Calderdale businesses can apply for an Omicron relief grant

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HOSPITALITY, leisure and accommodation businesses in Calderdale can now apply for grants to help cope with the impact of the new Covid-19 Omicron variant.

Calderdale Council has received around £2.1million from the government’s £1billion Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant, said cabinet member of the Authority for Regeneration and Strategy Councilor Jane Scullion (Lab, Luddenden Foot).

The money will be used to support badly affected hospitality, leisure and accommodation businesses with one-off grants of up to £6,000.

“The situation with Omicron is truly serious, and we have seen Calderdale’s COVID-19 rates increase up to three times their previous peak.

“Unfortunately, this means that each of us is affected in one way or another, whether it is catching the virus, knowing someone who has it or being affected by it. service delays as organizations across the country grapple with staff absences.

“We know this is impacting our local businesses and we are doing everything we can to support them, as we have done throughout the pandemic.

“We urge hospitality, leisure and accommodation businesses that may experience difficulty over the next few weeks to apply for a grant to mitigate the impact of Omicron.

“We thank all Calderdale businesses for their continued resilience, passion and innovation as we all continue to fight the virus,” she said.

All businesses must be on the local assessment office’s agency assessment list on December 30, 2021 to be eligible and will be paid based on their assessed value.

Eligible businesses include restaurants, pubs, cafes, cinemas, theatres, museums, wedding and event venues, nightclubs, tourist attractions, gaming centers, party halls, hotels and caravan sites.

A full list is available on the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant page on the Council’s website (www.calderdale.gov.uk).

Companies can also use this webpage to apply for the grant, which closes on Friday, February 11.

Council Scullion said the council would process applications as quickly as possible and that all payments would be made by March 31.

The council is also working on the details of a new Additional Restrictions Grant scheme after receiving £350,000 from the Government’s Additional Restrictions Grant Fund, a £102m nationwide pot, and will open it to applications from eligible companies as soon as possible.

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