Please find below a selection of useful links containing information and updates regarding the coronavirus situation. These will be updated as frequently as possible bringing you the latest information.
Specific Business Re-Opening Guidance
What a Business should do when a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 is reported
The Somerset COVID-19 Local Engagement Board has devised a Local Outbreak Management Plan for Covid 19 detailing actions to take in the event of an outbreak.
As part of this work they have worked with South West partners to devise flyers and posters to help you, your employees and customers know what to do when a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 is reported.
Please download these documents at www.somerset.gov.uk/backtowork and keep them handy.
- Covid 19 Business flyer - contains a checklist of actions for businesses
- Covid 19 Accommodation Provider flyer – is specifically for tourist or accommodation providers – please add in your postcode
- Covid 19 Visitor poster – to display in public settings i.e. reception/kitchen/toilets/bedrooms for visitors staying in your accommodation to see. Please add in your contact phone number so visitors can call you if they suspect they have Covid 19.
Do call the Public Health England Health Protection Team immediately for any suspected or confirmed cases on 0300 303 8162 who can talk you through the next steps.
Self-Catering COVID Cleaning Protocols
Guidance has now been released by The Professional Association of Self-Caterers UK (pascuk.co.uk) to help self-catering businesses prepare for reopening. Please see here for more details and the compete cleaning protocols documents.
Guidance for Accommodation & Attractions - Updated 24th June
Guidance for Restaurants, Pubs, Bars and Takeaway Services - Updated 24th June
The UK Hospitality Guidance
Maintaining records of staff, customers and visitors to support NHS Test and Trace
Temporary reduced rate of VAT for hospitality, holiday accommodation and attractions
Government Guidance & Local Authory Updates
Exmoor National Park
Latest Statement from Exmoor National Park Authority relating to Coronavirus.
Support for Businesses
Please see this link from ENP regarding Support for Businesses it is updated with new information, please check back regularly.
Exmoor Tourism Response and Recovery to the Covid-19 outbreak
Exmoor National Park Authorty (ENPA) and Visit Exmoor are leading the development of a Tourism Response and Recovery Plan bringing together the wide range of tourism partners across Exmoor to work together and to support recovery of the toursim industry in the area. Read More.
Visit England/Visit Britian
The 'We're Good To Go' Industry Standard. You can now apply for a free UK-wide industry standard and consumer mark to reassure your customers that your business adheres to Government and public health guidance. To support you as you work towards re-opening and welcoming customers, the 'We’re Good To Go’ COVID-19 industry standard and consumer mark is now available to provide a ‘ring of confidence’ for businesses, attractions and destinations as well as reassurance to local residents and visitors that clear processes are in place and that as a business you are good to go. Read More.
Advice for tourism and event businesses affected by COVID-19 collated by Visit Britain. Please check back regularly for new information and advice.
Local Authority Support
Somerset County Council: Support for Local Businesses
Somerset West and Taunton: Coronavirus - What you need to know
North Devon Council: Coronvirus Business Support
Salesforce Small Business Grants
Salesforce has partnered with Enterprize Nation to offer eligible smll businesses the opportunity to receive a £5,000 grant to help them through the COVID-19 outbreak. Please see here to find out if you are eligible and to apply. You may also find the FAQ's page useful.
Growth Support Kickstart Grant Applications
Government guidance for Working Safely During COVID-19
Other Government Guidance
The UK Government’s COVID-19 Recovery Strategy: The Govenment's roadmap for how and when the UK will adjust its response to the COVID-19 crisis. Published 11th May. Read more.
Government Announces Roadmap Raskforces: New ministerial-led taskforces have been set up to plan how closed sectors can reopen safely. Published 13th May. Read more.
Coronavirus (COVID-19): Business Support Grant Funding - Guidance For Local Authorities: Guidance for local authorities setting out details of the Small Business Grants Fund (SBGF) and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund (RHLGF). Read More.
Top-up to Local Business Grant Funds Scheme: A discretionary fund has been set up to accommodate certain small businesses previously outside the scope of the business grant funds scheme. Read more.
Chancellor Extends Furlough Scheme Until October: The Governmnet's Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) will remain open until the end of October, the Chancellor announced on Tuesdy 12 May 2020. Read more.
The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) has opened for applications for businesses who have put staff on furlough due to COVID-19. HMRC has published a step-by-step guidance on how to make a claim.
New Bounch Back Loans scheme for small businesses announced: A new Bounce Back Loans scheme will be made available to small businesses from 9.00 a.m. Monday 4 May. These loans will be 100% Government-backed. Businesses will be able to borrow between £2,000 and £50,000. Loans will be interest free for the first 12 months, businesses must apply using the online form.
Self-Employed Income Support Scheme: To help eligible freelance workers receive up to £2,500 per month in grants for at least three months. Those eligible will receive a cash grant worth 80% of their average monthly trading profit over the three years up to 2018/19. More here.
Further Visit Exmoor page links: