COVID19

Latest Update (updated 22 April 2021)

  • West Cheshire is in National Lockdown - visit Gov.uk for more information. 

More information also available on the Cheshire West and Chester Council website.

Who should self-isolate; how to self-isolate; how to look after any symptoms at home.  Also sections about how people can get financial help to tide them over the self-isolation period, how to get essential shopping, where to get support with wellbeing and even tips on how to cope with boredom.

The Government announced grant support for non-essential retail, hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and fitness and sports businesses in England who are liable for business rates and trading as at 1 April 2021. The scheme is a one-off grant called the Restart Grant and the amount a business receives will depend on the type of business and the rateable values.

Restart grants will not be awarded automatically, you must apply if you meet the eligibility criteria.

The Council website can be found at: https://www.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/news-and-views/incidents/coronavirus-covid-19/business-information/financial-support-for-businesses.aspx 

 

Additional Restrictions Grant support for businesses from April 2021

If you do not pay business rates you may still be eligible for financial support. Your business will fall into one of the groups below or a significant percentage of your turnover will relate to the supply and/or support of a business in one of groups:

  • - non-essential retail,
  • - hospitality, accommodation,
  • - leisure, personal care,
  • - personal fitness and sports businesses.

The scheme is a one-off grant called the Additional Restrictions Grant and the amount you receive will depend on the type of business.

The Council website can be found at: https://www.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/news-and-views/incidents/coronavirus-covid-19/business-information/financial-support-for-businesses.aspx   

National Lockdown restrictions mean that we are now under different rules and businesses that were previously able to open will have to close.  You can find out the full details by visiting the Government website.

Recovery Loan Scheme

The Recovery Loan Scheme supports access to finance for UK businesses as they grow and recover from the disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The government guarantees 80% of the finance to the lender. As the borrower, you are always 100% liable for the debt.

The scheme is open until 31 December 2021, subject to review.

COVID-19 Testing

  • LFT testing for businesses with over 250 employees that are still operational should email P-and-PSector@dhsc.gov.uk to discuss testing arrangements.  To register their interest in the scheme, large businesses must send their company name, registration number, contact details and sector type, along with the number of employees to P-and-PSector@dhsc.gov.uk with ‘Register interest for National Worker Programme’ in the subject line.
  • Business contract tracing resources are now available on the Cheshire West and Chester Council’s website; resources to guide business through the contact tracing process, case recording, etc.

 

Further Information


Information available on other COVID funding support  

Check out our News Section for the further updates

Further Assistance - COVID Business Enquiry Form

 

Working with Council Services During the Pandemic

Cheshire West and Chester Council, guidance and advice on working with: Regulatory Services; Planning and Building Control; Licensing; Work Zones; etc. during the pandemic.

Advice from Regulatory Services for non-essential businesses during the current lockdown.

COVID-19 Fund: Let's Turn This Around!

Our communities have been hit hard by COVID-19 and we have been blown away by the support that community initiatives have provided our residents. Groups across Cheshire West and Chester have been providing invaluable services throughout the pandemic, helping make sure everyone has been able to receive the support they need.

Pledging towards our campaign will help us to continue to support the vital work of organisations combatting food poverty, social isolation, poor mental health, financial hardship and much more. By working together, we can provide funding for community initiatives #letsturnthisaround

 

Other Websites with Support and Guidance

 


 

Coronavirus and Your Wellbeing

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