Update for businesses on-four week lockdown

Posted on: November 03, 2020

Over the weekend, it was announced that non-essential retail and hospitality services will be forced to close from 5 November – 2 December, during a four-week lockdown.

We want to make sure businesses are kept up to date, you can find below some considerations and please get in touch if you have any questions.

If you can, you must work from home
1. If your business is classed as essential or operates with members of staff who have an operational role which means it is not possible for them to work from home, they will be able to continue their role as normal subject to the correct COVID-secure measures in place.
2. Mental health and well-being are important, and therefore businesses may wish to leave their offices open to respond to this with measures such as a rota system and desk booking.

Your Bromley BID has worked hard to support Bromley businesses with lockdown communications plans and messaging. We encourage you to revive your lockdown communications with clear messages on them and keep customers up to date. If you need any guidance, please contact us.

Click-and-collect shopping can remain open. We recommend that where possible, you promote the availability of click and collect. We are happy to provide support and advice on this area if required, please just get in touch. We have already seen many of our independent businesses positively adapt and become more digital-focused since March; with new e-commerce, delivery and click and collect services.

Furlough is extended through November
The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (also known as the furlough scheme) has been extended for a month and will remain in place until December, with employees receiving 80% of their current salary for hours not worked, up to a maximum of £2,500. Under the rules, all employers with a UK bank account and UK PAYE schemes can claim the grant. Neither the employer nor the employee needs to have previously used the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

More information can be found about this on the Government website.

If your business chooses to furlough staff, they can still attend training courses and events. Please email enquiries@yourbromley.com to find out more about forthcoming events or read our latest newsletter here.

Finance support
The Job Support Scheme will be expanded to support businesses across the UK required to close their premises due to Covid-19 restrictions. The government will pay two thirds of employees’ salaries to protect jobs over the coming months and there are cash grants of up to £3,000 per month for businesses required to close in local lockdowns.

Once the full details have been announced, we plan to lobby again for the critical support needed for Bromley businesses. We invite you to raise policy issues with us via enquiries@yourbromley.com.

We want to assure you that we are working closely with Bromley Council and also other stakeholders including the police to help keep Bromley secure during this period.

Thank you.