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COVID-19 Local Restrictions Support Grants

Business eligibility

For a business to qualify for a Local Restriction Support Grant, it must have been required by the Government to close during the National Lockdown from 5 November until 2 December 2020. This includes:

  • Nightclubs, dance halls, and discos, sexual entertainment venues and hostess bars that were required to close from 23 March 2020 (Grant payment are only effective from 1 November 2020.) 
  • Pubs, bars, casinos, adult gaming establishments, betting shops and soft play centres that were required to close from 23 October 2020. 
  • All non-essential retail, hospitality venues, accommodation, leisure and sports facilities, entertainment venues, personal care facilities and community centres required to close from 5 November 2020. 

Ineligible businesses 

Businesses that were not required to close by during the national lockdown from 5 November until 2 December 2020 will not be eligible for a grant payment.

This includes: 

  • Food shops, supermarkets, garden centres, hardware stores, building merchants and off-licences 
  • Petrol Stations, car repair and MOT services, bicycle shops, taxi and vehicle hire businesses, car parks and motorway service stations 
  • Banks, building societies, post offices, loan providers and money transfer businesses 
  • Medical services such as dentists, opticians and pharmacies 
  • Vets, pet shops and agricultural supplies shops 
  • Storage facilities, funeral directors, launderettes and dry cleaners  
  • Public toilets
  • Places of worship 
  • Outdoor playgrounds 
  • Businesses on this list that may have chosen to close but were not required to, are not eligible for this grant.  

See a full list of businesses that are required to close, and those that can remain open.

Businesses that have not been required to close, but have suffered hardship as a result other businesses closing, may be eligible for a Discressionary Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG).

 

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