The NI Executive has announced various measures to support businesses affected by the local lockdown restrictions
Localised Restrictions Support Scheme (LRSS)
The Localised Restrictions Support Scheme provides financial support to businesses which have been required to close or severely limit operations at their premises under the Health Protection Regulations that have been put in place by the NI Executive.
The Scheme will apply to businesses, subject to eligibility criteria, including:
Cafes, pubs and restaurants that are required to close or limit their services to a takeaway service instead;
Hotels, guesthouses and registered bed & breakfasts that have been required to limit the provision of services for residents only;
Close contact services (as detailed in the Health Protection Regulations) occupying commercial premises who have been forced to close such as hairdressers and barbers, beauty salons, day spas, nail bars, tattoo parlours, sports massage therapy, wellbeing and holistic therapies, tanning, dress fitting, tailoring and fashion design, electrolysis and body piercing; and
Other businesses which, under the Health Protection Regulations are required to cease to carry that business or to provide that service, including campsites and caravan parks for touring caravans, cinemas, museums, galleries, bingo halls, funfairs, indoor amusement arcades, indoor visitor attractions, trampoline parks, inflatable parks, bowling alleys and ice rinks.
Further guidance and an application form can be found here
Covid Restrictions Business Support Scheme (CRBSS)
The Minister for the Economy has launched a new Covid Restrictions Business Support Scheme to support those businesses directly impacted by the latest Health Protection Regulations, which came into force on 16 October 2020.
The Covid Restrictions Business Support Scheme (CRBSS) will operate in two parts.
Part A - A business that is required to close or cease trading under the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No.2) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020 but is not eligible for the Local Restrictions Support Scheme.
Part B - A business which has not been forced to close, but is part of the direct supply chain to a business that is forced to close/cease trading under the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No.2) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020, and as a result it has been severely impacted.
CRBSS Part A is now open for online applications. Eligible businesses will receive a grant equivalent to £600 for each week the initial Health Protection Regulations are in place. This will be paid in one lump sum.
Further information on CRBSS Part B, including full eligibility criteria, will be released as soon as possible.
CRBSS will remain under review for as long as the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No.2) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020 are in place.
Further details and an application form can be found here.