Please find below further information about the new Tier system which comes into force today. Lancashire is placed in Tier 3 – classed as very high alert.
Tier 3 from today
The new Tier system was approved in the House of Commons yesterday evening and so Lancashire including Blackburn with Darwen is in Tier 3 restrictions from today.
Christmas Grant for wet-led pubs
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced support for pubs that predominantly serve alcohol rather than food through festive period. An additional £1,000 Christmas grant will be provided for ‘wet-led pubs’ in tiers 2 and 3 who will miss out on much needed business during the busy Christmas period.
The payment will be a one-off for December and will be paid on top on the existing up to £3,000 monthly cash grants for closed businesses.
Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine Authorised for use
The Government has authorised the first COVID-19 vaccine on independent advice of the UK medicines regulator. The vaccine will be made available across the UK from next week.
You can find the announcement here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/uk-authorises-pfizer-biontech-covid-19-vaccine
Covid-safety guidance for Sports and Physical Activity Updated
The Government has updated the guidance for operating safely in the Sports and Physical Activity sector, having regard to the new Tier Restrictions.
Covid-safety guidance for the Visitor Economy
The Government has updated the guidance for working safely in the Visitor economy – people who work in hotels and guest accommodation, indoor and outdoor attractions, and business events and consumer shows.
You can find the updated guidance here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/the-visitor-economy
Step by Step Guidance for employers updated
The Step by Step guide for employers to claim under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (furlough) has been updated with key dates for applying and to reflect recent changes to the scheme.
The guide is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-job-retention-scheme-step-by-step-guide-for-employers
The government have released guidance on the Tier 3 restrictions which may help to answer questions you may have regarding what you can and can’t do. It is available here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/tier-3-very-high-alert.
30 days to Brexit Transition
There are now 30 days to go until the Brexit Transition. Your business, family, and personal circumstances will be affected. If you visit this link you can answer a few questions to get a personalised list of actions of anything you need to do to get ready. https://www.gov.uk/transition