With the current national Coronavirus situation, the BID are committed to doing everything possible to support our levy-payers through what are quickly changing circumstances. We understand the concerns of all of our businesses and will be doing all we can to divert resources to help.

Wakefield is now in Tier 3: Very High alert

The UK government has set out a local restriction tier system for England and have announced that Wakefield will be in Tier 3: Very High Alert until at least Wednesday 16 December.

The government are applying tighter restrictions where prevalence of Covid-19 is highest via a regionally-differentiated approach, where different tiers of restrictions apply in different parts of the country.

These tiers have been strengthened compared to the previous tiers to prevent a return to growing infections. Social contact spreads the virus, and these restrictions target the toughest measures in the areas where the virus is considered most prevalent or where there are sharper increases in the rate of infection.

The measures are being brought in to reduce day-to-day contact between people in a bid to reduce rates of infection across England and avoid the NHS becoming overwhelmed.

Across all tiers, everyone:

  • must wear a face covering in most indoor public settings, unless they have an exemption
  • should follow the rules on meeting others safely
  • should attend school or college as normal, unless they are self-isolating. Schools, universities, colleges and early years settings remain open in all tiers
  • should walk or cycle where possible, plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes when travelling
  • must follow the gathering limits at their tier except for in specific settings and circumstances. These exemptions can be found in this guidance.
  • Visits to care homes can take place with arrangements such as substantial screens, visiting pods, and window visits. 

Businesses and venues that can remain open:

All businesses and venues that are open are expected to follow COVID-19 secure guidelines to protect customers, visitors and workers. In all tiers, the following businesses and venues can remain open:

  • essential and non-essential retail, including indoor and outdoor markets and car boot sales
  • certain leisure and sporting facilities such as gyms, sports courts and facilities, leisure centres, fitness and dance studios, golf courses, swimming pools, riding centres, outdoor playgrounds – subject to relevant social contact rules in each tier. Indoor group activities and classes should not take place at tier 3
  • personal care and close contact services such as hairdressers and barbers, beauty salons, tattoo parlours, nail salons, spas and beauty services, massage parlours and tanning salons
  • public buildings, such as libraries, community centres and halls. They should not host events for private hire, such as birthday parties or most other social activities in tier 3
  • allotments, recycling and waste centres, public toilets, car parks
  • essential public services such as the NHS and medical services, courts, and jobcentre plus sites
  • places of worship – communal worship can now resume, subject to relevant social contact rules in each tier

Everyone who can work from home should do so. Where people cannot do so – including, but not limited to, people who work in critical national infrastructure, construction, or manufacturing – they should continue to travel to their workplace. Public-sector employees working in essential services, including education settings, should continue to go into work where necessary.

    Tier 3: Very High alert - tighter restrictions are in place

    • you must not meet socially indoors or in most outdoor places with anybody you do not live with, or who is not in your support bubble, this includes in any private garden or at most outdoor venues
    • you must not socialise in a group of more than 6 in some other outdoor public spaces, including parks, beaches, countryside accessible to the public, a public garden, grounds of a heritage site or castle, or a sports facility – this is called the ‘rule of 6’
    • hospitality settings, such as bars (including shisha venues), pubs, cafes and restaurants are closed – they are permitted to continue sales by takeaway, click-and-collect, drive-through or delivery services
    • accommodation such as hotels, B&Bs, campsites, and guest houses must close. There are several exemptions, such as for those who use these venues as their main residence, and those requiring the venues where it is reasonably necessary for work or education and training
    • indoor entertainment and tourist venues must close. This includes:
      • indoor play centres and areas, including trampolining parks and soft play
      • casinos
      • bingo halls
      • bowling alleys
      • skating rinks
      • amusement arcades and adult gaming centres
      • laser quests and escape rooms
      • cinemas, theatres and concert halls
      • snooker halls
    • indoor attractions at mostly outdoor entertainment venues must also close (indoor shops, through-ways and public toilets at such attractions can remain open). This includes indoor attractions within:
      • zoos, safari parks, and wildlife reserves
      • aquariums, visitor attractions at farms, and other animal attractions
      • model villages
      • museums, galleries and sculpture parks
      • botanical gardens, biomes or greenhouses
      • theme parks, circuses, fairgrounds and funfairs
      • visitor attractions at film studios
      • heritage sites such as castles and stately homes
      • landmarks including observation decks and viewing platforms
    • leisure and sports facilities may continue to stay open, but group exercise classes (including fitness and dance) should not go ahead
    • there should be no public attendance at spectator sport or indoor performances and large business events should not be taking place. Elite sport events may continue to take place without spectators
    • large outdoor events (performances and shows) should not take place, with the exception of drive-in events
    • places of worship remain open, but you must not attend with or socialise with anyone outside of your household or support bubble while you are there, unless a legal exemption applies
    • weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on the number of attendees – 15 people can attend wedding ceremonies, wedding receptions are not allowed, 30 people can attend funeral ceremonies, 15 people can attend linked commemorative events
    • organised outdoor sport, and physical activity and exercise classes can continue, however higher-risk contact activity should not take place
    • organised indoor sport, physical activity and exercise classes cannot take place indoors. There are exceptions for indoor disability sport, sport for educational purposes and supervised sport and physical activity for under-18s
    • you can continue to travel to venues or amenities which are open, but should aim to reduce the number of journeys you make where possible
    • avoid travelling outside of your area, including for overnight stays other than where necessary, such as for work, education, youth services, to receive medical treatment, or because of caring responsibilities. You can travel through other areas as part of a longer journey
    • for international travel see the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office travel advice for your destination and the travel corridors list

    Find out more about the measures that apply in Tier 3 areas.


    Support during the Covid-19 pandemic

    We have summarised below some of the main schemes available to support businesses during these difficult times. Depending on the nature of your business and the sector you work in, additional help may also be available. Find out more by visiting gov.uk/coronavirus/business-support.

    NEW: Coronavirus Restrictions Support Grants

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    Grant Advice - Frequently Asked Questions

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    Create jobs and gain funding via the Kickstart Scheme

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    Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

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    Coronavirus Job Support Scheme

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    Coronavirus Job Retention Bonus

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    Claim back Statutory Sick Pay paid to employees due to Covid-19

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    Business Rates Relief for retail, hospitality and leisure sectors

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    Deferral of VAT payments due to COVID-19

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    Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme

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    Coronavirus Bounce Back Loan

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    Think Big. Think AD:VENTURE.

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