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Staying Safe

On 22 February 2021, the Government released the roadmap to bring the country slowly and cautiously out of the national restrictions.

We are currently in stage two of the easing of restrictions.

Businesses that can open:

From 12 April, these businesses are permitted to reopen, provided they are following COVID-19 secure guidelines:

  • All retail
  • Pubs, restaurants and cafes for outdoor service only
  • Personal care settings like hairdressers and beauty salons
  • Public buildings like libraries, community centres.
  • Outdoor hospitality like alcohol takeaways, and beer gardens
  • Outdoor attractions like zoos, theme parks and drive-in cinemas.
  • Indoor leisure like swimming pools and gyms.
  • Self-contained holiday accommodation like self-catering lets and camp sites for household stays only.

Business that must stay closed:

  • indoor hospitality venues such as cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars and social clubs; with the exception of providing food and non-alcoholic drinks for takeaway or outdoor service
  • accommodation such as hotels, hostels, guest houses and campsites, except for specific circumstances, such as where these act as someone's main residence, where the person cannot return home, for providing accommodation or support to the homeless, or where it is essential to stay there for work purposes. However, self-contained accommodation such as campsites or holiday lets are allowed.
  • entertainment venues such as theatres, concert halls, cinemas, museums and galleries, casinos, amusement arcades, bingo halls, bowling alleys, skating rinks, go-karting venues, indoor play and soft play centres and areas (including inflatable parks and trampolining centres), circuses, fairgrounds, funfairs, water parks and theme parks
  • Adult entertainment venues such as nightclubs

Support for businesses

Your business may be eligible for financial support as part of a grant system. For more information about the help available to businesses and the financial support available visit https://www.wakefieldfirst.com/covid-19/

The team can be contacted at businesssupport@wakefield.gov.uk or by calling 01924 306630

Work

To help contain the virus, everyone who can work effectively from home should try to.

People should continue to work from home where they can and minimise the number of journeys they make where possible, avoiding travel at the busiest times and routes.

Financial support for businesses and employees

The Job Retention Scheme has been extended until 30 September 2021.Workers in any part of the UK, may be able to retain their job, even if their employer cannot afford to pay them, and be paid at least 80% of their salary up to £2500 a month.

  • There is also support available to help you with money, housing and jobs during coronavirus here.
  • Visit the Support Finder on the Government website to find out what financial help is available to you

Test and Trace Support Payment scheme

If you have been told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace on or after 28 September 2020, you are under a legal obligation to do so.

You could be eligible for a £500 Test and Trace Support Payment if you live in England and meet certain criteria.

Visit the Government website to find out if you are eligible: www.gov.uk/government/publications/test-and-trace-support-payment-scheme-claiming-financial-support/claiming-financial-support-under-the-test-and-trace-support-payment-scheme.

To find out what you should do if an employee has been contacted by NHS Test and Trace, please visit www.gov.uk/guidance/nhs-test-and-trace-workplace-guidance. This page will be able to give you information on self-isolation, sick pay and financial support.

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.

You can visit the Support Finder on the Government website to find out what financial help is available to you.