A second national lockdown will happen across England from midnight on Wednesday 4 November and will provisionally last for at least four weeks until Wed 2 December.
WHICH BUSINESSES MUST CLOSE?
All non-essential shops, leisure and entertainment venues will have to close. See lists at bottom of this post to see which category your business falls into.
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.
If your business falls into the non essential category, we suggest the following:
- Remove all valuables from your premises including: cash from tills, stock from window displays etc.
- Test all alarms and CCTV are working correctly
- Check all exterior doors
- Update key holder details with alarm companies and providers
- Use large items to block plate glass windows and lower shutters
- Pubs and clubs clear bars shelves of all stock
- Empty gambling and gaming machines and leave in such a way that shows they are empty
- Provide suitable signage on the exterior of premises, for example; no cash on premises, CCTV in operation etc.
The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, known as the furlough scheme, will now remain open until December, with employees receiving 80% of their current salary for hours not worked, up to a maximum of £2,500.
The Job Support Scheme, which was scheduled to come in on Sunday 1st November, has been postponed until the furlough scheme ends.
Details of the extended furlough scheme and other economic support, can be found here: bit.ly/economicsupport
GOVERNMENT BUSINESS GRANTS
Businesses required to close in England due to local or national restrictions will be eligible for the following:
- For properties with a rateable value of £15k or under, grants to be £1,334 per month, or £667 per two weeks;
- For properties with a rateable value of between £15k-£51k grants to be £2,000 per month, or £1,000 per two weeks;
- For properties with a rateable value of £51k or over grants to be £3,000 per month, or £1,500 per two weeks.
- Hospitality businesses in Lambeth are also eligible for some payments due to the financial restrictions during the period London was under ‘Tier 2’ with the 10pm curfew. We will be in touch as soon as we know approximate timings on when these payments will be arriving.
These grants will be paid via the business rates system, just as they were in the first national lockdown. If you are no longer the business rates payer or you are new business rates payer, please get in touch with us immediately on firstname.lastname@example.org
STATION TO STATION BUSINESS SERVICES
If you have a listing on our directory please update it if you are going to be changing your opening hours or offering takeaway, click and collect or delivery services. If you aren’t already listed let us know and we can set it up.
Please see the flyer below to see all the latest services that are available to you from Station to Station, with ways to save money and the support that we can offer to market your business or help you with recruitment should you need it.
BUSINESSES THAT CAN STAY OPEN DURING
THE ENGLAND LOCKDOWN:
- Construction sites and manufacturing workplaces
- Petrol stations
- Pet shops
- Takeaways and food deliveries
- Health shops
- Medical services ie dentists
- Hardware stores
- Garden centres
- Retail shops in hospitals
- Bicycle shops
- Laundrettes and dry cleaners
- Banks, building societies
- Short-term loan providers, credit unions and ATM machines
- Storage and distribution centres
- Post Offices
- Car rental services and car parks near vital services such as supermarkets
- Public toilets
- Food banks and shelters
- Car garages and repair shops
- *Estate agents – A government spokesperson advised that “estate agents will be able to operate” but we do not know yet whether branches will have to close. There will be a further announcement on this in the next few days
BUSINESSES THAT MUST CLOSE DURING
THE ENGLAND LOCKDOWN:
- Clothing and electronic stores
- Vehicle showrooms
- Travel agents
- Betting shops
- Auction houses
- Car washes
- Tobacco and vape shops
- Bowling alleys
- Leisure centres and gyms
- Sports facilities, including swimming pools
- Golf courses and driving ranges
- Dance studios
- Stables and riding centres
- Soft play facilities
- Climbing walls and climbing centres
- Archery and shooting ranges
- Water and theme parks
- Concert halls
- Museums and galleries
- Adult gaming centres and arcades
- Bingo halls
- Zoos and animal attractions
- Hair, beauty and nail salons
- Tattoo parlours
- Body and skin piercing services
- Non-medical acupuncture
- Tanning salons