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Government information, guidance and related local updates including: accessing Council services and Town Hall closure; advice for people clinically extremely vulnerable; business grants and support; community support; the Covid-19 local testing site; and new rapid testing site.

Advice for Gosport businesses

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To be kept informed of all the latest business related news from Gosport Borough Council e.g. council and partner led business support initiatives, business events, funding support and government information please subscribe to our Business Bulletin.

Government guidance and support

To assist businesses and the self-employed during the pandemic the government has published guidance and support (and related updates), which is also outlined below.

Hampshire County Council has also produced information and advice to help you respond to a case or outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) linked to your business, see Keep Hampshire Safe - information for businesses. This includes a communications toolkit that may be of particular use for smaller businesses that do not have internal communications resources.

COVID-19 rapid lateral flow tests for employees

Rapid lateral flow testing is being used to help bring the COVID-19 infection rate down and businesses can set-up testing in their own workplace, or alternatively employees can get rapid tests to do at home (either collected from a local pharmacy or test site or sent to their homes).

If an employee is displaying symptoms they should book an individual test online or by calling 119 and stay at home. 

NHS Test and Trace

As part of the national coronavirus testing and contact tracing programme certain businesses and venues that are visited by the general public must use a logbook for test and trace purposes.  

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.  

For further information on what to do if you or someone you employ is contacted by NHS Test and Trace please see the Government Guidance NHS Test and Trace in the workplace.

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

To help control the spread of coronavirus, as from 24 September 2020 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. 

Government funded grants administered by local authorities

Updates

Gosport's Additional Restrictions Grant Funding Opportunities - ARG Spring/Summer 2021 (£2,400 to £18,000) and ARG Recovery Grant (£1,000 to £5,000) Round 2 application windows now open.

Please check back regularly on our website and follow our social media accounts on Twitter and Facebook for updates on future funding opportunities.

  • Additional Restrictions Grant scheme
    • Gosport's Additional Restrictions Grant Spring/Summer 2021 is an extension of its previous ARG scheme offering grants from £2,400 to £18,000; and the ARG Recovery Grant a supplementary grant of £1,000 to £5,000 to assist businesses to recover, grow and add resilience.
    • The Round 2 application window is open to those that have not previously applied for either the Additional Restrictions Grant Spring/Summer 2021 or the ARG Recovery Grant.
    • The Additional Restrictions Grant is for businesses (both those in premises and those that are home based) that have been severely impacted by the pandemic restrictions i.e. can evidence a decrease in turnover of at least 33% and, as per government guidance, is designed to cover unavoidable fixed costs only. It is not a subsitute for wages or loss of income.
      • Grants will have an upper limit of £3,000 and a lower limit of £400 per 28 day period (or pro rata for restriction periods of less than 28 days e.g. those in November and December 2020).
    • The ARG Recovery Grant is for businesses (both those in premises and those that are home based) that have been severely impacted by the pandemic restrictions to help support them to restart, recover, add resilience and grow.
      • Grants from £1,000 to £5,000 are available to contribute towards eligible expenditure on professional services support and purchases of small items of IT hardware and software.
    • If you are asked for further supporting information or evidence after submitting an application please provide this as quickly as possible, as we will not be able to determine whether a grant is payable until after it is received. 

The Council continues to administer the goverment funded Coronavirus related business support grants that are available during national lockdowns and periods of local restrictions. Please see the table below for more details.

Restriction periodGrant availableWho is it for?
1 April 2021 onwardsARG Recovery Grant Round 2

ARG eligible businesses that did not apply for the ARG Recovery Grant when the first round was live.

ARG applicants that were not successful in previous rounds as a result of not meeting the turnover decline eligibility criteria.

Local Restrictions Support Grant recepient businesses that did not qualify for the Restart Grant.

1 April 2021 onwardsAdditional Restrictions Grant - Spring/Summer 2021 Round 2 and ARG Recovery Grant Round 2Businesses severely impacted by lockdown including non-business rates payers, home-based, regular market traders and taxi-drivers (applications open to those that have not previously applied).
1 April 2021 onwardsAdditional Restrictions Grant - Spring/Summer 2021 and ARG Recovery GrantBusinesses severely impacted by lockdown including non-business rates payers, home-based, regular market traders and taxi-drivers (applications closed 19 July 2021).
1 April 2021 onwardsRestart GrantBusinesses that are predominately reliant on delivering in-person services to the general public i.e. non-essential retail plus hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym/sports related (applications closed 30 June 2021).
5 Jan 2021 onwards (National Lockdown 3)LRSG (Closed Addendum) January and Closed Businesses Lockdown PaymentAll businesses mandated to close in lockdown (applications closed 31 Mar 2021 for the payment periods up to 15 Feb; and closed 31 May 2021 for the payment period 16 Feb to 31 Mar).
5 Jan 2021 onwards (National Lockdown 3)Additional Restrictions GrantBusinesses severely impacted by lockdown including non-business rates payers, home-based, regular market traders and taxi-drivers (applications closed 30 June 2021).
19 Dec 2020 - 4 Jan 2021 (Tier 4)LRSG (Closed Addendum) Tier 4All businesses mandated to close in Tier 4 (applications closed 31 Mar 2021).
19 Dec 2020 - 4 Jan 2021 (Tier 4)Additional Restrictions GrantBusinesses severely impacted by Tier 4 restrictions including non-business rates payers, home-based, regular market traders and taxi-drivers (applications closed 30 June 2021).
2 - 29 Dec 2020 (Tier 2 and 4)Christmas Support Payment for Wet-Led PubsWet-Led Pubs (applications closed 28 Feb 2021).
2 - 18 Dec 2020 (Tier 2)LRSG (Sector)Nightclubs and other venues mandated to close (applications closed 31 Mar 2021).
2 - 18 Dec 2020 (Tier 2)LRSG (Closed)Businesses mandated to close i.e. wet-led pubs (applications closed 31 Mar 2021).
2 - 18 Dec 2020 (Tier 2)LRSG (Open)Hospitality and leisure businesses severely impacted by Tier 2 restrictions (applications closed 31 Mar 2021).
2 - 18 Dec 2020 (Tier 2)Additional Restrictions GrantBusinesses severely impacted by Tier 2 restrictions including non-business rates payers, home-based, regular market traders and taxi-drivers (applications closed 30 June 2021).
5 Nov to 1 Dec 2020 (National Lockdown 2)LRSG (Closed Addendum)All businesses mandated to close in lockdown (applications closed 31 Mar 2021).
5 Nov to 1 Dec 2020 (National Lockdown 2)Additional Restrictions GrantBusinesses severely impacted by lockdown including non-business rates payers, home-based, regular market traders and taxi-drivers (applications closed 30 June 2021).
1 Nov to 4 Nov 2020 (Tier 1)LRSG (Sector)Nightclubs and other venues mandated to close (applications closed 31 Mar 2021).

 

Further information about these grants, including eligibility criteria and payment amounts, is available on our Business Rates webpage. Please check back regularly on this webpage for updates. 

For information about other COVID-19 related financial assistance and support for businesses and the self-employed please see our Business Grants and Support webpage.

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