Broxtowe Borough Council News and Support for Businesses During COVID-19

Face coverings in Broxtowe businesses

The government has announced that face coverings will be mandatory inside shops and supermarkets from Friday 24th July 2020.

Following the reopening of many businesses across the Borough, these new rules may affect those planning on visiting.

It is important to note that these new rules are in addition to the COVID-Secure measures which businesses should already be implementing.

Shops and supermarkets should also note, that it may not be mandatory for their customers to wear face coverings whilst on their premises currently, however this will change from 24th July.

Furthermore, those businesses where face coverings become mandatory cannot permit their customers to remove any face covering at their own discretion, even with other measures in place.

Under the new rules, people who do not wear a face covering will face a fine of up to £100, in line with the sanction on public transport. Children under 11 and those with certain disabilities will be exempt. The liability for wearing a face covering lies with the individual.

Those struggling to source or preferring not to wear masks, can opt to make their own face covering. Click for Guidance on making your own face covering.

Read the Health Secretary’s statement below. More guidance will be shared when available.

More info

Pay by Phone now available in Broxtowe car parks

In order to reduce the need to use Pay and Display machines for cash payments, parking stays at Council car parks can now be paid for through a mobile app.

The new app can even be used for one free hour parking session per day.

How to Pay by Phone
• Using the PayByPhone app, you can select your car parking location using the relevant unique location number.
• Each car park has a unique location number which can be found in the car park, usually a location sticker on the Pay & Display machine.
• On signing up to the app, users are given the option to receive notification text messages on their parking session. This service is an opt-in extra and costs an additional 10p, on top of the parking charges.
• You can register for and download the app, by clicking below.

Pay By Phone App

Meet our new Town Centre Information Officers

Meet Janice and Zahid, our new Town Centre Information Officers. They will be working with businesses in our town centres to support them as they adapt to COVID-secure guidelines, as well as reacting to any future guidance from government. They’ll also be helping local people visiting the town centres to feel confident in shopping safely.

The new officers are an important face-to-face contact for businesses, as we all look to restart the Broxtowe economy and work on implementing the Council’s COVID Recovery Plan in the coming months.

Businesses in Eastwood, Kimberley and Stapleford Town Centre, look out for Janice on her visits, who is available to chat (at a safe distance!)

Zahid will be visiting the businesses around Beeston Town Centre

Business views for Borough’s Recovery Plan needed

Businesses from the high street, retail, office and industrial parks; market traders, to the self-employed and home workers all have the opportunity to shape the Council’s approach to economic recovery, by interacting with this Borough wide consultation.

Please help us by completing the online version of the survey, so we can get your views in as quickly as possible.

This survey will remain open until at least 31st July 2020, but may be extended in order to obtain the largest and most valuable dataset, that proportionally represents the entire Broxtowe economy.

Recovery Survey

Businesses are also urged to share the link www.broxtowe.gov.uk/BusinessRecovery to ensure the entire business community’s voice is heard.

Disposing of face coverings and PPE

The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs published guidance for the public and businesses on how to dispose of their personal or business waste, including face coverings and PPE.

Public guidance
• Dispose of them in the general waste (black) bin at home or at work, or a litter bin if outside,
• Do not put them in a recycling bin (green) as they cannot be recycled through conventional recycling facilities,
• Take them home if there is no litter bin – do not drop them as litter,
• Do not put them in an extra bag,
• Do not store them for a time before throwing them away.

Business guidance
• Provide extra bins for staff and customers to throw away their face coverings and PPE, and any other additional waste, such as takeaway packaging and disposable tableware. Remember that face coverings will be mandatory from 24th July at all times in shops and supermarkets.
• Make sure that staff and customers do not put face coverings and PPE in a recycling bin as they cannot be recycled through conventional recycling facilities,
• Make sure bins are emptied often so they do not overflow and create litter.

More info on how businesses and the public can dispose of waste by clicking below.

Waste Disposal

Further businesses now open around Broxtowe

Beauticians to include nail bars and salons, tattooists, spas, tanning salons and other close-contact services were permitted to reopen from Monday 13th July.

Helping businesses remain COVID-19 Secure

Businesses can click ‘More info’ below to access the latest guidance packs, which include tailored information on how they must operate COVID-19 securely and a signage template, which must be displayed.

Guidance Packs

The following are currently on schedule to reopen from Saturday 25th July;
• indoor gyms, fitness and dance studios
• swimming pools
• sports facilities

Some businesses will remain closed after 25th July
• Night clubs,
• Bowling alleys,
• Indoor soft play areas,

Must all remain closed until further notice. This is not an exhaustive list of those that must remain closed. More info on businesses permitted to reopen can be found by clicking below.

More info

Further Financial Support to Businesses

A full range of business support measures have been made available to UK businesses and employees.

Click the links below to find out more about scheme, or ‘More info’ for an overview of all support available.
Local Discretionary Business Grants Fund (LDBGF)
• Cash Grant for Retail, Hospitality and Leisure
Small Business Grant Funding
• Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (It is no longer possible to include any workers to this scheme for the first time). All workers must have been furloughed for at least three weeks previously, by the 10th June deadline.
Statutory Sick Pay Rebate

Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme
Coronavirus Bounce Back Loan
Covid-19 Corporate Financing Facility

Self-employment Income Support Scheme
Income Tax Deferral for the Self-Employed
Deferral of Self-Assessment payment

Business Rates Holiday for Retail, Hospitality and Leisure (you do not need to take any action, this is applied automatically by the Council for those eligible)
Business Rates Holiday for Nurseries
Time to Pay Arrangement (TTP)

More info

Council Services

The Council is sharing regular updates about affected Council services at https://www.broxtowe.gov.uk/coronavirus

You can also get updates on our social media accounts.

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