The threat from COVID-19 has never been greater locally. COVID-19 infection rates are currently doubling every five days in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.
In the latest published seven-day data, 786 people in every 100,000 people have COVID-19 in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole – more than double the number the week before.*
Since New Year’s Day, someone has been admitted to hospital with COVID-19 every hour in the local area, and someone has died every six hours.
It is vital that we all stay at home. 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 don’t have any symptoms. Please don’t risk passing it onto others.
*Data for 7-day period ending 5 January 2021
With most of the UK currently placed under Tier 4 restrictions and another full lockdown looking increasingly likely, we thought it might be beneficial to summarise the support available to businesses at this time.
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) – This job support scheme will continue to run until the end of April, with Government grants meeting 80% of the normal monthly wage, capped at £2,500 per employee per month. Employees can be fully furloughed or part-time furloughed.
Self-Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS) – This support scheme for the self-employed or partners is set to run until the end of April with Government Grants available for the three months ending on 31st January of 80% of average profits capped at £7,500.
We await the Government to announce the grant level for SEISS for the three months to 30th April, but we expect this to be 80% of average profits capped at £7,500, in line with the CJRS.
Loan schemes – Both the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme and the Bounce Back Loan scheme are still available until 31st March. They will provide loan support for businesses that have been adversely affected by COVID-19.
Local Restrictions Support Grants – These Grants are available for businesses required to close or cannot offer their normal service due to local restrictions, i.e. in Tier 4 all non-essential retail and pubs and restaurants. The business will be required to be closed for at least 14 days due to the restrictions. The Grants are based on the rateable value of the business premises, and the business can receive one Grant for each non-domestic property within the restriction area. The Grants are administered by the local councils, and you will need to contact them to apply for the Grant. The level of the Grants depends on the rateable value as follows:
||Grant every 14 days
|£15,000 or less
|£51,000 or less but above £15,000
If you require guidance on any of these changes, please contact our HR team at firstname.lastname@example.org or your TC adviser on 0330 088 7111.
From 23rd-27th December, you can form an exclusive ‘Christmas bubble’ of up to three households to spend time together in private homes, attend places of worship, or meet in an outdoor place.
You can continue to meet people who are not in your Christmas bubble outside your home according to the rules of the tier in which we are in.
From 28 December, you must follow the guidance for the tier in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.
For more information, click here.
COVID-19 has put traditional work experience on hold. Dorset Careers Hub is filling the gap this year with virtual work experience in collaboration with Speakers for Schools and using their cutting-edge work experience platform.
They are looking for companies who can:
- Design a realistic working brief that will take a group of students three days to complete in June 2021
- Schedule two or three staff members who can each provide a few hours meeting students online, support them with their work and provide feedback.
To find out more, click here.
BCP Council has teamed up with Public Health Dorset and Dorset Council to broadcast together this coming Thursday, 26th November, after the Government has announced which tier the area will be in once the current national restrictions end on 2 December.
Join BCP Council for the live broadcast via Microsoft Teams from 7pm. You will need to ensure you have downloaded the free Microsoft Teams app to your device to be able to join the broadcast.
BCP Council would love you to submit a question, but please note this needs to be done in advance using this form.
If you are unable to join at 7pm on Thursday, be assured that the briefing will be recorded and available to watch back on BCP Council’s YouTube channel afterwards. Over 2,200 people watched the last COVID-19 broadcast on our YouTube channel following the live session on 29 October.
Cllr Nicola Greene, Portfolio Holder for Covid resilience and Public Health for BCP Council, Director of Public Health Dorset, Sam Crowe and Aidan Dunn, Executive Director for Corporate Development at Dorset Council will be hosting the session. They will outline what the latest restrictions mean for local areas, council services and will answer residents’ questions.
Director of Public Health Dorset, Sam Crowe, said: “With Christmas just around the corner, we know that people across the BCP areas will want to understand what the latest rules from Government mean for them and their families. Many people live and work across both council areas, so we wanted to hold a live session as soon as possible to discuss what the next few weeks will look like and hopefully answer some questions that people may have.”
See the local restriction tier system that will be in place from Wednesday 2nd December, including what you can and cannot do in each tier.
Read the latest government guidance here.
Read the latest Winter Plan from the government here.
Public Health Dorset has published the latest weekly figures for COVID-19 in the BCP Council and Dorset Council areas, which show that they have risen COVID-19 cases have risen.
Find out more here
Welfare call if you are told to self-isolate
If you’ve been told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace you will receive a welfare call from our ‘Together We Can’ team.
If someone is vulnerable and without a support network of friends and family to help you access food and essential items, help will be offered through our volunteer scheme.
Find out more here.
Protecting people, supporting businesses
Our economic development team and environmental health officers have been assisting local businesses, with advice and support to help them adhere to government COVID-19 guidance, ensuring they re-open, stay open and operate safely and successfully. The majority of businesses have been complying with the guidance. We’ve received a £187,500 government grant to help continue this work so that we can keep local people safe and businesses operating, whilst keeping the infection rate down and avoiding further local restrictions.
We’re working closely with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to contact local businesses and will soon be carrying out spot checks to make sure they are COVID-secure. If you run a business and our officers make a call, please don’t ignore it.
Find out more here.