With the current national Coronavirus situation, the BID are committed to doing everything possible to support our levy-payers through what are quickly changing circumstances. We understand the concerns of all of our businesses and will be doing all we can to divert resources to help.
Wakefield is now in National Lockdown
The UK government have announced an England-wide lockdown which comes into effect from Thursday 5 November until at least Wednesday 2 December.
The national measures are being brought in to reduce day-to-day contact between people in a bid to reduce the growing rates of infection across England and avoid the NHS becoming overwhelmed.
The restrictions mean that:
- All non-essential retail must close (but can remain open for delivery to customers and click-and-collect) - this includes pubs, restaurants, entertainment venues and leisure facilities except for takeaways
- Other businesses including building and manufacturing can remain open provided they follow Government guidance
- Early years, schools and further and higher education will remain open
- There are further restrictions on household mixing
- Vulnerable people are asked to minimise their contact with others
Under national local restrictions everyone must stay at home, and may leave only for a limited set of reasons. These include:
- For education
- For work, if you cannot work from home
- For exercise and recreation outdoors, with your household, support bubble or on your own with one person from another household
- For all medical reasons, appointments and to escape injury or harm
- To shop for food and essentials
- And to provide care for vulnerable people, or as a volunteer.
Restrictions on businesses and venues during the national lockdown include:
To reduce social contact, the Government has ordered certain businesses and venues to close. These include:
- all non-essential retail, including, but not limited to clothing and electronics stores, vehicle showrooms, travel agents, betting shops, auction houses, tailors, car washes, tobacco and vape shops
- indoor and outdoor leisure facilities such as bowling alleys, leisure centres and gyms, sports facilities including swimming pools, golf courses and driving ranges, dance studios, stables and riding centres, soft play facilities, climbing walls and climbing centres, archery and shooting ranges, water and theme parks
- entertainment venues such as theatres, concert halls, cinemas, museums and galleries, casinos, adult gaming centres and arcades, bingo halls, bowling alleys, concert halls, zoos and other animal attractions, botanical gardens
- personal care facilities such as hair, beauty and nail salons, tattoo parlours, spas, massage parlours, body and skin piercing services, non-medical acupuncture, and tanning salons
Food shops, supermarkets, garden centres and certain other retailers providing essential goods and services can remain open. Essential retail and all businesses that are allowed to remain open should follow COVID-secure guidelines to protect customers, visitors and workers.
Non-essential retail can remain open for delivery to customers and click-and-collect.
Hospitality venues like restaurants, bars and pubs must close, but can still provide takeaway and delivery services. However, takeaway of alcohol will not be allowed.
Hotels, hostels and other accommodation should only open for those who have to travel for work purposes and for a limited number of other exemptions which will be set out in law.
You can find the most up to date detail on the national lockdown and how to implement COVID-secure practices by visiting the UK government website (click here).
Businesses that can remain open during the national lockdown
- Food retailers, including food markets, supermarkets, convenience stores and corner shops. This also includes fresh food retailers (such as butchers, bakers, greengrocers, fishmongers, and delicatessens)
- Off licenses and licensed shops selling alcohol
- Pharmacies (including non-dispensing pharmacies) and chemists
- Hardware (such as tools, builders’ hardware, paint and glass) stores, building merchants and building services
- Petrol stations, car repair shops, bicycle shops and MOT services. Other vehicle repair can also go ahead at these venues
- Car parks and motorway service areas
- Taxi or vehicle hire businesses
- Banks, building societies, credit unions, short term loan providers, savings clubs, cash points and undertakings which by way of business operate currency exchange offices, transmit money (or any representation of money) by any means or cash cheques which are made payable to customers
- Post offices
- Funeral directors
- Laundrettes and dry cleaners
- Dental services, opticians, audiology services, chiropody, chiropractors, osteopaths and other medical or health services, including services relating to mental health
- Veterinary surgeons, animal rescue centres, boarding facilities and pet shops. Animal grooming facilities may also stay open but must only be used for the purposes of the animal’s welfare (and not for aesthetic purposes)
- Garden centres and agricultural supplies shops. This does not include florists.
- Storage and distribution facilities, including delivery drop off or collection points, where the facilities are in the premises of a business allowed to remain open. For example, you can return an order to a drop box in a supermarket or drop it off for collection in a newsagents. Deliveries of supplies can also go ahead for premises that are otherwise required to close by law.
For further detail on which businesses can continue to open and details of allowances/restrictions visit the guidance page on gov.uk (click here).
Support during the Covid-19 pandemic
We have summarised below some of the main schemes available to support businesses during these difficult times. Depending on the nature of your business and the sector you work in, additional help may also be available. Find out more by visiting gov.uk/coronavirus/business-support.