Support for businesses - Coronavirus (COVID-19)

CLOSED - Omicron – hospitality and leisure grant

Note: this grant ended Friday 18 March 2022.

The omicron hospitality and leisure grant (OHLG) scheme is for businesses on the ratings list only and is a one-off grant. The scheme provides support to hospitality, leisure and accommodation businesses, in recognition that the rise of the omicron variant means that some businesses are likely to struggle over the coming weeks

The primary principle of the omicron hospitality and leisure grant scheme is to support businesses that offer in-person services, where the main service and activity takes place in a fixed rate-paying premises, in the hospitality, leisure and accommodation sectors

The grant will be paid to the ratepayer who according to our records was responsible for the business rates on the 30 December 2021 and in accordance with the latest guidance.

Only business that were trading (engaged in business activity) on 30 December 2021 will qualify. 

Indicators that a business is trading are:

  • The business continues to trade, including online, via delivery services etc.
  • The business is not in liquidation, dissolved, struck off or subject to a striking of notice or under notice
  • The business is engaged in business activity; managing accounts, preparing for reopening, planning and implementing Covid-19 safe measures

The following grants will be paid:

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

Eligible businesses

The following business will be eligible:

Hospitality businesses

A hospitality business can be defined as a business whose main function is to provide a venue for the consumption and sale of food and drink.

  • Businesses offering in-person food and drink services to the general public.
  • Businesses that provide food and/or drink to be consumed on the premises,   including outdoors (food kiosks and businesses whose main service (generating 50% or more of income) is a takeaway and are excluded).

Leisure businesses

A leisure business can be defined as a business that provides opportunities, experiences and facilities, in particular for culture, recreation, entertainment, celebratory events and days and nights out. 

Please note: to be eligible, you must provide the above leisure opportunities, in-person, at your fixed rate paying premises. This does not include business that provide goods for events or organise events to be held at another premise.  

The following are excluded from this scheme:

  • All retail businesses.
  • Coach tour operators.
  • Tour operators.
  • Gyms and sports businesses where physical exercise or training is conducted on an individual basis or group basis.
    • Gyms and sports business include dance and fitness studios, sports centres and clubs, sports courts, swimming pools and golf courses.

Accommodation businesses

An accommodation business can be defined as a business whose main lodging provision is used for holiday, travel and other purposes.

Covid-19 business grant subsidy allowance

Any business that has reached the limits of payments permissible under the small amounts of financial assistance allowance, the Covid-19 business grant allowance and the Covid-19 business grant special allowance will not be able to receive further grant funding.

We are required to carry out pre-payment checks and your payment will not be immediately upon receipt of your application.

Read the full government guidance.