New lockdown measures for England and business support

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Pubs, restaurants, gyms and non-essential shops in England will close for four weeks from Thursday (November 4), schools, colleges and universities will stay open.

The new measures:

  • People should stay at home unless they have a specific reason to leave, such as work which cannot be done from home and education
  • People are allowed to leave home for exercise, medical reasons, food and other essential shopping
  • Providing care for vulnerable people or for volunteering is permitted
  • Meeting indoors or in private gardens is not allowed
  • Construction sites and manufacturing workplaces can remain open
  • Leisure and entertainment venues, including gyms, will close
  • Individuals can meet one other person from another household outside in a public place
  • Pubs, bars, restaurants and non-essential retail across the nation will close - takeaways and click-and-collect shopping remain open
  • People are still allowed to form support bubbles - single adults living alone - or single parents whose children are under 18 - can form a support bubble with one other household
  • Children can move between homes if their parents are separated
  • Clinically vulnerable people are asked to be "especially careful" and people are not being asked to resume shielding

Mortgage payment holidays

Mortgage payment holidays will no longer end on October 31.

Borrowers who have been impacted by Coronavirus and have not yet had a mortgage payment holiday will be entitled to a six month holiday, and those that have already started a mortgage payment holiday will be able to top up to six months without this being recorded on their credit file.

The FCA will announce further information, to follow

Business Grants

Businesses required to close in England due to local or national restrictions will be eligible for the following:

  • For properties with a rateable value of £15k or under, grants to be £1,334 per month, or £667 per two weeks;
  • For properties with a rateable value of between £15k-£51k grants to be £2,000 per month, or £1,000 per two weeks;
  • For properties with a rateable value of £51k or over grants to be £3,000 per month, or £1,500 per two weeks.

Business grant policy is fully devolved.

Devolved Administrations will receive UK Government financial support which they could use to establish similar schemes.

Stay safe and rest assured we will keep all our clients fully informed of the new measures and how to claim as we get further details.