A number of licensees have queried if they were still eligible for the grants after being told by local authorities they wouldn’t be as they were still operating a business however, The MA understands this is not the case.
The Local Restrictions Support Grant scheme will be based on rateable value and is available for businesses forced to close for the second national lockdown.
Pubs with a rateable value for £15,000 and under are eligible for a grant of £1,334 a month, or £667 a week.
Those with a £15,000 to £51,000 rateable value can claim £2,000 a month, or £1,000 a fortnight. Venues with a rateable value of £51,000 and over are eligible for grants of £3,000 a month, or £1,500 per 14 days.
Local authorities are handing out the grants and operators should see what information is available on their local council website.
While there has been concern from operators the lockdown will be extended further than 2 December, Prime Minister Boris Johnson attempted to assure the nation it will expire on that date and be replaced by the tiered system.
At a Downing Street press conference yesterday (Thursday 5 November) – the first day of the nationwide lockdown – Johnson urged the public to stay at home.
He called on the public to follow the rules while announcing extra financial aid to help house rough sleepers during winter.
Johnson said there was a “shared approach” to Christmas between the devolved governments alongside reassurances that 28 days of lockdown for England is “enough to have a real impact”.
On the lockdown measures, the Prime Minister added: “These rules will expire and on 2 December we plan to move back to a tiered approach.”