The move to Tier 4 has hit residents and businesses hard and Wokingham Borough Council and its partners are here to help those most affected.
The Government has launched a number of grant schemes to help businesses forced to close and individuals hit financially by the pandemic; and the borough council is also running discretionary support schemes.
A new webpage has been set up with easy access to information on all of these for those who may be eligible.
Among those who may be eligible for support are: businesses forced to close or restrict activity due to Covid-19 regulations, people unable to work because of self-isolation, pubs that predominately serve drinks not food (so-called wet-pubs) and businesses needing to furlough staff.
We are here for you
Executive member for business and economic development, Cllr Stuart Munro, said: “It is vital that business and individuals who really need help come to us and apply for it. Our commitment is that we are here for you during this pandemic and that includes for those in financial difficulties.
“We have discretionary grants available as well as the statutory ones and so it is well worth a visit to our website to see if you might be eligible.”
Since the pandemic began, WBC has provided £658,000 in mandatory business rate grants and £125,000 in other discretionary grants to businesses.
Tier 4 restrictions in place
The new Tier 4 restrictions on businesses mean:
- Those that can, should work from home. Where people cannot work from home, they should still travel to work, for example, if they work in the construction and manufacturing sectors.
- Non-essential retail, indoor leisure such as swimming pools and gyms, indoor entertainment (e.g. cinemas, bowling alleys and casinos) and personal care settings (e.g. nail bars, barbers and hairdressers) must all close.
- People should not travel into or out of Tier 4 areas and, those in Tier 4 areas will not be permitted to travel abroad, apart from limited exceptions including work.
Full details are on the Government’s webpages: Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance and support - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk).
As well as financial support, the council and its partners are here to help residents affected by Covid-19 in other ways (such as mental health issue or domestic problems).
Way to get this support can be found on the council’s Covid-19 webpages.