Local businesses and residents are being made aware of the variety support out there caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
With the roadmap for COVID restriction easing outlined, we have produced this short summary page to help promote the support on offer locally and to just remind those interested of the new dates to be aware of.
Key Dates for the UK COVID Roadmap
8th March – Schools to reopen for all students.
29th March – Rule of 6 or two households can meet outdoors with social distancing.
12th April – Lifting of the Lockdown, non essential businesses to reopen, restrictions will apply, visit the GOV website to confirm if you are able to open on this date.
17th May – 30 people can meet outdoors, rule of 6 or two household indoors, indoor hospitality and entertainment to open.
21st June – Removal of social distancing measures, all businesses to be opened.
*All of the above steps are listed as per the Government’s roadmap, these dates may change dependent on COVID infection rates, deaths and vaccinations. For more information and detail, please visit the GOV website here. – https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-response-spring-2021/covid-19-response-spring-2021-summary
Businesses are also being aware that they can now book FREE lateral flow test kits for their workforce. Please follow this link to the Worcestershire County Council website to find out more about how you can book test kits. – https://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/info/20870/coronavirus_covid-19_symptoms_and_how_to_get_a_test/2344/coronavirus_covid-19_i_do_not_have_symptoms
The main websites we are advising businesses and residents to look at are as follows:
Business Support, Loans & Grants and Skills Development – Worcestershire Business Central
Worcestershire’s local growth hub, Worcestershire Business Central are the county’s one stop business support team. Contact their team in the first instance if you would like to learn more about how you can apply or access any of the support funds launched nationally or locally.
Wellbeing, Mental Health and helping your community advice – Here2Help Worcestershire County Council
Worcestershire County Council have also put together a new website called Here2Help. This new website provides users with information on what they can to do to stay safe and help others in their community. There are areas for how to manage your mental health during the outbreak and a place to showcase how others are helping their communities during this tough time.
Residents and businesses should also be aware that Local District councils have published advice and guidance for their local communities and you can find what each district council has said on the links below.
These links contain information relevant to businesses looking for advice or guidance on the Business Rate relief grants as well. New Recovery Grants have been made available and businesses can find out more about these on the below websites or through Worcestershire Business Central.