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.
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For all the latest updates please visit gov.uk/coronavirus, who are advising people to stay at home. 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. From 1 August the next phase of reopening and government pilots will take place, enabling the planning for events of all types, including business events and conferences, to resume from 1 October, provided rates of infection remain at current levels. Businesses can find out more about guidance specific to their sector online:
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, as lockdown restrictions are lifted. 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 preparing to reopen, City of York Council’s comprehensive guidance and toolkit of resources to support you to reopen safely is now available! Businesses can register for a FREE pack of floor stickers and posters, with more resources available to download, to help you make the necessary changes.
Guidance is now available following the Government’s 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. The temporary reduced rate may be applied between 15 July 2020 and 12 January 2021.
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 at: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/thousands-of-business-advisers-to-offer-free-services-to-small-firms
The Government has announced a £20 million fund to support the recovery of small and medium-sized businesses in England. Businesses will be eligible to receive grants between £1,000 – £5,000 to help them access technology, equipment or professional advice as they plan for recovery in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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