From Wednesday 14 October 2020 Cheshire West and Chester has been placed in 'tier two' of new lockdown measures.

Cheshire West and Chester has been classified as high in the Government's new three-tier Local COVID19 Alert Level system.  Find out more about what this means for you with our Q&A.

A rallying call is being issued for action in Cheshire West and Chester to reverse the trend of rising COVID-19 infection rates and bring the borough out of restriction.

How can you help?

The Cheshire West and Chester Council's COVID website page has more useful information and guidance.


On the 22 October 2020 the government announced it will be increasing its winter support schemes to support jobs and help contain the virus.

What are the changes?

  • Open businesses which are experiencing considerable difficulty will be given extra help to keep staff on as government significantly increases contribution to wage costs under the Job Support Scheme, and business contributions drop to 5%
  • Business grants are expanded to cover businesses in particularly affected sectors in high-alert level areas, helping them stay afloat and protecting jobs
  • Grants for the self-employed doubled to 40% of previous earnings

Further information regarding these support schemes.

Cheshire West and Chester is currently in a high alert level area so these announcements therefore apply to our borough. 

The Government website for COVID-19 business support contains the latest information on the schemes being mentioned by the Chancellor.  The website includes links to other organisations involved with the schemes including the British Bank, Bank of England and HMRC.

The information in the links below will help direct you to the latest business support and guidance but if you have any further questions please complete our Business Enquiry Diagnostic Form.

Sign language videos to help provide advice and guidance.

Remember to download the NHS COVID-19 contact tracing app.  It's the fastest way of knowing when you're at risk from coronavirus (COVID-19). The quicker you know, the quicker you can alert your loved ones, and your community. 


Free Advice and Support

Free SME advice available until 31 December 2020, to enable small and medium sized businesses in need of advice and support to connect with business advisers offering to help.

The Professional and Business Services Sector and Enterprise Nation, supported by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, have teamed up to provide this service to help SMEs recover from the impact of Coronavirus.  


Coronavirus and your wellbeing

Visit our Health & Wellbeing page for helpful information and links to support.


If you can't find the information you are looking for in the pages below or require further help with your COVID business enquiry please complete the COVID Business Support Form and one of the team will make contact.


Check out our News Section for the further updates.



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