COVID-19: Support for Salisbury businesses and employees

COVID-19: Support for Salisbury businesses and employees

Published by Mike Draper at 7:15am 22nd March 2020.

3 minute read

Salisbury BID say they're ready to help and guide their local traders during this unprecedented and difficult time.

The leaders of Salisbury BID have put a package of information together following the Government's extreme measures announced on Friday (20 March 2020) to try and control the outbreak of coronavirus.

Those measures ordered the immediate closure of the leisure sector businesses. The closures came into force on Friday and in Salisbury have affected:

  • Food and drink venues (for consumption on-site)
  • Drinking establishments (bars, pubs and nightclubs)
  • Entertainment venues (cinemas, theatres, concert halls and bingo halls)
  • Museums and galleries
  • Spas, wellness centres and massage parlours
  • Casinos and betting shops
  • All indoor leisure, sports facilities and gyms

This will not impact the relaxation of planning rules announced earlier this week which will allow pubs and restaurants to operate as hot food takeaways during the coronavirus outbreak.

These measures will be reviewed monthly, but the immediate, and anticipated long term impact on the city will be huge.


The BID says it's ready to assists its local business members and help protect the employees, by signposting them towards accessing the right financial support.

A photo of Robin McGowan CEO of Salisbury BID, standing with Milford Street in the background..
OFFERING SUPPORT TO SALISBURY: Robin McGowan is the Chief Executive of Salisbury BID

Here's an overview, from Salisbury BID, of the Government's plan

The Chancellor says the government will step in to help pay people's wages through a Coronavirus job retention scheme:

  • * Government will cover 80% of the salary of retained workers (up to £2,500 a month)
  • * Government will cover the cost of wages backdated to 1st March and will be open before the end of April for at least 3 months (open to any employer in the country)
  • * There's no limit on the funding available for this scheme
  • * No business will pay VAT from now to mid June
  • * Business Interruption Loan Scheme will now be interest free for 12 months (originally 6)
  • * Universal Credit allowance increases £1,000 a year and the next tax self assessments will be deferred until the start of next year
  • * Self-employed will get full Universal Credit at a rate equivalent to statutory sick pay
  • * Further £1bn announced to cover 30% of house rental costs


If you are unsure about what happens next, get in touch with Salisbury BID here to see if they can do anything to support your business.

A handwritten sign in a Salisbury shop window says closed due to coronavirus.
ECONOMIC IMPACT: Large numbers of Salisbury's shops and traders have already shut as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.


The Chancellor promises further measures next week to ensure larger and medium sized businesses will be able to access the credit they need.


The Prime Minister said "the government will do whatever it takes to support the UK economy."

Details of how businesses can access this support will become available in the coming days.

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