Covid-19

Key Information

Explore the latest information on Covid-19, this is a collection of resources to keep you well informed at this time.

 

We have gathered key information from the Government and NHS England to ensure you the most accurate information and guidelines available plus helpful hints and tips from ourselves and partners.

 

This page is updated regularly with new information, bookmark the page or keep checking back for updates.

Guidelines and updates

A top priority is for everyone to stay safe and well. If you have any symptoms of the coronavirus please follow the advice given from NHS England. It is paramount that everyone follows the hand washing and high standards of hygiene guidelines and self-isolate if you think you have come into contact with the virus to help limit the spread of it. Click for guidance.

It is important as business owners, employers and employees to stay well-informed on the up to date advice and guidelines to protect everyone. There are designated Government website links that have all the relevant up to date information. Click here for guidance.

Recent updates from the Government in one place. clicking here for the latest.

Grants and support

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) Latest guidance announced by HM Government 29 May 2020.Revised CJRS from 1 July 2020.The government have announced three changes to the job retention scheme. Click here for more.

The application process for the up to £10k Local Authority Discretionary Grant Fund for businesses is now open. Small and micro businesses which aren’t eligible for the Government’s Small Business Grant Fund or the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Fund can apply. Click here.

The new Bounce Back Loans scheme, announced by the Chancellor recently, will allow businesses to borrow between £2,000 and £50,000 and access the cash within days. Loans will be interest free for the first 12 months, and from Monday 4 May, businesses can apply online through a short and simple form. Click here for more info.

 

Recent government announcements have confirmed a package of measures to provide support for businesses registered for business rates to minimise the impact of COVID 19. A grant of £10,000 is to be made available to all businesses in receipt of Small Business or Rural Rate Relief. Click here to apply.

 

Businesses is in the retail, hospitality or leisure sector will receive a cash grant of up to £25k per property. Businesses in these sectors with a property with a rateable value of up to £15k will receive a grant of £10k. Businesses in these sectors with a property with a rateable value of over £15k and less than £51k will receive a grant of £25k. Click here to apply.

The Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) will support self-employed individuals (including members of partnerships) whose income has been negatively impacted by COVID-19. The scheme will provide a grant to self-employed individuals or partnerships, worth 80% of their profits up to a cap of £2,500 per month. Click here for more info.

HMRC are delivering a programme of webinars on measures to support employers, employees and the self-employed through this period of disruption caused by COVID-19. Click here to see all the info.

Furloughed workers across the UK will continue to receive 80% of their current salary, up to £2,500. From August, furloughed workers will be able to return to work part-time with employers being asked to pay a percentage towards the salaries of their furloughed staff. Click here for more info.

Getting back to business is going to be a long and careful process and Halifax BID would like to help you get back to business as safely as possible. To give you a helping hand we have created a recovery pack. Click here for more info.

News, tips and checklists

The latest news articles all in one handy place, articles are added regularly to keep you up to date. Click here to see the latest news

Browse the businesses that are currently open in Halifax plus key messages and updates on how our shops and businesses are trading at this time As you are already aware, a trip out needs to be essential, the shops and businesses listed are selling essential items. Safe distance guidelines need to be adhered. Click here to visit the page.

In these difficult and confusing times, so many of the activities we take for granted are now luxuries we’re all really missing. But don’t worry as our Halifax professionals are here to offer advice and top tips to get you through. Click here to see the top tips.

We’ve put together some hints and tips to kick start or keep momentum on your social media feeds. At this difficult time where people are moving further online, keep ahead of the curve and get your social media game in tip top shape! Click here for info.

Please can you take a look at this survey. It is asking about how you, as a shopper, will view your local High Street and community when the social distancing rules are relaxed. This is important research to help our High Streets work better for us all. Click here to start the survey.

Cultural organisations and creative businesses in Calderdale are being asked to take part in a survey that will assess the impact of COVID-19 on the sector and identify any additional support required. Click here for more information.

Working from home may be a new concept so you need to make sure that you set out and follow clear guidelines around expectations, working hours, communication etc. We’ve collected some tips together to help you get through the day! Click here for the details.

Coronavirus has affected all aspects of our lives and the constant news about the pandemic can feel never-ending. Not only is it impacting our physical health but it is taking its toll on some people’s mental health too. As well as the threat of a new virus being scary, many people are also facing stressful life challenges. Click here for top tips.

There have been Important changes to our streets as more businesses reopen. These actions will make the town more pedestrian friendly, will allow for safer queuing and make it easier for people to observe social distancing. What do you think? More here.

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