On October 14, the Liverpool City region was subjected to England’s strictest rules, i.e. pubs that do not serve substantial meals, betting shops, casinos and gambling centers for adults had to close their doors.
Wirral businesses that have been forced to close due to Tier 3 restrictions receive cash subsidies.
The money could help pubs, soft play areas and other businesses survive a very difficult time.
he said: “We have saved our sector, not just in the city region but across the country. Guys, we absolutely smashed it.”
Nick Whitcombe, whose Body Tech Fitness gym in Moreton, Wirral, was fined £1,000 for refusing to close when Tier 3 rules were introduced, was overjoyed when the news broke.
Originally, gyms were also forced to close and soft play areas were allowed to remain open, but this was reversed last week after an outcry from gym owners.
Kate Whiting responded to the news on Facebook, Kate Whiting said: “How ridiculous. Firstly, [waiting until]Friday, secondly soft play areas! This age group has the lowest infection rate!”
The change means that the city region’s rules now match those of other Tier 3 areas like Lancashire and Greater Manchester.
But the change has not only delighted gym owners, it has also caused a great deal of annoyance as the softplay areas have had to be closed.
For each two-week closure period, £667 will be made available for facilities with a rateable value of £15,000 or less, £1,000 for facilities with a rateable value above £15,000 and below £51,000 and £1,500 for facilities with a rateable value above £51,000.
Those entities that have now closed due to Tier 3 restrictions are eligible to provide support under the Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG).
Local businesses will need to open a MyWirral account to apply for the grant, which they can do here.
An online application form will be available on the Wirral Council website from Wednesday 28 October.