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Phew, what a week!  Firstly, a note from me to say thank you for the flood of responses with the details of how you’ll be working through lockdown, either staying open because you’re an essential service, or through click and collect and delivery services.  I’ve been inundated, which is brilliant; I’ll work hard overnight tonight to get the webpage update.

Please, keep the information coming!

As with the first lockdown, I’m going to give my apologies now for any delays in getting back to you. I’ll work through emails and calls/voicemails in date order and respond as soon as I am able. If you need me urgently, please just call my mobile (07811 616888).

Below is the formal Cabinet Office update with relevant links.

The next few days and weeks are going to be hard, but please don’t forget that if you need help, please just contact me. Or, if you have ideas about things you think BID should or could be doing to support our shops and businesses, please let me know.

Cabinet Office Update

Please see today’s COVID-19 updates which cover the new national restrictions which come into place on Thursday 5 November and the extension of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme​​​​​ through to December, also known as the furlough scheme.

National Restrictions from Thursday 5 November
On Saturday the Prime Minister gave a speech and tweeted that everyone must stay at home, and may leave only for a limited set of reasons. These include:

  • For education;
  • For work, if you cannot work from home;
  • For exercise and recreation outdoors, with your household, support bubble or on your own with one person from another household;
  • For all medical reasons, appointments and to escape injury or harm;
  • To shop for food and essentials;
  • And to provide care for vulnerable people, or as a volunteer.

Non-essential shops, leisure and entertainment venues will be closed. Click and collect services can continue and essential shops, including supermarkets, will remain open. Pubs, bars, restaurants must close, except for takeaway and delivery services.

A tweet about the new restrictions can be seen here:

Extension of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, also known as the furlough scheme, will remain open until December, with employees receiving 80% of their current salary for hours not worked, up to a maximum of £2,500.



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