The Government has announced 'Local COVID alert level: high' restrictions for Stockton-on-Tees.
For further information about the rules and disruptions to Council services visit www.stockton.gov.uk/coronavirus.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Business Support
On this page you will find information to help businesses in the borough during the Coronavirus pandemic. You will find:
- Information on how to operate safely
- Information about financial support
- Information about Business Rate reliefs/holidays
Operating safely during the Coronavirus pandemic
Guidance has been issued by central Government on how to reopen businesses safely during Coronavirus pandemic. You can read the guidance at the Gov.uk website.
The Council has supplemented this national guidance with local “Prevention Cards” which include additional local advice, guidance and contact details to help businesses to operate safely in the borough.
Test and Trace
The Government now requires businesses from the following sectors to display a poster with a personalised NHS Test and Trace app QR code:
- Hospitality (e.g. hotels, bars, coffee shops)
- Leisure and tourism (e.g. gyms, cinemas, museums)
- Close contact services (e.g. hair and beauty salons, tattooists, tailors)
- Places of worship (e.g. churches, mosques)
- Local authority venues
You can create and download you poster by visiting the Gov.uk website.
A copy of the poster should be displayed at each of the entrances to your premises and you should ask customers and visitors to scan the QR code when they arrive. If you have multiple venues, you need to create a different QR code poster for each. Read the full Government guidance for more information.
You can use the guides below to make sure you are adhering to the guidelines.
Financial Support for Businesses
The government has support available for businesses that experience increased costs or disruptions to their cash flow as a result of COVID-19. This covers loans, tax relief and cash grants. For more information visit the Gov.uk website.
If you would like more information on business grants and want to talk to us to find out if your business may qualify, contact us at [email protected]
Businesses Rates support is available for those that experience increased costs or disruptions to their cash flow as a result of COVID-19. Information on those measures can found at the Gov.uk website
Business rates holiday for retail, hospitality, leisure and nursery businesses
There is a business rates holiday for retail, hospitality, leisure and nursery businesses in England for the 2020 to 2021 tax year. We have identified the businesses that meet the criteria and have re-issued the business rate bills showing there is nothing to pay for the 2020/2021 financial year.
If you have a query about your business rates please contact [email protected] or call 01642 397 108