Coronavirus Updates

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought with it numerous challenges for the hospitality and night-time industry. We understand these are unprecedented times, which is why we’ve created this article. We will regularly update this page with key resources and daily news to help our customers stay informed.

Key resources:

26 March

Self-employed Support

The Chancellor announces unprecedented support for the self-employed, bringing financial benefits to the self-employed in line with those who are employed in response to the crisis.

Self-employed staff with an average annual trading profit of £50k or less, will be able to claim 80% of their profits up to the value of £2.5k per month for three months.

Timing of the payments is still to be finalised, but it is likely that three months will be paid in one lump sum in June for all three months backdated to March.

HMRC will right to all those eligible, outlining how individuals can access the fund.

Find out more.

Tax Helpline

HMRC has launched a Tax Helpline, supporting self-employed and businesses with tax payment issues caused by COVID-19.

The helpline allows any business or self-employed individual who is concerned about paying their tax due to coronavirus to get practical help and advice such as:

  • agreeing an instalment arrangement
  • suspending debt collection proceedings
  • cancelling penalties and interest where you have administrative difficulties contacting or paying HMRC immediately

You can access the helpline by calling 0800 024 1222.

Find out more.

23 March

The Prime Minister announces new measures to reduce the spread of coronavirus, initially implemented for a minimum of three weeks.

All social gatherings and events have been banned, and businesses not providing an essential service have been ordered to close. A full list of businesses and premises that are required to close can be found here.

People have been advised to only leave home for the following four reasons:

  • Shopping for essentials
  • Exercise once a day, either alone or with one other person you live with
  • For medical reasons, or to care for a vulnerable person
  • Travelling to and from work where absolutely necessary (a list of key workers can be found here)

To read the Prime Minister’s full statement click here. For full guidance, please visit the website.

22 March

NTIA shows support for the Save Our Scene campaign.

The association also announces its Big Freeze campaign, calling on the government to freeze the economy.

20 March

The Prime Minister orders all pubs, cafes, bars and restaurants to close.

The Chancellor announces a greater extension of support available to businesses and individuals through measures such as:

  • Job Retention Scheme, in which the government will pay 80% of a retained worker’s salary up to £2,500 per month
  • Deferring of VAT & Income Tax payments
  • Statutory Sick Pay Relief Package
  • 12 months business rates holiday for SMEs
  • Small business grants of £10,000
  • Grant funding of £25,000 for retail, hospitality & leisure with a rateable value between £15,001 & £51,000.
  • Business Interruption Loan Scheme with loans of up to £5m for SMEs

The full list of measures and how to access them can be found here.

19 March

HM Treasury releases information on the government’s financial support, available to businesses that have been impacted by COVID-19.

Discover how your business can access funding here.

19 March

HM Government updates the Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for employees, employers and businesses.

Guidance for employers and businesses includes:

  • Workplaces should encourage their employees to work at home, wherever possible
  • If someone becomes unwell in the workplace with a persistent cough or a high temperature, they should be asked to self-isolate
  • Employees should be reminded to wash their hands for 20 seconds in warm water with soap, and follow coughs and sneeze etiquette
  • Premises should frequently clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are touched regularly
  • Those who follow advice to self-isolate where necessary will be eligible for statutory sick pay (SSP) from the first day of their absence from work
  • Employers should use their discretion concerning the need for medical evidence for certification for employees who are unwell. If necessary, those with symptoms of coronavirus can get an isolation note from NHS 111 online

17 March

The Chancellor sets out targetted, temporary measures to support the countries public services, people and businesses through the disruption caused by COVID-19. This includes:

  • A statutory sick pay relief package for SMEs
  • A 12-month business rates holiday for all retail, hospitality and leisure businesses in England
  • Small business grant funding of £10,000 for all business in receipt of small business rate relief or rural rate relief
  • Grant funding of £25,000 for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses with property with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000
  • The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme offering loans of up to £5 million for SMEs through the British Business Bank
  • A new lending facility from the Bank of England to help support liquidity among larger firms, helping them bridge coronavirus disruption to their cash flows through loans
  • The HMRC Time To Pay Scheme

17 March

The Night Time Industries Association (NTIA) announce Hospitality and Events industries may lose up to 3.2 million jobs whilst demanding PM Boris Johnson take the opportunity to show leadership by giving medium-term funding for the night-time economy and events industry.

16 March

PM Boris Johnson announces guidance on social distancing measures for everyone in the UK, protecting older people and vulnerable adults. These measures include to:

  • Avoid contact with someone who is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), such as a cough or fever
  • Avoid non-essential use of public transport, varying your travel times to avoid rush hour, when possible
  • Employers should support employees to work from home if possible
  • Large gatherings such as social gatherings in pubs, cinemas, restaurants, theatres, bars, clubs should be avoided
  • Avoid social gatherings, keeping in touch using remote technology instead
  • Use telephone or online services to contact essential services such as the doctor

If you would like specific advice or information, please get in touch with the NDML team. This article will be updated regularly to reflect the latest news and information.

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