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Coronavirus: Information for businesses

Last updated: 2 December 2020

Local restrictions

From 2 December, Cambridge moves from the national lockdown to the tier 2 (very high) Covid alert level.

For more details, see the Gov.uk web pages on Local restriction tiers: what you need to know.

Covid-19 business support grants

We will provide more details about new Tier 2 grant arrangements from 2 December on this web page in the light of new government guidance, which is expected soon.

In the meantime, the council is currently administering grants relating to the national lockdown between 5 November to 1 December 2020.

Government-funded grants for businesses in the city of Cambridge are being distributed by the city council. Businesses located outside Cambridge (in South Cambridgeshire, for example) should contact their district council.

There are two types of grant scheme relating to the national lockdown period. Contact us if you have any enquiries about them. It helps us if you can tell us the name and address of your business.

Local Restrictions Support Grants during national lockdown

This is a government scheme for businesses with a rateable value.

The current version is for businesses required to close during the national lockdown. A single grant to cover the four-week period of national lockdown since 5 November will be paid to each eligible business. Businesses with more than one qualifying property will receive more than one grant.

The rates of grant payment for eligible businesses, set by the government for the natinal lockdown period, are:

  • for properties with a rateable value of £15,000 or under, grants of £1,334;
  • for properties with a rateable value of over £15,000 and below £51,000, grants of £2,000; and
  • for properties with a rateable value of £51,000 or over, grants of £3,000

Eligible businesses that have been required to close during the national lockdown can apply for a Local Restrictions Support Grant.

Additional Business Support Grants during national lockdown

The government has provided additional restrictions funding for the city council to run our own scheme. This covers a range of businesses that do not qualify for the LRSG scheme during national lockdown, including:

  • businesses in Cambridge required to close during national lockdown, but not paying business rates themselves (grants of up to £3,000 are available);
  • businesses in commercial premises in Cambridge not required to close but severely impacted by national lockdown (grants of up to £2,100 are available);
  • businesses run from domestic properties (paying Council Tax) in Cambridge that are either not allowed to operate during the national lockdown or are severely impacted (grants of £1334 and £934 respectively are available); and
  • market and street traders in Cambridge that are either required to close during national lockdown or are severely impacted (grants of £500 and £350 respectively are available).

Businesses can apply for each of their eligible premises in Cambridge. Please apply by 5pm on Friday 21 December.

Health and safety advice for employees

You have the right to be safe at work, wherever you work and whatever you do. The coronavirus pandemic has made this even more important.

Make sure you know your rights about health and safety at work, and what to do if you experience a problem.

Keep your workplace clean

If your business is allowed to remain open during the national lockdown, make sure to follow the government's guidance on cleaning your workplace.

You must keep all surfaces that your staff or customers touch clean. You should assume that all surfaces in the workplace or visited by the public are contaminated with coronavirus.

Use disposable cloths, or paper roll and disposable mop heads to clean all hard surfaces. Use detergent or disinfectant, wipe in one direction only, and dispose of the materials correctly. Steam clean material surfaces if detergent or laundry is not effective.

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