Covid 19 - Business Update - 12/1/2021

Latest business update for Tuesday 12th January 2020

COVID numbers in Southend remain high, so it has never been more important for businesses to know how to operate safely, how to report workplace COVID cases, how to get tested and what financial support is available. Light symptom or no-symptom COVID cases are on the rise, so it remains vital to follow the national guidance:

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Operating Safely

Working safely during coronavirus guidance is a good reference point for all businesses on how to operate in their sector safely. It has recently been updated with information relating to the operation of staff canteens.    

Reporting business outbreaks

The Action Cards, for use on what to do if you have a confirmed case within your business, have recently been updated and should be reviewed by all businesses to ensure you are operating to the latest guidance. Any business with a confirmed case within Southend should inform the council on 01702 212497 or by email. The council can provide support and guidance for how best to adapt your business to operate safely and to minimise impact on your customers and staff.


Southend has a strong COVID testing offer for those with symptoms and those without – some testing centres operate on a drop-in basis. 

For people with symptoms tests are available at Hamlet Court Road car park, Short Street and Southend Airport.  For those without symptoms tests are available at University Square and St Aiden’s church. Information about testing within Southend can be found on the council website here.

Up-to-date information about testing types and availability can be found here.

Business Grants

Information on grants available to businesses affected by closures or restrictions can be found here.  Please be aware that the information on this page will be changing regularly in line with new announcements. We are hoping to streamline the application process for grants with a single form by 15/1/2021, which will include the Tier 5 grant application process.

As a result of the National Lockdown (Tier 5), effective from 5 January 2021 for an initial period of 6 weeks, additional support is being made available to businesses that have been required to close because of Tier 4 restrictions and the National Lockdown (Tier 5). The council is waiting for full guidance from Central Government on the administration of these schemes. Further details will be made available as soon as possible.

If you need to discuss your ongoing grant application and it has been 10 days or more since your submission please call 01702 215001 or email

Published: 12th January 2021