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The Northern Ireland Executive has published a helpful guide setting out what you can and cannot do.

The strategy ‘Moving forward: The Executive’s pathway out of restrictions' sets out a step-by-step approach which includes the expansion of the test, track and protect systems to target localised outbreaks and identify and respond to new variants of the virus.

The flexible framework outlines nine pathways each of which has five phases detailing the level of restrictions required during this period. This means that Northern Ireland may be in different phases across the nine pathways at any given time.

As a result of updates made by the Executive, 15 people from three households are permitted to meet in domestic outdoor settings; 500 can attend outdoor gatherings which are not in domestic settings. Up to six people from two households can meet in a private home, wedding receptions are also permitted – subject to tables being restricted to a maximum of ten people. 

All shops are allowed to resume trading and cafes and restaurants are similarly permitted to reopen – providing tables are limited to six people from unlimited households or 10 people from one household. 

British Marine members in Northern Ireland should read the strategy to help them understand and prepare for the various stages. 

Is there any further information on the businesses in Northern Ireland which are eligible for the hospitality, tourism and retail grant?

Yes. The Northern Irish Executive has published a list of the types of businesses it says should be eligible for the tourism, hospitality and retail grant. This list can be found here.

We have written to NILGA, the body which represents local authorities in Northern Ireland to request that it considers other types of marine business as within the scope of these grants.

We would encourage our members to contact their Local Authority to confirm eligibility.

How does the support announced by the UK Government and the Northern Ireland Executive differ?

There are a number of similarities. The UK Government has created a separate website which sets out the details of all the support announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer. This website contains information on who can apply for each measure and whether it is UK-wide, or only available in England.

Most of the measures announced by the UK Government are applicable to businesses in Northern Ireland. The key and notable differences are around the duration of the business rates holiday and the administration of the grants.

Full details of the support for business in Northern Ireland can be found here.

I am a business based in Northern Ireland, am I eligible to receive a grant?

The Northern Ireland Executive is offering two types of grants to businesses affected by COVID-19. These grants are for businesses in the hospitality, tourism and retail sector. The other type of grant is for small businesses. These grants can be broken down as follows:

Hospitality, Tourism and Retail

The Northern Ireland Executive has announced that businesses in the hospitality, tourism and retail sector could be eligible for a £25,000 grant. To apply, a business must have a Total Net Annual Value (NAV) between £15,001 and £51,000. This grant is a one-off payment. 

Small Businesses

Businesses which are in receipt of Small Business Rates Relief in Northern Ireland will be eligible for a £10,000 grant. Business must have a NAV of £15,000 and below to qualify.

In general, only one grant can be paid in respect of each property and only one grant can be paid to each business, irrespective of how many properties the business occupies. If separate businesses are operating from separate properties, then a grant can be registered in relation to each separate business that occupies a separate property.

You must apply for the grants through your local authority.  More information on grant eligibility and details of how to apply can be found here.