On Monday, the Government announced a third lockdown to try and control Covid-19 and protect the NHS. The Government has published the legal text for the new COVID-19 restrictions in England announced by the Prime Minister on Monday. MPs will be voting on it today. In the meantime, the Chancellor has announced grants for businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors.

The one-off top-up grants will be provided on a per property basis to businesses closed as a result of the latest restrictions as follows:

  • £4,000 for businesses with a rateable value of £15,000 or under
  • £6,000 for businesses with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000
  • £9,000 for businesses with a rateable value of over £51,000

A further £594 million is also being made available for Local Authorities and the Devolved Administrations to support other businesses not eligible for the grants, that might be affected by the restrictions. Businesses should apply to their Local Authorities.

  • the Scottish Government will receive £375 million
  • the Welsh Government will receive £227 million
  • the Northern Ireland Executive will receive £127 million

The new one-off grants are in addition to the existing business support, including grants worth up to £3,000 for closed businesses, and up to £2,100 per month for impacted businesses once they reopen.

Check if your business is eligible for a coronavirus grant due to national restrictions (for closed businesses).


Update to information for individuals and businesses in Scotland:

The guidance page containing information for individuals and businesses in Scotland has been updated to reflect Scotland’s mainland lockdown and ‘stay at home’ guidance.

Other updates:

The following pages on GOV.UK have been updated to reflect the latest COVID restrictions in the UK:

The Department of Transport has asked us to amplify the message that passengers travelling to France need to present a negative COVID test. The full list of private providers of COVID testing can be found here.


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