Up to £5,000 made available for businesses in Wales still affected by restrictions

14 June 2021 by
Up to £5,000 made available for businesses in Wales still affected by restrictions

Further funding is being made available to support businesses in Wales affected by ongoing restrictions, such as indoor attractions and wedding venues.

Economy minister Vaughan Gething (pictured) today confirmed an additional £2.5m for businesses that have capacity for events of more than 30 people indoors or in contained spaces and venues that still can't reopen.

Businesses will be entitled to an additional payment of between £875 and £5,000, depending on their size and circumstance, to cover the period up to the end of June.

Since 17 May, businesses in Wales still affected by coronavirus restrictions have been able to apply for up to £25,000 in emergency support to help meet ongoing costs until the end of June.

Additional funding is now being made available to support businesses affected by the staged transition to alert level one, due to the impact the Delta variant is having on transmission rates.

To receive the funding, businesses will need to have applied to the Welsh government's latest round of emergency funding, the deadline for which has been extended until 12pm on Wednesday 16 June.

Eligible applicants will automatically receive the top-up where possible or will be required to self-declare online. Details are available on the Business Wales website.

If the public health situation allows, ministers hope to see Wales move to alert level one on 21 June. The first minister will confirm any changes later this week.

Gething said: "Over recent weeks, as restrictions have gradually been lifted, we have all seen many elements of our old lives opening back up in a Covid-safe way. This can only be good news for our economy. However, we know that despite our success in controlling rates of Covid-19 and rolling out our vaccination programme, the delta variant continues to present new challenges.

"It means we have needed to take a phased approach to moving to alert level one, relaxing restrictions around outdoor events and activities first, because the evidence suggests the risk of infection is significantly lower outdoors than indoors. While this is absolutely the right decision for Wales, we recognise the impact it will have on a significant number of our businesses, particularly wedding venues and indoor attractions."

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