Employees can either be furloughed full-time or on a part-time basis.
Small businesses forced to shut during the month-long lockdown in England will also be able to claim grants worth up to £3,000 per month per premises per month.
- For properties with a rateable value of £15,000 or under, grants to be £1,334 per month, or £667 per two weeks
For properties with a rateable value of between £15,000-£51,000 grants to be £2,000 per month, or £1,000 per two weeks
- For properties with a rateable value of £51,000 or over grants to be £3,000 per month, or £1,500 per two weeks.
And Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove has already said the that the English national lockdown could be extended beyond December 2.
The government was forced to act having been presented with evidence from the Sage advisory group that the pandemic had breached the “reasonable worst-case scenario” accepted by the Cabinet Office. This assumed 85,000 deaths over the winter.
The England national lockdown will be a body blow to many small businesses repeatedly punched in the face by regional tier restrictions.
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Which businesses will be forced to close?
All non-essential shops, hospitality and leisure businesses will be shut from Thursday, November 5.
- Non-essential retail
- Hairdressers, barbers, nail salons, tanning salons
- Pubs, bars, restaurants and hotels
- Cinemas, theatres and other entertainment venues
Which businesses can stay open?
- Garden centres
- Hardware stores
- Film and television production shoots