Coronavirus information for businesses You can keep up to date with these on the GOV.UK support for businesses webpage. To sign up to the Trafford business bulletin please email email@example.com. Financial support Restart Grants Following the Budget announcement on 3 March, Local Restrictions Support Grants (LRSG) will cease on 31 March 2021 and be replaced with a Restart Grant payable from April 2021. You must apply for a Restart Grant, you will not be automatically awarded this. Visit our Restart Grant page for more information. The closing date to apply for an LRSG payment up to 14th February has now passed. If you have not yet applied for an LRSG payment, but you think you may be eligible you only will be able to recieve payment from 15th Feburay to the 31st March. However, you must apply before the 31st May 2021. Business Rates Relief Fund Ministers have set out plans to provide an extra, targeted support package for businesses who have been unable to benefit from the existing business rates relief for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses following the ruling that valuation material changes due to COVID-19 have been ruled out. Trafford Council is waiting for further guidance and funding information, visit GOV.uk for further information. Advice for businesses Businesses which can open As part of the government's roadmap out of lockdown, some businesses can reopen if they are following Covid-19 secure guidelines. Visit gov.uk for guidance on reopening businesses and venues. Businesses which must remain closed As part of the government's roadmap out of lockdown, national regulations require some businesses to remain closed. There are restrictions on how some businesses provide goods and services. Visit gov.uk for information on which businesses must close in lockdown. Food safety advice on businesses offering a takeaway food service Whether you are a restaurant, pub, coffee shop or home caterer, you may have decided to alter your business to offer a delivery or takeaway food service during the coronavirus outbreak. Offering delivery or takeaway food may mean your food safety procedures and controls need adapting. We have put together a short guide of food safety issues to consider. Retail and hospitality business advice If you run a non-food or food retail business, including bars and restaurants, we’ve put together some useful information to help under the current Coronavirus restrictions. Download our Retail & Hospitality Businesses - Trading in the time of Covid-19 brochure. Renting guidance for landlords and tenants The government has issued non-statutory guidance for landlords, tenants and local authorities. Read the guidance on the GOV.UK website Job retention scheme Under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, UK employers with a PAYE scheme that was created and started on or before 28 February 2020, will be able to access support to continue paying part of their employees’ salary for those that would otherwise have been laid off during this crisis. Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme COVID-19 testing and Additional Restrictions Grants for taxi drivers Trafford Council is offering taxi drivers regular COVID-19 testing and Additional Restrictions Grants (ARG).