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Support scheme for Visitor Accommodation sector to continue until 2022

The support scheme in place for visitor accommodation businesses in Guernsey and Alderney will continue beyond the end of March this year, for a further 12 months.

24 February 2021

The current scheme was introduced by the Policy & Resources Committee to run from October 2020 until the end of March 2021. The Committee has kept this under review. Right now, the Bailiwick is beginning its exit from the second lockdown, and while the vaccine programme both here and in the UK moves forward at pace, it is still unclear as to when the current restrictions will be lifted sufficiently to allow visitors to be welcomed back to the island again.

To give visitor accommodation businesses the assurance that there will be support going forward, the Committee has agreed to continue the current scheme for a further year and will only revisit it if there is a real improvement for the sector during that time.

The Visitor Accommodation Support Scheme is bespoke for this sector only and offers support through one of two options, a grant or payroll co-funding. At the end of March, when the current period of support ends and the next 12-month period begins (and only at that point) eligible businesses can choose to change how they receive their support if they so wish. In other words, if a business has been receiving payroll co-funding through the Visitor Accommodation Support Scheme, and wishes to opt for grant support instead for the
next 12 months, they can do so.

More detail on the Visitor Accommodation Support Scheme can be found at
https://covid19.gov.gg/guidance/visitor-accommodation.

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