Sector-specific Support During COVID-19

This article provides advice and information about the support that is available for specific sectors during the coronavirus outbreak.

Support from business organisations and trade associations

The UK Government has published a directory of the business organisations and trade associations that are providing coronavirus-related support for specific sectors. The directory covers more than 30 different sectors. Many of the organisations listed provide sector-specific guidance, and are often happy to respond to non-member queries related to coronavirus.

Hospitality

  • Westminster City Council has announced it will support the hospitality sector across the West End throughout the winter months by allowing low-carbon electric heaters and umbrellas, where appropriate, to enable ongoing al fresco dining and ‘streateries’.
  • WOMAD has launched a training bursary to support crew and artists affected by the impact of COVID-19 on the festivals industry. The bursary will help workers transfer their skills to other industries and environments.
  • The UK Government has updated guidance on how to work safely in the visitor economy and in hotels and other guest accommodation.
  • The UK Government has announced new plans to ensure pubs, restaurants and cafes offer both smoking and non-smoking outdoor options.
  • The UK Government announced on 8 July that the rate of VAT applied on most tourism and hospitality-related activities will be cut from 20% to 5%. The reduction will apply from 15 July 2020 to 31 March 2021.
  • The AA has launched a new COVID CONFIDENT assessment scheme to support the hospitality industry to reopen safely. The accreditation scheme will confirm that an establishment has carried out risk assessments, safety measures and staff training, in line with Government guidelines.
  • The UK Government has relaxed planning rules to allow pubs, restaurants and bars to alter their mode of operation and trade as hot food takeaways without making a change of use planning application.
  • UK Hospitality has created a page specifically about coronavirus, which provides advice, information, daily updates and a weekly newsletter.
  • PPL PRS Ltd has announced that many hospitality businesses will not have to pay music licensing fees while they are closed due to the coronavirus outbreak. It has also made its payment policies more flexible and suspended late payment surcharges. Find out more.

 

Retail

  • The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has published information for retailers about the sale of age-restricted products in relation to customers wearing face masks or face coverings.
  • The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has published new guidance for retailers in the convenience sector about providing home delivery services.
  • Bira (British Independent Retailers Association) has launched a Coronavirus Hub to support the independent retail sector.
  • The British Retail Consortium has a dedicated page on its website to support the retail sector to respond to the coronavirus outbreak.
  • The Department for Business has published new social distancing guidance for retailers. It sets out how retailers can ensure workers and customers keep a safe distance from each other.

Childcare and education

  • The Department for Education has published updated guidance about preventing and controlling infection, including the use of PPE, in education, childcare and children’s social care settings during the coronavirus outbreak.
  • On 1 July, The UK Government published guidance about protective measures for providers of community activities, holiday or after-school clubs, tuition and other out-of-school settings offering provision to children during COVID-19.
  • The UK Government has published advice for schools and other educational settings about COVID-19.
  • The UK Government has announced a business rates holiday for nurseries in England for the 2020/21 tax year.

Transport, logistics and distribution

  • The Department for Transport has published guidance about safer working principles and risk assessment for transport operators and organisations.
  • The UK Government has published guidance on COVID-19 for staff working in the transport sector.
  • Transport for London (TfL) has announced that all road user charging schemes will be temporarily suspended across the capital to help supply chains keep moving, and to support critical workers and emergency vehicles.

Tourism

  • The UK Government has updated guidance on how to work safely in the visitor economy and in hotels and other guest accommodation.
  • The UK Government announced on 8 July that the rate of VAT applied on most tourism and hospitality-related activities will be cut from 20% to 5%. The reduction will apply from 15 July 2020 to 31 March 2021.
  • The UK Government has announced £10 million for small businesses to kick-start tourism. The Kick-starting Tourism Package will give small businesses in tourist destinations grants of up to £5,000 to help them adapt their business following the coronavirus pandemic.
  • VisitEngland has launched a UK-wide industry standard and consumer mark so businesses can demonstrate that they are adhering to COVID-19 guidelines when reopening.
  • VisitBritain has published resources that cover practical guidance to help tourism businesses reopen.
  • The UK Government has launched a new emergency fund to support local tourism organisations throughout the coronavirus outbreak. Eligible Destination Management Organisations will be able to receive up to £2,500 per month for two members of non-furloughed staff who provide crucial business support services and up to £5,000 to cover operating costs.
  • VisitBritain has published advice and information to support tourism and events businesses impacted by the coronavirus outbreak.

Charities and social enterprise

  • The London Community Foundation is providing crisis response grants of up to £10,000 to help organisations meet the immediate and urgent needs of their communities. This could include food and essentials, to equipment and additional short-term staff costs.
  • The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs is providing grants of up to £100,000 to front-line food aid charities in England. The grants will support charities to continue to provide funding to the vulnerable during COVID-19.
  • The National Lottery Community Fund is providing grants of between £300 and £10,000 to voluntary or community organisations that are providing support to people affected by the coronavirus crisis.
  • WRAP is providing grants of between £5,000 and £10,000 to small not-for-profit organisations that can redistribute surplus food from the likes of retailers and wholesalers, to people in need.
  • The Resilience & Recovery Loan Fund provides loans from £100,000 to £500,000 to social enterprises and charities that are experiencing disruption to their normal business model as a result of COVID-19.
  • The Charity Commission has published advice for charities about coronavirus-related fraud and cybercrime.
  • The UK Government has announced £750 million of funding to support charities to continue their work during the coronavirus outbreak. £360 million will be directly allocated by government departments to charities providing key services and supporting vulnerable people during the crisis. As well as this, £370 million for small and medium-sized charities, including through a grant to the National Lottery Community Fund for those in England, will support those organisations at the heart of local communities which are making a big difference during the outbreak, including those delivering food, essential medicines and providing financial advice.
  • The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) has published guidance and resources to support charities, voluntary organisations and volunteers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The Charity Commission for England and Wales has published guidance and information to help charities during the coronavirus outbreak.
  • Social Enterprise UK has published resources, guides and webinars to help social enterprises during the coronavirus outbreak.
  • The Institute of Fundraising has published advice, guidance and resources to support fundraisers during the coronavirus outbreak.

Creative and cultural industries

  • The UK Government has launched the £500 million Film and TV Production Restart Scheme to support productions that are struggling to restart due to a lack of coronavirus-related insurance. The deadline for productions to register for the scheme and restart shooting is 28 February 2021.
  • The UK Government has announced a £1.57 billion support package for cultural, arts and heritage institutions. Support includes a £1.15 billion pot for cultural organisations in England delivered through a mix of grants and loans.
  • Arts Council England has announced it is making £160 million of emergency funding available to support arts organisations and individuals affected by coronavirus.
  • The Creative Industries Federation has published a roundup of the support available for the creative industries.
  • The Film and TV Charity provide grants of up to £500 for people working in the film and TV sector. The grants can cover urgent and immediate needs, such as general living costs, urgent repairs or medical costs.
  • The Mayor of London has launched a £2.3 million Culture at Risk Business Support Fund to support London’s creative and cultural industries at risk due to the impact of coronavirus. The fund will support grassroots music venues, LGBTQ+ venues, artist workspaces and independent cinemas across the capital.
  • The Music Venture Trust (MVT) has set up a new Grassroots Music Venue Crisis Service, which is supported by the London Growth Hub and Mayor of London. The service will provide sector support, advice and interventions to help halt threats to venues. If all practical avenues are exhausted without success, and financial challenges remain, MVT will consider whether it can give direct financial assistance to a venue in order to alleviate specific challenges it faces.

Construction

  • Build UK provides advice and information about the support available for construction firms affected by the coronavirus outbreak.
  • CITB (the Construction Industry Training Board) has announced a package of measures to support construction employers through the coronavirus crisis.
  • NHBC has launched free virtual training for the house-building industry during the coronavirus lockdown. Training covers topics including building regulations, standards and health and safety.
  • The UK Government has announced new measures to help the construction industry boost building and return to work safely. Measures include extending planning permission deadlines, as well as help for builders to quickly agree more flexible construction site working hours with their local council for a temporary period.

Food and drink

  • The UK Government announced on 8 July that the rate of VAT applied on most tourism and hospitality-related activities will be cut from 20% to 5%. The reduction will apply from 15 July 2020 to 31 March 2021.
  • The UK Government has relaxed planning rules to allow pubs, restaurants and bars to alter their mode of operation and trade as hot food takeaways without making a change of use planning application.
  • The Government has published guidance for food businesses. It covers food hygiene, managing employee sickness and social distancing.

 

Sports and fitness

  • The UK Government has published guidance for the public, providers of outdoor sport facilities, elite athletes, personal trainers and coaches on the phased return of sport and recreation.
  • The Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMPSA) has launched a digital support hub to provide support for individuals and businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. It includes information about government, legal and financial support, along with a range of free resources for mental health, well-being and professional development.
  • Sport England has launched a package of funding support worth £195 million to help the sport and physical activity sector during the coronavirus outbreak. As part of the package, the £20 million Community Emergency Fund will provide grants of between £300 and £10,000 for sports clubs and community organisations.

Care sector

  • Public Health England has published guidance for those working in care homes providing information on how to work safely during this period of sustained transmission of COVID-19.
  • Public Health England has published a resource for those working in domiciliary care providing information on the use of personal protective equipment (PPE).

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