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:

National Lockdown Grant January 2021-Updates

updated 9th February  2021

Updates on  Government  grants for the National lockdown from 4th January 2021 are now available on the Grants for Business rates webpage these include:

  • A one-off Closed Business Lockdown payment
  • Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) 5th January 2021 onwards
  • Additional Restrictions Grant

Other grant schemes which were operating before the lockdown are still open, and you may still be eligible to apply for them depending on your business circumstances.

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 

Grants for businesses - National lockdown from 5 November

Updated: 11 November 2020

Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG)

The government has announced that business premises forced to close in England due to national restrictions are to receive grants worth up to £3,000 a month under the Local Restrictions Support Grant.

The rate of payment will be:

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

For information on the grant and to make an application please visit Runnymede Borough Council’s Business Rates website

Expanded Retail Discount 2020/21

Updated:11 November 2020

The government has announced it will provide 100% Business Rates Relief for the 2020/21 financial year for eligible occupied retail, hospitality and leisure properties.

All ratepayers who received retail discount in 2019/2020 will automatically receive the revised 100% discount. This is for the period 01 April 2020 to 31 March 2021. Runnymede Borough Council will issue an amended bill in April.

Runnymede Borough Council will identity any other accounts that meet the criteria, automatically update their records and issue amended bills in due course.

More information and support measures for businesses

Use business support finder to see what support is available for you and your business.

Further business support measures visit 

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