BID, Cabinet Office and LEP updates
Eat Out to Help Out
Please don’t forget to get in touch if you are going to take part in the #EatOuttoHelpOut scheme. So far, I’ve only been told of 3 businesses taking part in the scheme. I would like to be able to advertise participating businesses via Discover Penrith, so please let me know if you have signed up. I will also pass your details to Visit Eden, who are going to have a dedicated web page listing participating cafes and restaurants for visitors.
To register your business visit: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/register-your-establishment-for-the-eat-out-to-help-out-scheme
On the Welcome Back page of Discover Penrith we still have a business listings for ‘Covid-19 Secure’ and ‘We’re Good to Go businesses’. If you are listed and have recently extended your opening hours, or you have a different offering, please could you let me know and I’ll update the details.
Board meeting minutes
BID board meetings are continuing virtually at the moment. The minutes from the meeting last week are now available on the BID website. https://penrithbid.co.uk/resources/
Cumbria LEP webinars for business
Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is running a series of free business advice clinics to help businesses through the COVID-19 crisis. The webinars will feature Cumbrian guest speakers who are experts and experienced in the field. Webinars coming soon include:
How to Pivot Your Business
2-3pm, Wednesday 22 July 2020
In this peer learning session, three Cumbrian firms will share their experiences and approaches to creating completely new products and operational approaches as a result of COVID-19.
Business Advice Clinic: Think Local!
2-3pm, Wednesday 29 July 2020
In this session based around the local economy, speakers will look at the online resources which encourage local purchasing and discuss the balance of respecting procurement rules whilst also supporting local firms in these difficult times.
To find out more about the webinars, or to book, visit www.thecumbrialep.co.uk.
Cabinet Office Update
The Prime Minister has set out next steps in the Government’s Covid-19 recovery strategy, including an update to ‘Our Plan to Rebuild’, originally published on 11 May and publication of the Contain Framework, setting out how local authorities and national Government will work together to manage local outbreaks.
The PM’s speech can be found at bit.ly/2OECI2h
The next chapter in our plan to rebuild, setting out next steps on the Government’s roadmap for responding to Covid-19 and how the Government is preparing for winter is available at: bit.ly/30esVWg
The Contain Framework setting out how national and local partners will work with the public at a local level to prevent, contain and manage outbreaks can be
found at bit.ly/32qpHl4 and please share our tweet
Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy
Destroying spoilt beer during coronavirus: Guidance on how spoilt beer can be re-purposed has been updated.
Guidance for managing playgrounds and outdoor gyms: Guidance for owners and operators of playgrounds and outdoor gyms has been updated to reflect additional requirements on face coverings.
In England, from 1 August, if prevalence remains around or below current levels, and COVID-19 Secure guidelines are followed, the government will:
- Give employers more discretion on how they ensure employees can work safely. Working from home is one way to do this, but workplaces can also be made safe by following COVID-19 Secure guidelines.
- Reopen most remaining leisure settings, namely bowling, skating rinks and casinos, accompanied by COVID-19 Secure guidelines. This will not include particularly high-risk activities and settings such as nightclubs, which will be kept under review.
- Enable the restart of indoor performances to a live audience, subject to the success of pilots that are taking place as soon as possible. More information is available here.
- Enable all close contact services to resume, including any treatments on the face such as eyebrow threading or make-up application.
- Carry out pilots in venues with a range of sizes of crowds including sports stadia and business events. If plans progress in line with expectations, pilots will expand to build up to and prepare for a full, socially distanced return in the autumn.
- Enable wedding receptions; sit-down meals for no more than 30 people, subject to COVID-19 Secure guidelines. Over time, we will assess whether gatherings of this type for other purposes can be made possible and when larger wedding receptions can take place.
- In September, schools, nurseries and colleges will open for all children and young people on a full-time basis.
All businesses and venues which are listed to reopen on 25 July or 1 August must remain closed until those dates.
People are advised that they may now use public transport but are encouraged to consider alternative means of transport where possible.