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Support for businesses providing visitor accommodation

The Bailiwick of Guernsey entered into Phase 5 of the exit from lockdown on Saturday 20th June, meaning that most sectors went back to normal trading. However, there are some sectors that continue to be heavily affected by the Coronavirus, including businesses providing visitor accommodation. This guidance note outlines the additional support available to that sector.

On the 26th June a grant scheme was announced, specifically for businesses that provide visitor accommodation. This scheme was to be introduced with effect from 1st July 2020, with the first payments in early August.  However, following concerns expressed by members of the industry, the introduction was moved back to 1st October and alternative arrangements were put in place for the July – September period.

The payroll co-funding scheme continued to be made available for visitor accommodation businesses for an extended period until 30 September.  However, from 1st October the original payroll co-funding scheme is no longer applicable to visitor accommodation businesses. Instead support is available to these businesses under the visitor accommodation support scheme, which includes options for either a form of payroll co-funding or a grant based on the number of rooms or units.

Applications for the visitor accommodation support scheme were invited from 1st August until 31st August. The scheme is now closed to new applicants. The guidance provided here outlines the support available to those who have successfully applied.

The Visitor Accommodation Support Scheme

Businesses that provide visitor accommodation, and who have successfully applied for support under this scheme, will be eligible for payments in the form of a fixed monthly grant per bedroom or self-catering unit (“the grant”) or a form of payroll co-funding. Those businesses will shortly be asked to select which of these support options they wish to receive. The same eligibility criteria apply in both cases.

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