Latest Update (updated 7 June 2021)

Restrictions in Cheshire West and Chester 

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.

Financial Support for Businesses  

 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 Grant Scheme seminar video - seminar took place on the 7 April 2021 and provided more details about the new Restart Grant Scheme, an overview of the Additional Restrictions Grants (ARG) - please note the ARG has now closed - and explained the application process.

  • 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 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 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.