Cabinet Office Update – Tier 4
Good evening everyone
I must admit, it’s with a heavy heart that I’m writing this to you. I know from speaking to many of you over the past couple of weeks that Tier 4 had been anticipated, but it’s still going to be tough. Hang in there and know I’m here to help and support in whatever way I can – even if you just need someone to have a chat with, I’m always on the end of the phone. We are all in this together and we can and will support each other through it.
As promised, below is the official update from the Cabinet Office.
I’ve now read through the guidance and wanted to confirm a couple of point, based on questions this afternoon:
Non-essential Retail: “these venues can continue to be able to operate click-and-collect (where goods are pre-ordered and collected off the premises) and delivery services”
Work and volunteering: “You can leave home for work purposes, where your place of work remains open and where you cannot work from home, including if your job involves working in other people’s homes. You can also leave home to provide voluntary or charitable services.”
If you break the rules: “If you hold, or are involved in holding, an illegal gathering of over 30 people, the police can issue fines of £10,000.”
The above quotes can be found at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/tier-4-stay-at-home
Letting customers know what you are doing
As before, I will update the list on the Discover Penrith website with the details of those of you doing click and collect and delivery services. So, please send me a quick email to let me know:
- Business Name
- What services you are offering (click & collect/delivery)
- How customers should contact you (phone number/email/etc)
- Anything else which might be useful (sale info / new products)
Good luck everyone. Stay safe and stay in touch. Oh, and Happy New Year – let’s hope it’s a good one!
Cabinet Office Updates
Please see today’s COVID-19 key updates which cover: tiering changes announced today; links to available COVID-19 assets; and today’s announcement from the Education Secretary.
Changes to tiering
The Secretary of State for Health has this afternoon announced further changes to tiering across England that will come into force from 00.01 on 31st December.
The full updated list of tiers can be seen here.
The Education Secretary provided an update on the return to schools and other education settings in January. A summary of this announcement can be found here and the Secretary’s statement to the House of Commons can be seen here.
The Department for Education’s blog post about this announcement is here.
In addition, the contingency framework for education will be implemented in areas of the country with very high rates of incidence or transmission of the virus. A full list of areas is as follows:
Barking and Dagenham; Barnet; Bexley; Brent; Bromley; Croydon; Ealing; Enfield; Hammersmith and Fulham; Havering; Hillingdon; Hounslow; Kensington and Chelsea; Merton; Newham; Richmond-Upon-Thames; Southwark; Sutton; Tower Hamlets; Waltham Forest; Wandsworth; Westminster; Brentwood; Epping Forest; Castle Point; Basildon; Rochford; Harlow; Chelmsford; Braintree; Maldon; Southend on Sea; Thurrock; Dartford; Gravesham; Sevenoaks; Medway; Ashford; Maidstone; 15 Tonbridge and Malling; Tunbridge Wells; Swale; Hastings; Rother; Milton Keynes; Watford; Broxbourne; Hertsmere; Three Rivers.
Information from Other Sources
Hotel guests who are already resident when the changes take effect can continue to complete their stay as normal and depart at the end of their completed stay, but hotel restaurants and bars will need to close and room service only may be offered.
- Guidance has been added for on working safely during the coronavirus. On this page you can also read information on Test to Release for international travel and guidance for multi-purpose venues on selling food and drink. Hotels and other guest accommodation – Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19) – Guidance – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
- Clarification has been provided that drive-in events are not permitted in Tier 4
Support for business
- Coronavirus (COVID‑19) support is available to employers and the self-employed, including sole traders and limited company directors. You may be eligible for loans, tax relief and cash grants, whether your business is open or closed.
- Find out what coronavirus financial support is available for your business here.
- A full list of financial support measures for businesses during coronavirus is available here.
- Coronavirus Local Restrictions Support Grant (for closed businesses): The Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG (Closed)) supports businesses that have been required to close due to temporary local restrictions. Businesses that were open as usual and were then required to close due to local Tier 2 or Tier 3 restrictions may be eligible for LRSG (Closed). All Tier 4 businesses required to close will be eligible for grants of up to £1,500 for each 14-day period of closure. Grants will be administered by local authorities. For more information, click here.