Cllr Paul Harper, Chairman of the Economic Regeneration Committee at Maidstone Borough Council said:
“In order to reduce social contact these measures are essential. However we know that businesses are the lifeblood of the communities we live in and we will do all we can to help them stay afloat during these extraordinarily difficult times.
“Maidstone Borough Council understands this new grant scheme will include those that may not be in the business rates system.
“We are still awaiting the final details of this new scheme and will publish these on our website once we have them.”
Businesses required to close in England will be eligible for the following:
Certain businesses and venues will have to close from the 5 November until 2 December 2020. These include:
Food shops, supermarkets, garden centres and certain other retailers providing essential goods and services can remain open. Essential retail should follow COVID-secure guidelines to protect customers, visitors and workers.
Non-essential retail can remain open for delivery to customers and click-and-collect.
Hospitality venues like restaurants, bars and pubs must close, but can still provide takeaway and delivery services. However, takeaway of alcohol will not be allowed.
Hotels, hostels and other accommodation should only open for those who have to travel for work purposes and for a limited number of other exemptions which will be set out in law.
An application process will be established as soon as possible and published on these pages: https://maidstone.gov.uk/home/other-services/covid-19/tier-2-primary-areas/advice-and-help-for-businesses
The Government has yet to publish the details of how local authorities should administer these grants.
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