Coronavirus (Covid-19) information for businesses and employers

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) information for businesses and employers

Current restrictions

  • Covid restrictions lifted in England
    • From Thursday 20th January, the government is no longer requiring people to work from home if they can. Employers should start speaking to their staff about arrangements for returning to workplaces, whilst continuing to follow the Working Safely guidance.
    • From Thursday 27th January, face coverings will no longer be required by law in any setting, although public health guidance recommending individuals should continue to wear a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces where they may come into contact with people they do not normally meet will remain in place.
    • Also from Thursday 27th January, venues and events will no longer be required by law to use the NHS Covid Pass. However, the Pass will remain available on the NHS App as some venues may still voluntarily choose to require proof of COVID status as a condition of entry to reduce risk for attendees and staff.
    • Businesses can find assets summarising these changes on the coronavirus resource website.

For more Coronavirus related information, advice and guidance (including locally related) please see Gosport Borough Council’s Coronavirus and Advice for Gosport businesses webpages.

Government funded grants during periods of national lockdowns and local restrictions

Updates

  • Omicron Hospitality and Leisure (OHL) Grant
    • Applications closed.
  • Covid-19 Additional Relief Fund (CARF) announced on 15 December
    • This new discretionary business rates relief scheme will be available to support those businesses affected by the pandemic and have been unable to adequately adapt to that impact but that are ineligible for existing support linked to business rates. 
    • As a result locally authorities will not be able to award relief to ratepayers who for the same period of the relief either are or would have been eligible for the:
      • Extended Retail Discount(covering Retail, Hospitality and Leisure).
      • Nursery Discount.
      • Airport and Ground Operations Support Scheme (AGOSS).
    • Local Authorities will be administering the grants that will become available, once further guidance and the funding has been provided by the Government. Therefore please check back regularly on this webpage for updates on our discretionary scheme for Gosport.
  • Additional Restrictions Grant funding opportunities
    • Applications closed.

Please check back regularly on our website and follow the council’s social media accounts on Twitter and Facebook for updates on grant funding etc. To be kept informed of all the latest business related news from Gosport Borough Council e.g. council and partner led business support initiatives, business events, funding support and government information please subscribe to our Business Bulletin.

Please see the table below for more details of the government funded Coronavirus related business support grants administered by Gosport Borough Council:

Restriction periodGrant availableWho is it for?
8 Dec 2021 onwards ARG Crucial Business GrantGosport Borough Council has a small number of grants available for organisations that make a significant contribution to Gosport and have been negatively impacted by the pandemic.

Application window closed.
8 Dec 2021 onwardsARG New Business GrantIndependent businesses with their main trading address in Gosport that started trading since 1 November 2020 and so have not been eligible for the recent Covid-19 business support grants.

Application window closed 20 March 2022.
8 Dec 2021 onwardsARG Resilience GrantSector specific independent businesses with their main trading address in Gosport that have been impacted by the pandemic and the Omicron variant in particular.

Application window closed 20 March 2022.
8 Dec 2021 onwardsARG Hospitality GrantGosport based independent hospitality businesses and clubs severely impacted by the Omicron variant.

Application window closed 20 March 2022.
8 Dec 2021 onwardsOmicron Hospitality and Leisure GrantBusinesses that offer in-person services, where the main service and activity takes place in a fixed Business Rates-paying premises, within the hospitality, leisure and accommodation sectors (applications closed Sunday 20 February 2022).
1 April onwardsAdditional Restrictions Grant – Autumn/Winter 2021/22Businesses severely impacted by lockdown including non-business rates payers, home based and regular market traders (applications closed on 11 February 2022).
1 April onwardsARG Recovery Grant Round 2ARG eligible businesses that did not apply for the ARG Recovery Grant when the first round was live.

ARG applicants that were not successful in previous rounds as a result of not meeting the turnover decline eligibility criteria.

Local Restrictions Support Grant recipient businesses that did not qualify for the Restart Grant.

Applications closed 21 January 2022.
1 April 2021 onwardsAdditional Restrictions Grant – Spring/Summer 2021 Round 2 and ARG Recovery Grant Round 2Businesses severely impacted by lockdown including non-business rates payers, home based, regular market traders and taxi-drivers (applications closed 21 January 2022).
1 April 2021 onwardsAdditional Restrictions Grant – Spring/Summer 20201 and ARG Recovery GrantBusinesses severely impacted by lockdown including non-business rates payers, home-based, regular market traders and taxi-drivers (applications closed 19 July 2021).
1 April 2021 onwardsRestart GrantBusinesses that are predominantly reliant on delivering in-person services to the general public i.e. non-essential retail plus hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym/sports related (applications closed 30 June 2021).
5 Jan 2021 onwards (National Lockdown 3)LRSG (Closed Addendum) January and Closed Businesses Lockdown PaymentAll businesses mandated to close in lockdown (applications closed 31 Mar 2021 for the payment periods up to 15 Feb; and closed 31 May 2021 for the payment period 16 Feb to 31 Mar).
5 Jan 2021 onwards (National Lockdown 3)Additional Restrictions GrantBusinesses severely impacted by lockdown (applications closed 30 June 2021).
19 Dec 2020 – 4 Jan 2021 (Tier 4)LRSG (Closed Addendum) Tier 4All businesses forced to close in Tier 4 (applications closed 31 Mar 2021).
19 Dec 2020 – 4 Jan 2021 (Tier 4)Additional Restrictions GrantBusinesses severely impacted by Tier 4 restrictions (applications closed 30 June 2021).
2 – 29 Dec 2020 (Tier 2 and 4)Christmas Support Payment for Wet-Led PubsWet-Led Pubs (applications closed 28 Feb 2021)
2 – 18 Dec 2020 (Tier 2)LRSG (Sector)Nightclubs and other venues forced to close (applications closed 31 Mar 2021)
2 – 18 Dec 2020 (Tier 2)LRSG (Closed)Businesses forced to close i.e. wet-led pubs (applications closed 31 Mar 2021).
2 – 18 Dec 2020 (Tier 2)LRSG (Open)Hospitality and leisure businesses severely impacted by Tier 2 restrictions (applications closed 31 Mar 2021)
2 – 18 Dec 2020 (Tier 2)Additional Restrictions GrantBusinesses severely impacted by Tier 2 restrictions (applications closed 30 June 2021).
5 Nov to 1 Dec 2020 (National Lockdown 2)LRSG (Closed Addendum)All businesses forced to close in lockdown (applications closed 31 Mar 2021).
5 Nov to 1 Dec 2020 (National Lockdown 2)Additional Restrictions GrantBusinesses severely impacted by lockdown (applications closed 30 June 2021).
1 Nov to 4 Nov 2020 (Tier 1)LRSG (Sector)Nightclubs and other venues forced to close (applications closed 31 Mar 2021).

Government provided business advice and support information

Please see the following links for the information and latest updates on the business support provided by the Government, including:

Locally provided business advice and support

Gosport Borough Council provided information

General service related information and advice