Public Health - Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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COVID-19 Workplace operations

Visit our Environmental Health pages for specific information about operating your business safely.

Updated April 2021 - Restart grants

The government announced Restart grants for eligible ratepaying businesses in the recent budget.

They are for the following sectors in England who receive a business rates bill:

  • non-essential retail
  • hospitality
  • tourism accommodation
  • leisure
  • personal care
  • gym

Following anti fraud checks required by Government we have now begun making payments. The payments will start to be received into bank accounts from 21 April 2021. These will be completed over the next few weeks.

Island businesses which completed the online application form for the LRSG and rolling payments in January/February 2021 and received a grant payment are eligible under this new scheme. You will be paid automatically using your existing details held by us.

Businesses which did not complete the previous online application form for LRSG but are eligible under the updated scheme should make an application. To be eligible you must be business rated to qualify for the Restart grant and were mandated to close during the national lockdown.

Apply for a Restart grant:

  • Please download and print off the restart application form
  • Complete the form
  • Return the form to Please quote 'Grant Application' and your business rates account number.
  • This form must be completed and returned by 30 June 2021.

The support will take the form of one-off grants:

  • up to £6,000 to non-essential retail business premises. This is to help you reopen safely.
  • up to £18,000 to hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym business premises. These may open later under plans set out in the government roadmap and will be more affected by restrictions when they do reopen.

The level of grant will depend on the rateable value in three bands. Properties rated:

  • £15,000 or under
  • between £15,001 to £50,999
  • £51,000 or over

Businesses must have been trading on 1 April 2021 to be eligible to receive funding. For more information view the Restart grant guidance.

Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG)

The government has allocated us a further £852,000 of discretionary funding to support businesses severely impacted by COVID-19.

This could include:

  • businesses in the ‘supply chain’ for non-essential retail and the hospitality sector
  • businesses operating from domestic rated properties such as bed and breakfast accommodation
  • self-employed not operating from premises such as taxi drivers and mobile personal care

Please read the ARG guidance before completing the application form.

This round of ARG funding is only for those businesses who are not eligible for Restart Grants.

The fund is less than previous ARG allocations. Due to the likely level of demand payments will be more modest than previous grants allocated.

Other grant support under national lockdown

The current position in relation to national lockdown grant categories is as below.

Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG)

All LRSG grant schemes closed on 31 March including rolling grant payments. The closing date for applications for payments for the first cycle (5 January to 15 February) was 31 March.

The closing date for the second cycle of the rolling payment (16 February to 31 March) is 31 May. A new application form will be available shortly.

One-off top up grants

The closing date for applications for these payments was 31 March.

We will continue to make payments as quickly as we can. Please do not to contact us to chase payments as this may lead to delays.

Support finder tool

The government has published a special ‘support finder’ tool to help businesses and the self-employed quickly and easily find out what financial support is available.

Funding support

Many businesses have needed funding support to help them through this uncertain period. Below is a list of opportunities currently available:

Innovation funding

There is also funding available for innovative and research-intensive businesses that have been impacted.

Other services

For key advice on other services affecting your business you can access the relevant information below. In particular, the Environmental Health information on COVID-19 workplace operations.