Coronavirus information for businesses

The Government is in the process of introducing a number of measures to support local businesses at this time and you can keep up to date with these on the GOV.UK support for businesses webpage. You should also check out the range of resources and guidance available from the Business Growth Hub which includes ten steps to take now and access to informative webinars.

Financial support

Local restrictions support grants - Tier 4 and National Lockdown

If you have already been awarded a grant, including the previous national lockdown (5 November to 2 December), and are legally required to close you do not need to reapply. The Council will automatically make payments on a recurring basis in line with the government guidelines.

The next payments will be made on or around the 18 January and will cover the period from 30 December to 4 January (Tier 4) and the 6 weekly national lockdown payment (5 January to 15 February).

Further information on the latest closed schemes, including the amounts due, can be found here:

Businesses who remain open under restrictions who received a LRSG (Open) in Tier 3 will receive a 1 day pro-rata payment for 30 December only, as there is no entitlement to the LRSG (Open) grant when in Tier and/or national lockdown

As the payment will be based on your original application form, it is important that you tell us straight away if you are no longer entitled to this grant. For example, if the business is no longer trading or ownership has changed.

New lockdown grants

If you have already been awarded a local restrictions closed grant, including during the previous national lockdown (5 November to 2 December), and are legally required to close you do not need to apply for the new lockdown grant. The Council will automatically make a one-off payment as follows:

The one-off top-ups will be granted to closed businesses (subject to state aid) as follows:

  • £4,000 for businesses with a rateable value of £15,000 or under
  • £6,000 for businesses with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000
  • £9,000 for businesses with a rateable value of over £51,000

Further details on the one-off scheme can be found here.

Additional Restrictions (Discretionary) Grant scheme

Businesses based in Trafford, that do not pay business rates and are not eligible for any of the Local Restrictions Support Grants (open or closed), are invited to apply for a Additional Restrictions (Discretionary) Grant.

Christmas support payment for wet-led pubs

The Government has announced the introduction of a £1,000 one-off payment as additional support to ‘wet-led pubs’ in areas under Tier 2 or 3 restrictions between the 2 and 29 December 2020.

You will need to apply even if you have already been paid a Tier 2 and / or Tier 3 grant.

If you have not yet applied and are a 'wet-led' pub that derives under 50% of their income from food sales you can apply here:

Reopening non-essential retail businesses

Our Environmental Health team can provide advice to businesses about how to reopen within the new Covid-19 guidelines in a way that maintains safety for staff and customers. For support and guidance on making your business Covid-secure please contact

The HSE also has a free advice line for businesses on 0300 790 6787 – with lines open Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 8pm.

Reopening our town centres and high streets

As restrictions are lifted and pubs, bars and restaurants prepare to open their doors from the 4 July, there is a great deal that hospitality businesses need to consider when reopening.

Visit the Reopening of town centres and the high street page

Reopening safely – retail and hospitality businesses

As the lockdown measures are slowly lifted businesses are required to take key steps to become COVID-19 secure. We’ve put together some useful information to help businesses take these steps and keep safe.

Download our Retail and Hospitality Businesses – A Guide to Reopening Safely guide.

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.

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.