Pubs and restaurants can no longer open for the consumption of food or alcohol. Some businesses may offer a takeaway or delivery service if they wish to keep trading. The government website provides further details https://gov.uk/government/news/government-announces-further-measures-on-social-distancing#history

The following businesses and venues have been asked to close: 

For a full list of closed premises –
https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/875263/240320_Revised_Guidance.pdf

  • Food and drink venues for consumption on-site, such as restaurants and cafes.
  • Drinking establishments, including pubs, bars, nightclubs.
  • Entertainment venues, including cinemas, theatres, concert halls, and bingo halls.
  • Hotels / B&B’s (unless offering accommodation to the homeless)
  • Museums and galleries.
  • Hairdressers, Barber shops, Spas, wellness centres and massage parlours.
  • Betting shops, Bingo Halls, Casinos.
  • All leisure and sports facilities, including gyms.

Welsh Government Business Grants

These grants will be administered by Monmouthshire County Council, we will process them as soon as possible.  To check your eligibility, please visit the COVID-19 Welsh Government Business grants website.  Welsh Government will be advising on further financial support for those businesses not covered by these grants.  To ensure we have up to date information from yourself, please complete this form. SHOULD YOU HAVE MORE THAN ONE PREMISE, PLEASE FULLY COMPLETE A FORM FOR EACH.

HMRC Tax Help-line

If as an employer you are having difficulties with your business tax, please visit the link below for guidance issued by UK Government.

HMRC Employer Tax Advice

Business Wales

Some useful advice from Business Wales regarding Coronavirus for Business owners – Business Wales

Support for businesses – new rate relief schemes

On Monday the Welsh Government announced an enhanced scheme of support for businesses affected by the ongoing coronavirus crisis. Retail, leisure and hospitality businesses will receive 100% business rates relief for the financial year 2020/21.

We will award the relief automatically. In addition, a further £100 million will be available across Wales for a new grant scheme for small businesses not covered by the enhanced retail relief scheme. Further details on this new grant scheme are to be confirmed shortly.

For further advice please contact the Council Tax team on 01633 644630 or e-mail counciltax@monmouthshire.gov.uk

A further announcement was made by the Chancellor yesterday involving improved support measurements, we have not had the Welsh Government’s related announcement but as soon as we get we will publish the details.

Retail, Leisure and Hospitality Rates Relief

You can find rates relief guidance from Welsh Government HERE

This guidance is intended to support county and county borough councils (“local authorities”) in administering the Retail, Leisure and Hospitality Rates Relief scheme (“the relief”). On 18 March, the Minister for Finance and Trefnydd announced the expansion of the relief on a temporary basis for 2020-21. This guidance applies to Wales only.

Diversifying your business to include takeaway and delivery?

In these difficult times I’m sure you wish to maintain business continuity and support your community and may want to start supplying takeaway and delivering food.  More information is available on our Environmental Health page here.