Coronavirus COVID-19: Latest updates

Many council services are reduced or disrupted. Check our coronavirus page for the most up-to-date information. Read the latest and sign up for updates.

Support for businesses

Some businesses and venues must stay closed or restrict how they provide goods and services.

Read about businesses and venues that must close

In Royal Greenwich, council enforcement teams will be out and about to advise businesses about the local restriction rules. We hope that it will not be necessary, but officers will be able to take enforcement action against businesses who break the rules. 

Business owners and employees should sign up to receive our business e-alert for local business news and information. 

Guidance for restaurants and pubs operating takeaway and home delivery services

Businesses can continue to offer takeaway, home delivery, or both, and planning restrictions, such as use class have been relaxed to allow this. 

Licensing restrictions, however, have not been relaxed and businesses may only serve alcohol on a takeaway or home delivery basis if they hold a premises licence or other licensing authorisation that permits “off sales”. 

Selling alcohol

The sale of alcohol from certain types of businesses will not be allowed and both council officers and the police will seize alcohol which has been purchased from a business who should not have sold it. Current restrictions about where alcohol cannot be consumed in public will remain in force. Read more about licensing restictions

Responsible trading during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Local support 

There is a lot of support for businesses available from local resources, including the London Business Hub which helps businesses to find the right support for them. Other local sources of business support include: 

Financial support 

The situation in relation to financial support being made available to businesses is evolving. 

You can find out what financial support you can get for your business using the GOV.UK business support finder.   

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme 

The government’s coronavirus job retention scheme, known as ‘furlough’, has been extended to 30 April 2021.

The scheme is open to all UK employers. HMRC will reimburse 80% of furloughed workers wage costs, up to a cap of £2,500 per month. 

Employers can check which employees you can put on furlough and claim for through the scheme.

Further information on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

Job Retention Bonus

If you have already accessed the Job Retention Scheme, your business would be eligible for the Job Retention Bonus which is £1,000 for each eligible employee that you furloughed and kept continuously employed until 31 January 2021.

Small and medium sized businesses

The Bounce Back and Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Schemes have been extended to 31 March 2021 and businesses can apply to top up existing loans.

Bounce Back Loan

This scheme helps small and medium-sized businesses to borrow up to 25% of their turnover. 

Check if you're eligible and apply

Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme

This scheme helps small and medium-sized businesses to access loans and other kinds of finance up to £5 million.

Check if you're eligible and apply

Support for self-employed people

The Self-Employment Income Support Scheme Grant Extension provides critical support to the self-employed in the form of two grants, each available for three month periods covering November 2020 to January 2021 and February 2021 to April 2021.

You must make your claim on or before 29 January 2021. 

Check if you're eligible and apply

Employment advice

GLLaB will be available to help with employment queries throughout the pandemic. 

Email gllab-info@royalgreenwich.gov.uk and the team will provide or signpost you to the right information, advice and guidance.