Helping high streets through lockdown

As England enters a 28 day lockdown, we highlight here some key resources and guidance that will be useful

The COVID-19 Recovery Framework (below) was developed to help high streets through the initial COVID crisis.

The Framework aims to help place leaders take the most effective action during the immediate crisis, and to build the capacity for recovery and longer-term transformation. It was widely adopted in the first lockdown by local authorities, Business Improvement Districts and other place partnerships.

The Framework can be downloaded and adapted to reflect your local circumstances. It has a guidance document that explains each of the icons shown and the action recommended.

COVID-19 Recovery Framework

Find out more about the COVID-19 Recovery Framework and how to use it.

We have additional resources that will help you plan for re-opening of high streets at the peak Christmas shopping period. These include a 10-point checklist for the pre-recovery and recovery to ensure you are prepared.

The COVID-19 Recovery: Best Practice Guide provides insight to a wide range of initiatives taken in places around the country that supported recovery.

Help your businesses

The Government has announced that businesses required to close in England due to local or national restrictions will be eligible for the following:

  • For properties with a rateable value of £15k or under, grants to be £1,334 per month, or £667 per two weeks;
  • For properties with a rateable value of between £15k-£51k grants to be £2,000 per month, or £1,000 per two weeks;
  • For properties with a rateable value of £51k or over grants to be £3,000 per month, or £1,500 per two weeks.

Make sure that they aware of this and that the grants are payable by the local authority. If your business received a grant in the first lockdown, your local authority should be aware of you but check local authority websites to find out more.

Discretionary grants will also be administered by local authorities and this can include grants to businesses whilst not legally forced to close but are severely impacted by closures put in place, including those who supply retail, hospitality and leisure and businesses such as market traders that fall outside the business rates system. Local authority websites should have more information on this.

Detailed guidance on which venues are able to trade and which must close has been published by the government and is a useful reference. It also provides details on operating in a COVID-safe manner and information on business support.