Latest COVID guidance

Local restrictions

As of 25 September, both Tameside and Stockport are under local restrictions. Below is a brief overview, but full details can be found here.

Face coverings

  • Customers in private hire vehicles and taxis must now wear face coverings
  • Customers in hospitality venues must wear face coverings, except when seated at a table to eat or drink. Staff in hospitality and retail will now also be required to wear face coverings

 

Working from home

  • Residents who can effectively work from home should do so
  • Public sector employees working in essential services, including education, should continue to go into work where necessary

Businesses

  • Businesses selling food or drink must close between 10pm and 5am. This will include takeaways, but delivery services can continue after 10pm
  • In licensed premises, food and drink must be ordered from, and served at, a table
  • Businesses must display the official NHS QR code posters so that customers can ‘check-in’ and provide contact details
  • From 28  September a wider range of leisure and entertainment venues will be subject to the COVID-19 Secure requirements and will face fines of up to £10,000 for repeated breaches
  • Businesses should take steps to ensure people do not socialise with people they do not live with

Meeting people safely

  • Households must not invite others to their homes or meet with others from another household in their homes or garden
  • Households should not socialise with other households in public venues or places
  • support bubble is where a household with one adult joins with another household. Households within a bubble can still visit each other, stay overnight, and visit public places together.
  • Care homes should not be visited except in exceptional circumstances
  • The rule of six now applies to indoor sport for over 18s
  • Weddings and civil partnership ceremonies and receptions will be restricted to a maximum of 15 people

Childcare

  • Families can continue to use early years and childcare settings, including childminders and providers offering before- or after-school clubs or other out-of-school settings for children.
  • Friends or family from another household (who are not part of a support bubble) should not help with childcare.
  • Children of parents who are separated can continue to move between households.

 

New economic measures

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has outlined a series of measures intended to support jobs and businesses. More information about the Winter Economic Plan is available here. Here is a brief overview:

Job Support Scheme

A new Job Support Scheme will be introduced from 1 November.

Under the scheme, which will run for six months, the government will contribute towards the wages of employees who are working fewer than normal hours due to decreased demand.

Employers will continue to pay the wages of staff for the hours they work – but for the hours not worked, the government and the employer will each pay one third of their equivalent salary. This means that employees will be paid at least two thirds of their salary per hour for every hour not worked.

Employees must be working at least 33% of their usual hours and the level of grant will be calculated based on an employee’s usual salary, capped at £697.92 per month.

 

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) Grant Extension

Self-employed individuals and members of partnerships who are eligible for the SEISS, and who are actively continuing to trade but are experiencing reduced demand due to COVID-19, will be eligible for a further SEISS Grant to provide support over the winter months.

Grants will be paid in two lump sum instalments each covering 3 months. The first grant will cover a three-month period from the start of November 2020 until the end of January 2021 It will be a taxable grant to cover 20 per cent of average monthly trading profits, and capped at £1,875 in total.

An additional second grant, which may be adjusted to respond to changing circumstances, will be available for self-employed individuals to cover the period from February to the end of April – ensuring our support continues right through to next year.

 

VAT cut for tourism and hospitality sector extended

As part of the package, the government also announced it will extend the temporary 15% VAT cut for the tourism and hospitality sectors to the end of March next year. This will give businesses in the sector – which has been severely impacted by the pandemic – the confidence to maintain staff as they adapt to a new trading environment.

 

NHS COVID-19 app

The NHS COVID-19 app has now been launched.The app has a number of tools to protect you and others, including contact tracing, local area alerts and venue check-in.

You can find out more, including how to download the app here.

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