Pubs, restaurants, cafe’s, hotels and other hospitality businesses will be entitled to Government grants if they are forced to close under new lockdown rules in England.

The Government is reported to be preparing to announce new lockdown rules – based on a three-tier system.

The Government could be about to announce enhanced support for the hospitality sector.

That new lockdown system, which is likely to be announced by Monday, would mean areas of England with the highest rates of coronavirus would see pubs and restaurants closed again as they were in the summer lockdown.

Similar rules come into force in parts of Scotland today where five council areas are closing all licensed venues for 16 days.

Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak this week said the Government would move to support businesses forced into lockdown.

The highest level of lockdown rules could start in the north of England – including the North East, North West and parts of the Midlands – but could be imposed anywhere.

In September Mr Sunak announced new grants for businesses forced into lockdown.

Smaller businesses can claim a grant of £1,000 from the Government. Larger businesses – those occupying premises with a rateable value above £51,000, can claim £1,500 per premises.

The scheme is being administered by local authorities.

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