News Bulletin – City of Bangor local restrictions; Tourism, Economic Resilience Fund – eligibility checker; Job Support Scheme

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12 October 2020


City of Bangor – local restrictions

The new restrictions in Bangor apply to everyone living in eight wards, which make up the City of Bangor.  The Welsh Government agreed these measures in discussion with the local authority, Bangor University, the NHS, North Wales Police and public health experts. The restrictions came into force at 6pm on 10 October 2020 and will be kept under review.

The main restrictions are:

  • People will not be allowed to enter or leave the area without a reasonable excuse, such as travel for work or education;
  • People will only be able to meet people they don’t live with outdoors for the time being. They will not be able to form, or be in, extended households, with the exception of temporary bubbles for single people and single parents.

The restrictions are in addition to the rules that apply everywhere in Wales, including:

  • All licensed premises must stop selling alcohol at 10pm
  • Everyone over 11 must wear face coverings in indoor public areas.

More information (including the wards covered and a list of Frequently Asked Questions) has been published.

Economic Resilience Fund – eligibility checker

Businesses across Wales can now find out if they can apply for funding from the third phase of the Economic Resilience Fund (ERF) by visiting the online Eligibility Checker. The eligibility checker will enable businesses to see if they can access the £80m tranche of the fund which will support firms with projects and will be open to micro businesses, SMEs and large businesses.  Of this, £20m will be ring fenced to support tourism and hospitality businesses who are facing particular challenges as we enter the winter months.  Read more in our 7 October bulletin.

Job Support Scheme

The new Job Support Scheme will be introduced from ‌‌1‌‌ November 2020 to protect jobs where businesses are facing lower demand over the winter months due to coronavirus (COVID-19).  Under the scheme, which will run for six months, the UK Government will contribute towards the wages of employees who are working fewer than normal hours due to decreased demand. Find out more on the Business Wales website.

In addition, the UK Chancellor announced (9 October) further details on how the Job Support Scheme will be expanded to protect jobs and support businesses required to close due to COVID restrictions, including a fact sheet of FAQs.

Stay up to date with tourism industry news

We are committed to providing the support and assurance the business community needs during these unprecedented difficult times and have issued several Coronavirus (COVID-19) related bulletins which can be found on the Tourism Industry Coronavirus (COVID-19) Bulletins page. 

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.