National lockdown restrictions January 2021

As part of the national lockdown in England introduced on 4 January 2021, the following businesses must close:

  • non-essential retail, such as clothing and homeware stores, vehicle showrooms (other than for rental), betting shops, tailors, tobacco and vape shops, electronic goods and mobile phone shops, auction houses (except for auctions of livestock or agricultural equipment) and market stalls selling non-essential goods. These venues can continue to be able to operate click-and-collect (where goods are pre-ordered and collected off the premises) and delivery services.
  • hospitality venues such as cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars and social clubs; with the exception of providing food and non-alcoholic drinks for takeaway (until 11pm), click-and-collect and drive-through. All food and drink (including alcohol) can continue to be provided by delivery.
  • accommodation such as hotels, hostels, guest houses and campsites, except for specific circumstances, such as where these act as someone’s main residence, where the person cannot return home, for providing accommodation or support to the homeless, or where it is essential to stay there for work purposes
  • leisure and sports facilities such as leisure centres and gyms, swimming pools, sports courts,fitness and dance studios, riding arenas at riding centres, climbing walls, and golf courses.
  • entertainment venues such as theatres, concert halls, cinemas, museums and galleries, casinos, amusement arcades, bingo halls, bowling alleys, skating rinks, go-karting venues, indoor play and soft play centres and areas (including inflatable parks and trampolining centres), circuses, fairgrounds, funfairs, water parks and theme parks
  • animal attractions (such as zoos, safari parks, aquariums, and wildlife reserves)
  • indoor attractions at venues such as botanical gardens, heritage homes and landmarks must also close, though outdoor grounds of these premises can stay open for outdoor exercise
  • personal care facilities such as hair, beauty, tanning and nail salons. Tattoo parlours, spas, massage parlours, body and skin piercing services must also close. These services should not be provided in other people’s homes
  • community centres and halls must close except for a limited number of exempt activities, as set out below. Libraries can also remain open to provide access to IT and digital services – for example for people who do not have it at home – and for click-and-collect services

The following businesses can stay open:

  • essential retail such as food shops, supermarkets, pharmacies, garden centres, building merchants and suppliers of building products and off-licences
  • market stalls selling essential retail may also stay open
  • businesses providing repair services may also stay open, where they primarily offer repair services
  • petrol stations, automatic (but not manual) car washes, vehicle repair and MOT services, bicycle shops, and taxi and vehicle hire businesses
  • banks, building societies, post offices, short-term loan providers and money transfer businesses
  • funeral directors
  • laundrettes and dry cleaners
  • medical and dental services
  • vets and retailers of products and food for the upkeep and welfare of animals
  • animal rescue centres, boarding facilities and animal groomers (may continue to be used for animal welfare, rather than aesthetic purposes)
  • agricultural supplies shops
  • mobility and disability support shops
  • storage and distribution facilities
  • car parks, public toilets and motorway service areas
  • outdoor playgrounds
  • outdoor parts of botanical gardens and heritage sites for exercise
  • places of worship
  • crematoriums and burial grounds

See full guidance on which businesses and venues are permitted to be open (opens new window).

Lockdown easing roadmap

The Government's lockdown easing roadmap sets out the earliest dates possible for when certain businesses may be allowed to reopen.

Read the Government's lockdown easing roadmap (opens new window).

Covid-19 business support funding

  • If you have a business rates account and have been forced to close by national lockdown restrictions please read on (updated to include February extension payments)
  • If you have a business rates account and can legally stay open during national lockdown restrictions but your business has still been severely affected, please see the Additional Restrictions Grant section
  • If you do not have a business rates account and you have been forced to close, or can legally stay open but your business has been severely affected, then please see the Additional Restrictions Grant section

Restart Grant Scheme

In his budget on 3 March, the Chancellor announced more money for councils to support businesses affected by the Coronavirus pandemic.

This includes restart grants of £6,000 per premise for non-essential retail businesses and £18,000 for hospitality and leisure businesses. These will be available from April.

We have not yet received the detailed guidance or the money for this scheme. We will update this page with more information as soon as we have it or please sign up to our business e-newsletter and we will email you directly with the details.

The existing one-off support grant, and the further support payment available from 5 Jan to 15 February for business forced to close from 5 January, will close to new applications from 31 March 2021.

The extension payment from 16 February to 31 March 2021 will close to new applications from 31 May 2021.

National Lockdown Business Support Grant Scheme 5 January 2021 and February extension payments

  • The one-off support grant, and the further support payment available from 5 Jan to 15 February for business forced to close from 5 January, will close to new applications from 31 March 2021.
  • The extension payment from 16 February to 31 March 2021 will close to new applications from 31 May 2021.

The Government introduced a new support scheme for businesses with a business rates account that have been forced to close during the national lockdown introduced on 5 January 2021.

The scheme has now been extended to cover the period from 16 February to 31 March 2021.

If you have already successfully applied for, or received, a grant from the 5 November to 2 December 2020 lockdown then you do not need to apply again. This is because we are attempting to make payments to businesses automatically with the information we already hold. We will attempt to do that for the February extension payments as well. In a small number of cases automatic payments won’t be possible because we need additional information.

You are advised to check your bank account regularly to see if your February extension payment has been made. If you have not received payment by 19 March 2021 then you will need to apply again by filling in the Coronavirus Business Support Grant Application Form.

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If you have a business rates account,and have not not applied or received money from any of the previous business support grant schemes then you will need to apply using our Coronavirus Business Support Grant Application Form.

Coronavirus Business Support Grant Application Form

What will I receive under this scheme?

The National Lockdown business Support Grant Scheme 5 January 2021 has two parts to it.

One-off Bonus Grant – Closed Business Lockdown Payment

Businesses forced to close on 5 January 2021 by national lockdown restrictions may qualify for a one-off grant. The amount received will depend on the rateable value of the business property.

  • Rateable values of 15,000 and under will receive £4,000
  • Rateable values of 15,001 to 50,999 will receive £6,000
  • Rateable value of 51,000 and above will receive £9,000

Local Restrictions Support Grant ‘Closed’

As well as the Closed Business Lockdown Payment, businesses forced to close on 5 January 2021 may qualify for a grant for the period 5 January to 15 February 2021. The amount received will depend on the rateable value of the business property.

  • Rateable values of 15,000 and under will receive £2,001
  • Rateable values of 15,001 to 50,999 will receive £3,000
  • Rateable value of 51,000 and above will receive £4,500

The initial payment you receive under this scheme will combine both amounts (so a minimum of £6,001 and maximum of £13,500). 

February extension payments

The second payment cycle covers 16 February to 31 March 2021. You may qualify for the following:

  • if your business has a property with a rateable value of £15,000 or less, you may be eligible for a cash grant of £2,096 for this 44-day qualifying restrictions period
  • if your business has a property with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000, you may be eligible for a cash grant of £3,143 for this 44-day qualifying restrictions period
  • if your business has a property with a rateable value of £51,000 or above, you may be eligible for a cash grant of £4,714 for this 44-day qualifying restrictions period

Tier 2 and 3 restrictions support – 2 December 2020 to 4 January 2021

There are two funding schemes available to businesses either forced to close, or legally allowed to open but severely impacted, by Tier 2 and 3 restrictions in place from midnight on 2 December 2020 and 4 January 2021.

  • Businesses forced to close by Tier 2 or 3 restrictions can receive money from the Local Restrictions Grant (Closed) scheme
  • Tier 3 payments will be made on a pro-rata basis for the five-day period they were in force (31 December 2020 to 4 January 2021. Before that Worcestershire was in Tier 2)
  • Businesses legally open during Tier 2 and 3 restrictions, but severely impacted, will qualify for ‘Open’ support funding, if they received grant funding during the National Lockdown in place between 5 November 2020 and midnight on 2 December 2020.

How much is grant support worth?

Under the Local Restrictions Grant (Closed) scheme, payments will be made as follows:

  • Businesses registered for Business Rates with a rateable value of £15,000 or under will receive payments of £667 per 14 day qualifying restriction period.
  • Businesses registered for Business Rates with a rateable value of more than £15,000 and less than £51,000 will receive payments of £1,000 per 14 day qualifying restriction period.
  • Businesses registered for Business Rates with a rateable value of £51,000 or above will receive payments of £1,500 per 14 day qualifying restriction period

Under the Local Restrictions Grant (Open) scheme, payment will be made as follows:

  • Businesses registered for Business Rates with a rateable value of £15,000 or under will receive payments of £467 per 14 day qualifying restriction period.
  • Businesses registered for Business Rates with a rateable value of more than £15,000 and less than £51,000 will receive payments of £700 per 14 day qualifying restriction period.
  • Businesses registered for Business Rates with a rateable value of £51,000 or above will receive payments of £1,050 per 14 day qualifying restriction period.

pdf Read the full guidance on businesses that can and cannot claim for support from the Tier 2 or 3 Local Restrictions Grant (Closed). (343 KB)

Apply for either scheme by filling in our Coronavirus Business Support Grant Application Form.

National Lockdown 5 November to 2 December 2020

If your business was forced to close as a result of national coronavirus restrictions in force between 5 November 2020 and midnight on 2 December 2020 then you may qualify for grant support funding.

To receive the funding you must have been required to close by law and be registered for Business Rates.

Qualifying businesses will receive the following amounts based on the rateable value of your business premises:

  • For properties with a rateable value of £15,000 or under, grants to be £1,334 per four weeks.
  • For properties with a rateable value of over £15,000 and below £51,000, grants to be £2,000 per four weeks.
  • For properties with a rateable value of £51,000 or over grants to be £3,000 per four weeks.

You may receive more than one grant if you have more than one qualifying business.

You will not qualify for funding if:

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Additional Restrictions Grant (Discretionary funding scheme)

  • Important: Businesses that have already successfully applied for Additional Restrictions Grant funding will receive automatic payment for January, February and March so do not need to reapply.
  • We will be closing the discretionary funding scheme to new applications from 5pm on Friday 12 March. We continue to make payments automatically to businesses that have already successfully received funding as part of this scheme.
  • The Chancellor has announced additional discretionary grant funding for councils to support businesses that do not qualify for the main restart grant scheme announced in the budget on 3 March 2021. We are waiting for the funding and more information on how this money is to be distributed from April. We will update this page with more information as soon as we have it or please sign up to our business e-newsletter and we will email you directly with the details.

We are making funds available to support businesses that do not qualify for the main support funding schemes.

If you were forced to close but do not have a business rates account or stayed open but were severely affected by coronavirus restrictions, they you can apply for this scheme.

This scheme covers restrictions in place during the following periods.

  • National Lockdown from 5 January 2021
  • National lockdown in place between 5 November and midnight on 2 December 2020

To help us support as many businesses as possible, the amount of grant awarded will be proportionate to the impact of coronavirus restrictions on the income of a particular business.

Applications will be prioritised on the following criteria:

  • The importance of the business to the economy as an employer. This will include those who are self-employed.
  • Whether the business was forced to close, or can demonstrate a significant reduction in revenue, because of national lockdown restrictions in either November or January.

The following types of businesses may qualify for an Additional Restrictions Grant:

  • Businesses with a rateable value involved in the supply chain to businesses within the retail, hospitality or leisure sectors that have been forced to close by government.
  • Businesses without a rateable value involved in the supply chain to businesses within the retail, hospitality or leisure sectors that have been forced to close by government.
  • Businesses without a rateable value within the retail, hospitality or leisure sectors that have been forced to close by government.

Evidence this criteria has been met will need to be provided. Please read the guidance notes in full before applying.

pdf Read the Additional Restrictions Grant (Discretionary funding scheme) guidance. (163 KB)

Pubs and restaurants that may still be trading by takeaway, delivery or click and collect should apply for the main business support grant scheme as they have been legally required to close.

This scheme will close to new applications from 5pm on 12 March 2021.

Apply for an Additional Restrictions Grant

Wet-Led Pubs Christmas Support Payment

This scheme closed on 28 February 2021. If you have any queries please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Business Rates discounts

Discounts on Business Rates were extended in the budget on 3 March 2021 for certain businesses. Visit our Business Rates Reliefs page for more information.

Loans and other support

There is a range of other financial support available to help you through this challenging time.

Please read the Government's guide to financial support for jobs and businesses for more information.

You can also visit the Government's business support page.

You can sign up to our business e-newsletter and we will provide you with the latest updates direct to your inbox. 

Help for the self-employed

The Government has announced the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme will be extended to September 2021, with 600,000 more people who filed a tax return in 2019/20 now able to claim for the first time.