New duties on Venues from 18 Sep 20 – important information for businesses and organisations

From 18 Sep 2020, pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants in England will need to take bookings of no more than six people, ensure that people are not meeting in groups of more than six people on their premises, and make sure there is sufficient space between tables.

It will also be compulsory for certain businesses and organisations to collect customer, visitor and staff contact details.

new legal requirements make it compulsory for them to do so, or risk facing a fine.

Test & Trace App: Change in Legal Requirements

The Government has announced that certain venues, including venues run by local authorities, will now be legally required to display NHS QR posters in their venues from 24 Sep 20. This includes all venues from the following sectors: hospitality; leisure and tourism; close contact services; places of worship; local authority venues. For further details on the announcement please click here. The Government have produced a bank of resources which you can share with your own venues or with businesses in your area. Click here to view these. Further materials on the Government’s business to business campaign are available here.

Chancellor’s Announcement 24 Sep 20 – Financial support for businesses during coronavirus (COVID-19) Headlines Winter Economy Plan / Job Support Scheme

Jobs support scheme

§  Under the scheme, the government will subsidise the pay of employees who are working fewer than normal hours due to lower demand

§  It will apply to staff who can work at least a third of their usual hours

§  Employers will pay staff for the hours they do work

§  For the hours employees can’t work, the government and the employer will each cover one third of the lost pay

§  The grant will be capped at £697.92 per month

§  All small and medium sized businesses will be eligible for the scheme

§  Larger business will be eligible if their turnover has fallen during the crisis

§  It will be open to employers across the UK even if they have not previously used the furlough scheme

§  The scheme will run for six months starting in November 2020

Support for the self-employed

§  The chancellor is extending the self-employed grant on similar terms to the jobs support scheme

§  A grant will be available to those eligible for the Self Employment Income Support Scheme Grant

§  The grant will cover three months’ worth of profits for the period from November to the end of January

§  It will cover 20% of average monthly profits up to a total of £1,875

§  A further grant will be available to the self-employed to cover February 2021 to the end of April

Business loans

§  Bounce Back Loans will be extended, if you apply for it, from six years to 10, cutting monthly repayments by nearly half

§  Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme lenders will also be able to extend the length of loans from the current maximum of six years to 10 years

§  The chancellor is also extending the deadline for the government’s coronavirus loan schemes to the end of November

§  Businesses struggling can choose to make interest only payments for six months and those “in real trouble” can apply to suspend repayments altogether for six months

§  Businesses will not see their credit rating fall as a result, the chancellor says


§  The 15% emergency VAT cut for the tourism and hospitality industries will be extended from January 2021 to 31 March

§  Business who deferred their VAT bills will be able to pay back their taxes in 11 smaller interest-free instalments

§  Self-assessment tax payers will be able to defer tax payments to January 2022


The second stage of the government’s Self Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) has opened for applications.

Anyone whose self-employed business has been adversely affected by coronavirus since 14 July is eligible for the scheme and will be able to claim a second payment of up to £6,570.

More information, including how to apply, is available on the government website.


Small businesses and the tourism sector across Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay will be able to apply for grants of up to £3,000 through the Growth Support Kickstart Grant Scheme to help with the economic recovery in the region.

‘Information and Guidance’ and FAQs have been published on the South West Local Enterprise Partnership’s Kickstart grant website.

Statutory Sick Pay

 Find out if you can use the Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme to reclaim employees’ coronavirus-related Statutory Sick Pay (SSP).

Student Land Army

The Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership is running a campaign aimed at encouraging students to work on British farms this summer. The UK is rapidly approaching peak summer harvest season and 80,000 seasonal workers are needed from the end of May to help bring in the UK harvest on British farms.

Chancellor extends furlough scheme until October

Employees will continue to receive 80% of their monthly wages up to £2,500. But from August employers will be asked to pay a percentage towards the salaries of their furloughed staff. More information on that will be published by the end of the month..

Working safely during COVID-19 in other people’s homes