Coronavirus (COVID-19) resources and information
Marketing Lancashire supports a wide range of businesses across the county and is in close communication, on their behalf, with government agencies and VisitEngland/VisitBritain to monitor the situation surrounding Coronavirus (COVID-19).
We aim to update this page with the latest news and opportunities for Lancashire businesses.
- Guidance on holidays in areas with local coronavirus restrictions – questions answered for residents and visitor economy.
- COVID19 local restrictions extended to Preston – apply from midnight on 07.08.20.
- Further funds for available businesses in Ribble Valley – aimed at businesses not eligible for assistance from the Small Business or Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Funds, who can demonstrate they have suffered a significant fall in income. Businesses are advised to act fast.
- Shop Local Week 10 August – 17 August – encourages people to visit their local shops, by demonstrating businesses are safely welcoming customers back. Toolkit available. #Shoplocal
- Office ‘How To’ guide – a guide on returning to the office safely.
- Leadership Programmes – Government launched two new leadership programmes to help small business leaders grow their companies.
Applications now open for Zoo Animal Support Grants– guidance on how to apply has been published.
- Update for visitor economy on postponement of reopening and changes to guidance – clarification and answers to specific questions.
- Extension of the requirement to wear a face covering – extended to indoor settings such as museums, galleries, cinemas and places of worship. Enforceable in law from 8 August.
Government announcement 31.07.20. Postponement of reopening of high risk settings to 15 August – applies to some leisure facilities/activities, indoor performances and wedding receptions.
- Details of local new restrictions – apply from 31.07.20 in East Lancashire boroughs of Blackburn with Darwen, Burnley, Hyndburn, Pendle and Rossendale.
- Grants available for small to medium sized businesses – grants of between £1,000 – £5,000 to help access new technology and other equipment as well as professional, legal, financial or other advice to help get back on track. Lancashire businesses please contact Boost on 0800 488 0057.
- COVID-19 early outbreak management information – created to make sure businesses know how to recognise and report an incident and aware of measures to contain it. ‘Action cards‘ have been developed to provide specific advice on the issues each type of business may face now lockdown restrictions have been eased.
- Culture Recovery Fund – launch of a Government-backed scheme worth half a billion pounds for domestic film and TV productions struggling to get coronavirus-related insurance.
- Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme updates – a new calculator to help employers with their next CJRS claims. Work out how much to pay furloughed and flexibly furloughed employees, how much they can claim for employer National Insurance contributions and pension contributions and how much they can claim back.
- Launch of Emergency Grassroots Music Venues Fund – The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) have announced a new fund to support grassroots live music venues at imminent risk of insolvency. Open for applications until midday on 03.08.20. Funding from £1,000 up to £80,000.
- Customer Track & Trace logging toolkit for businesses – from Public Health England. Businesses should be storing the information securely for 21 days and sharing with NHS Test and Trace if asked to do so.
- Government COVID-19 Recovery Plan next step announced – including lifting of restrictions on remaining leisure settings and allowing wedding receptions of up to 30 guests from 01.08.20. Plans to allow business and conference events from 01.10.20.
- Advice and support for businesses and households in Blackburn with Darwen
- Update on use of face coverings – from 24.07.20 the wearing of face coverings is mandatory in shops. Click here for instructions on how to make your own face covering.
- Recovery advice for business – small firms can access free support from experts and help business recover from the impact of COVID-19. Platform now live.
- Enjoy Summer Safely Campaign resources available – downloadable assets with the aim to inspire the public to begin to get back to the things they have missed.
- Performing arts can take place outdoors from 11.07.20 – with a socially distanced audience present. Government guidance available.
- Outdoor swimming pools and leisure facilities able to re-open on 11.07.20 – with indoor facilities able to re-open on 25.07.20 – specific government guidance available.
- Details of Eat Out to Help Out discount scheme and how businesses register – registrations open on 13.07.20.
- Chancellor’s economic update announcement (08.07.20) – measures aimed to support jobs and give businesses confidence including a VAT cut on tourism and hospitality activities and an Eat Out to Help Out discount scheme.
- £1.57 billion investment to protect Britain’s world-class cultural, arts and heritage institutions – new access to emergency grants and loans. Further details will be set out when the scheme opens for applications in the coming weeks.
- Enjoy Summer Safely campaign – the government has launched a new campaign to help the public begin to get back to the things they have missed whilst following COVID-19 safety guidelines.
- Anti-littering guidance – reduce littering and anti-social behaviour and encourage the public to clean up public spaces and take their rubbish home.
- Passengers arriving in England from certain destinations will no longer need to self-isolate – including Germany, France, Spain and Italy. Applies from 10 July 2020.
- Take part in Visit England’s ‘Know Before You Go’ campaign – access toolkit here – Download the industry toolkit and assets to be part of the national Know Before You Go campaign to empower consumers to inform themselves before booking a trip.
- Visit Blackpool launches its ‘Know Before Go’ reassurance campaign – an online platform to give visitors an insight into the range of measures that are being taken to ensure their safety and enjoyment.
- UK Hospitality reopening guide – helping businesses plan and prepare their own operational procedures measured against the overarching government guidelines. Please note: this is not a legal document.
- Join the #RedefiningLancashire campaign – call from Marketing Lancashire to share how your business is adapting and ‘redefining’ what you do and the way you do it.
- Marketing Lancashire launch major new campaign –#RedefiningLancashire aims to build confidence and trust in the county’s many and varied businesses, and in turn help to boost the local economy.
- Visit England launch the ‘We’re Good to Go’ industry standard – apply for a free UK-wide industry standard and consumer mark to reassure your customers that your business adheres to Government and public health guidance.
- Communication with Visit Lancashire Partners – ‘now we have a plan’. An update on the latest government announcement.
- Guidelines for arts & cultural sector from 4th July – COVID secure guidelines for leisure facilities and tourist attractions – this includes outdoor gyms and playgrounds, cinemas, museums, galleries, theme parks and arcades.
Guidelines for hospitality industry from 4th July – Updated COVID Secure guidelines now include pubs, restaurants & takeaway services. Including a downloadable poster to display.
Guidelines for opening visitor economy from 4th July – hotels and guest accommodation, indoor and outdoor attractions.
- Easing of lockdown restrictions from 4th July
- Marketing Lancashire’s submission to the DCMS select committee on the impact of COVID19 on tourism.
- Working Safely Tool – identify the most relevant guidance for your business, carry out a risk assessment and make sensible adjustments to the site and workforce.
- COVID19 Consumer Perception Survey – explore the behaviours, attitudes and perceptions to the pandemic, lockdown restrictions and changes to activities alongside intentions and confidence towards future trips and activities.
- VisitEngland business recovery webinar programme – free webinars will take place throughout June, July and August. Insights and advice from industry experts. Registration open.
- Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Update – guidance on flexible furloughing and how employers calculate claims. Begins 1st July.
- Updated working safely guidance – reflects industry feedback, guidance on Test & Trace, safer travel and managing security risks.
- #OpenForBusiness campaign –
businesses encouraged by BEIS to take photos in front of ‘open’ signs and post on social media channels.
- Non-essential retail confirmed to reopen from Monday 15 June – Shops must display visible signage to show they have followed all guidance for opening. Download sign here.
- 5 Steps to working safely
- Timeline for retail reopening 1 June
- Entering or returning to the UK – measures from 8 June
- The Future Fund will open to applications on Wednesday 20/05/2020
- Heritage Emergency Fund launches 1/4/2020
- Arts Council England support package through The National Lottery 31/3/2020
- Government support for self-employed
- BOOST launches #BoostYourRecovery to support Lancashire Businesses
- Government support for business; how to access the support, who is eligible, when the schemes open and how to apply
- Government guidance for employees, employers and businesses
- VisitBritain summary of new support for tourism/hospitality businesses 17/3/2020
- Travel information from Avanti West Coast