Following the latest government Coronavirus advice, which includes minimising social contact, Gosport Borough Council is taking the sensible precaution to protect the public by reducing non-essential council services. The decision has been taken to close Gosport Borough Council managed buildings. Our duty of care to residents remains our main concern, which is why we're focusing attention on keeping essential services going.
This means our priorities are: Continuity of care, Supporting vulnerable people, Maintaining the local economy
Village Home Public House
Public Health England has confirmed one case of COVID-19 connected to the Village Home pub in Alverstoke and advised that any staff identified as contacts are self-isolating for 14 days. Further, the NHS Test and Trace Service is contacting those on the customer list for Saturday afternoon to provide the necessary advice on any action to take.
Businesses are responsible for ensuring the safety of their premises, staff and customers and don't have to be inspected before they can open. We support businesses that ask for guidance on their arrangements and investigate any complaints about businesses that aren't following the rules.
The Village Home is able to re-open when it is ready and has completed the required cleaning, although staff told to self-isolate will not be able to work until they have completed 14 days self-isolation. Now we are aware of the situation we are working with the Village Home and our environmental health team will do a full inspection to make sure measures are in place to keep everyone as safe as possible.
Business grants and support
Local Authority Discretionary Grant Fund - applications open from Monday 15 June 12:00 to Friday 3rd July 23:59
This new government funded Coronavirus (Covid-19) related grant is aimed at those Gosport based small businesses and other organisations with proportionally high property related fixed costs that are not eligible for, or have not already been paid, the Small Business Grant or the Retail, Leisure and Hospitality Grant.
As per the government guidance local authorities may 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 is at the discretion of the local authority. However please note that the government expects payments of under £10,000 may be appropriate in many cases.
There is limited funding available for this scheme with £635,000 allocated to Gosport. Therefore there is an application process which will be open for three weeks from Monday 15th June 12:00 to Friday 3rd July 23:59, after which the scheme will be closed to new applicants. As part of the application you will need to describe and evidence the significant impact of Coronavirus (covid-19) on your business or organisation i.e. significant fall in income and costs remaining ongoing.
For more details of the scheme, the application process and to access the online application form please see: https://www.gosport.gov.uk/businessrates.
Small Business Grant and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grants
The Government funded Small Business Grant (£10,000) and Retail, Hospitality Grants (£10,000 and £25,000) are being 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 but there are still outstanding grants to be paid.
For more details of the eligibility criteria please see https://www.gosport.gov.uk/Business-support; and to complete the online payment form please see https://www.gosport.gov.uk/grantform. For further information about the advice and support available to businesses see Business grants and support.
The government has translated the guidance for self-isolation and social distancing into the following languages:
The links are here: