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Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice for businesses

Financial support for businesses affected by Coronavirus restrictions

Financial support is currently available for Sevenoaks District businesses impacted by Coronavirus restrictions during the following period:

  • 16 February 2021 to 31 March 2021 – third national lockdown – period 2

The closing date for grant applications for this period is 31 May 2021.  All mandatory grant schemes for earlier periods have now closed and we are unable to accept new applications.

From 1 April 2021 only two grant schemes are available:

  • Restart Grants
  • Additional Restrictions Grants (discretionary)

View details of the grants

Current restrictions 

From 17 May, Coronavirus restrictions were relaxed further. This includes indoor hospitality and indoor and outdoor entertainment, including cinemas, museums, children’s play areas and outdoor performances. Gathering limits have also been eased. Outdoor gatherings are limited to 30 people and indoor gatherings are limited to 6 people or 2 households.

Details of the new rules


Government support

The Government is delivering a range of schemes to support businesses affected by Coronavirus.

Coronavirus support schemes for businesses


NHS ‘Test and Trace’ QR code poster

Certain venues must by law display an official NHS ‘Test and Trace’ QR code poster. These include:

  • Hospitality (such as pubs, bars, cafés and restaurants)
  • Close contact services (including hairdressers, barbers, beauticians, tattooists, sports and massage therapists, dress fitters, tailors and fashion designers)
  • Leisure and tourism
  • Community centres, youth centres and village halls

The posters should be visible at all entry points so visitors who have downloaded the NHS app can use their smartphones to check-in. You should also continue to offer a way of people recording their Test and Trace details on paper if they do not have a smartphone.

If you already use a QR code system to check people in to your venue, you must instead use the official NHS Test and Trace QR code system.

Find out more about the COVID app

Outbreak management advice

What to do in the event of one or more confirmed cases of Coronavirus in your organisation or business.

Outbreak advice


Operating as a hot food takeaway

The Government is allowing restaurants, cafes and pubs which do not currently offer delivery and hot food takeaway to do so.

Find out about the operating as a hot food takeaway.


Tables and chairs on public pavements

Apply to us for a licence to place tables, chairs and other temporary street furniture on public pavements.

Apply to place tables and chairs on the pavement


Social distancing poster

Poster for shops and takeaways to encourage customers to social distance.

Download the poster

Coronavirus advice for businesses

Coronavirus safe working guidance

HSE - working safely during the Coronavirus outbreak

Advice for small businesses from the Federation of Small Businesses

Information for farmers, landowners and rural businesses 

CBI - Coronavirus: best practice for business

Visit Britain advice for tourism-related advice

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