07 Jan 2021

Coronavirus: Wet Pubs Business Support Scheme

The Minister for the Economy has launched a new Wet Pubs Business Support Scheme to provide support to wet pubs, whose premises were required to close or cease trading during the period from 4 July to 23 September 2020.

The Wet Pubs Business Support Scheme (WPBSS) scheme is aimed at helping to keep companies in business and protect jobs, and to help prevent business closure and promote economic recovery. 

Eligibility Criteria

Who is eligible
Businesses meeting the following criteria will be eligible for the WPBSS:

  1. The business is named within the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No.2) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020.

  2. The business is eligible for the Localised Restrictions Support Scheme.
  3. The business was closed for at least one full week during the period 4 July to 23 September 2020. The applicant will be eligible to apply for the number of full weeks it was closed during this period.
  4. Wet pubs who have an attached off licence business are eligible for support if the wet pub element of their business was closed.  
  5. Businesses must have been actively trading before they were forced to close due to COVID-19 lockdown/restrictions. 

The following will be ineligible:

  1. Businesses who operated at a reduced capacity (for example those who offered a takeaway service only).
  2. Businesses which have failed to comply with a prohibition notice under regulation 7 of The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020(b)) would not be eligible for support under the scheme.
  3. Businesses that are: 
    • dissolved or about to be dissolved, insolvent or for whom insolvency action had been instigated; or
    • dormant - ie not trading but not insolvent.

For more information, visit NIBusinessInfo.co.uk