Here is the latest business support advice, guidance and links to more information in relation to COVID-19. This page is updated on a regular basis. To find out more about any of the below areas of support, please click on the menu title to expand it.
For the latest City of York Council updates on Coronavirus click here
For all the latest government updates please visit gov.uk/coronavirus. The Department of Health and Social Care Twitter page is updated daily at 2pm. The government has updated its guidance to assist employers and businesses in providing advice on coronavirus, COVID-19.
Public Health England have produced advice on how to look after your mental health and wellbeing.
See the latest updates and advice from City of York Council to support residents, visitors and businesses during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
From 4 July more businesses have been able to reopen if their premises can be made COVID secure. New restrictions announced by the government on 22 September will see the COVID secure guidelines become legal obligations across retail, leisure, tourism and other sectors. The reopening of business conferences, exhibitions and large sporting events expected from 1 October has also now been paused. Businesses can find out more about updated guidance specific to their sector here:
Customer logging toolkit for businesses - Public Health England has published a Customer Logging Toolkit which contains a variety of template materials for businesses to display, as well as guidance on how the policy works.
City of York Council has developed a business recovery toolkit to help businesses reopen safely, which is being updated following new restrictions announced on 22 September. The toolkit includes guidance on practical measures for your premises, to help keep staff and customers safe, and posters, stickers and other resources to support the changes you have to make.
The ‘We’re Good To Go’ industry standard and supporting mark means businesses across the sector can demonstrate that they are adhering to the respective Government and public health guidance, have carried out a COVID-19 risk assessment and check they have the required processes in place.
For licensed premises, City of York Council's toolkit of resources to support you to reopen and operate safely is being updated following new restrictions announced on 22 September.
Updated 24 September - The VAT reduction from 20% to 5% for the hospitality and tourism sectors will be extended until the end of March 2021. Guidance is available here following the Government’s earlier announcement that VAT registered businesses may apply a temporary 5% reduced rate of VAT to certain supplies relating to hospitality, hotel and holiday accommodation and admission to certain attractions.
Eligible attractions for the temporary reduced rate of VAT include shows, theatres, circuses, fairs, amusement parks, concerts, museums, zoos, cinemas, exhibitions and other cultural events and facilities, but do not include admission to sporting events. Live performances that charge a fee to view online may be eligible, depending on circumstances and assuming they are not already covered by a Cultural VAT exemption. Find more information about which attractions are eligible for the reduced rate of VAT.
Thousands of expert professional and business services advisers have signed up to offer free online advice to help small businesses bounce back from Coronavirus. Find out more here.
Make It York offers growing, established, and relocating businesses access to a wealth of information, advice and support, including growth, access to finance and funding, skills and training, property search, international trade and much more.
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Click here for the latest updates and advice from City of York Council to support residents, visitors and businesses during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Here is some useful advice and guidance available to the creative and cultural sector regarding the status of sector funding, resources and online events, in relation to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Guidance for the Creative and Cultural Sector:
Funding – DCMS Support Package updates:
Funding – various updates:
Health and Wellbeing:
We’ll also be sharing links to ways people can support their wellbeing during this time. Find out more on our Twitter feed.
For the latest Tourism and Hospitality Advice, see here