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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Businesses


  1. Overview
  2. Local restrictions in the North East
  3. News and messages from the Council
  4. Council services
  5. Support for people
  6. Businesses
  7. Schools
  8. Outbreak Management Plan
  9. Volunteering
  10. Public transport updates from Nexus


For support, visit GOV.UK: Help and support if your business is affected by coronavirus (COVID-19).

Guidance on working safely

Government guidance to help business owners plan out what to do if someone in your business is confirmed to have coronavirus (COVID-19)

What you should do to manage a possible COVID-19 outbreak (downloadable action cards)

Working safely during the coronavirus outbreak: Information for employers, employees and the self-employed

We have produced a booklet with helpful advice for shop owners and managers. This went out to shops in South Tyneside in early August. If you haven't received a copy and would like one, email

Restaurants, pubs, bars, takeaways

Keeping workers and customers safe in restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services

Advice for businesses introducing takeaway and delivery options

Pavement licence (outdoor seating)

Business support

For information about support, visit Invest South Tyneside: Business Support During Coronavirus.

Business Support Hub

We have established a dedicated Business Support Hub, which can be contacted on 0191 481 3456 or by email at  

Care providers

For information and guidance to support care providers in South Tyneside, see COVID-19 information for care providers.

Funding update to care home providers

Funding and grants for businesses

Business rates - Business rates for the coming financial year will be waived for all businesses within the retail, hospitality and leisure sector. 

South Tyneside Small Business Recovery Fund - applications are now closed

Emergency business grants - applications are now closed

Directions (individual premises)

The Council has powers to impose restrictions under the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (No.3) Regulations 2020.

See information about Directions (individual premises).

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