Discretionary grant funding now available, video enabled criminal hearings and phased return of outdoor sports.

  • Local Authority Discretionary Grant Funding – Applications now accepted

The discretionary grant programme is now open for business applications via the Council’s website and will close on midnight Sunday, 14 June.  You can find out more information about the grants and apply here https://www.blackburn.gov.uk/coronavirus/support-business/covid-19-discretionary-business-grant-programme  I’m also attaching a copy of the policy and guidance for you.  

  • Video enabled criminal hearings: guidance for defence practitioners

For our criminal defence BID members, the government have today released guidance regarding Video Enabled Criminal Hearings, which can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/video-enabled-criminal-hearings-guidance-for-defence-practitioners?utm_source=85ad85de-f8b0-4e57-9e9d-96792f4acb34&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=immediate

  • Phased return of outdoor sports and recreation

For our sports and fitness related BID members, the government has updated the guidance around sports and exercise outdoors.  It can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-on-phased-return-of-sport-and-recreation/guidance-for-the-public-on-the-phased-return-of-outdoor-sport-and-recreation  It includes that people who play in team sports can now meet to train together and do things like conditioning or fitness sessions but they must be in wholly separate groups of no more than 6 and must remain 2 metres apart at all times, and personal training or coaching is permitted if outside and if people are a minimum of 2 metres apart and providing there are gatherings of no more than 6 people from different households.

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