The COVID-19 Restrictions Fund – vital support for the hospitality sector

Hugh Boyle

Hugh Boyle

Business Advisory Partner

On Wednesday 7 October the First Minister announced further lockdown restrictions for the hospitality sector across Scotland, in an attempt to reduce the spread of the virus further. To help support those businesses affected by the new restrictions, the Government announced a £40 million support package called The Coronavirus (COVID-19) Restrictions Fund.

How much can businesses claim and how do you apply? I’ve covered the key points you need to know in this short blog.

*19 October update - Fund will open tomorrow* - It has just been announced the Fund will open for applications at 9am on Tuesday 20 October. Applications are managed at a local council level. Please check your local council's website after 9am tomorrow (20 October), for full details of how to apply. 

What the fund will cover

  • Grants

The fund will provide one-off grants of up to £3,000, depending on rateable value, to bars, restaurants and other businesses required to close by the regulations. Businesses with a rateable value of up to £51,000 that are required to close by law will be able to claim a grant of £2,000, while businesses with a rateable value of £51,001 or above, will be able to claim £3,000. An upper limit of £15,000 in total will apply to any eligible business operating multiple premises. 

A hardship fund with grants of up to £1,500 will support some businesses that remain open but are directly impacted by the restrictions, including those in the direct supply chains of businesses that had to close on Friday 9 October. An upper limit of £10,000 will apply in total to any eligible business operating multiple premises. 

  • Furloughing staff

To help protect jobs, £9 million of funding has been ringfenced to help businesses with the costs of re-furloughing staff, by supporting the 20% salary contribution required by the UK Government under the Job Support Scheme.

  • Support for other businesses

Also included in the package is a discretionary fund of up to £11 million to support businesses that don’t fall into the hospitality categories or the supply chain. For example, support will be offered to soft play facilities that are unable to re-open.

How to apply?

The Scottish Government has announced the fund will be open for applications from 9am on Tuesday 20 October. 

For more information, visit this page on the Scottish Government's website which goes into more detail about the fund and eligibility criteria.

Get in touch

If you have any questions about the fund in the meantime, or you’re concerned about the cash flow for your business, please do not worry about this alone. Get in touch with me at to arrange an initial chat about your situation.