Experience West Sussex COVID Update for West Sussex Tourism & Visitor Economy sector


New National lockdown guidance – Stay at home


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Sector partner updates from

1)    Tourism Alliance

2)     ESCC – Culture and Tourism



1)    Tourism Alliance – TIER updates

6th January

The Chancellor has just announced grants for businesses

  • Business Grants
    • one-off top up grants for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses worth up to £9,000 per property to help businesses through to the Spring
    • £594 million discretionary fund also made available to support other impacted businesses


The one-off top-ups will be granted to closed businesses as follows:

  • £4,000 for businesses with a rateable value of £15,000 or under
  • £6,000 for businesses with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000
  • £9,000 for businesses with a rateable value of over £51,000
  • business support is a devolved policy and therefore the responsibility of the devolved administrations, which will receive additional funding as a result of these announcements in the usual manner:
  • the Scottish Government will receive £375 million
  • the Welsh Government will receive £227 million
  • the Northern Ireland Executive will receive £127 million



                Further details on the grants will follow in guidance to accompany this announcement



5th January


A bit more detail has been added to the link that I send round after the announcement of the National Lockdown in England last night:


  • Tourism-Related Businesses Required to Close
    • hospitality venues such as cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars and social clubs; with the exception of providing food and non-alcoholic drinks for takeaway (until 11pm), click-and-collect and drive-through. All food and drink (including alcohol) can continue to be provided by delivery.
    • accommodation such as hotels, hostels, guest houses and campsites, except for specific circumstances, such as where these act as someone’s main residence, where the person cannot return home, for providing accommodation or support to the homeless, or where it is essential to stay there for work purposes
    • leisure and sports facilities such as leisure centres and gyms, swimming pools, sports courts, fitness and dance studios, riding arenas at riding centres, climbing walls, and golf courses.
    • entertainment venues such as theatres, concert halls, cinemas, museums and galleries, casinos, amusement arcades, bingo halls, bowling alleys, skating rinks, go-karting venues, indoor play and soft play centres and areas (including inflatable parks and trampolining centres), circuses, fairgrounds, funfairs, water parks and theme parks
    • animal attractions (such as zoos, safari parks, aquariums, and wildlife reserves)
    • indoor attractions at venues such as botanical gardens, heritage homes and landmarks must also close, though outdoor grounds of these premises can stay open for outdoor exercise.


All this is reasonably similar to the first national lockdown but it is worth noting:

  • Leaving home to exercise is limited to once a day but for no set period and outdoor attractions such as gardens and grounds can remain open
  • Exercise can be taken with one other person which seems to allow one-on-one outdoor training or activities that comply with all other rules such as travel and social distancing
  • Any worker with a valid reason can stay overnight in accommodation rather than just essential workers as previously.



2)    East Sussex County Council, Tourism and Cultural Lead – a strong focus on Culture and funding.

23rd December

Cultural Recovery Fund – Grants second round

This new programme aims to support culturally significant organisations from April – June 2021 as they transition back to a viable and sustainable operating model. It's open to for-profit and non-profit arts and cultural organisations.

Key information

  • The minimum grant amount you can apply for is £25,000.
  • You can’t apply for more than £1 million in grants if you are a for-profit organisation or more than £3 million in grants if you are a non-profit organisation, local authority or university.
  • These limits include any money that has been received in the previous round of CRF, including grants delivered by National Lottery Heritage Fund, Historic England and the British Film Institute.

There are a series of webinars in January for organisations who want more information before applying and you can read the guidance and apply here by 26 January 2021.



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