Coronavirus Update

As of 19 January, the government is no longer asking people to work from home if they can. People should speak to their employers about arrangements for returning to the office, and should follow the Working Safely guidance.

From today 20 January, face coverings will no longer be advised in classrooms for both staff and pupils.

From Thursday 27 January:

Venues and events will no longer be required by law to use the NHS Covid Pass. The NHS Covid Pass can still be used on a voluntary basis as was previously the case in Plan A.

Face coverings are no longer required by law in any setting. Public health guidance will remain in place, suggesting individuals should continue to wear a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces, where you may come into contact with people you do not normally meet.

The Department for Education will remove national guidance on the use of face coverings in communal areas, with local Directors of Public Health able to recommend the use of face coverings in education settings across their area only where the department and public health experts judge the measure to be proportionate due to specific health concerns.

Any local introduction of face coverings must be subject to routine review and removed at the earliest opportunity.


Business Support

Following the Chancellor's announcement in December that additional support will be available for businesses which have been impacted by the Omicron variant, Nottingham City Council has developed an online application form for eligible businesses in the hospitality, leisure or accommodation sectors.

The deadline for applications is 21 February 2022 with payments being made by 31 March 2022.

Businesses in the hospitality, accommodation and leisure sectors will be eligible for one-off grants of £2,667, £4,000 and £6,000 per premises depending on rateable value.

Click here to apply - you will need your business rates account number and your companies house number (if you have one).

Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG)

An additional small grant has been allocated for other affected businesses, which is discretionary and requires evidence of lost sales due to Omicron and current restrictions.  

This grant is intended for supply chain businesses, businesses without a rates account and other affected businesses such as personal care, which are not covered by the Omicron Hospitality & Leisure Grant. 

The Additional Restrictions Grant scheme will close on 21 February, however as it is limited, it may close early due to demand.  

All payments to both schemes will be made by 31 March 2022 in line with government policy. 

If you need assistance or have any questions about Business Grants please email

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