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England to go into national lockdown today for four weeks

Published on: 04 November 2020

UK Government announces England to go into national lockdown on 5_11_2020 for four weeks

England is set to go into another national lockdown today, the 5 November 2020. The UK Government has ordered certain businesses and venues to close. These include:

  • All non-essential retail, including, but not limited to clothing and electronics stores, vehicle showrooms (this includes boat brokerages), travel agents, betting shops, auction houses, tailors, car washes, tobacco and vape shops
  • Indoor and outdoor leisure facilities such as 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
  • Entertainment venues such as theatres, concert halls, cinemas, museums and galleries, casinos, adult gaming centres and arcades, bingo halls, bowling alleys, concert halls, zoos and other animal attractions, botanical gardens
  • Personal care facilities such as hair, beauty and nail salons, tattoo parlours, spas, massage parlours, body and skin piercing services, non-medical acupuncture, and tanning salons

Food shops, supermarkets, garden centres and certain other retailers providing essential goods and services can remain open. Essential retail should follow COVID-secure guidelines to protect customers, visitors and workers.

Non-essential retail can remain open for delivery to customers and click-and-collect. Hospitality venues like restaurants, bars and pubs must close, but can still provide takeaway and delivery services. Hotels, hostels and other accommodation should only open for those who have to travel for work purposes and for a limited number of other exemptions which will be set out in law.

Going to work: To help contain the virus, everyone who can work effectively from home must do so. Where people cannot do so (for instance people who work in critical national infrastructure, construction or manufacturing) they should continue to travel to work/attend their workplace. This is essential to keeping the country operating and supporting vital sectors and employers.

For the implications on the marine industry, click here. 

The new Statutory Instrument with full details of what is and what isn’t allowed can be downloaded here.

Alongside the announcement of the new lockdown in England, the Chancellor announced further financial help:

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme:
The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, also known as the Furlough Scheme, has been extended to Spring 2021. Check to find:

For information on claiming for wages through the scheme click here.

The Job Support Scheme will not be introduced until after the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme ends.

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme Grant Extension: Similarly to the Furlough Scheme, support for millions more workers through the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) will be increased, with the third grant covering November to January calculated at 80% of average trading profits, up to a maximum of £7,500. Find out if you are eligible and how much you can get.

Business Grants: Business premises forced 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

The business grant policy is fully devolved. Devolved Administrations will receive Barnett consequentials which they could use to establish similar schemes.

Loan schemes: application deadlines extended to January 31 2021: 
The application deadlines for the Coronavirus Bounce Back Loan, Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan, Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme and Coronavirus Future Fund have been extended until 31 January 2021.

British Marine continue to update the COVID-19 microsite with the current rules for each of the devolved nations here.