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Urgent: help stop the spread of the new South African Covid-19 variant – Information for Wolverhampton employers

Wolverhampton employers are being urged to take measure to help stop the spread of the new South African Covid-19 variant.

Wolverhampton City Council has appealed to employers, in the wake of the highly dangerous variant of Covid-19 being identified recently in neighbouring Walsall.

The South African variant is highly contagious and represents a significant threat to public health. It has been found in parts of the WS2 postcode area of Walsall, bordering our city.

At a time when about 1,000 Wolverhampton people a week are testing positive and NHS hospital admissions are at critical levels, we need to do everything we can to tackle this new threat. 

So please, here’s what we need you to do:

New discretionary lockdown business grants now available

To support businesses impacted by the national lockdown 3 restrictions, which began on 5 January, 2021, and local restrictions tiers, which started on 14 October (Tier 2), 2 December (Tier 3), and 31 December (Tier 4), 2020, grant schemes have been introduced: 

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City of Wolverhampton businesses not eligible for the Government’s national Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) under the current lockdown can now apply for discretionary grant schemes.

This includes an additional one-off payment of up to £9,000 and the latest discretionary Additional Restrictions Grants (ARGs).

They are aimed at supporting closed businesses and businesses that are open but have been significantly affected due to the current restrictions.

Eligibility criteria and the amount of grant awarded for the discretionary one off payment and ARGs will be based primarily on the fixed costs of the business. Rateable businesses not eligible for Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) can also apply for an ARG. 

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