The latest restrictions on hospitality venues in England has been clarified in line with the third national lockdown.
Important points which affect our serviced apartment sector include:
- accommodation such as hotels, hostels, guest houses and campsites must close, except:
- where these are someone’s main residence,
- where guests cannot return home,
- for providing accommodation or support to the homeless, or
- where it is essential to stay there for work purposes.
- hospitality venues such as cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars and social clubs, must also close, other than
- when providing food and non-alcoholic drinks for takeaway until 11pm, and
- food and drink (including alcoholic) by delivery only
In this latest lockdown, accommodation can open for those required to work and who cannot work from home, including (but not limited to) people who work within critical national infrastructure, construction or manufacturing that require in-person attendance, rather than only frontline essential workers.
The UK Chancellor has also announced further financial support for businesses.
- one-off top up grants for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses of up to £9,000 per property, to help businesses through to the Spring
- a £594 million discretionary fund has also been made available to support other impacted businesses
The one-off top-ups will be granted to closed businesses in England as follows:
- £4,000 for businesses with a rateable value of £15,000 or under
- £6,000 for businesses with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000
- £9,000 for businesses with a rateable value of over £51,000
The devolved nations will also receive funding to distribute:
- the Scottish Government will receive £375 million
- the Welsh Government will receive £227 million
- the Northern Ireland Executive will receive £127 million