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Welsh Guidance

From Saturday 13 March:

  • No more than four people from two households will be able to meet in their local area outdoors, including in gardens. Children under 11 and carers do not count towards this limit. There must be no indoors mixing and social distancing should be followed.
  • Outdoor sports facilities can reopen, including tennis courts, golf courses and bowling greens. A maximum of four people from two households can take part in activities using local sports facilities.

    From Monday 15 March:
  • All primary pupils and those in qualifications years will return.  

    From Monday 22 March:
  • The first steps to re-open non-essential retail will begin. Restrictions on the sale of non-essential items will be lifted for those shops, which are currently open.

    A review will take place on 25th March and, if the public health conditions continue to be favourable, from 27 March:
  • The stay local restrictions will be lifted to allow people to travel within Wales.
  • Self-contained holiday accommodation will re-open for one household.

    Self-contained accommodation includes:
  • Hotels and other serviced accommodation (e.g. B&Bs, hostels, etc.) that do provide en-suite rooms and can provide room service meals.
  • Other accommodation that is entirely self-contained.
  • All shared facilities, aside from water and disposal points will remain closed.
  • Bars, restaurants and cafes can operate a take away service only.
  • Accommodation can only be let to members of the same household and their support bubble.

    A further review on 1 April will consider whether all remaining shops and close contact services can reopen on the 12 April. This is in line with planned re-opening in England.

Is there any further information on the businesses in Wales which are eligible for the leisure, hospitality and retail grant?

The Welsh Government has published guidance on the types of businesses that it considers should be eligible for this relief and, in its view, fall under the categories of leisure, hospitality and retail.

British Marine notes that this list is not exhaustiveOur team continues to do all it can to ensure our members receive the support they needThis includes working closely with key parties including Tourism Alliance on the issue of grant eligibility

We were pleased to see, though our work with the Tourism Alliance, the Local Government Association confirm that marinas, boat hire and passenger boat facilities, should, in its view, be eligible for the leisure, hospitality and retail grant.

We would therefore expect that our members which meet the LGA’s definition and the Welsh Government’s criteria on rateable value would be offered this support by their Local Authority.

British Marine would encourage its members to contact their Local Authority to confirm eligibility.

How does the support announced by the UK Government and the Welsh Government differ?

There are a number of similarities. The UK Government has created a separate website which sets out the details of all the support announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer. This website contains information on who can apply for each measure and whether it is UK-wide, or only available in England.  

Most of the measures announced by the UK Government are applicable to businesses in Wales. The key and notable differences include the administration of the business rates relief and grants. Other key differences include the wider Economic Resilience Fund. This is one further measure announced by the Welsh Government. 

Micro-businesses which can provide evidence that COVID-19 has had a substantial impact on their turnover can apply for a non-domestic rate grant, up to £10,000 in value, through the Economic Resilience Fund. However, this grant is only available to businesses which are not eligible for either of the Business Rates Grants or the self-employment measures. 

The Economic Resilience Fund set out £100m for a COVID-19 Wales Business Loan Scheme which is administered by the Development Bank of Wales. This provides businesses with loans between £5,000 and £250,000. The last component of the fund is £300m which has been assigned to support SMEs and large businesses. British Marine understands this Welsh loan scheme is now fully subscribed and would encourage its members to consider applying for the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan instead, if required. 

Full details of the support for Welsh businesses can be found here.

 

I am a business based in Wales, am I eligible to receive a grant?

The Welsh Government has announced a further package to help small charities in Wales but has subsequently paused the Economic Resilience Fund owing to high demand. 

In Wales two types of grants are available to businesses affected by COVID-19. These grants are for businesses in the leisure, hospitality and retail sector. The other type of grant is for small businesses. This support can be broken down as follows:

Leisure, Hospitality and Retail

Like England and Scotland, businesses in the leisure, hospitality and retail sector will receive a 12-month business rates holiday. This applies to businesses in these sectors which have a rateable value of no more than £500,000. This relief is available from 1 April 2020 and will finish on 31 March 2021.
 
This policy means all eligible businesses will pay no business rates during this period. Guidance from the Welsh Government can be found here.
 
Businesses in these sectors could also be eligible for a £25,000 grant. To apply, a business must have a rateable value between £12,001 and £51,000. 

Small Businesses

Secondly, all businesses which are in receipt of Small Business Rates Relief in Wales, and which have a rateable value of £12,000 or less will be eligible for a £10,000 grant. Our members should be aware that the multiple property restriction applies to this grant. This means that a ratepayer can only receive a maximum of two grants within any one local authority defined area. 

You must apply for the grants through your local authority.

Our members do not need to apply for the businesses rates relief as local authorities will apply this discount automatically. More information on grant eligibility can be found here.