This is an unprecedented and challenging time for our residents, visitors and businesses. At this stage Experience West Sussex Partnership continues to advise and recommend that anyone in the area regularly keeps up-to-date on the latest government advice and how the government response may affect you.
Following yesterday’s announcement (23 June), the Government has confirmed that tourism and hospitality sectors can open in a Covid-safe way from 4 July 2020. This includes pubs, restaurants, hotels and accommodation, museums and theatres. The government has published guidance on how businesses should operate, read the full guidance here.
Unfortunately, not all businesses can open yet. To see if your business can, read the latest advice as of 23 June 2020 here.
A full range of business support measures have been made available to UK businesses and employees. Please follow this link to find out how to access the support that has been made available, who is eligible, when the schemes open and how to apply.
The Experience West Sussex Partnership is currently talking to partners, Visit Britain, sector associations and Destination Management Organisations (DMOs) across the South East who are all working together for the benefit of the sector in this region during this time.
We are also talking to West Sussex tourism businesses to gather intelligence on the impact of Covid-19 on the industry. If you have specific issues you would like to raise please contact us at email@example.com.
Given the fast-changing situation, this page will be updated on a regular basis and we will keep it updated in accordance with official advice from the government, Public Health England and Visit England.
Government has launched a coronavirus business support finder tool which will help businesses and self-employed individuals across the UK, to quickly and easily determine what financial support is available to them. Click here to find out more.
The Government has released guidance for those who work in hospitality, shops, branches, art galleries, theatres and more. These documents will help employers, employees and the self-employed understand how to work and safely reopen during coronavirus.
To ensure that you always have the most up-to-date version, please bookmark the appropriate links and regularly check for updates:
Hotels and other guest accommodation
Restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services
The restaurants and pubs guidance has been revised to incorporate updated announcements that businesses can operate in addition to the existing ability to provide take away and delivery services. Read the updated guidance here.
Offices and contact centres
UK Hospitality Protocols
Funding opportunities for businesses
Government Bounce Back Loans – deadline: 4 November 2020
National Lottery – Heritage Fund – deadline: 30 June 2020
Sport England – deadline: 31 July 2020
Adur & Worthing Council Grants and Funds
Arun District Council Grants and Funds
Chichester District Council Grants
Crawley Borough Council Grants and Business Rates
Horsham District Council Grants and Business Rates
Mid Sussex District Council Grants and Funds
Further business resources:
Government coronavirus business support blog
Non-Governmental coronavirus advice
Government advice for Charity Sector
West Sussex Covid-19 Local Outbreak Control Plan
For visitors and residents
All residents and current or future visitors who have bookings in West Sussex should contact the individual businesses to check their operating status, postponement, refund and cancellation policies. We also ask that anyone currently in West Sussex adheres to the government’s message about staying alert. Read the Government guidance on what you can and can’t do here.
Mental Health advice
Legal Aid advice
Business support webinars
Government business support webinars
Government webinars on supporting staff and self-employed
HMRC webinars: helping employers support employees
CIPD – HR resources and webinars
Sector related links
Visit Britain / Visit England
Helping the tourism industry recover from COVID-19 – VisitBritain paper
New industry standard in development in response to COVID-19 – VisitBritain
Association of Independent Museums
Association of Leading Visitor Attractions
Confederation of British Industry
Federation of small businesses
West Sussex County Council
Business West Sussex
Sussex Chamber of Commerce
24 June 2020: Tourism and hospitality sectors can open from 4th July
10 June 2020: What you can and can’t do
18 May 2020: Everyone with symptoms now eligible for coronavirus tests
12 May 2020: Furlough scheme extended until October
11 May 2020: COVID-19 recovery strategy
11 May 2020: Staying alert and safe (social distancing)
Coronavirus (COVID-19): UK government response
21 March 2020 Guidance: Social Distancing
26 March 2020 Guidance: Employees, employers and businesses
24 March 2020 Guidance: Accommodation providers
17 March 2020 Guidance: Pubs and restaurants to operate as takeaways
26 March 2020 Guidance: Closing certain businesses and premises
26 March 2020 Guidance: Financial help if you’re self-employed
Up-to-date Guidance: Business support measures
22 March 2020 Guidance: Essential travel
24 March 2020 Guidance: COVID-19 advice for accommodation providers