£ 40 million for resort corporations in Scotland – what we all know thus far

The £ 40 million package will benefit heavily affected hotel companies like those in Edinburgh

UPDATED: A £ 40 million fund was launched today to help the hospitality industry and other businesses that have been forced to close due to further COVID-19 restrictions.

The Scottish government confirmed the funding package in an earlier announcement. These companies must be in Ayrshire & Arran. Forth Valley; Greater Glasgow & Clyde; Lanarkshire and Lothian Health Authorities must be closed by law under Covid-19 braking restrictions.

“We have decided to further reduce hospitality, but offer significantly more financial aid,” said the first minister, Nicola Sturgeon.

The COVID-19 Restrictions Fund grants one-time grants of up to £ 3,000, depending on the pro rata value, to pubs, bars, restaurants and other businesses that have been forced to close due to restrictions. Businesses with a RV up to £ 51,000 will receive £ 2,000 and businesses over £ 51,000 will receive £ 3,000.

Apply for funding through your community’s website.

In addition, a hardship fund with grants of up to £ 1,500 supports companies that remain open and are directly affected by the restrictions. This includes those in companies’ direct supply chains that have to close.

A discretionary fund of up to £ 11m helps businesses that need assistance but don’t fall into the categories.

In addition, the Scottish Government stated that it “will work with the STUC, employers’ organizations and the HMRC to provide targeted support to workers as we recognize that employers are now responsible for 20 percent of wages for workers on leave.”

The application deadline is Tuesday, November 3rd at 5 p.m..

What are the new COVID-19 restrictions in Scotland?

Pubs and restaurants in the central belt must close for 16 days (from October 10th to 25th) from 6:00 p.m. They can only offer takeaways.

This applies to the health authorities of Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Lanarkshire, Ayrshire and Arran, Lothian and Forth Valley.

In the rest of the country, hospitality establishments are only allowed to work between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m., and no alcohol is served inside. Dinner can be served.

Alcohol can still be served outdoors in licensed premises until the curfew announced last month at 10:00 p.m.

The rule of six still applies indoors and outdoors to restaurants.

Alcohol can still be served at weddings and funerals, but attendance is limited to 20 people. They must take place in regulated rooms.

Customers must wear face masks inside (except when eating and drinking) and provide their contact details for track and trace.

The staff must wear masks and there is only table service.

Snooker and pool halls, bingo halls, bowling alleys and casinos in the five most vulnerable health authorities will be closed for the above 16-day period. Live outdoor events are also prohibited.

Professional sports can be practiced, but contact sports and training for those over 18 will be suspended for the same period. Gyms can remain open for individual exercise, but indoor group exercise is only permitted for children under the age of 18.

Stores are also being asked to reintroduce two-meter distancing as well as some other measures such as one-way systems.

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