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Grants deadline extended to help pubs affected by lockdown closure

Published on Monday, February 1, 2021

Close up of glasses in a pub

THE closing date has been extended in a scheme to provide financial help to ease the impact of lockdown on city pubs whose income doesn’t largely depend upon food sales.

Leicester City Council is administering the grants for so-called ‘wet pubs’, which focus mostly on serving drinks rather than offering food, and for which over 70 pubs have already received funding.

The one-off £1,000 Government grants are aimed at helping pubs whose trade was hit over the Christmas period. Now the Government has extended the deadline of the scheme, which was due to close at the end of January, until February 28.

To be eligible for the grant, pubs must under normal circumstances (without local or national restrictions) be open to the general public, allow free entry other than when occasional entertainment is provided, allow drinking without requiring food to be consumed and permit drinks to be purchased at a bar.

Pubs must also get less than half of their income from food sales. More information and full eligibility conditions are available at Leicester City Council’s website, which also contains other help and advice for businesses.

The grants are one of a number of ways businesses can claim financial help through the city council if their trade has been badly affected by the ongoing Covid-19 restrictions.

For full details visit here.

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