COVID-19 and Tattoo Studio’s in the UK

This pandemic is said to have first appeared in the UK last January, there were reports of people getting a real bad flu like illness around this time that went on for weeks.

Following the news on March 20th 2020 the Government had shut schools restaurants, pubs, indoor entertainment venues and leisure centres. We were already wiping down all door handles with soapy water and bleach every time someone had entered the studio. Normal tattoo studio hygiene precautions cover just about everything except a pandemic like this.

The government announced a full lock down on March 23rd 2020. Tattoo Studio’s will most likely be one of the last businesses that are allowed to reopen, there will be a new normal as the lock down is eased. Switzerland and Denmark have allowed tattoo studio’s to reopen, and face masks are required along with the normal gloves and hygiene precaution. MORE

Government Funding May Be Possible

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme

If you are self-employed (either as an individual or in a partnership), you can claim a taxable grant worth 80% of your trading profits up to a maximum of £2,500 per month, for 3 months. This may be extended.

You may be eligible for this scheme if:

you’ve lost profits due to coronavirus

you’ve submitted your Self Assessment tax return for 2018 to 2019 tax year

you traded in 2019 to 2020 tax year

you are trading when you apply, or would be except for coronavirus

you intend to continue trading in 2020 to 2021 tax year

your trading profits have been no more than £50,000 for either 2018 to 2019 tax year, or as an average of last 3 financial years

your trading profits have been more than half of your total income for either 2018 to 2019 tax year, or as an average of last 3 financial years

Government Funding

Prime Minister Boris Johnson addressed the nation on coronavirus. 

PM address to the nation on coronavirus: 10 May 2020

Further information regarding opening of businesses will be announced in the UK Parliament over the coming days. Earliest date for a phased opening of shops is June 1st with July being a possible time when the hospitality industry and other public places, provided they are safe and enforce social distancing, will begin to open. 

NHS England COVID-19 Information

World COVID-19 Information

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

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