COVID-19 - business support

National lockdown: stay at home

Along with the rest of England people in the Winchester district must now stay at home except for a number of permitted reasons as the new lockdown begins.

Hospitality businesses such as pubs and restaurants and non-essential shops must stayed closed. Under the new national lockdown rules indoor and outdoor sports facilities including gyms and tennis courts must now close.

Essential businesses and services can stay open to the public. These include:

  • Supermarkets, food shops, pharmacies and garden centres
  • Places of worship
  • Petrol stations and MOT services
  • Laundrettes
  • Banks and post offices
  • Doctors and dentists' surgeries and vets
  • Car parks, public toilets and playgrounds

Read the full government guidance here.

There's further guidance from Winchester City Council and Hampshire County Council Public Health in a letter from Laura Taylor, Chief Executive of Winchester City Council, which can be downloaded on the right hand side of this web page.

A full list of which businesses must close – and what can stay open – can be found on the GOV.UK website.

Information on the latest support offered to businesses affected by COVID-19 can be found below.

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Additional support is available from Government via various agencies. These are outlined below.


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