Cabinet office briefing
Please see today’s bulletin which covers: £2.2 billion of new grants for small businesses; the Business Secretary’s statement on Coronavirus; Extension to Takeaway Services for restaurants, pubs and cafes; changes to the Travel corridor; and childcare support for working parents.
£2.2 billion of new grants for small businesses
The UK Government is today announcing £2.2 billion of new grants to support small businesses. These will be distributed by Local Authorities across England. They are designed to help firms through the current period of national restrictions.
Businesses will benefit from two grant schemes: one for businesses that have had to close, and another scheme for further business support as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, helping to support people’s jobs and livelihoods and protect communities.
Businesses should check their Council’s website for details.
Business Secretary’s statement on Coronavirus
Yesterday Business Secretary Alok Sharma made a statement. For full details of business support, please see the business support page.
Extension to Takeaway services
Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick announced on 11th November that restaurants, pubs and cafes will receive automatic freedoms to provide takeaway services for food (alcoholic drinks will continue to be subject to licensing laws) for another year until 23 March 2022.
Travel Corridor changes
From 4am on Saturday 14 November 2020, people arriving into the UK from all of Greece apart from Corfu, Crete, Rhodes, Zakynthos and Kos will need to self-isolate for 2 weeks as the country is removed from the travel corridor list.
From 4am on Saturday 14 November 2020, passengers arriving into the UK from United Arab Emirates (UAE), Qatar, Turks and Caicos islands, Laos, Iceland, Chile, Cambodia and Bahrain will no longer need to self-isolate so long as they haven’t been in or transited through any other non-exempt countries in the 14 days preceding their arrival.
For Denmark, the travel ban introduced on 7 November 2020 will also be extended for a further 14 days.
Childcare support for working parents
The government is continuing to provide support with childcare for working parents who access a Government Covid-19 related support scheme, or a critical worker who has worked extra hours because of the pandemic.
This support includes:
- 30 hours free childcare for 3 and 4 year olds in England
- Tax-free childcare for children up to 11 years old and disabled children up to 17 years old across the UK