National Lockdown restrictions and guidance

UPDATE: 26/11/2020

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 grantsDetails 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

General information and advice for businesses, venues and residents

From Thursday 5 November until Wednesday 2 December, you must:

  • Stay at home, except for specific purposes.
  • Avoid meeting people you do not live with, except for specific purposes.
  • Close certain businesses and venues.

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: 

  • the stay-at-home requirement will end, with travel being permitted again subject to guidance in each tier
  • shops, personal care, gyms and the wider leisure sector will reopen 
  • collective worship, weddings and outdoor sports can resume 
  • people will no longer be limited to seeing only one other person in outdoor public spaces - the rule of 6 will now apply outdoors as it did in the previous set of tiers. 

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.

Guidance for the 'Clinically Extremely Vulnerable'

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.

Click here for more information.

Businesses that must close and those that can remain open

To reduce social contact, the Government has ordered certain businesses and venues to close, subject to specific exemptions i.e.

  • Non-essential retail (but can continue to operate click-and-collect and delivery services)
  • Hospitality venues (but can continue to provide takeaway and delivery services)
  • Accommodation (but can remain open for specific circumstances)
  • Leisure and sports facilities
  • Entertainment venues
  • Personal care facilities
  • Community centres and halls (but can remain open for specific circumstances)
  • Places of worship (but can remain open for specific circumstances)

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.

Business grants available during periods of restrictions

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: 

  1. Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) for periods of local restrictions (Tier 3) and Local Restriction Grant (Closed Addendum) for national lockdowns
  2. Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open) for periods of local restrictions (Tier 2 and Tier 3)
  3. Local Restrictions Support Grant (Sector) for businesses that have been required to close due to the national restrictions introduced in March 2020 but it is only available from 1st November 2020 and is not retrospective.  A pro-rata grant will be paid for the period 1st to 4th November.
  4. Additional Restrictions Grant for periods of national lockdowns

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.

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed Addendum)

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:

  • Exactly £15,000 or under will receive a payment of £1,334 per 28-day qualifying restriction period.
  • Over £15,000 and less than £51,000 will receive a payment of £2,000 per 28-day qualifying restriction period.
  • Exactly £51,000 or above will receive £3,000 per 28-day qualifying restriction period.

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:

  • Businesses that are able to continue to trade because they do not depend on providing direct in-person services from premises and can operate their services effectively remotely (e.g. accountants, solicitors).
  • Businesses that have chosen to close but not been required to.
  • Businesses which have already received grant payments that equal the maximum levels of State aid permitted under the de minimis and the Covid-19 Temporary State Aid Framework.
  • Businesses that were in administration, are insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made.

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed)

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. 

Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG)

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 websiteTherefore 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.

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open)

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'.

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Sector)

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:

  • Exactly £15,000 or under will receive a payment of £667 per 14-day qualifying restriction period.
  • Over £15,000 and less than £51,000 will receive a payment of £1,000 per 14-day qualifying restriction period.
  • Exactly £51,000 or above will receive £1,500 per 14-day qualifying restriction period.

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.

Other grants available to local businesses

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

General information and advice for businesses, venues and residents

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:

  • ask you to dial a premium rate number to speak to them (for example, those starting 09 or 087)
  • ask you to make any form of payment or purchase a product or any kind
  • ask for any details about your bank account
  • ask for your social media identities or login details, or those of your contacts
  • ask you for any passwords or PINs, or ask you to set up any passwords or PINs over the phone
  • disclose any of your personal or medical information to your contacts
  • ask about protected characteristics that are irrelevant to the needs of NHS Test and Trace
  • provide medical advice on the treatment of any potential coronavirus symptoms
  • ask you to download any software to your PC or ask you to hand over control of your PC, smartphone or tablet to anyone else
  • ask you to access any website that does not belong to the government or NHS

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

Guidance on the legal requirement to display official NHS QR code posters

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.

  • hospitality services, including pubs, bars, restaurants and cafés
  • tourism and leisure services, including hotels, museums, cinemas, zoos and theme parks
  • close contact services, including hairdressers, barbershops and tailors
  • facilities provided by Local Authorities, including town halls and civic centres for events, community centres, libraries and children's centres
  • places of worship, including use for events and other community activities

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

  • The NHS QR code poster will allow customers to check into venues in a simple and secure way
  • Each business will need to generate posters for their venue online at www.gov.uk/create-coronavirus-qr-poster and print them off to display at their premises
  • Each QR code is unique to a location, so if your business operates from more than one venue, please create a separate QR code for each location. You can add multiple locations in the service.
  • Advice on how to create and where to display your NHS QR code poster is available at: https://covid19.nhs.uk/information-and-resources.html
  • Any venue that has already set up their own QR code system for Test and Trace is asked to replace it with an official NHS QR code poster
  • Businesses will still need to keep an additional contact information log for customers who do not have access to the NHS COVID-19 app and cannot scan the QR code posters.

What this means for your customers and visitors

  • The NHS COVID-19 app will alert customers if they have recently visited a venue or business where a coronavirus case has been confirmed and will instruct them to isolate - the app will only instruct the person to book a test if they have symptoms.
  • The alert will be anonymous, meaning it will not name the exact venue or service.
  • A week-long national information campaign will begin on 24 September to let people know about the COVID-19 app and how to use it to scan QR code posters to check in at venues.
  • As designated business and venues will be legally required from 24 September to log customer and visitor details and display an official NHS QR code poster, you will need to:
    • check when customers enter your premises that they have either scanned your QR code poster or provided their contact details for you to manually log
    • if there is more than one person, record the name of the 'lead member' of the group and the number of people in the group (maximum of 6)
    • if the person/lead member refuses to provide their contact details by scanning your QR code poster or providing details for manual logging, you will need to deny them access to your venue or risk facing a fine.

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. 

Local Government Association COVID Tracker for Gosport

The Local Government Association provide tracking statistics for lab confirmed Covid-19 cases in Gosport.

Council services

The Town Hall will be closed from Thursday, 05 November 2020 inline with the latest Government guidance requiring staff to work from home.

Self-isolation and social distancing guidance

The government has translated the guidance for self-isolation and social distancing into the following languages:

  • Arabic
  • French
  • Mandarin
  • Cantonese
  • Polish
  • Welsh

The links are here:

www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance

www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people