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Staying Safe

We all need to follow advice from the government, Public Health England and the NHS to stay safe, this is updated on a regular basis. You can keep up to date by visiting www.gov.uk/coronavirus

We are working hard to make things safe as you go about your daily life. This webpage sets out the measures we’ve taken and asks you to play your part by following our guidance.

Wakefield, along with the rest of England is under national restrictions until 2 December when it is expected we will return to a regional tiered approach.

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 local restrictions mean:

  • You must not socialise in a group of more than 6 in some other outdoor public spaces, including parks, beaches, countryside accessible to the public, a public garden, grounds of a heritage site or castle, or a sports facility – this is called the ‘rule of 6’

  • You must not meet socially indoors or in most outdoor places with anybody you do not live with, or who is not in your support bubble, this includes in any private garden or at most outdoor venues

  • All restaurants, cafes, bars and pubs must close. They are permitted to continue sales by takeaway, click-and-collect, drive-through or delivery services.

  • Essential and non-essential retails, including indoor and outdoor car boot sales can open.

  • Entertainment venues such as theatres, concert halls, cinemas, museums must close.

  • Personal care and close contact services such as hairdressers and barbers, beauty salons, tattoo parlours, nail salons, spas and beauty services, massage parlours and tanning salons can open.

  • Certain leisure and sporting facilities such as gyms, sports courts and facilities, leisure centres, fitness and dance studios, golf courses, swimming pools, riding centres, outdoor playgrounds can open but are subject to relevant social contact rules in each tier.

  • Other businesses including building and manufacturing can remain open provided they follow Government guidance.

  • Everyone wo can work from home should do so. Where people cannot do so – including, but not limited to, people who work in critical national infrastructure, construction, or manufacturing – they should continue to travel to their workplace. Public-sector employees working in essential services, including education settings, should continue to go into work where necessary.

  • Early years , schools and further and higher education will remain open.

  • Places of worship – communal worship can now resume, subject to relevant social contact rules in each tier.

  • Vulnerable people are asked to minimise their contact with others.

Hospitality, retail, leisure and tourism

To reduce social contact, certain businesses and venues must close close. These include:

  • Restaurants, cafes, pubs, bars and shisha bars.

  • 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.

Retail and leisure businesses can open but they should follow COVID-secure guidelines to protect customers, visitors and workers.

Support for businesses

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been extended until 31 March 2021 with employees receiving 80% of their current salary for furloughed hours.

Employers small or large, charitable or non-profit, are eligible for the extended Job Retention Scheme, which will continue until 31 March 2021. Businesses will now be asked to pay just National Insurance and Pensions contributions for their staff during this period.

Further information can be found at the government website:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-extends-furlough-to-march-and-increases-self-employed-support

There are currently two grants available for businesses

Local restrictions grant

The Government has announced additional financial measures to support businesses affected by Covid-19.

These measures include grants to cover the period Wakefield was in Tier 2 restrictions, as well as the period of national restrictions. 

Leisure, Hospitality and Accommodation businesses that occupy premises can access funding to cover the period 14th October 2020 to 4th November 2020.

Businesses legally required to close from the 5th November 2020 to 2nd December 2020 can access up to £3000 to cover the 28 days of national restrictions.

Additional funding is available from 1st November for those businesses legally forced to shut down from 23rd March and who have not been allowed to reopen;-Nightclubs, Dancehalls, Discotheques, Sexual Entertainment Venues and Hostess Bars.

For full criteria & the online application form visit https://www.wakefieldfirst.com/covid-19/

Additional restrictions grant

The Government has announced additional financial measures to provide support businesses affected by Covid-1 as a result of national restrictions, covering the 4th November to 2nd December 2020. 

Wakefield Council have been allocated discretionary funding under the Additional Restrictions Grant, Businesses who meet the following should check the criteria and apply for the appropriate Additional Restrictions Grant scheme below:

  • ARG1 - Those registered for self-assessment and unable to access SEIS
  • ARG2 - Retail, Leisure and Hospotality supply chain businesses
  • ARG3 - Businessmen not able to access funding under National Restrictions
For full criteria & the online application form visit https://www.wakefieldfirst.com/covid-19/


Help with money, housing and jobs during coronavirus

We appreciate that the coronavirus outbreak is a challenging time for everyone. We know that it's having a significant impact on people financially and is affecting many individuals, businesses and the local and national economy. Find out about what support is available:

https://www.wakefield.gov.uk/about-the-council/coronavirus-information/help-with-money-housing-and-jobs-during-coronavirus


Office workers

To help contain the virus, everyone who can work effectively from home must do so. Where people cannot do so (for instance people who work in critical national infrastructure, construction or manufacturing) they should continue to travel to work/attend their workplace. This is essential to keeping the country operating and supporting vital sectors and employers.

It is now mandatory for certain businesses and venues to ask one member of every party who accesses their services to provide their contact details through NHS Test and Trace, alongside collecting contact details of staff and visitors. This has so far been voluntary. 

These businesses include settings where people meet socially including hospitality, close contact and leisure venues. You must have a system to ensure that you can collect contact information for your customers, visitors and staff in place. Any designated business (including local authority services) that is found not to be compliant with these regulations will be subject to financial penalties. As before, data will need to be held for 21 days and provided to NHS Test and Trace if requested.

More information about Test and Trace can be found here https://www.gov.uk/guidance/nhs-test-and-trace-how-it-works

Download the new COVID-19 app. You can use it when out and about to help with the NHS Test and Trace. Look for the QR code when visiting hospitality and close contact businesses.  

he more people use the new NHS COVID-19 app, the more we can keep each other safe and stop infection rates rising.

Google Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details...

Apple App Store: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/id1520427663

Find out more: covid19.nhs.uk




Working together, we can keep everyone safe.

This webpage will be updated as we work through our recovery phase.

For information on all the financial support available please visit https://www.wakefieldfirst.com/covid-19/