From 00:01 GMT on Wednesday 2 December your area will be under Covid restrictions in the tier two (high alert) category for England.
More information of the restrictions in place can be found here
Update 16/11/20: Business support grants. Details of how to claim/apply for the Local Restrictions Grant (Closed Addendum) and Local Restrictions Grant (Sector) for those eligible businesses required to close by law are available on the Business Rates section of this website.
From Thursday 5 November until Wednesday 2 December, you must:
Further information on these new national restrictions and measures are available via the GOV.UK website:
On Wednesday 2 December, across all of England, regardless of tier:
Everyone who can work from home should do so. Where people cannot do so - including, but not limited to, people who work in critical national infrastructure, construction, or manufacturing - they should continue to travel to their workplace.
Further information on the local restriction tier system that will be in place from Wednesday 2 December, including what you can and cannot do in each tier is available on the GOV.UK website. On Thursday 26 November the government will announce which areas are in which tier.
Current National Restrictions were announced on 31 October and are effective from 5 November to 2 December 2020.
Whilst the Government has issued new restrictions and rules that apply to everyone, there is important advice and guidance specifically for clinically vulnerable people. If you are a person who is classed as Clinically Extremely Vulnerable, you will receive a text or a letter which includes details about how you can receive help and support during this time.
To reduce social contact, the Government has ordered certain businesses and venues to close, subject to specific exemptions i.e.
Essential retail businesses such as food shops, supermarkets, garden centres and certain other retailers providing essential goods and services can remain open. However they should follow COVID-secure guidelines to protect customers, visitors and workers.
Government guidance on working safely during coronavirus has been updated. Hospitality venues like restaurants, bars and pubs must close, but can still provide takeaway and delivery services. Sale of alcohol is permitted via pre-order for collection or delivery services only. For the updated guidance for people who work in or run restaurants, pubs, bars, cafes or takeaways please see the GOV.UK website.
For more details and the latest information on businesses that must close (including any specific exemptions) and those than can remain open please see the GOV.UK website.
The government has announced four national grant schemes to support businesses affected by any periods of national lockdown, or Tier 2 and Tier 3 (Local COVID alert levels 'High' and 'Very High') local restrictions:
These grants will be administered by local authorities but during a national lockdown only the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed Addendum) and the Additional Restrictions Grant will be available.
Details of how to claim/apply for the Local Restrictions Grant (Closed Addendum) and Local Restrictions Grant (Sector) are available on the Business Rates section of this website.
Businesses can receive both a Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed Addendum) and Additional Restrictions Grant, subject to eligibility criteria being met.
The Business Grants and Support section also has information about the other financial assistance and support available to local businesses.
Update: This grant is currently available in Gosport as a result of the national lockdown. To claim/apply for the grant please see https://www.gosport.gov.uk/2001 and payments are expected to be made week commencing 16th November.
Businesses registered as the business rates payer that were open as usual and providing in-person services to customers from their business premises and then required to close by law for a consecutive period of no less than 14 days as a result of restrictions will be eligible for this funding.
During the current one month national lockdown period businesses occupying premises appearing on the local rating list on the date of the commencement of the restrictions with a rateable value of:
The payment amounts are fixed and set by government. Businesses will be entitled to receive a grant for each eligible premises within the restriction area. So some businesses may receive more than one grant. Grant income received by a business is taxable.
Specific exclusions for this grant include:
During regional lockdowns where closures are required i.e. Local Covid Alert Level 3 (or Tier 3) a revised version of the scheme is implemented i.e. Local Restrictions Grant (Closed), with payments made on a pro-rata 14-day qualifying restriction period basis instead i.e. amounts of £667, £1,000 and £1,500.
A claim form will be required to be completed for audit purposes to ensure that the grant is being paid to the correct business and into the correct bank account.
Update: This grant is currently available in Gosport as a result of the national lockdown. Initial payments are expected to be made by the end of November but an evidence based application will be required. Further details on how to claim/apply for this grant will be published on the Business Rates section of this website. Therefore please check back regulary for updates.
Businesses that are non-business rate payers and business rate payers that have either been required to close by Government during the national lockdown period, or have been severely impacted by the national lockdown period, are eligible for this grant.
The criteria and amounts are at the discretion of local authorities so that the scheme can best meet local economic need. Our scheme is still in the process of being finalised so no details are currently available but these will be published in due course. Therefore please regularly check back on this webpage.
However an evidence based application form will be required to be completed to confirm eligibility i.e. businesses will need to demonstrate how the pandemic and lockdown restrictions have negatively impacted on them.
Update: This grant is currently not available in Gosport. It becomes available when a Local Authority area is designated Local COVID Alert Level 'High' (or Tier 2) and 'Very High' (Tier 3).
Businesses that are not legally required to close but which are severely impacted by the localised restrictions on socialising put in place to manage the coronavirus e.g. hospitality, hotel, bed & breakfast and leisure businesses are eligible for this grant.
Funding will be issued to Local Authorities in 28-day payment cycles and they will have the discretion to determine the precise eligibility criteria and payment amounts for this grant scheme. However an evidence based application will be required from businesses. This grant is not available during periods of national lockdown.
Further details of how this scheme will be implemented locally will be published online in due course, along with the application form, should Gosport's local COVID Alert Level be increased to 'High'.
Update: This grant is currently not available in Gosport as a result of the national lockdown. Eligible businesses will be paid a pro-rata grant for the period 01/11 - 04/11 and a Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) for the national lockdown period. To claim/apply for the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Sector) grant please see https://www.gosport.gov.uk/2003.
Businesses registered as the business rates payer that were required to close in March 2020 and which have never been able to re-open e.g. nightclubs, dance halls, discotheques, adult entertainment venues and hostess bars are eligible for this scheme.
Those businesses occupying premises appearing on the local rating list on the date of the commencement of the restrictions with a rateable value of:
The payment amounts are fixed and set by government. Businesses will be entitled to receive a grant for each eligible premises within the restriction area. So some businesses may receive more than one grant. Grant income received by a business is taxable. There is no back-dating of the scheme, it began 1st November 2020.
During periods of national lockdown this scheme is superseded by the Local Restrictions Grant (Closed) scheme. As a result for the current national lockdown eligible businesses will be paid a pro-rata Local Restrictions Support Grant (Sector) for the period 1st November to 4th November and then a Local Restrictions Grant (Closed) payment for the period 5th November to 2nd December.
For further information about the other Coronavirus (COVID-19) related grants, advice and support available to local businesses please see Business grants and support.
NHS Test and Trace or Public Health Officers will ask for these records only where it is necessary. For example, if your premises has been identified as the location of a potential COVID-19 outbreak. You and your staff must not share this information with anyone else and respect individuals' privacy.
NHS Test and Trace will work with you, if contacted, to ensure that information is shared in a safe and secure way. You must share the requested information as soon as possible to help us identify people who may have been in contact with the virus and help minimise the onward spread of COVID-19.
NHS Test and Trace will handle all data according to the highest ethical and security standards and ensure it is used only for the purposes of protecting public health, including minimising the transmission of COVID-19.
If you are contacted by NHS Test and Trace, contact tracers will:
Local contact tracers may contact you from a different phone number or ask you to call them back. If you are unsure if the telephone number is genuine, check with your local council. More information can be found on your local council website.
Contact tracers will never:
New NHS COVID-19 app
The new NHS COVID-19 app is a vital part of the NHS Test and Trace service and is now available to download for free. For more information about the app, including help on how to use it and finding out what different things it can do, and to download it please see the NHS website.
To help control the spread of coronavirus, as from 24th September it is a legal requirement for certain businesses and venues to display official NHS QR code posters. It is is being implemented to support the NHS COVID-19 app, which forms part of the national coronavirus testing and contact tracing programme. This legal requirement applies to those businesses and venues that are open to the public which are already being asked to use a logbook for Test and Trace i.e.
If you have a business or venue outside of these categories that is visited by members of the public and has a space where people congregate, then you are also encouraged to create a QR code poster for the entrance to your business or venue. For more information on which businesses or venues should display the official NHS QR code poster please see the NHS UK website.
The official NHS QR code poster for businesses and venues
What this means for your customers and visitors
Further information on the NHS COVID-19 app and QR code posters
The NHS COVID-19 app will provide people with information about the risk level for coronavirus in their local area, alert them if they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus, and has a built-in QR scanner which people who download the app will use to easily and securely 'check-in' at venues.
The Local Government Association provide tracking statistics for lab confirmed Covid-19 cases in Gosport.
The Town Hall will be closed from Thursday, 05 November 2020 inline with the latest Government guidance requiring staff to work from home.
The government has translated the guidance for self-isolation and social distancing into the following languages:
The links are here: