Tourism update - 11 December 2020
Check your eligibility for the hospitality, leisure and tourism ERF fund
Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism businesses impacted by latest coronavirus restrictions can now find out if they are eligible for support and how much they can expect to receive from the latest round of the Economic Resilience Fund (ERF).
The ERF eligibility checker is now live on the Business Wales website.
You will also be able to access ERF guidance in readiness for when applications open during the week of 11 January 2021.
Under the latest round of ERF, sector specific grants will be targeted at hospitality, tourism and leisure businesses with grants of up to £100K for SMEs and £150K for larger businesses.
Grants will be linked to the number of people employed and their operating costs. The key aims are to support businesses to cover their operating costs which support business survival and safeguarding jobs. As a condition of funding you will be expected to safeguard the jobs for a minimum of 12 months.
Restrictions Business Fund
The purpose of the fund is to support businesses into the new year with cash flow support to help them survive the economic consequences of the restrictions put in place.
- This fund will be delivered by your Local Authority.
- Businesses with a rateable value of £12,000 or less and materially impacted as a result of the restrictions will receive a payment of £3,000.
- Tourism, leisure and hospitality businesses and their supply chains with a rateable value of between £12,001 and £150,000 and materially impacted by the restrictions will receive a payment of £5,000.
- Lockdown Discretionary Grants of up to £2,000 will be available for those not on the non-domestic rating (NDR) list and below the VAT threshold.
Hospitality businesses on Business Rates that received NDR funding under the previous firebreak restrictions DO NOT need to apply and can expect this payment before Christmas.
All other eligible businesses will need to register their details, as well as making a short on-line application to their respective local authority for the discretionary elements. These payments will start to reach businesses in January. More details about the Restrictions Discretionary Grants will go live on Swansea Council website week commencing 14 December.
Latest National Covid-19 restrictions - outdoor attractions to close
The following Welsh Government restrictions apply until 23 December:
- Travel in to Wales from Tier 3 areas in England, Levels 3 and 4 areas in Scotland and from Northern Ireland is not allowed.
- Visitors from other parts of the UK are not prohibited by law from entering Wales. But as coronavirus cases are high in Wales, the First Minister wants everyone to think carefully about travelling.
- Two households can form a bubble (or 'extended household'), meet in their private homes and stay overnight. This does not apply to holiday accommodation.
- Holiday accommodation: only people who live together (single household) can share holiday accommodation - no mixed groups, 'extended household' or 'Christmas Bubble'.
- Indoor entertainment venues, including cinemas, bingo halls, bowling alleys, soft play centres, casinos, skating rinks and amusement arcades, must close.
- Indoor visitor attractions, such as museums, galleries and heritage sites must close.
- Outdoor attractions, such as Christmas 'winterlands' and funfairs, must also close. Outdoor markets can remain open.
An updated version of Wales' covid control plan will be published next week, setting out in detail how national measures will be introduced in a more uniform and predictable way, depending on a range of indicators. It updates the approach to changing restrictions set out in Leading Wales out of the Coronavirus Pandemic and Unlocking Our Society and Economy. It will provide greater certainty for people and businesses about the restrictions, which are needed to protect people's health and slow the spread of the virus.
Rules for hospitality & leisure sector
These are the current restrictions, which apply to the hospitality sector:
- Pubs, bars, restaurants and cafes are not allowed to serve alcohol and must close at 6pm.
- After 6pm they can provide takeaway services only.
- Hotels and other accommodation providers can remain open and can serve food and non-alcoholic drinks in bar/restaurant areas within their premises up to 10pm to residents, but must close by 6pm to non-residents. Residents in hotels and other accommodation can order food and drink at any time for consumption in their own rooms, but this must not include alcohol between 10pm and 6am the next day.
For more detailed guidance, please see links below:
Christmas Guidance between 23-27 December
The Welsh Government 'Christmas Guidance' is out, with regulations which apply between 23 and 27 December:
- Up to 3 households can join and form a fixed 'Christmas Bubble'
- One person living on his/her own can also join the 'Christmas Bubble'
- This bubble can meet outdoors and indoors in private homes and stay overnight at each other's homes but they cannot stay together in holiday accommodation. The 'single household' rule still applies in Wales, i.e. you can only stay in rented accommodation with the people you live with.
- There will be no travel restrictions during this period and you will be able to travel anywhere within the UK for the purposes of meeting your Christmas Bubble.
- You can't go to a pub or restaurant with your Christmas Bubble - unless the group is kept to a maximum of 4 people.
- You can still meet in groups of up to 4 people in cafes, pubs and restaurants with people who are not in your Christmas Bubble.
- You can still meet people outside your Christmas bubble in outdoor public spaces (park, beach, etc.) but groups are limited to 4 people.
Up until 23 Dec, the current regulations continue to apply.
HMRC Employer Bulletin - December edition is out
The Employer Bulletin (December 2020, Issue 87) is now available to download from the HMRC website.
This month's edition includes a host of useful information such as the extension to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), VAT deferral and Brexit transition updates.
Don't forget there are now monthly deadlines for CJRS claims and that the deadline for November claims is Monday 14 December.
EU transition period ends 31 December - take action now
From 1 January 2021, the UK will have left the EU Single Market so businesses here will no longer have access to the frictionless trade in goods or services with EU member states. This will be the case irrespective of whether the UK achieves a trade agreement with the EU or leaves through a non-negotiated outcome.
The Business Wales EU Transition Portal provides a central source of advice and guidance for businesses preparing for European transition
Both the Minister for Economy, Transport and North Wales, Ken Skates and the Rt Hon Simon Hart MP, Secretary of State for Wales, have issued a joint letter highlighting the actions you need to take to prepare for the changes which will occur and affect business operations from 1 January 2021.
Next Tourism Generation Competition 2021
Looking for a career in tourism, hospitality or events? Enter the #NGT2021 competition and you could win £250.
Organised by the NTG Project in collaboration with Tourism Society Cymru and PLANED, this competition is open to students enrolled on courses in Wales that have a component relating to tourism or hospitality and to young people (aged 16-25) working in or aspiring to work in the sector.
The aim is to help promote and inform the future of sustainable tourism and skills within the tourism & hospitality industry in Wales.
To enter, simply respond to these questions:
- What should the future of tourism in Wales look like?
- What skills and training will the next generation of tourism professionals need to support this sustainable development?
Winners will be awarded a £250 cash prize, and all shortlisted entries will be given the chance to attend a tourism skills symposium and award ceremony, and the opportunity to be recognised by top employers.
Competition will close on 10 March 2021.
TfW wants to hear your voice on public transport
Transport for Wales (TfW) want to hear how the pandemic is influencing people's perception of public transport now and in the long run across Wales.
The results from this research will be fed back to Welsh Government and help shape the future of transport in Wales.
The format is perhaps a little different to other surveys you've done but it shouldn't take more than 5 to 10 minutes for you to complete it.
If you have any queries, please email email@example.com
Superfast Business Wales - free Winter webinars for businesses
Digital support organisation Superfast Business Wales continues to deliver free winter webinars including: social media, digital marketing, SEO, selling online, cyber security, websites, and more.
Get the digital skills and confidence you need to help navigate these uncertain times.
You can also find the answers to the most common digital questions on their 'Ask the Expert' page.
For other types of training and business support, visit the Business Wales website.
Useful links to keep checking for updates:
- Swansea Council Business Advice page
- Swansea Council Daily Coronavirus Updates
- Business Wales
- Visit Wales
- Welsh Government Coronavirus FAQs page
- Public Health Wales
If you would like to receive these updates directly in your inbox, please contact Geraldine.Williams@swansea.gov.uk