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‘Devastating’ Crawley’s Hollywood Bowl reaction to Government U-turn on reopening

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They were just one day away from opening, but following the latest decision by the Government everything has changed.

Now the news has thrown turmoil across the country as bowling alleys and other indoor venues are being forced to wait another two weeks.

In a statement Stephen Burns, Chief Executive of Hollywood Bowl Group:

“This is incredibly disappointing and unexpected. There is absolutely no scientific evidence to suggest that bowling is less safe than other activities which have been allowed to reopen and remain open.

We have taken every possible precaution to make sure our customers can socially distance in our spacious centres with extensive hygiene protocols in place.

To hear this news at the last minute is devastating for our team members and customers looking forward to returning.” 

Across town the announcement also caused some confusion for those wanting to visit K2 Crawley, thinking it was now closing. Everyone Active were happily able to rectify the confusion by confirming they are not closing and are open for business.

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Over £2m given to Crawley Council for discretionary business grants

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Eligible Crawley businesses can now apply for discretionary business grants.

The government has given the council £2,248,180 in Additional Restrictions Grant, which is given to businesses that have been affected by the lockdown but are not legally required to close.

This funding lasts until March 2022 and is based on £20 per person in Crawley rather than the number of businesses in the town.

Eligible businesses are those who:

  • Are not entitled to Local Restriction Support Grants, and
  • Were open and trading the day before national restrictions were imposed (Wednesday 4 November), and
  • Are now required to close under national restrictions or, while not legally forced to close, are severely impacted by the restrictions.

Applications for the Additional Restrictions Grant can now be made at grantapproval.co.uk

There are different types of grants based on the rateable value of property/property costs or business type.

Businesses can check if they’re eligible for the Additional Restrictions Grant by visiting gov.uk/guidance/check-if-youre-eligible-for-the-coronavirus-additional-restrictions-grant

There is further guidance and a copy of the West Sussex countywide policy on the council’s website. The scheme will close on Sunday 13 December and the aim is to make payments as soon as possible after that.

Councillor Peter Lamb, Leader of the Council, said:

“While we haven’t been allocated enough funding to help every local business, we will do everything we can to support as many Crawley businesses as possible.

“If you need support please get in touch via the council’s dedicated webpage.”

Applications for the Local Restriction Support Grant opened on 17 November. Businesses forced to close by the second lockdown can apply for this grant at grantapproval.co.uk For more details on help available for businesses visit crawley.gov.uk/emergency/coronavirus-information/businesses-and-employers

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