Coronavirus regulations, Job Retention Scheme, Economic Resilience Fund, Business Wales Podcast:Tourism

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13 May 2020


First Minister of Wales' message to the people of Wales

On Sunday the Prime Minister set out the minor changes which are proposed to the lockdown rules in England over the next 3 weeks.

Here in Wales, the regulations are changing so people can exercise more often and allow garden centres to open, if they can comply with social distancing.

The Welsh Government advice has not changed in Wales:

  • Wherever you can you should stay at home.
  • If you need to leave home for work, exercise or shopping, you should stay local and stay alert.
  • Coronavirus has not gone away
  • The way we behave over the weeks ahead will continue to have a profound impact on our NHS and our ability to save lives.
  • If you go out, stay local and stay safe.

Read more on the First Minister’s message to the people of Wales and on the Coronavirus regulations: guidance.  Welsh Government will keep the regulations under review and keep the FAQ sections of the website updated to respond to questions from the public.

The summary explaining going out to exercise in Wales during the Coronavirus lockdown can be found on the Welsh Government Leaving home to exercise: guidance web page.

Job Retention Scheme update

The UK government has updated the details of the Job Retention scheme with the following:

  • Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will continue until end of October
  • furloughed workers across UK will continue to receive 80% of their current salary, up to £2,500
  • new flexibility will be introduced from August to get employees back to work

The scheme will continue in its current form until the end of July and the changes to allow more flexibility will come in from the start of August. More specific details and information around its implementation will be made available by the end of this month.

For further information please visit the GOV.UK website.

Please visit the Business Wales Coronavirus advice for businesses pages for information for your business on dealing with the Coronavirus outbreak.

SME Economic Resilience Fund update

Due to the high volume of applications received for the SME Economic Resilience Fund, businesses are being contacted to let them know that their applications are being dealt with as quickly as possible. Read more about the funding update.

Business Wales Podcast 4: COVID-19 Support for Businesses – Tourism

To help support you through the COVID-19 outbreak, Business Wales is providing podcasts for updates and information for businesses in Wales.

Listen to the latest podcast (Episode 4 – Support for Businesses - Tourism) which looks at how the tourism industry has responded to the crisis, featuring Zoe Wright, Head of Marketing at Folly Farm, and Jason Thomas, Welsh Government Director of Culture, Sport and Tourism.

Please visit Business Wales Podcasts to find out about other podcasts available.

Business Wales is providing businesses with tailored support and advice about dealing with coronavirus, from financial and supply chain planning to advice on staffing issues. We would advise Tourism businesses and stakeholders in Wales wanting specific guidance to visit the Business Wales website or call Business Wales helpline on 03000 6 03000, and to regularly visit the Public Health Wales website for up-to-date public health information for you, your staff and your visitors