Businesses which were severely impacted by coronavirus restrictions – but stayed open during late September and October – can now apply for a support grant.

Provided by Northumberland County Council and aimed primarily at businesses in the hospitality and leisure sectors, the local restrictions support grant (open) will provide up to £3,674 of support.

Applications opened on Monday and can be made retrospectively back to September 18, when further restrictions came into force in the North East.

Coun. Nick Oliver, cabinet member for corporate services at Northumberland County Council, said: “We are very pleased to have this second set of grants open for applications. Once we receive the required information from businesses, we will be processing them as quickly as we can.

“The hospitality and leisure sector has been particularly badly affected by restrictions on socialising. We hope that these grants will go some way to supporting businesses through this extremely difficult time.

“We will soon be announcing a further scheme too – which we hope will help some of the businesses which supply the hospitality, accommodation and leisure sector, and also hospitality, accommodation and leisure businesses which operate from business premises which don’t have a rateable value.”