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Centreparcs is Reopening

For those businesses who are impacted by Centreparcs customers, you might need to know that Whinfell Forest will be opening again on 16th July.

More information can be found at


Thank you to all those of you who have already asked to join in the hospitality webinar on15th July at 4pm. I’ve received a number of emails already and I’ll get the links out by the end of this week.  I’ve had confirmation that Steve Wilde from licensing will also be on the webinar, just in case we have any publicans who were thinking of joining for the first time.

If your business isn’t hospitality based, but you’d like us to hold a webinar for your sector, please let me know. It may be that we host a general ‘BID Q&A’ where we share good practise and look at things like marketing your business post lockdown, or it might be that you’d prefer sector specific advice – for example for hairdressers and beauty salons, and we again for someone from environmental health to join us to give advice.

Covid-19 Impact Tracker – Business Trading Feedback

Please can I again ask levy payers to share their trading figures with me. All responses will be anonymous, and you don’t need to share totals with me. This will give us a clear idea of how Penrith is doing, compared to national trends.

If you could use your first week of trading as the baseline and give me % difference versus last year. For subsequent weeks, it would be good to have % difference versus last year and % different versus last week.

Cabinet Office Updates

Please find today’s key government updates below:

1) Travel exemptions
On Saturday 4 July the government’s travel advice changed, with exemptions for travelling to certain countries and territories that no longer pose a high risk for British travellers.

The government continues to advise against non-essential international travel, except to countries and territories listed.

You can view the full list of exempted travellers here – – and exempted destinations here –

Full guidance for British people travelling overseas during the coronavirus pandemic can be found here:

2) Hairdressers reopening 
Also from Saturday 4 July, Britain’s hairdressers and barber shops were back open for business. The Cabinet Office has shared the following tweet, which explains how hairdressers will keep customers and staff safe. We would appreciate you retweeting on your own channels where possible:

Guidance for people who provide close contact services (e.g. hairdressers and barbers) can be found here:

3) £1.57 billion support package for cultural and heritage organisations
Britain’s globally renowned arts, culture and heritage industries will receive a world-leading £1.57 billion rescue package to help weather the impact of coronavirus, the government announced today.

The money, which represents the biggest ever one-off investment in UK culture, will provide a lifeline to vital cultural and heritage organisations across the country hit hard by the pandemic. It will help them stay afloat while their doors are closed. Funding to restart paused projects will also help support employment, including freelancers working in these sectors.

Further details of the announcement can be found here:

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