Friday 27th November 2020
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Infections falling but pressure on NHS remains acute
Beth’s Christmas wish to see Nan and Gramps
11 year-old Beth started this year with so much to look forward to.
Lots of birthday celebrations, halloween and bonfire parties and a dream holiday to the USA were all on the Rotherham youngster’s 2020 to-do list.
But with the arrival of the pandemic, most of those plans were left in tatters. Now all that remains on Beth’s wishlist is ‘Christmas with Nan and Gramps’, which she desperately hopes can go ahead. Beth is appealing to everyone in Rotherham to help her fulfil her dream of Christmas with her grandparents by sticking to the restrictions and keeping infection rates going down.
Last week we shared Julie Adamson’s heartbreaking story of losing her mother-in-law to Covid-19, being unable to visit her daughter who lives in supported accomodation and her ruined 50th birthday celebrations.
New grants for supply chain businesses hit by Covid
Applications are now open for a fund of up to £6 million to support businesses in South Yorkshire hit hard because they supply companies forced to close by the national lockdown, or affected by tier two and three restrictions.
This latest round of grant support is targeted at businesses that rely largely on the hospitality, accommodation, leisure and entertainment sectors for business-to-business trade, and which have therefore suffered a significant loss income due to COVID restrictions.
This could be companies which supply events such as conferences, trade shows, exhibitions, weddings, banqueting, arts facilities or festivals, travel companies and holiday planners, transport providers and other specialist trades and services.
Payments under the Supply Chain Support Scheme will be based on the rateable value of the business, or rental value for those businesses not registered for business rates.
The funding available for these one-off grants is strictly limited, and businesses must submit their application via the Rotherham Council website (see ‘Supply Chain’ section) by Thursday 17 December 2020.
Businesses will need to supply detailed information and evidence to show how their business has been affected.
Details of all the grant support available for businesses is available at www.rotherham.gov.uk/covid-business-grants
Other funding for businesses directly impacted by the restrictions is also still available from the same website.
Council Leader, Cllr Chris Read released a video message yesterday about the new tier 3 restrictions starting on 2nd December, in which confirmed further support for more businesses would be made available in the near future.
He said: “The Council will be looking over the coming days what we can do to support small and micro enterprises. We will be talking to the Government to see if we can access more financial support to cover businesses over this period, because it is clear that without adding to their initial £30 million for South Yorkshire our businesses will be further disadvantaged.
Plea to mourners to respect the rules
Rotherham Council is appealing to mourners to respect the restrictions in place during burials after some reports of large numbers of people gathering at some services.
All funeral services can be attended by a maximum of 30 mourners so that social distancing can be maintained at all time.
Losing a loved one is difficult and we know it is even harder if you are prevented from paying your respects as you’d normally do, but large gatherings and a failure to socially distance places mourners, their families and the wider public at risk of infection.
The Council has a duty to protect the wider population and may have to ask the Police to intervene if large gatherings of people refuse to respect the restrictions there for everyone’s protection.
Families are being asked to work closely with funeral directors to use all of the times being offered for services, allowing families to continue to be able to grieve for their loved ones in the way that they wish.
We know how difficult it can be to not attend a loved one’s service. This may be because a person is shielding, displaying symptoms of COVID-19, or the maximum 30 persons has been reached.
To enable as many people as possible to be part of the service, a live recording (webcast) of the service is being offered for crematorium services, which you can request through your funeral director.
If you wish to live stream a burial service at a churchyard or cemetery, please speak with the venue where the burial is taking place for more information.