Eden firms: were you affected by December’s Tier 2 restrictions?

Eden District Council has announced a new round of grants for local businesses that were affected by Cumbria’s December Tier 2 restrictions.

The newly launched Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open) is available for those firms which, although were legally allowed to stay open, were still severely impacted by the Tier 2 restrictions which were in place in Cumbria between 2 December and 30 December 2020.

The grant is aimed specifically at businesses impacted by Tier 2 restrictions and not the pandemic as a whole. Therefore, applicants should be able to demonstrate an impact due to the December restrictions, which included no travel allowed from Tier 3 and 4 areas, restrictions on household mixing inside, rule of 6 outside and a maximum of 15 people for weddings.

Councillor Mary Robinson, Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Economies and Enterprise for Eden District Council, said,

"There is a wide range of grants available for Eden businesses at the moment, to help with difficulties faced resulting from the COVID pandemic.

"The newly launched LRSG (open) grant is able to support those businesses that were impacted by the Tier 2 restrictions in December; such as those firms which were impacted from their usual customer base being unable to travel.

"I would urge all businesses in Eden - large or small – to check online at www.eden.gov.uk to see what grants they are eligible for.

"Eden District Council is here to support you, so if you are unsure if your business is eligible, please contact us on 01768 817817."

The categories of businesses in Eden which are eligible to apply for this grant are:

  • Hospitality venues like pubs, bars, restaurants, cafes, social clubs and visitor attractions
  • Accommodation operators like hotels, B&Bs, self-catering cottages, campsites and caravan parks
  • Sport and leisure facilities such as gyms, leisure centres, swimming pools, tennis courts, golf courses, fitness and dance studios, climbing walls and adventure pursuits centres

This criteria may be widened at a later date, should sufficient funding be available.

An application form has been made live on the Eden District Council website at www.eden.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid-19/support-for-businesses/

Grants between £467 and £1,050 are available for each 14-day period of restrictions. The amount of funding awarded is dependent on a business property’s rateable value, or its number of employees.

For those business that were legally required to close under local restrictions, the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) continues to be available.

You can find out more and apply for the grant at www.eden.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid-19/support-for-businesses/.