Current restrictions:

Covid Guidance 12th April

How the rules changed on 12 April

Some of the rules on what you can and cannot do changed on 12 April. You can read the 'COVID-19 Response - Spring 2021' (the roadmap out of lockdown) for more information on how COVID-19 restrictions will be eased in England. You can also read the law that underpins these changes and the ongoing restrictions.

From 12 April:

  • non-essential retail will be able to reopen
  • personal care premises such as hairdressers and nail salons will be able to reopen
  • public buildings such as libraries and community centres will be able to reopen
  • outdoor hospitality venues will be able to reopen, with table service only
  • most outdoor attractions including zoos, theme parks, and drive-in performances (such as cinemas and concerts) will be able to reopen
  • some smaller outdoor events such as fetes, literary fairs, and fairgrounds will be able to take place
  • indoor leisure and sports facilities will be able to reopen for individual exercise, or exercise with your household or support bubble
  • all childcare and supervised activities will be allowed indoors (as well as outdoors) for all children. Parent and child groups can take place indoors (as well as outdoors) for up to 15 people (children under 5 will not be counted in this number)
  • weddings, civil partnership ceremonies, wakes and other commemorative events will be able to take place for up to 15 people (anyone working is not included in this limit), including in indoor venues that are permitted to open or where an exemption applies. Wedding receptions can also take place for up to 15 people, but must take place outdoors, not including private gardens
  • self-contained accommodation will be able to open for overnight stays in England with your household or support bubble
  • you should continue to minimise the amount that you travel where possible
  • care home residents will be able to nominate two named individuals for regular indoor visits (following a rapid lateral flow test)

COVID-19 information for Gosport residents and businesses

Council services and public access to the Town Hall

As from 12 April we are now open on Monday to Friday from 10am to 2pm for essential pre-booked appointments and cash payments only.

Face coverings must be worn unless you are medically exempt and customers must sanitise their hands upon entry to the Town Hall.

Appointments can be booked by telephone (see below) and acccess to the Town Hall will be available from the High Street entrance only.

Book an essential in-person appointment at the Town Hall

Council Tax02392 545470
Benefits02392 545325
Planning02392 545461
Housing Needs & Support02392 545476
Housing Neighbourhood Services02392 545665
Streetscene08000 198598
Licensing & Environmental Health01329 824399
Town Hall general enquiries02392 584242

 

Accessing Council services during the pandemic

We are working hard to continue to provide our services during the pandemic whilst ensuring the safety of residents and our staff. As a result Council staff are continuing to work from home and the Town Hall (where necessary), to deliver our services to Gosport's communities. 

Going forward we will continue to review updates from government as they are published and assess what they mean for the delivery of council services. In doing so our top priority is the health and wellbeing of our residents, people who work in the Borough, and our staff.

For more details on how to contact a specific service please see: Accessing Council services, information and general advice

COVID-19 Statistics for Gosport

NHS Test and Trace

NHS Test and Trace was introduced to enable the Government to trace the spread of the virus, isolate new infections and play a vital role in giving early warning if the virus is increasing, locally or nationally.

For residents

The NHS COVID-19 app is a vital part of the NHS Test and Trace service and is available to download for free.  For more information about the app, including help on how to use it and finding out what different things it can do, and to download it please see the NHS website

If you are contacted by NHS Test and Trace, contact tracers will:

For more information on this service please read the Government Guidance NHS Test and Trace: how it works.

For businesses

To support the NHS COVID-19 app there is a legal requirement for certain businesses and venues to display official NHS QR code posters in addition to providing a customer log at their premises.  For more information on this please see the related content on our Advice for Gosport Businesses webpage.

COVID-19 local testing in Gosport

For residents

Anyone with coronavirus symptoms, however mild, can get a free swab test that takes less than a minute. Tests should be booked or ordered as soon as symptoms begin at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119 and you can expect your result within 48 hours.

Gosport has a walk through local testing site operating on an appointment-only basis at Walpole Park South Car Park.  For more details please see COVID-19 local testing site in Gosport.

Anyone without symptoms who cannot work from home and is not covered by a workplace scheme can be regularly tested for free at Gosport's COVID-19 Rapid Community Testing Site.  It operates on weekdays between 9am to 4.55pm at the Town Hall in Gosport . 

Due to capacity limitations, tests must be prebooked. This facility will be closing on 30th April 2021.

For more details please see COVID-19 Rapid Community Testing site in Gosport.   

Those without an appointment can take testing kits away to be undertaken at home. 

Testing kits can be collected from

 

  •  The Walpole Park South Car Park testing site from 13:30-19:00
  • Some local pharmacies
  • Order online here

 

For businesses

Businesses can either join a Government scheme to test workers without symptoms who cannot work from home or get a private provider to run their government tests. However these rapid lateral flow tests are only for people without symptoms. Anyone with symptoms should order an individual test and stay at home.

Your employees that are critical workers and or cannot work from home can also be regularly tested for free via Gosport's COVID-19 Rapid Community Testing site.  It is open weekdays from 9am to 5pm, for pre-booked appointments only. Businesses are encouraged to be flexible to allow employees to take tests during these hours.

For information about the other facilities elsewhere in Hampshire please see the Hampshire County Council website.

For more information about these rapid lateral flow tests please see the Government Guidance: Understanding lateral flow antigen testing for people without symptoms.  

Community Response Project support for Gosport residents

Gosport Borough Council and Gosport Voluntary Action are still working together to support local people in need during the pandemic.  For more information about the support provided e.g. shopping, delivering prescriptions, telephone befriending, or help from the Gosport Food Partnership with essential supplies please see COVID-19 support for Gosport residents

COVID-19 business support grants

Updates

  • Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed Addendum) 
  • Additional Restrictions Grant
    • New application window open for the months of January (5 to 31), February and March 2021; plus the November and December 2020 restriction periods but only if you have not previously applied for these months.
    • It is for businesses (both those in premises and those that are home based) that have been severely impacted by the pandemic restrictions i.e. can evidence a decrease in turnover of at least 33% and, as per government guidance, is designed to cover unavoidable fixed costs only. It is not a subsitute for wages or loss of income.
    • Grants will have an upper limit of £3,000 and a lower limit of £400 per 28 day period of restrictions. These amounts will be pro rata for restriction periods of less than 28 days e.g. those in November and December 2020.
    • If you are asked for further supporting information or evidence after submitting an application please provide this as quickly as possible, as we will not be able to determine whether a grant is payable until after it is received. 
  • Restart Grant scheme
    • Business Restart Grant application form for businesses on the ratings list only. It is a one-off grant to support businesses that offer in-person services, where the main service and activity takes place in a fixed rate-paying premises, in the relevant sectors.
    • This new scheme replaced the Local Restrictions Support Grant from 1 April 2021. It will provide one-off grants of up to £6,000 per premises for non-essential retail businesses and up to £18,000 per premises for hospitality, leisure, accommodation, gym & sports and personal care businesses.
    • Payment amounts are based upon the rateable value of occupied premises and are as follows: 
      • For non-essential retail businesses
        • £2,667 for premises with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under
        • £4,000 for premises with a rateable value of over £15,000 and less than £51,000
        • £6,000 for premises with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or over
      • For hospitality, leisure, accommodation, gym & sports and personal care businesses
        • £8,000 for premises with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under
        • £12,000 for premises with a rateable value of over £15,000 and less than £51,000
        • £18,000 for premises with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or over

The Council continues to administer the goverment funded Coronavirus related business support grants that are available during national lockdowns and periods of local restrictions. Please see the table below for more details.

We appreciate the difficult situation that many Gosport businesses face as a result of the pandemic and are working hard implementing the various schemes and making payments as quickly as we can. Please be patient, as we are processing a large number of applications and responding to a high volume of related enquiries. 

Restriction periodGrant availableWho is it for?
1 April 2021 onwardsBusiness Restart GrantBusinesses that are predomintly reliant on delivering in-person services to the general public i.e. non-essential retail plus hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym/sports related (application window open and payments will be made from 16 April onwards).
5 Jan 2021 onwards (National Lockdown 3)LRSG (Closed Addendum) January and Closed Businesses Lockdown PaymentAll businesses mandated to close in lockdown (applications closed 31 Mar 2021n.b. the LRSG (Closed Addendum) payment for the period 16 Feb to 31 Mar can still be claimed by those businesses that are eligible.  
5 Jan 2021 onwards (National Lockdown 3)Additional Restrictions GrantBusinesses severely impacted by lockdown including home-based, regular market traders and taxi-drivers (application window open for the months of January, February and March).
19 Dec 2020 - 4 Jan 2021 (Tier 4)LRSG (Closed Addendum) Tier 4All businesses mandated to close in Tier 4 (applications closed 31 Mar 2021).
19 Dec 2020 - 4 Jan 2021 (Tier 4)Additional Restrictions GrantBusinesses severely impacted by Tier 4 restrictions including home-based, regular market traders and taxi-drivers (applications open only for those that have not previously applied).
2 - 29 Dec 2020 (Tier 2 and 4)Christmas Support Payment for Wet-Led PubsWet-Led Pubs (applications closed 28 Feb 2021).
2 - 18 Dec 2020 (Tier 2)LRSG (Sector)Nightclubs and other venues mandated to close (applications closed 31 Mar 2021).
2 - 18 Dec 2020 (Tier 2)LRSG (Closed)Businesses mandated to close i.e. wet-led pubs (applications closed 31 Mar 2021).
2 - 18 Dec 2020 (Tier 2)LRSG (Open)Hospitality and leisure businesses severely impacted by Tier 2 restrictions (applications closed 31 Mar 2021).
2 - 18 Dec 2020 (Tier 2)Additional Restrictions GrantBusinesses severely impacted by Tier 2 restrictions including home-based, regular market traders and taxi-drivers (applications open only for those that have not previously applied).
5 Nov to 1 Dec 2020 (National Lockdown 2)LRSG (Closed Addendum)All businesses mandated to close in lockdown (applications closed 31 Mar 2021).
5 Nov to 1 Dec 2020 (National Lockdown 2)Additional Restrictions GrantBusinesses severely impacted by lockdown including home-based, regular market traders and taxi-drivers (applications open only for those that have not previously applied).
1 Nov to 4 Nov 2020 (Tier 1)LRSG (Sector)Nightclubs and other venues mandated to close (applications closed 31 Mar 2021).

 

Further information about these grants, including eligibility criteria and payment amounts, is available on our Business Rates webpage.  Please check back regularly on this webpage for updates. 

For information about other COVID-19 related financial assistance and support for businesses and the self-employed please see our Business Grants and Support webpage.

To be kept informed of all the latest business related news from Gosport Borough Council e.g. council and partner led business support initiatives, business events, funding support and government information please subscribe to our Business Bulletin.

COVID-19 Social media scam

Gosport Borough Council has been made aware of a survey scam being used and promoted on social media.

The survey asks residents how they have coped with the COVID-19 pandemic and offered £25 for taking part. Participants are requested to provide their personal details. It was alleged the survey was sanctioned by a local authority but the council concerned had no knowledge of the survey.

Any online surveys by Local Authorities will never ask for your personal details, and definitely not your date of birth, national insurance number or bank details. Gosport Borough Council would like to remind all of our residents to take great care if asked to provide personal details to any third party.

Information on which businesses must close or can remain open, plus support available including grants.
Information about what you can and cannot do during periods of national lockdowns and local restrictions.
Business grants and support potentially available to Gosport based businesses during the pandemic
Information about Gosport's local testing site at Walpole Park South Car Park for anyone with COVID-19 symptoms to have a free test.
Information about Gosport's Rapid Community Testing programme for critical workers, or those that cannot work from home to access regular testing for COVID-19 free of charge.
A Gosport Borough Council led campaign to support local businesses during the Coronavirus pandemic by encouraging residents to buy online locally.