This page is to support businesses with their recovery planning.
Any business, in any doubt, as to whether it can be open to the public should contact for advice on: Regulation&Enforcement@doncaster.gov.uk
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
- 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
From 1st November 20, the following businesses will also be able to apply under this scheme:
- Adult entertainment venues
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
- Business which must close are:
- All pubs and bars - unless serving substantial meals
- Betting shops
- Adult gaming centres
- 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.”
- As of Friday 23rd October 17:00 - Sheffield City Region state:
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.
The NHS COVID-19 app has launched to help control COVID-19 transmission alongside national and local contact tracing. From today certain businesses in England are required by law to display NHS Test and Trace QR codes so customers with the NHS COVID-19 app can use them to check-in.
QR codes will help businesses meet their legal requirement to log contact details and allow public health leads to send alerts based on whether people have checked in at venues.
The government will be supporting businesses and venues to display the QR codes, which 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.
Employers in England that want to reopen their business have a legal responsibility to protect their employees and other people on site. Use this guidance to help you carry out a risk assessment and make sensible adjustments to the site and workforce. If you do not carry out a risk assessment, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) or your local council can issue an enforcement notice. Employees can use this guidance to check what their workplace needs to do to keep people safe. This guidance is only for businesses that are allowed to reopen in England.
The Government has developed a tool to help employees in England easily assess if they can return to work. The tool guides employees through questions that may influence their ability to go back to work safely. Employers can share this tool with employees to aid discussion on how employees can return to work safely. Find out more here.
This is the Government's five-steps towards being Covid-19 secure ahead of reopening your business. Have you done all of these?
- We have carried out a COVID-19 risk assessment and shared the results with the people who work here
- We have cleaning, handwashing and hygiene procedures in line with guidance
- We have taken all reasonable steps to help people work from home
- We have taken all reasonable steps to maintain a 2m distance in the workplace
- Where people cannot be 2m apart, we have done everything practical to manage transmission risk
Download the poster here.
Stay Safe Posters
A range of posters have been created for businesses to remind people how to stay safe during the pandemic. They include reminders to wash hands frequently, wear a face mask and keep space.
Business can download these for free via the links below:
Social Distancing Posters
Please click on the below to download free signage which you can use in your business to ensure customers and staff continue to observe social distancing measures.
The UK government, in consultation with industry, has produced ‘COVID-19 secure’ guidance to help ensure workplaces are as safe as possible. The new guidance covers 11 workplace settings which are allowed to be open.
The 11 guides cover a range of different types of work. Many businesses operate more than one type of workplace, such as an office, factory and fleet of vehicles. You may need to use more than one of these guides as you think through what you need to do to keep employees safe.
- Aviation - Guidance on General Aviation (GA) flying during the coronavirus outbreak.
- Close contact services - Guidance for people who provide close contact services, including hairdressers, barbers, beauticians, tattooists, sports and massage therapists, dress fitters, tailors and fashion designers.
- Construction and other outdoor work – Guidance for people who work in or run outdoor working environments.
- Factories, plants and warehouses - Guidance for people who work in or run factories, plants and warehouses
- Higher Education - Guidance for higher education providers in England on when and how to reopen their campuses and buildings.
- Hotels and other guest accommodation - Guidance for people who work in or run hotels and other guest accommodation
- Labs and research facilities – Guidance for people who work in or run indoor labs and research facilities and similar environments
- Offices and contact centres – Guidance for people who work in or run offices, contact centres and similar indoor environments
- Other People's Homes – Guidance for people working in, visiting or delivering to home environments as well as their employers
- Restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services – Guidance for people who work in or run restaurants, pubs, bars, cafes or takeaways.
- Sport and Recreation - Guidance for the public, providers of outdoor sport facilities, elite athletes, personal trainers and coaches on the phased return of sport and recreation.
- Shops and branches – Guidance for people who work in or run shops, branches, stores or similar environments.
- Vehicles – Guidance for people who work in or from vehicles, including couriers, mobile workers, lorry drivers, on-site transit and work vehicles, field forces and similar
- Visitor Economy - Guidance for people who work in hotels and guest accommodation, indoor and outdoor attractions, and business events and consumer shows.
You can also find support information and the actions to take for the following sectors by clicking the links below:
You can use a risk assessment to help you keep a simple record of: who might be harmed and how, what you’re already doing to control the risks, what further action you need to take to control the risks, who needs to carry out the action and when the action is needed by.
Some useful templates can be found on the Health and Safety Executive's website here