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Track and Trace, New Measures, Support, Kickstart Scheme


I hope you are all keeping safe and well, both physically and economically.  I’m already noticing an increase in enquiries from those of you in the hospitality industry, and I’ll work hard to support all sectors through the challenging times ahead.  Please get in touch if you need help or support.  As I’ve said before, we’re all in this together.

Don’t forget the Track and Trace QR code need to be displayed from tomorrow (Thursday) for those of you affected by the new legal requirement (details below).

On a positive note, we are going ahead with planning the Christmas lights, and whilst we won’t have a switch on event or parade in town, we are investigating the possibility of a Virtual Switch On.  More details to follow.

Following our AGM earlier in the month, the new board of directors is now in place and we are excited to welcome Sararh Mossop from Sassy Nix Boutique to the team. If you are interested in joining the BID board, please let me know. Your new exec team are as follows:

Chair: Darren Broad (Argos)

Deputy Chair: Dan Harding (Foundry 34 / Angel Lane Chippie)

Treasurer: Charlie Shepherd (Rotary)


QR Codes

Designated venues have a legal requirement to maintain records of customer contact details and display an official NHS QR poster ahead of the NHS COVID-19 app rollout. Further information is available at:

If you haven’t already done so, you can create a QR code to display in your venue here:

It’s worth noting that if you have more than one venue, you should create separate QR codes for each location.

Services included in the new legal requirements are:

  • hospitality, including pubs, bars, restaurants and cafés
  • tourism and leisure, including gyms, swimming pools, hotels, museums, cinemas, zoos and theme parks
  • close contact services, including hairdressers *facilities provided by local authorities, including town halls and civic centres (for events), libraries and children’s centres


Cabinet Office Updates

The Prime Minister made a statement to the House of Commons on 22nd September outlining further measures in England to tackle the spread of coronavirus. The PM’s statement can be found at:

From Wednesday 23 September, office workers who are able to work from home should do so and the requirement for customers to wear face coverings will be extended to all users of taxis and private hire vehicles.

From Thursday 24 September measures including the following will be introduced:

  • pubs, bars and restaurants must operate table-service only, except for takeaways;
  • hospitality venues must close at 10pm (which means closing, not last orders). The same will apply to takeaways, although deliveries can continue;
  • the requirement to wear face coverings will be extended to include retail staff and staff and customers in indoor hospitality, except when seated at a table to eat or drink; and
  • covid-secure guidelines will become legal obligations in retail, leisure, tourism and other sectors.

​​​​​​Furthermore, from Monday 28 September a maximum of 15 people may attend weddings, while 30 may attend funerals. Business conferences, exhibitions and large sporting events will not be reopened from 1 October.

These new measures will be enforced by tighter penalties. Guidance on the additional measures will be made available on


On 20 September the Prime Minister’s Office announced a new package to support and enforce self-isolation, including financial support for those on lower incomes who cannot work from home and have lost income as a result. Further information is available at:

NHS and PHE Covid-19 app support information and resources that can be shared by email, hosted on websites or displayed at venues can be found at: and


Kickstart Scheme

Cumbria Chamber of Commerce is acting as an intermediary to help businesses access a £2bn fund to create paid work placements for unemployed young people.

The Kickstart scheme reimburses employers that offer six-month placements to young people aged 16-24 who are on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment.

Employers able to offer 30 or more placements can apply to Kickstart directly but smaller firms must apply as part of a group of businesses through an intermediary.  Cumbria Chamber will be the intermediary for Penrith businesses.

To apply, businesses should email the Chamber’s co-ordinator, Eve Halliday – at – with details of how many placements they can offer and the job titles.



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