Monday 18 May update

Lockdown changes

We haven’t changed any of our working arrangements, decision-making or services following the latest announcements by central government.  That’s because national guidance remains that we should continue to stay and work from home as much as possible. 

The government has issued some further guidance for everyone. This includes advice about driving to outdoor spaces for exercise and the re-opening of sports courts.  This is a really useful place to go for any questions.

We continue to progress our plans for the longer-term easing of restrictions, in line with government guidance. 

Travel restrictions

We’re now allowed to travel to exercise. However, North Yorkshire Police and councils across the county are asking people to think very carefully before travelling to the coast and other beauty spots.  This is because many facilities like toilets, cafes and car parks remain closed and an influx of high numbers of visitors will make social distancing difficult.

Business Support

We’ve just received new government guidance about the recently announced business grants top-up.  This is designed to cover businesses who haven’t been eligible for the first rounds of funding.  This includes:

  • small businesses in shared offices or flexible workspaces who don’t have their own rate assessment;
  • regular market traders with fixed building costs;
  • bed and breakfasts which pay Council Tax instead of Business Rates; and
  • charity properties in receipt of Charitable Business Rates Relief which would otherwise have been eligible for Small Business Rates Relief or Rural Rate Relief.

Business will have to prove their eligibility for a grant via an application form to be launched on our website once the scheme is up and running. The total amount of money available for this business grant top up is yet to be finalised, however, as it depends on how much money is left from the initial round of funding.  To get us to a position where we have some clarity, we’ve been trying really hard to contact those businesses eligible for the first rounds – but who haven’t taken up the offer of funding - to get a final decision on whether they want to apply.

Testing

Mobile test centres continue to operate in Selby district.  This week, Drax was used as a location.  That’s because it can be easily reached by large numbers of people in West and South Yorkshire, as well as supporting testing rates in North Yorkshire. Details about how eligible people can book tests is here.