New National Restrictions from 5 November

On 31st of October, the Prime Minister announced new national restrictions in England.
2 November 2020

From Thursday, the 5th of November all restaurants, pubs, and non-essential shops will have to close for four weeks up until the 2nd of December. After that, the restrictions will be eased and England will go back to the tiered system. 

Essential retail such as food shops, supermarkets, garden centres and certain other retailers providing essential goods and services can remain open while following 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.

 

The Job Retention Scheme will be prolonged until December where the Government will cover 80% of employees' salary for hours not worked, up to a maximum of £2,500. The cost for employers of retaining workers will be reduced compared to the current scheme, which ended on the 31st of October. Businesses will have the flexibility to bring furloughed employees back to work on a part-time basis or furlough them full-time, and will only be asked to cover National Insurance and employer pension contributions which, for the average claim, accounts for just 5% of total employment costs. Small and large businesses as well as charitable and non-profit are eligible for the scheme. Further details, including how to claim this extended support through an updated claims service, will be provided shortly.

Businesses required to close in England due to local or national restrictions will be eligible for business grants, learn more here

 

From Thursday 5 November, 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.

Businesses and venues which need to close:

  • 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.

Exceptions:

  • 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.
  • Some venues will be allowed to remain open for specific exempt activities, like childcare and support groups. (up to 15 participants)

A full list of the business closures will be published and set out in law.

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