National LockdownNational Lockdown January 2021

Updated: 4 January 2021

National Lockdown

On Monday 4 January the Prime Minister announced a national lockdown and instructed people to stay at home to control the virus, protect the NHS and save lives.

The new guidance urges everyone who is able to, to work at home if they possibly can. Only people whose job requires them to go to an office or location, such as the construction sector, should do so.

Read the full details of the announcement here:

For full details of what you can and cannot do, please check the link below:

Latest business grants availability

Updated: 5 May 2021

The Government has announced further grants for ratepayers required to close under National Restrictions. These are for a 44 day period from 16 February to 31 March 2021.

Local Restrictions Support Grants

If you have received a grant for the period 5th January to 15th February 2021 you will automatically be paid for this 44 day period. Therefore there is no need to contact the Business Rate department. Payment would have been made into your bank account on Friday 12th March 2021.

The amounts which will be paid are as follows:

For properties with a rateable value of £15,000 or under a payment of £2,096

For properties with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 a payment of £3,143

For properties with a rateable value of £51,000 or a above a payment of £4,714.00

There is no additional one-off grant payment.


The Restart Grant Scheme - New Scheme

This is a new government scheme for business ratepayers. The government has asked Local Authorities for more information about your business than collected for previous grants, this is to ensure eligibility for the Restart Grant payment. Therefore, all businesses, including those previously paid under other grant schemes, will be required to complete an application form for the Restart Grant. No businesses will be paid automatically.

In addition, the government has made it compulsory to carry out pre-payment assurance checks before payment can be made, this will cause a delay in processing payment. 

The Restart Grant scheme for non-essential retail premises will be a one-off payment as below:

  • Businesses with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under on the 01 April 2021 will receive a payment of £2,667
  • Businesses with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on the 01 April 2021 will receive a payment of £4,000
  • Businesses with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or over on the 01 April 2021 will receive a payment of £6,000

For the eligibility criteria visit Runnymede Business Rates website here


To make an application please visit Runnymede Business Rates website here.

Additional Restrictions Grant - Now Open

Additional Restrictions Grant (Restart) funding is NOW available to those businesses that do not meet the criteria for the mandatory restart grant. Please note there are criteria's for this funding and therefore not all businesses will qualify. For more information on how to apply visit Runnymede Business Rates Website


The primary principle of the Additional Restrictions Grant (Restart) funding is to support businesses that offer predominantly in-person services to reopen safely. It is not to support loss of income.

Information on eligibility criteria, links to application forms and deadlines for all grants are available NOW on the Runnymede Borough Council Business Rates webpages. Rates

Support funding for arts and heritage

The Arts Council England are making £160 million of emergency funding available for those organisations and individuals who will need it during this crisis, and we have also changed the funding requirements for individuals and organisations currently in receipt of our funding, to help alleviate pressure on them as best we can.

The National Lottery Heritage Fund has put together a £50million fund to support the heritage sector as an immediate response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.  

The UK-wide fund - money raised from The National Lottery - will address immediate pressures over the next three-six months for those organisations most in need. The funding will be open for applications within the next few days.

Preventative health measures for employers and businesses

The latest information from Public Health England on coronavirus or COVID-19 for businesses can be found on the Public Health England website.

This guidance will assist employers and businesses in providing advice to staff on:

  • Are you an essential business? Does your business need to close?
  • How to help prevent the spread of all respiratory infections including COVID-19
  • What to do if someone with suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 has been in a workplace setting
  • Advice for the certification of absence from work resulting from COVID-19

The repeated advice from experts at Public Health England is that hygiene practices, such as regularly washing hands and always sneezing or coughing into a tissue is the best way to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Social distancing should also be observed, at least two metres apart.

Track and Trace Support Payment Scheme

Updated:11 November 2020

If you have been contacted by NHS Test and Trace and been advised to self-isolate, you may be entitled to financial support. On 28th September 2020, the Government passed into law a national Test and Trace Support scheme. From 16th October, a one-off payment of £500 or access to a discretionary fund will be available for eligible individuals. For more information on how to apply for funding visit Runnymede Borough Council website.

Governments latest update on wash hands, cover face, make space

Updated:11 November 2020

Many businesses operate more than one type of workplace, such as an office, factory and fleet of vehicles. You may need to use more than one of these guides as you think through what you need to do to keep people safe.  Businesses can download posters through the Public Health England Website