Business subject to National Restrictions (from 5 January 2021)

To reduce social contact, the Government has ordered certain businesses and venues to close or restrict how they provide goods and services. These include:

  • Non-essential retail, such as clothing and homeware stores including tailors, charity shops, antique stores and photography studios, showrooms open to the public for products used in homes, including bathrooms, kitchens and glazing, vehicle showrooms (other than for rental), betting shops, tobacco and vape shops, electronic goods and mobile phone shops, manual car washes, auction houses, homeopathic and naturopathic medicine, traditional chinese medicine and ayurveda, market stalls selling non-essential goods. These venues can continue to be able to operate click-and-collect and delivery services.
  • Hospitality venues such as cafes; restaurants; pubs; bars, including those in hotels or members’ clubs, shisha bars and social clubs.
  • Accommodation such as hotels, hostels, bed and breakfast accommodation, holiday apartments, home, cottages or bungalows, campsites, caravan parks or boarding houses, canal boats; except for specific circumstances, such as where these act as someone’s main residence, where they cannot return home, for homeless people, or where it is essential to stay there for work purposes.
  • Leisure and sports facilities such as leisure centres and gyms, swimming pools, tennis and basketball courts, golf courses, fitness and dance studios, riding arenas at riding centres, climbing walls, archery, driving, and shooting ranges.
  • Entertainment venues such as dance halls, and discotheques, theatres, concert halls, cinemas, museums and galleries, casinos, adult gaming centres/amusement arcades, bingo halls, bowling alleys, skating rinks, go-karting venues, soft play centres and areas, trampolining centres, circuses, funfairs, zoos and other animal attractions, water parks, theme parks.
  • Indoor attractions at botanical gardens, heritage homes and landmarks; except outdoor grounds of these premises which can stay open.
  • Personal care facilities such as hair, beauty, tanning and nail salons, Tattoo parlours, spas, massage parlours, body and skin piercing services.
  • Community centres and halls

Other businesses are permitted to stay open, following COVID-19 Secure guidelines. This includes those providing essential goods or services, including:

  • Food retailers, including food markets, food shops, supermarkets, convenience stores and corner shops. This also includes fresh food retailers (such as butchers, bakers, greengrocers, fishmongers, and delicatessens)
  • Businesses providing repair services
  • Takeaways
  • Off licenses and licensed shops selling alcohol
  • Pharmacies (including non-dispensing pharmacies) and chemists
  • Newsagents
  • Hardware stores (such as tools, timber, paint, plumbing and glass)
  • Building merchants and building services
  • Petrol stations, automatic car washes, car repair and MOT services, bicycle shops
  • Car parks and motorway service areas
  • Taxi or vehicle hire businesses
  • Banks, building societies, credit unions, short term loan providers (such as pawn brokers), savings clubs, cash points and undertakings which by way of business operate currency exchange offices, transmit money (or any representation of money) by any means or cash cheques which are made payable to customers
  • Post offices
  • Funeral directors
  • Laundrettes and dry cleaners
  • Dental services and medical services - opticians, audiology services, chiropody, chiropractors, osteopaths and other medical or health services, including services relating to mental health.
  • Veterinary surgeons and retailers of products and food for the upkeep and welfare of animals (pet shops)
  • Animal rescue centres and boarding facilities
  • Animal grooming facilities only for the purposes of the animal’s welfare (and not for aesthetic purposes).
  • Garden centres, agricultural supplies shops,
  • Storage and distribution facilities
  • public toilets
  • Outdoor playgrounds
  • Places of worship, apart from for the purposes of independent prayer, and service broadcasting and funerals
  • Businesses that are able to continue to trade because they do not depend on providing direct in-person services from premises and can operate their services effectively remotely (e.g., accountants, solicitors).

A Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) will be available to eligible businesses for the period of the national restrictions.

The level of grant paid will depend on the rateable value of the business premises.

The LRSG (Closed) Addendum payment thresholds for 5 January to 16 February 2021:

  • For properties with a rateable value of £15,000 or under; £2,001 for each 42 day (6 week) qualifying restriction period.
  • For properties with a rateable value of over £15,000 and below £51,000; £3,000 for each 42 day (6 week) qualifying restriction period.
  • For properties with a rateable value of £51,000 or over; £4,500 for each 42 day (6 week) qualifying restriction period.

The LRSG (Closed) Addendum payment thresholds for 16 February to 31 March 2021 are:

  • For properties with a rateable value of £15,000 or under; £2,096 for each 44 day qualifying restriction period.
  • For properties with a rateable value of over £15,000 and below £51,000; £3,143 for each 44 day qualifying restriction period.
  • For properties with a rateable value of £51,000 or over; £4,714 for each 44 day qualifying restriction period.

A Closed Business Lockdown Payment ‘one-off’ grant payment will be made based on the rateable value of the business premises, payment thresholds for this additional grant are:

  • For properties with a rateable value of £15,000 or under = £4,000
  • For properties with a rateable value of over £15,000 and below £51,000 = £6,000
  • For properties with a rateable value of £51,000 or over = £9,000

Businesses need to apply by the 31 March 2021 in order to receive a Closed Business Lockdown Payment.

Those businesses that have been awarded the Local Restrictions Support Grant as a result of previous restrictions do not need to re-apply as they will be contacted to confirm their eligibility.

Businesses subject to Tier 3 Local Restrictions (from 31 December 2020 to 4 January 2021)

As a result of Tier 3 local restrictions being put in place to manage the spread of coronavirus, the following business premises operating within the boundaries of Wirral Council will be required to close from the 31 December 2020 to 5 January 2021:

Hospitality

Hospitality settings, such as bars (including shisha bars), pubs, cafes, restaurants, and social clubs must close except for takeaway, delivery and click and collect services. This includes restaurants and bars within hotels or member’s clubs.

Accommodation

Accommodation such as hotels, B&Bs, campsites, holiday lets and guest houses must close.

Businesses that remain open in law, but are located within accommodation, such as a spa within a hotel, can remain open.

Closed entertainment venues and visitor attractions

The following entertainment and tourist venues must close:

  • indoor play centres and areas, including inflatable parks and soft play centres and areas (other than for people who have a disability)
  • trampolining parks (other than for elite athletes, people with a disability, supervised activities for children and for formal education or training purposes)
  • casinos
  • bingo halls
  • bowling alleys
  • indoor skating rinks (other than for elite athletes, professional dancers and choreographers, people with a disability, supervised activities for children and for formal education or training purposes)
  • amusement arcades and adult gaming centres
  • nightclubs and adult entertainment venues
  • laser quests and escape rooms
  • cinemas, theatres concert halls – other than drive-in events, broadcasting performances, training or rehearsal
  • circuses
  • snooker and pool halls (other than for elite athletes)

At the following outdoor entertainment venues, the indoor attractions must close:

  • zoos, safari parks, and aquariums
  • other animal attractions including farms
  • water parks and aqua parks
  • model villages
  • museums, galleries and sculpture parks
  • botanical or other gardens, biomes or greenhouses
  • theme parks, fairgrounds and funfairs
  • adventure playgrounds and parks, including ziplining
  • visitor attractions at film studios,
  • heritage sites such as castles, stately homes or heritage railways
  • landmarks including observation wheels and viewing platforms

Other restricted venues:

  • Conference centres and exhibition halls are closed for the purposes of hosting conferences, exhibitions, trade shows, private dining events or banquets.

A Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) will be available to eligible businesses on a pro-rata basis between 31 December to 4 January 2021. On the 5 January National restrictions (3) were implemented.

The LRSG (Closed) pro rate payment thresholds are:

  • for properties with a rateable value of £15,000 or under; pro rata grant of £238.21 (5 days at £47.64 per day);
  • for properties with a rateable value of over £15,000 and below £51,000; pro rata grant of £357.15 (5 days at £71.43 per day);
  • for properties with a rateable value of £51,000 or over; pro rata grant of £535.70 (5 days at £107.14 per day);

Those businesses that have been awarded the Local Restrictions Support Grant as a result of previous restrictions do not need to re-apply as they will be contacted to confirm their eligibility.

Businesses subject to Tier 2 Local Restrictions (from 2 December to 30 December 2020)

As a result of Tier 2 local restrictions being put in place to manage the spread of coronavirus, the following business premises operating within the boundaries of Wirral Council will be required to close:

  • In Tier 2, a business running a public house, bar or other business involving the sale of alcohol for consumption on the premises must cease to carry on that business, unless alcohol is only served for consumption on the premises as part of a table meal and the meal is such as might be expected to be served as the main midday or main evening meal or as a main course at either such meal.
    A “table meal” is a meal eaten by a person seated at a table or at a counter or other structure which serves the purposes of a table and is not used for the service of refreshments for consumption by persons not seated at a table or structure serving the purposes of a table.

A Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) will be available to eligible businesses for each complete two-week period that a premises is required to be closed following the implementation of localised restrictions.

Businesses subject to Tier 3 Local Restrictions (from 14 October to 4 November 2020)

As a result of Tier 3 local restrictions being put in place to manage the spread of coronavirus, the following business premises operating within the boundaries of Wirral Council will be required to close:

  • public houses and bars unless they require customers to purchase a substantial meal alongside the purchase of alcohol
  • soft play centres
  • betting shops, casinos and adult gaming centres

A Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) will be available to eligible businesses for each complete two-week period that a premises is required to be closed following the implementation of localised restrictions.

Business subject to National Restrictions (from 5 November to 2 December 2020)

To reduce social contact, the Government has ordered certain businesses and venues to close or restrict how they provide goods and services. These include:

  • Non-essential retail, such as clothing and homeware stores, vehicle showrooms (other than for rental), betting shops, tailors, tobacco and vape shops, electronic goods and mobile phone shops, and market stalls selling non-essential goods. These venues can continue to be able to operate click-and-collect (where goods are pre-ordered and collected off the premises) and delivery services
  • Hospitality venues such as cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars and social clubs; with the exception of providing food and drink for takeaway (before 10pm; and not including alcohol), click-and-collect, drive-through or delivery
  • Accommodation such as hotels, hostels, guest houses and campsites. Except for specific circumstances, such as where these act as someone’s main residence, where they cannot return home, for homeless people, or where it is essential to stay there for work purposes
  • Leisure and sports facilities such as leisure centres and gyms, swimming pools, tennis and basketball courts, golf courses, fitness and dance studios, climbing walls, archery, driving, and shooting ranges
  • Entertainment venues such as theatres, concert halls, cinemas, museums and galleries, casinos, amusement arcades, bingo halls, bowling alleys, skating rinks, go-karting venues, soft play centres and areas, circuses, funfairs, zoos and other animal attractions, water parks, theme parks. Indoor attractions at botanical gardens, heritage homes and landmarks must also close, though outdoor grounds of these premises can stay open
  • Personal care facilities such as hair, beauty, tanning and nail salons. Tattoo parlours, spas, massage parlours, body and skin piercing services must also close. It is also prohibited to provide these services in other peoples’ homes
  • Community centres and halls must close except for a limited number of exempt activities as set out below Libraries can also remain open to provide access to IT and digital services - for example for people who do not have it at home - and for click-and-collect
  • Places of worship, apart from for the purposes of independent prayer, and service broadcasting and funerals

These businesses and places will also be permitted to be open for a small number of exempt activities, including:

  • education and training (including for schools to use sports and leisure facilities where that it part of their normal provision)
  • childcare purposes and supervised activities for children
  • blood donation and food banks
  • to provide medical treatment
  • for elite sports persons (in indoor and outdoor sports facilities), professional dancers and choreographers (in fitness and dance studios)
  • for training and rehearsal without an audience (in theatres and concert halls)
  • for the purposes of professional film and TV filming

Other businesses are permitted to stay open, following COVID-19 Secure guidelines. This includes those providing essential goods or services, including:

  • essential retail such as food shops, supermarkets, pharmacies, garden centres, hardware stores, building merchants and off-licences.
  • Petrol Stations, car repair and MOT services, bicycle shops, and taxi and vehicle hire businesses.
  • Banks, building societies, post offices, loan providers and money transfer businesses
  • Funeral directors
  • Launderettes and dry cleaners
  • Medical and dental services
  • Vets and pet shops
  • Agricultural supplies shops
  • Storage and distribution facilities
  • Car parks, public toilets and motorway service areas.
  • Outdoor playgrounds

A Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) will be available to eligible businesses for the period of the national restrictions.

The level of grant paid will depend on the rateable value of the business premises.

Business subject to National Restrictions (from March 2020)

The Government has announced plans to provide support to businesses that have continued to be closed due to national restrictions implemented in March 2020, for example, nightclubs.

From the 1 November 2020 these businesses will be eligible to apply for the Local Restrictions Support Grant.

Eligibility criteria

  1. A business was open and providing in-person services to customers prior to restrictions being applied
  2. It is occupying a hereditament appearing on the local rating lists and is liable for business rates
  3. It has been required to close for a consecutive period of no less than two weeks because of regulations made under the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984

Apply

In order to apply, businesses are asked to login into or create a ‘My Wirral’ account, to assist in the administration of the scheme.

Businesses will be asked to provide the following information:

  • a business bank statement in order to verify bank details
  • the Business Rates Reference Number for each premises for which an application is being made, located on the latest business rates bill
  • Registered company number (where applicable)
  • VAT number (where applicable)

Apply for the Local Restriction Support Grant

Exclusions

  • your business will not qualify for support under this scheme if it was in administration, insolvent or a striking off order was made at the time local restrictions started
  • the period of the restriction is less than two weeks
  • the business can continue to trade and is not required to close despite the restrictions, as it does not depend on providing direct in-person services from the business premises
  • the business has only had a restriction placed on its opening times
  • the business premises is located outside the restrictions area, as defined by Government
  • it has chosen to, rather than has been required to, close
  • it has already received grant payments that equal the maximum levels of state aid permitted under the de minimis limit or the Covid-19 Temporary State Aid Framework

State Aid

The Local Restrictions Support Grant counts towards state aid limits.

Applicants are required to confirm that by accepting a grant, the business will not exceed the allowable limits of State Aid. 

Currently these limits are the de minimis limit of €200,000 of State Aid over a three-year period, or, if this limit is exceeded, €800,000 of State Aid permitted under the COVID-19 Temporary Framework, which imposes limitations and exceptions.

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