Work and businesses
The council is awaiting further detail following Matt Hancock's announcement this morning (1 Oct) and will update this page asap.
The government has confirmed that hospitality businesses in Bolton can re-open this Saturday (3 Oct). Restrictions still apply: table service only, venues must close from 10pm to 5am, and deliveries only after 10pm (late night license required after 11pm).
Which businesses must take action?
Remaining restrictions on certain close contact services (treatments on the face, such as eyebrow threading or make-up application) have been lifted.
The following businesses and venues must continue to remain closed in Bolton:
- skating rinks
- bowling alleys
- indoor play areas, including soft play areas
- exhibition centres and conference halls for external attendees
We advise that the following settings and activities should not reopen or restart in Bolton:
- indoor performances
Hospitality venues must only provide take away food and drinks or delivery services to customers.
These businesses along with existing hot food takeaways can now offer delivery services after 10pm. Please note to deliver after 11pm businesses must have late night refreshment licences.
Hospitality venues include:
- restaurants, including hotel dining rooms and members’ clubs
- cafes including workplace canteens (not including cafes or canteens at hospitals, care homes, schools, prisons, establishments intended for the use of naval, military or air force purposes and for providing food or drink to the homeless)
- bars including bars in hotels or members’ clubs
The following businesses and venues must close from 10pm to 5am each day:
- venues listed above (now only operating as takeaways)
- bingo halls
- concert halls
- museums and galleries
- betting shops
- nail bars and salons, hair salons and barbers
- tanning booths and salons
- spas and beauty salons
- massage parlours
- tattoo and piercing parlours
- amusement arcades or other indoor leisure centres or facilities
- funfairs (indoors or outdoors), theme parks and adventure parks and activities
- social clubs
- aquariums and zoos, including safari parks
- indoor attractions at visitor attractions
The local authority in Bolton and national regulators, including the Health and Safety Executive, will be undertaking stronger enforcement to ensure workplaces are COVID-19 secure and that the required businesses and venues close from 10pm to 5am each day.
Can I go to work?
People living inside and outside of Bolton can continue to travel in and out for work. However, to help contain the virus, office workers who can work effectively from home should do so over the winter. Where an employer, in consultation with their employee, judges an employee can carry out their normal duties from home they should do so. Public sector employees working in essential services, including education settings, should continue to go into work where necessary. Anyone else who cannot work from home should go to their place of work. The risk of transmission can be substantially reduced if COVID-19 secure guidelines are followed closely. Extra consideration should be given to those people at higher risk.
Please go to https://www.businessbolton.org for information on support that may be available for your business.
Bolton businesses to benefit from new Covid-19 Local Restriction Support Grant
From October 1, Bolton businesses can apply for the new Covid-19 Local Restriction Support Grant, providing them with £1,000 or £1,500 every three weeks while Bolton’s restrictions remain in place.
The grant aims to help those businesses hardest hit by the local Covid-19 restrictions such as cafes, bars and restaurants.
The eligibility criteria is limited to just those business rate paying businesses providing in-person services from their business premises, and that have been forced to close for at least three weeks continuously due to local restrictions.
Eligible businesses must apply via the online application form which is available at www.businessbolton.org/localrestrictionsgrant
Grant payments can be made to businesses from 1st October 2020 and the applications will be administered by Bolton Council’s Business Rates Team. Any enquiries should be emailed to email@example.com
The Chancellor has announced extra support for businesses (24 September 2020):
- Job Support Scheme - a company will continue to pay its employee for time worked, but the cost of hours not worked will be split between the employer, the Government (through wage support) and the employee (through a wage reduction), and the employee will keep their job.
- Extension of the SEISS Grant for the self employed. The extension will provide two grants and will last for six months from November 2020 to April 2021. Grants will be paid in two lump sum instalments each covering a three-month period.
- Will extend the temporary 15% VAT cut for the tourism and hospitality sectors to the end of March next year.
- New Payment Scheme - business who deferred their VAT bills will be able to pay back in smaller instalments. Rather than paying a lump sum in full at the end March next year, they will be able to make 11 smaller interest-free payments during the 2021-22 financial year.
- self-assessment taxpayers will be able to benefit from a separate additional 12-month extension from HMRC on the “Time to Pay” self-service facility, meaning payments deferred from July 2020, and those due in January 2021, will now not need to be paid until January 2022.
- businesses who took out a Bounce Back Loan will benefit from a new Pay as You Grow flexible repayment system. This includes extending the length of the loan from six years to ten, which will cut monthly repayments by nearly half. Interest-only periods of up to six months and payment holidays will also be available to businesses.
- Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme - giving lenders the ability to extend the length of loans from a maximum of six years to ten years if it will help businesses to repay the loan.
- Extending application deadlines until the end of November for the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme, the Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme, the Bounce Back Loan Scheme and the Future Fund.
National guidance on additional grant funding for businesses has now been published .
No further details have yet been received for Bolton and details will be added here when they become available.
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What about furlough for people who won't be able to work as a result of businesses closing?
The government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) is due to continue during September and October.
From 1 September, the government will pay 70% of wages up to a maximum cap of £2,187.50 for the hours the employee is on furlough. Employers will top up employees’ wages to ensure they receive 80% (up to £2,500).
Unless you’re making a new claim for an employee who is a military reservist or is returning from statutory parental leave, you can only continue to claim through the scheme if:
- you have previously furloughed the employee for three consecutive weeks between March 1 and 30 June
- you submitted your claim before 31 July
From October, the rate paid by the government is reduced to 60%. The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme ends at the end of October.
Since August, employers have also had to pay employer National Insurance Contributions and pension contributions for furloughed hours themselves.
If there are any changes to the CJRS scheme, or if any specific measures are announced to help businesses in Bolton, we will inform you via the council website. Further information will also be made available on https://www.businessbolton.org
Workers in homes
You can still work in someone’s home for specific purposes, such as cleaners, formal childcare providers and repair workers.
They will follow the coronavirus guidance for their businesses. See guidance on working safely in other people’s homes.
You 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. You can also continue to employ nannies – see guidance on working safely in other people’s homes.
The following people can provide childcare support in private homes and gardens:
- Registered childcare providers, including nannies
- People who are in your support bubble
- People who are in your childcare support bubble
From 24 September, in retail and hospitality settings, staff will be required to wear face covering as well. Please check sector specific guidance to see if this requirement applies to your workplace.
You do not need to wear a face covering if you have a legitimate reason not to. This includes (but is not limited to):
- children under 11
- because of a physical or mental illness or impairment, or disability
- to communicate with someone who relies on lip reading
- to avoid harm or injury; to identify yourself
- to eat or drink if necessary
You can carry something that says you do not have to wear a face covering for medical reasons. This is a personal choice, and is not necessary in law – you should not routinely be required to produce any written evidence to justify the fact you are not wearing a face covering.
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