Welsh guidance about the coronavirus rules that will be in place from 6pm Friday 4 December


Welsh Government has announced that from 6pm on 4th December:

  • restaurants, cafes, bars and pubs will be required to close and alcohol cannot be served at any time;
  • entertainment venues and indoor tourist attractions will be required to close. This includes: 


    • cinemas
    • bowling alley
    • soft play centres
    • skating rinks
    • museums
    • galleries
    • bingo halls
    • casinos
    • amusement arcades
    • theatres and concert halls
    • nightclubs

For many Welsh BIDs, the latest announcement affects a high proportion of businesses in their BID areas.

There are a range of financial support options available for businesses;

  • Eligible businesses impacted by COVID-19 should have access to the support available from the UK Government through the extended Job Retention Scheme on GOV.UK which will now continue until the end of March 2021.
  • You may be able to access support through the Discretionary Assistance Fund.
  • The Welsh Government is making a further £340m available through the Economic Resilience Fund to support businesses affected by the new changes to the regulations. It will include a £180m fund to support hospitality and tourism businesses.
  • The new Welsh Government support is split into two funds: a £160m Restrictions Business Fund and a £180m Economic Resilience Fund grant scheme for hospitality and tourism. The Restrictions Business Fund will enable eligible businesses in the hospitality, tourism and leisure sectors, which pay non-domestic rates (NDR), to access grants of up to £5,000. Businesses not on the NDR system, will be able to continue to apply to local authorities for the Lockdown Discretionary Grant of up to £2,000. In addition, hospitality, tourism and leisure businesses will be able to access a sector-specific Economic Resilience Fund grant scheme. Small and medium sized businesses meeting the criteria could receive up to £100k. Depending on circumstances, larger Welsh-based businesses may receive up to a maximum of £150k. More information about the funding and how it can be accessed is available on the Business Wales website.

Full Q & A guidance is available here: https://gov.wales/coronavirus-...

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