Tewkesbury Borough Council is extending its financial assistance to more local businesses with the introduction of a new Additional Restrictions Grant scheme. The grant is available for businesses impacted by Covid-19 restrictions but who do not qualify for the main Restart Grant which is already up and running.

The new scheme is aimed at businesses that provide an in-person service which will be adversely affected even when they are permitted to re-open, for example in cases where having to carry out extra cleaning results in reduced client numbers, or the purchase of cleaning products and PPE increases their outgoings significantly.

It is also aimed at those which supply affected businesses within the hospitality, personal care, leisure, or events sectors.

The council is inviting applications from Friday, 30 April, with a closing date of Sunday, 16 May. It will start making payments after this deadline and hopes to make all payments by Wednesday, 26 May.

Tewkesbury Borough Council’s head of finance and asset management, Simon Dix said: “The council is delighted and relieved that Covid-19 restrictions are slowly being lifted, but we are aware that some businesses will still struggle to operate at full capacity whilst continuing with the necessary Covid-19 safety measures and practices. The Additional Restrictions Grant will hopefully provide financial assistance in a lot of these cases, who would not have met the criteria for the earlier Restart Grant. I would urge all business owners in this situation to check the eligibility criteria and we will happily consider all applications.”