Omicron Hospitality and Leisure grant available for Plymouth businesses

Plymouth hospitality, leisure and accommodation businesses that have been impacted by Covid-19 will now be able to apply for financial support through Plymouth City Council.

The Government announced the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure grant on 21 December to support businesses in the sector in recognition of the impact that the Omicron variant has had over the Christmas and New Year period.

First cases of Omicron variant confirmed in Plymouth

Residents are again being urged to follow all COVID-19 precautions extra carefully following confirmation of a small number of cases of the Omicron variant in Plymouth.

The confirmed cases are isolating at home and all close contacts have been identified. As this is the new omicron variant, the close contacts have to self-isolate for 10 days, regardless of their vaccination status, to try to reduce the spread.

Nearly £75 million of grants paid to support Plymouth businesses

Plymouth City Council has distributed nearly £75 million in grants to support local businesses through coronavirus restrictions since April 2020, but many businesses still haven’t claimed the financial support they’re entitled to.

Thousands of Plymouth businesses have been supported by the Government’s grant schemes, including the Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) and Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG).

More financial support available for Plymouth businesses

Plymouth City Council has unveiled plans to support city businesses that have been most impacted by the current national coronavirus restrictions but were unable to claim financial support from previous grant schemes.

The city has been allocated £5.2 million through the Government’s Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) to support local businesses that have suffered during the pandemic.