Coronavirus (COVID-19): Updates and adviceUpdates and information on the latest situation locally and in the UK.
From 5 January 2021 England is in national lockdown
Coronavirus financial support for your business
The Gov.uk website has launched an online form to help you to identify your eligibility to COVID business cash grants, loans and tax relief.
Government funding via local authorities
This section was last updated on 22 January 2021.
Local Restrictions Support Grant
Closed Business Lockdown Payments have now started being delivered. If you think you may be eligible for this grant and you have not already, you must submit an application. For full information on eligibility and how to apply:
Additional Restrictions Grant
In some circumstances, businesses that are not eligible for the Local Restrictions Support Grant may be eligible for the Additional Restrictions Grant.
For full information on eligibility and how to apply:
Unsure which grant to apply for?
If you are not sure which grant to apply for, please use our Business Grant Support Finder form to answer a couple of quick questions and the form will point you to the grant scheme you are most likely to be eligible for.
Coronavirus National lockdown: Stay at Home
Last updated: Thursday 7 January 2021
The new variant of covid-19 is spreading fast. Around 1 in 3 people with coronavirus have no symptoms but can still pass it on, putting people at risk of serious disease and renewing pressure on our NHS.
Vaccines give clear hope for the future but the rising infection rate requires action now. Once more, we must all stay at home.
If it's essential to go out, remember to wash your hands, cover your face and make space.
Tier 4 restrictions are for areas where there is a very rapidly rising level of coronavirus infections meaning tighter restrictions are in place.
For information on which businesses need to close, you can find full information on Gov.UK Guidance: Closing certain businesses and venues in England.
If you are unsure about whether your business can remain open, please contact us.
Advice for businesses - #HereForBusiness
A video introducing the #HereForBusiness campaign, provided by Richard Jeffery, Director of Business Growth at the GC Business Growth Hub: YouTube: A video introducing the #HereForBusiness campaign.
The GC Business Growth Hub continues to offer business support and advice, alongside their useful resources, to help businesses combat the impact of COVID-19. This support package, branded #HereForBusiness, includes:
- The publication of useful guides, like the Business Growth Hub - '10 steps to take now', helping businesses to prepare and act quickly as the situation unfolds.
- Providing access to dedicated business advisors - call 0161 359 3050.
- Access to a number of free seminars, helping businesses to prepare for the potential economic impact of COVID-19.
The workshops, which are accessible via the Business Growth Hub - Coronavirus business support webinars, include:
- Duty of Care to employees
- Cash flow and supply chain challenges
- How to work and operate virtually
- Legal and insurance implication
- Tourism and hospitality sector
GM Business Community
The Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce is offering all businesses, who aren't currently members, free access to the GM Business Community.
By joining, you will get:
- An update, three times a week, with the most up to date information on support from the government and support from fellow members.
- Access to the digital MyGMCR platform, a mobile app where you can connect with and direct message fellow business users.
- Access any digital events hosted by the Chamber.
- Access online training and free workforce development activities.
- A complimentary token to access a local networking event, free of charge, when things are back to normal.
For more information and to join, complete this Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce - Free access to the GM Business Community.
Communicate key messages to staff and customers
Bury Council has designed a number of posters to help local businesses communicate key messages to staff and customers. These posters are free to download:
- Poster 1 - Stay Smart, Keep Apart [919kb]
- Poster 2 - You must wear face coverings inside here [919kb]
- Poster 3 - Keep your hands clean. Use the hand sanitiser [919kb]
- Poster 4 - Please be kind and patient [922kb]
- Poster 5 - Don't enter if you have coronavirus symptoms [932kb]
- Poster 6 - Wear a face covering on public transport [924kb]
Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG)
Check your eligibility and find out how to apply:
- Payments to businesses forced to close due to local/national restrictions
- Payments to businesses open but, severely impacted due to local restrictions
Symptoms of the coronavirus
The symptoms are a cough, high temperature and shortness of breath. However, these symptoms do not necessarily mean you have the illness as the symptoms are similar to the common cold and flu.
Check if you need medical help
For the latest information and advice about self-isolation, treatment and when to contact NHS 111, access the NHS - Coronavirus.
What you need to know
It is import to follow good hygiene practices, washing your hands with soap and water often and using hand sanitiser when soap and water is unavailable. Further simple steps, to minimise the risk and prevent the virus spreading, include:
- Wash your hands with soap and water often - do this for at least 20 seconds.
- Always wash your hands when you get home or into work.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze.
- Put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards.
- Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
- Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.
How to protect yourself and others
- Gov.uk - Coronavirus: Staying at home guidance for people who have possibly been infected by the Coronavirus
- Gov.uk - Coronavirus: Full guidance on staying at home and away from others
- Gov.uk - Coronavirus: Guidance on shielding and protecting people defined (on medical grounds) as being extremely vulnerable
- Gov.uk - Coronaviurs: Key workers - Maintaining education provision
Employment and financial support
- Gov.uk - Statutory sick pay (SSP)
- Gov.uk - Universal Credit
- Gov.uk - Employment Support Allowance
- Financial Conduct Authority - Coronavirus: Information, advice and updates
Businesses and other organisations
- Gov.uk - Coronavirus: Working safely during Covid-19
- Gov.uk - Cleaning workplaces safely
- Gov.uk - Coronavirus: Guidance for different businesses and organisations
- Gov.uk - Coronavirus: Guidance for UK businesses that trade internationally
- Gov.uk - Businesses will receive a 3 month extension to file accounts on Companies House (during COVID-19)
- The Greater Manchester Regulatory Centre of Excellence have provided guidance for food delivery and takeaway businesses (see Food delivery and takeaway guidance from the Greater Manchester Regulatory Centre of Excellence. [372kb]).
For ongoing updates from the UK Government, including the response and guidance, view the Gov.uk - Coronavirus.