Jersey businesses most affected by COVID-19 will receive extra financial support into the autumn and winter. This follows the recent third wave of infections and the delay to Stage 7 of the reconnection programme.
Ministers have also relaxed restrictions under the law on how many people can gather in private gardens. The current limit of 20 people will be removed to bring the requirements in line with those for outdoor public spaces. The change comes into effect tomorrow (Thursday 5 August) morning.
Business support schemes will be extended as follows:
- Visitor Attraction and Events Scheme will be extended until March 2022.
- Visitor Accommodation Support Scheme will be extended until March 2022.
- Fixed Cost Support Scheme, where connected to the events sector, will be extended until March 2022. In addition, close-contact personal services businesses such beauticians and health and wellbeing practitioners will be able to claim until September, at which point it is anticipated that the work-from-home guidance will be relaxed.
- Co-Funded Payroll Scheme will be extended until September 2021 for all sectors that already qualify. The scheme will also be available to wholesale/retail and health and wellbeing businesses.
The Minister for Economic Development, Tourism, Sport and Culture, Senator Lyndon Farnham, said: “I am pleased to announce the extension of the business support measures to continue to protect livelihoods and ensure that businesses most severely affected by the pandemic receive appropriate support throughout the winter months. These schemes will remain under regular review.”
Minister for Treasury and Resources, Deputy Susie Pinel, said: “These schemes have been important pillars in our support for businesses and employees during the pandemic, and it is right that we extend them to the end of September, by which time we expect trading conditions to have improved.
“The majority of the additional spend required to extend these schemes will be met by the existing Economic Recovery allocation for 2021, and I have allocated an additional £3.6m for the Co-Funded Payroll Scheme.”
Government of Jersey News Release.