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Covid-19 Latest Update

The situation with coronavirus, officially Covid-19, is changing daily. The future situation is unknown but there are resources and advice available which will change as the situation changes.

Updated 13th January 2022
Discretionary grants for businesses adversely impacted by the Omicron variant

Businesses adversely impacted by the Omicron variant and government restrictions announced on 8th December are eligible to apply for the Omicron Additional Restrictions Grant. This is a one-off discretionary grant of £1,000 for businesses with third-party fixed term costs such as rent or £500 for businesses without third-party fixed term costs.

Businesses eligible for the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant cannot apply.

You must apply for this grant by 28th February via the form on the Hart District Council website here:

Government guidance relating to Lateral Flow and PCR tests.
The advice for people who have a positive lateral flow test result has changed. From 11thJanuary they are no longer required to have a follow-up PCR test, and they should stay at home and self-isolate immediately.
People who have a positive lateral flow test result should only have a follow-up PCR test if:
  • they wish to claim the Test and Trace Support Payment
  • they have a health condition that means they may be suitable for new coronavirus (COVID-19) treatments
  • they are taking LFD tests as part of research or surveillance programmes, and the programme asks them to do so
  • they have a positive day 2 LFD test after arriving in England
The full guidance, including what employers and employees need to do on the government website here:

Updated 4th January 2022

Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant (announced 21st December)

This grant announced by the government is designed to support hospitality, leisure and accommodation business premises (see image for businesses eligible).

Grants are

  • £2,667 for businesses with a rateable value of £15,000 or under.
  • £4,000 for businesses with a rateable value over £15,000 and under £51,000.
  • £6,000 for businesses with a rateable value of £51,000 or over.

Eligible businesses

Omicron hospitality and leisure grants

Businesses will need to apply for the grants via the Hart District Council website here:  (applications not open when this page was updated – 13th January)


Updated 10th December 2021

From Friday 10 December

  • Face coverings will become compulsory in most public indoor venues, such as cinemas, theatres and places of worship.
  • Face masks are not required in hospitality settings and other venues where it is not practical to wear one, such as when you are eating, drinking or exercising.

From Monday 13 December

  • Those who can are advised to work from home.

From Wednesday 15 December 

  • The NHS Covid Pass on the NHS App will become mandatory for entry into all nightclubs and other venues open after 1am with alcohol, music and dancing; unseated indoor events with 500 or more attendees; unseated outdoor events with 4,000 or more attendees and any event with 10,000 or more attendees.
  • People will be able to demonstrate proof of two vaccine doses via the app or proof of a negative lateral flow test.



Working Safely Guidance for businesses
The government’s Working Safely during Coronavirus guidance will be updated on the government website here. At the time of writing these have not been updated.
Employers will still have a legal duty to manage risks to those affected by their business and are expected to carry out a health and safety risk assessment which includes the risk of COVID-19 and how those risks will be mitigated. The could include

  • cleaning surfaces that people touch regularly;
  • increasing ventilation
  • ensuring that staff and customers who are unwell do not attend the workplace or venue;

Protections remaining in place:

  • Testing when you have symptoms.
  • Targeted asymptomatic testing in education, high risk workplaces. You can order free Lateral Flow tests here.
  • Isolating when testing positive or when contacted by NHS Test and Trace.
  • Border quarantine for everyone arriving from red list countries and for people not fully vaccinated arriving from amber list countries.thei

Helpful Links and Resources

VAT reduction for certain sectors

The rate of VAT for hospitality, hotel and holiday accommodation and admissions to certain attractions has been amended by the government as follows:

  • From 15th July 2020 to 30th September 2021: 5% 
  • From 1st October 2021 to 31st March 2022: 12.5%

Find out more here.

Business Rates

Businesses in the following sectors are eligible for business rates retail discount:

  • shop
  • restaurant, café, bar or pub
  • cinema or music venue
  • hospitality or leisure business – for example, a gym, a spa, a casino or a hotel

The Business Rates retail discount in England is as follows:

  • 100% off your business rates bills for the first 3 months of the 2021 to 2022 tax year (1 April 2021 to 30 June 2021).
  • 66% off your business rates bills for the rest of the 2021 to 2022 tax year (1 July 2021 to 31 March 2022) – up to a total value of £2 million.

Business Support

Peer Networks

Peer Network session for hospitality, retail and leisure

Enterprise M3 Growth Hub are launching a FREE dedicated programme, specifically for the hospitality, retail and leisure sector designed to help you to grow your business.
The Peer Networks Programme is a series of collaborative, confidential and inclusive workshops in small groups of other business leaders.

Register for a free webinar on 20th January to find out more:…/registration/Site/Register


NHS COVID-19 app and QR Codes

You can create your personalised QR poster for people to scan and check in here:

Covid-19 Secure guidelines for safe working

Updated 13th January 2022

Specific guidance is available  on the government website for the following sectors:

  • Close contact services
  • Construction and other outdoor work
  • Factories, plants and warehouses
  • Heritage locations
  • Hotels and other guest accommodation
  • Labs and research facilities
  • Offices and contact centres
  • Other people’s homes
  • Performing arts
  • Providers of grassroots sport and gym/leisure facilities
  • Restaurants offering takeaway or delivery
  • Shops and branches
  • Vehicles – for drivers working in or from vehicles
  • The visitor economy

Read the guidance here.

Financial support for businesses during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Updated 13th January 2022

There is a summary of the financial support you can get for your business on the government website here:

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Our Back in Business car packs include posters, hand sanitiser, floor and window stickers. On our website we can create a dedicated page for any business who does not have an e-commerce operation but would like to have some products available online. 

You can also access information on suppliers of protective equipment here.

To find out more or to get involved email us.

Government Grants from Hart District Council

Hart District Council have opened applications for their Extended Restrictions Grant scheme.
These are designed to support businesses who have been adversely affected by the government extending restrictions beyond 21st June. This includes:

  • Travel companies and agents
  • Wedding venues – venues licensed for civil ceremonies
    Hotels and guest houses
  • Public houses and licensed restaurants which cater for groups
    of 6 or more
  • Community halls which can be hired for events
  • Nightclubs
  • Theatres
    Businesses within event industries
  • Wholesalers to event industries and caterers
  • English Language Schools
  • Breweries
  • Caterers who provide for groups of more than 6 or more
  • Hair-related businesses
  • Other wedding businesses defined in pre-Covid as having more than 50% of turnover attributable to the wedding or events industry
  • Beauty-related businesses such as beauticians, nails and lashes but not businesses which only offer massages
  • Vineyards and wine producers
  • Any other business that can demonstrate through their accounts they are significantly impacted by the extension to the restrictions and are aligned with the scheme definitions and criteria for the non-essential retail, hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care or gym business sectors.

Hart District Council have emailed businesses they believe are eligible and payments will be made automatically starting 12th July.

The closing date for applications is 22nd July at 5pm. Apply here:

Crime Prevention

Preventing Crime in Fleet Hampshire

Crime Prevention and Avoiding Fraud

  • The National Business Crime Centre have produced Crime Prevention Tips in relation to Coronavirus – download the Guidance here.
  • The National Crime Agency have issued guidance relating to fraud during the Covid-19 pandemic. Read it here.

Take Five Business Toolkit

Take Five is a national campaign led by the finance industry with advice to preventable financial fraud.

Download their toolkit here.

What to do if you have an outbreak

Hampshire County Council is leading the Local Outbreak Control Planning and together with District Council Chief Executives and Environmental Health Officers and have set up a business information page which aims to support businesses in Hampshire respond to a case or outbreak of coronavirus.  The page includes:

  • what to do if you have a confirmed case(s) or an outbreak
  • how to report an outbreak to your local health protection team
  • a communications toolkit for smaller businesses who may not have access to this resource.