Retailers, hairdressers and beauty salons, driving schools and gyms will now be able to access co-funded payroll scheme support for January 2022.
Eligible businesses will be able to claim up to £1,250 per employee if their income for January 2022 fell by more than 20% compared to January 2020.
It comes a survey by the Chamber of Commerce highlighted how retailers and close contact services had suffered over December 2021 and January 2022.
Almost 90% of those responding reported a drop in their January 2022 turnover, compared to the same period in 2019.
A quarter of those taking part in the survey saw a drop of 50% or more in their 2019 January figures, with half of all questioned seeing a decline of between 20% and 50%.
Just over 50% of those completing the survey felt that the recommendations to work from home and the mandatory wearing of masks drove down turnover in January.
That data was then delivered to Ministers, who yesterday announced that they would be extending the Co-funded Payroll Scheme (CFPS) to more sectors - a full list can be found below.
"The CFPS is the most effective tool we have to respond to the impact that public health measures have had on businesses. When we brought back the scheme in December, we committed to keeping it under review to ensure it was able to provide support to all the sectors that were severely impacted, and this latest change shows we have done this," Treasury Minister Deputy Susie Pinel said.
She added that this is expected to be the "final extension of the scheme."
"The CFPS, together with other business support schemes, has protected the livelihoods of 15,000 islanders throughout the pandemic. Now that public health measures have been withdrawn, we are entering a new phase of the pandemic and we look forward to a brighter year ahead, where the economy is able to operate free from restrictions," she commented.
Wholesale and retail (excluding ‘essential retail’):
Education, health and other services:
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