COVID-19: Test & Trace, extended self-isolation period, CJRS update & new grants for small businesses
Published 15:07 on 30 Jul 2020
1) Test & Trace campaign launch
NHS Test & Trace has today launched a new campaign to encourage everyone to get a free test as soon as they get symptoms, alongside a new business plan to expand testing capacity and prepare the nation for winter.
Restaurants, pubs, salons and gyms are among the businesses who are being supported by NHS Test & Trace to log their customers to prevent transmission and help contain the virus.
To help amplify this message, please do share our tweet - https://twitter.com/HMGLondonSE/status/1288851227753746432.
2) Extended self-isolation
The UK's Chief Medical Officers have extended the self-isolation period to 10 days for those in the community who have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms or a positive test result.
In symptomatic people COVID-19 is most infectious just before, and for the first few days after symptoms begin. It is very important people with symptoms self-isolate and get a test, which will allow contact tracing.
3) CJRS update
From 1 August 2020, the level of CJRS grant will be reduced each month. In August, the government will pay 80% of wages up to a cap of £2,500 for the hours an employee is on furlough and employers will pay ER NICs and pension contributions for the hours the employee is on furlough.
Employers will continue to be able to choose to top up employee wages above the 80% total and £2,500 cap for the hours not worked at their own expense if they wish. Employers will have to pay their employees for the hours worked.
Please note that 31st July is the last day that you can submit claims for periods ending on or before 30th June.
4) £20 million in new grants for small businesses
Thousands of smaller businesses in England are set to benefit from £20 million of new government funding to help them recover from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, the Minister for Regional Growth and Local Government has today (30 July 2020) announced.
Small and medium sized businesses will have access to grants of between £1,000 - £5,000 to help them access new technology and other equipment as well as professional, legal, financial or other advice to help them get back on track.
Further details of the announcement can be found here: https://bit.ly/NewFundSmallBiz.
Last updated 15:07 on 30 July 2020