off-licences
- market stalls selling essential retail may also stay open
- businesses providing repair services may also stay open, where they primarily offer repair services
- petrol stations, automatic (but not manual) car washes, vehicle repair and MOT services, bicycle shops, and taxi and vehicle hire businesses
- banks, building societies, post offices, short-term loan providers and money transfer businesses
- funeral directors
- laundrettes and dry cleaners
- medical and dental services
- vets and retailers of products and food for the upkeep and welfare of animals
- animal rescue centres, boarding facilities and animal groomers (may continue to be used for animal welfare, rather than aesthetic purposes)
- agricultural supplies shops
- mobility and disability support shops
- storage and distribution facilities
- car parks, public toilets and motorway service areas
- outdoor playgrounds
- outdoor parts of botanical gardens and heritage sites for exercise
- places of worship
- crematoriums and burial grounds
(Information taken from the GOVUK website directly)
We will be keeping a close eye on any further announcements or support measures which could benefit Black Country businesses, please make sure to keep checking our website or our social media accounts for daily updates. You can also sign up to our newsletter by clicking here.
If you have any concerns about this new lockdown and your business, please do get in touch with our friendly business support team - we're here to help!
Call us on 0300 770 2245 or email us at email@example.com