As East Lothian, along with the rest of mainland Scotland, moves into Government Protection Level Four from Boxing Day, most businesses except essential retailers will have to close.
Information on government business closure grants has been updated on our website, giving business owners all they need to apply.
Councillor John McMillan, the council’s spokesperson for economic development, said: “It’s going to be another difficult time for our businesses, when we move into this high protection level. I would encourage every business that has to close its doors to ensure they apply for this grant. Our local businesses and traders are all highly valued by our communities and the council will continue to do all it can to support them through this difficult period.
“I’d like to encourage East Lothian residents to carry on supporting their local traders whenever possible during this time. Many food producers will still be trading and they, along with non-essential retailers whose premises are closed, may well be offering online options to help you stick to the stay-at-home message. It’s also worth checking whether your favourite local restaurant or café is offering a takeaway service. Please follow the message in our shop local campaign and Stay Safe, Support Local and Love East Lothian.”
Businesses eligible to apply for the closure grants include: hotels and other accommodation; restaurants, cafes, pubs and other hospitality venues; non-essential retailers; beauticians, hairdressers and other service providers; swimming pools, gyms and other indoor exercise venues; visitor attractions and leisure and entertainment venues including cinemas, soft play, bingo halls and theatres. Full details and eligibility criteria can be found on our website.
All other forms of funding and support available, including grants for those who are self-employed, can be found on the website too.