The government has brought in additional economic support to help businesses most affected by the Omicron variant of coronavirus:
- businesses in the hospitality and leisure sectors in England will be eligible for one-off grants of up to £6,000 per premises, and more than £100 million discretionary funding will be made available for local authorities to support other businesses
- the government will also cover the cost of Statutory Sick Pay for coronavirus-related absences for small and medium-sized employers across the UK
- £30 million further funding will be made available through the Culture Recovery Fund, enabling more cultural organisations in England to apply for support during the winter.
There is also continuing financial support. Local businesses should contact the local council - Brentwood Borough Council or Epping Forest District Council - for advice on what assistance is available and how to apply. You can find more information on GOV.UK.