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Covid-19 Hartlepool business grants
The Government has recently announced ‘Restart Grants’ to support businesses in the following sectors: non-essential retail, hospitality, leisure, accommodation, personal care, gym and sport. Applications must be received by 30th June 2021. To read more about the eligibility and to apply, please click here.
Covid-19 News & Guidance
Roadmap out of lockdown announced
The Prime Minister announced to Parliament on Monday 22nd February, the Government’s roadmap to cautiously ease lockdown restrictions in England. This involved a four-step roadmap to ease restrictions across England. Before taking each step, the Government will review the latest data on the impact of the previous step against four tests on vaccines, infection rates and new coronavirus variants to be met at each stage. An overview of the steps are below: (For the full Government’s full announcement, please click here)
- Step 1, 8th March – A return to face-to-face education in schools and colleges also, people can leave home for outdoor recreation. Further changes take place from 29th March, with the end of the Stay-at-Home order.
- Step 2, 12th April – Opening of non-essential retail and personal care, hospitality outdoors, indoor leisure (gyms) and self-contained holiday accommodation.
- Step 3, 17th May – The Prime Minister has confirmed the roadmap is on track and the planned Step 3 easements will go ahead on Monday 17th May. Opening of outdoor performances, indoor hospitality, entertainment venues, indoor adult group sports and exercise classes also, the rest of the accommodation sector. Rule of 6 or 2 households will apply indoors.
- Step 4, Expected to be 19th July – No legal limits on social contact or live events. Opening of the remaining closed settings.
As requirements are subject to change, please visit here for the most updated Government information and for business specific support details please click here. For Hartlepool Borough Council’s dedicated Covid-19 support page, please click here.
New Covid Test and Collect Centre in Hartlepool
A new Covid Test and Collect Centre is open in Middleton Grange Shopping Centre, to replace the Community Covid Testing Centre at Mill House Leisure Centre. Those particularly encouraged to take regular tests are people who come into a lot of direct contact with other people – for example taxi drivers, shop staff, tradespeople and takeaway staff. To book your free test and to read the Centre guidance, please click here.
Reporting single cases & managing outbreaks
Hartlepool businesses are encouraged to complete an online form and to access national action cards which detail actions your business can take to report cases, details are available here. Hartlepool Borough Council would strongly encourage businesses to contact Hartlepool Borough Council’s Public Protection Team for timely responses. The team can be contacted via telephone at (01429) 284024 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information regarding single cases and outbreaks.