Local Government Association COVID Tracker for Gosport

The Local Government Association provide tracking statistics for lab confirmed Covid-19 cases in Gosport.

Council services

  • The Town Hall is now open from 10am until 2pm for essential pre-booked appointments and cash payments only.
  • Essential appointments can be booked in by staff over the telephone using the numbers accessed via the following link: https://www.gosport.gov.uk/Council-Services.
  • Face coverings must be worn in line with government guidelines and customers must sanitise their hands upon entry.
  • Access is available from the High Street entrance only.

Business grants and support

Restart and Recovery & Kickstarting Tourism Grant Fund (£1,000 - £3,000 and up to £5,000 in exceptional circumstances)

The Restart and Recovery & Kickstarting Tourism grant fund has been created specifically to help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the Solent LEP area to adapt and diversify in response to the impacts of Covid-19.  £375,000 has been allocated to the Solent region, with at least £157,000 ring-fenced to support the visitor economy and the remaining funds open to applications from SMEs in the wider economy. All grants must cover 100% of the cost of the product or service applied for, with no requirement for match-funding.

To be eligible for the fund, you must be an existing SME with at least one years trading history. All funds will be allocated on a competitive basis providing the strongest bids with funding and applications are encouraged from those that have not previously received COVID-19 related support.

Round one of the Fund will close once 1,000 applications have been received, or one week from its launch on 16 September, whichever is the sooner. Should 1,000 applications not be received, round one will close at 11:59 pm on 23 September 2020. The Solent Local Enterprise Partnership is expecting application levels to be very high and is strongly encouraging businesses to apply as soon as possible.  For more details and to apply please see the Solent LEP website

Local Authority Discretionary Grant Fund 

Gosport's Discretionary Grant Fund scheme is now closed to new applications.

This government funded Coronavirus (Covid-19) related grant was aimed at those Gosport based small businesses and other organisations with proportionally high property related fixed costs that were not eligible for, or had not already been paid, the Small Business Grant or the Retail, Leisure and Hospitality Grant.  Home based businesses were also potentially eligible for the Gosport scheme.  All applicants had to demonstrate how Coronavirus (Covid-19) has had a significant impact on their business or organisation.

As per the government guidance local authorities could pay grants to the value of £25,000, £10,000 or any amount under £10,000. The value of the payment to be made to a business was at the discretion of the local authority.  However the government expected payments of under £10,000 to be appropriate in many cases.

There was limited funding available for this scheme with a total of £635,000 allocated to Gosport, which equated to 5% of the funding provided for the Small Business Grant and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grants.  The first round of the scheme was open for three weeks from Monday 15th June 13:00 to Friday 3rd July 23:59 with a surplus remaining after all eligible applicants were paid.  A second and final round was closed to new applicants on Sunday 16th August 23:59hrs.  Round two had £200,000 funding available with the criteria and priorities remaining the same as for the first round.  

Small Business Grant and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grants

The Small Business Grant and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grants schemes are now closed to new claims.

The Government funded Small Business Grant (£10,000) and Retail, Hospitality Grants (£10,000 and £25,000) were implemented via Local Authorities and the business rates system.  The Council has been paying the grants to eligible premises occupiers since the beginning of April and as at Wednesday 26th August the council had paid 1,040 grants totalling £12,315,000. 

Other Coronavirus (Covid-19) related business grants, advice and support

For further information about the advice and support available to businesses please see Business grants and support.

Self-isolation and social distancing guidance

The government has translated the guidance for self-isolation and social distancing into the following languages:

  • Arabic
  • French
  • Mandarin
  • Cantonese
  • Polish
  • Welsh

The links are here: