The Government asked the following businesses and other venues across the United Kingdom to close from Saturday 21 March. They cannot sell food or drink for consumption on the premises:
- Restaurants - including restaurants and dining rooms in hotels or members clubs
- Cafes, including workplace canteens, but not including cafes or canteens at a hospital, care home or school; prison and military canteens; services providing food or drink to the homeless
- Bars - including bars in hotels or members’ clubs
The following businesses must remain closed:
- Public houses
- Bingo halls
- Concert halls
- Museums and galleries
- Betting shops
- Massage parlours
- Indoor skating rinks
- Indoor fitness studios, gyms, swimming pools or other indoor leisure centres
In England, under the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant (RHLG) announced on Monday March 16, businesses in England in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors will be eligible for cash grants of up to £25,000 per property. Eligible businesses in these sectors with a property that has a rateable value of up to £15,000 will receive a grant of £10,000. Eligible businesses in these sectors with a property that has a rateable value of between £15,001 and £51,000 will receive a grant of £25,000. Businesses with a rateable value of over £51,000 are not included in this scheme. For more information visit GOV.UK.
To apply for the grant complete our business grant application form.
As announced on Monday 16 March, the Government will provide a business rates holiday for businesses in the retail, hospitality and/or leisure sector. This includes the businesses in scope for closure listed above. This will apply automatically to your next business rates bill in April 2020. For more information please visit GOV.UK's support for businesses page.