COVID-19: Advice for businesses

Advice on keeping the workplace safe and operating under revised safety measures

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We recognise that this is a difficult time for businesses and are doing all we can to support them.

Following new national restrictions on November 5th, certain businesses and venues must close again. These include all non-essential retailers, indoor and outdoor leisure facilities, entertainment venues and personal care facilities. 

Local Restrictions Support Grants (LRSG)

Businesses required to close due to the new national restrictions from 5 November to 2 December 2020 will be able to receive Local Restrictions Support Grants. These are worth up to £3,000 per month (four weeks).

Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) (December 2020 payment)

Businesses that are required to close but do not have a rateable value may be eligible for a discretionary Additional Restrictions Grant of up to £1,800. 

ARG funding also aims to help businesses that may not be legally required to close but are still impacted by the second national lockdown. It is available for businesses (including sole traders, partnerships and unincorporated associations) to apply for regarding the period 5th November 2020 to 2nd December 2020. 

The last date for applying for an ARG is 9am on Monday 14th December.

Business and venue restrictions

Non-essential retail (such as clothing stores, homeware stores, vehicle showrooms (except for rental), betting shops, tailors, tobacco shops, vape shops, electronic goods and mobile phone shops and market stalls selling non-essential goods) have been ordered to temporarily close by the Government. 

However, these venues can:

  • operate click-and-collect (if goods are pre-ordered by the customer over the phone and any monies are paid over the phone and then collected off the premises)
  • operate delivery services

All businesses operating Click and Collect need to complete a Covid-19 Risk Assessment. The identified control measures should be implemented by the business operator. Icon for word View example Covid-19 risk assessment [45.5KB]

Government guidance: help and support available

Visit the Government's website for the latest business information. It explains:

Should an outbreak occur at a business or organisation that you are responsible for, early outbreak management guidance is available which will help you to quickly identify, report and respond to any potential COVID-19 outbreak.

Specific guidance is also available for pubs, bars and restaurants

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