Covid-19: Latest Updates

Business Support

The City Council continues to work hard to support businesses impacted by the Covid-19 outbreak and award grant funding to all eligible businesses in accordance with the Governments schemes, details of which are set out below.

To date, the Council has awarded over £22.1 million of funding to over 1,800 businesses in the city.

Support to Businesses

The government has set out a package of measures to support public services, people and businesses through this period of disruption caused by Covid-19.

The latest information on these schemes and the support available to businesses can be found at

Please note that the Small Business Grant Fund, Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund and the Discretionary Grant Fund are now closed 


Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce Quarterly Economic Survey

The Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce is calling for as many local businesses as possible to take part in its Quarterly Economic Survey.

This represents the first major comparison from pre-coronavirus conditions to the current situation and the intelligence gained will guide the right decisions for the county's economy and enable further support mechanisms to be put in place.

No matter how big or small your business, the Chamber needs to hear from you all.

Take part in the Quarterly Economic Survey, which takes less than three minutes, is completely anonymous, and is open to businesses of any size.


Planning for Pubs and Restaurants

The government are reviewing legislative to enable planning rules to be relaxed so pubs and restaurants can operate as hot food takeaways during the coronavirus outbreak, the government has confirmed.

The measures will apply to hot food and drinks. Serving of alcoholic drinks will continue to be subject to existing licensing laws.

Permitted development rights already allow movement between one use class and another without planning permission in certain circumstances.

Businesses will be required to tell the local planning authority when the new use begins and ends.

For further advice please contact the Council's Planning Team by emailing


Financial Support for Artists, Creative Practitioners and Freelancers

Arts Council England, through the National Lottery, are making £20 million available to individuals working in the cultural sector, including artists, creative practitioners and freelancers.

For further information visit