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Wear a mask from tomorrow or face a fine of £100 Crawley shoppers warned

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As the new rules come into force tomorrow, residents are being reminded of the need to wear a mask or face the possibility of a fine when they go out and visit shops.

From tomorrow a face mask must be worn in enclosed public spaces which include shopping malls, supermarkets and banks.

Residents are also reminded of the need to wear a mask when entering a takeaway where someone is entering to eat the food within the premises such as a restaurant the mask may be removed.

Anyone found breaking the rules and not wearing a mask where they should be could face a fine of £100.

In a response to whether Sussex Police would attend incidents where someone was reported not to be wearing a mask they said:

“Sussex Police will continue its approach of engaging, encouraging and explaining the current regulations that are in place and how they can comply with them.

Our priorities lie with public safety and ensuring the force can operate effectively to those who need us. People need to take personal responsibility for their actions, in particular during this heath emergency, and this includes adhering to the latest government guidance.

Local policing teams across the force will increase patrols in town centre areas to offer reassurance to retailers and members of the public, however we expect retailers to manage their stores as they have been doing for a number of weeks now.

Where there is anti-social behaviour and disorder, police will assess and attend if required as part of our usual policing response.

All officers and staff will be adhering to national guidance from the NPCC to determine when PPE or face coverings are required to be worn. “

In addition there are also exemptions that apply to children under 11 or those with disabilities or particular health conditions with Public Health also issuing a warning to parents not to cover babies or young childrens faces due to the risk of choking and suffocation.

Shops are not being forced to ensure their customers wear a face mask, placing the responsibility on the individual.

But there are some indoor venues where masks are not compulsory due to additional safety measures already in place. These include hairdressers, gyms and cinemas.

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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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