Coronavirus advice for businesses

Business Doncaster

Business support during Coronavirus

Coronavirus

Updated: 26th October 12:05pm

Business Doncaster is committed to keeping businesses updated on the latest Coronavirus (COVID-19) information. Here you will find the most up to date advice from the government, public agencies and health services – these pages will be updated as soon as new information becomes available.

Please also view the menu on the left hand side to find the support you require.

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Revised Local Restrictions Support Grant Scheme - NOW OPEN

The Government has announced further funding to help support businesses that are required to close due to the localised restrictions being put in place to manage coronavirus and save lives.

In order to be eligible for a grant payment under the LRSG scheme, a business must:

  • Be registered as the business rates payer to Doncaster Council, for a property entered on the non-domestic rating list on 23 October 2020.
  • Must have been open as usual, and providing in-person services to customers from their business premises, then required to close for a consecutive period of no less than two weeks as a result of regulations made under the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984.
  • Have been forced to close due to local lock down restrictions, and had their first full day of closure on or after the 24 October 2020. 
  • Fall under one of the following business categories:
    • Pubs that do not serve food
    • Casinos
    • Adult Gaming centres
    • Betting shops
    • Soft play areas
    • Whilst not required to close, we may also consider Pubs that serve food, but that have chosen to close

The grant payable to an eligible business depends on the Rateable Value of the property (as entered on the non-domestic rating list on 23 October 2020), and the length of time the business has to remain closed. These are as follows:

  • RV of £15,000 and under - £667 for every 2 weeks of closure (£1,334 per month)
  • RV of £15,001, but less than £50,999 -  £1,000 for every 2 weeks of closure (£2,000 per month)
  • RV of £51,000 and over - £1,500 for every 2 weeks of closure (£3,000 per month)

Find out more about eligibility and apply here: https://www.doncaster.gov.uk/services/business-investment/covid-19-local-restrictions-business-support-grants

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Doncaster to enter Tier 3 restrictions from 00:01 on Saturday 24th October - what does this mean for you?

  • Business which must close are:
    • All pubs and bars - unless serving substantial meals
    • Betting shops
    • Adult gaming centres
    • Casinos
    • Soft play centres
  • £30m support for business
  • £11m for local authorities to support public health measures
  • No household mixing indoors or private gardens
  • Rule of six on mixing outdoors in public spaces
  • Gyms will remain open but classes will not be allowed and social distancing guidelines should be followed between people from different households.
    • As of Friday 23rd October 17:00 - Sheffield City Region state: 
      “Organised sport, exercise classes and other activity groups are only permitted indoors if it is possible for people to avoid mixing with people they do not live with (or share a support bubble with). Where it is likely that households (or support bubbles) will mix, these activities must not go ahead. “Therefore, if when delivering gym classes, Pilates, yoga, martial arts or other classes, the venue is Covid secure, all guidance can be adhered to and social distancing can be observed including before and after the session, then these can go ahead.”

Announcements on Thursday 22nd October also outline a support package to support the Sheffield City Region's business base. We are awaiting further detail from Government on this fund. Updates will be available on the Business Doncaster and Doncaster Council websites and on our social media accounts.

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3 simple actions we must all do to keep on protecting each other:

  • Wash hands - keep washing your hands regularly
  • Cover face - wear a face covering in enclosed spaces
  • Make space - stay at least 2 metres apart - or 1 metre with a face covering or other precautions

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We are keen to understand the local and sectoral impacts that the response measures to Covid-19 are having on businesses in Doncaster and it would help greatly if you could answer a few questions on our survey here

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Support for businesses

You can download two toolkits to help amplify important messages about the current situation to your colleagues and networks.

The toolkit for business support can be found here.

The toolkit for protecting against the spread of the virus can be found here

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Stricter rules to make your premises COVID-19 secure

  • A wider range of leisure and entertainment venues, services provided in community centres, and close contact services will be subject to COVID-19 Secure requirements in law and fines of £1000, and rising up to £10,000 for repeated breaches.
  • Employers must not knowingly require or encourage someone who is being required to self-isolate to come to work.
  • Businesses must remind people to wear face coverings where mandated

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Businesses urged to use the NHS COVID-19 app

Businesses across England such as pubs, restaurants, hairdressers and cinemas are being urged to ensure they have NHS QR code posters visible on entry to ensure customers who have downloaded the NHS COVID-19 app can use their smartphones to easily check-in.

QR codes provide an easy and simple way to collect contact details to support the NHS Test and Trace system.

The NHS COVID-19 app was launched on 24 September across England and Wales and, in England, QR codes will help businesses meet the new legal requirement to record the contact details of customers, visitors and staff on their premises.

The government is supporting businesses and venues to display the QR codes, they can be downloaded here.

Businesses who are already using their own QR system are being encouraged to switch to the NHS Test and Trace QR code.

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Employee Support and Apprenticeships

As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak escalates we recognise that individuals may have concerns about their employment.

Our Advance team are on hand to help with advice and guidance during this period.

Please contact advance@doncaster.gov.uk, call 01302 735556 or visit their website for further information.

If you are an employer who is unfortunately having to reduce your workforce temporarily due to the impact of COVID-19, or if you require additional temporary staff at this time the Advance Team (details above) can help. 

This document sets out guidance for apprentices, employers, training providers and assessment organisations in response to the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19).