Covid-19 News & Guidance

Roadmap out of lockdown announced 

The Prime Minister announced to Parliament on Monday 22nd February, the Government’s roadmap to cautiously ease lockdown restrictions in England. This involved a four-step roadmap to ease restrictions across England. Before taking each step, the Government will review the latest data on the impact of the previous step against four tests on vaccines, infection rates and new coronavirus variants to be met at each stage. An overview of the steps are below: (For the full Government’s full announcement, please click here)

  • Step 1, 8th March – A return to face-to-face education in schools and colleges also, people can leave home for outdoor recreation. Further changes take place from 29th March, with the end of the Stay-at-Home order.  
  • Step 2, 12th April – Opening of non-essential retail and personal care, hospitality outdoors, indoor leisure (gyms) and self-contained holiday accommodation.
  • Step 3, No earlier than 17th May – Opening of outdoor performances, indoor hospitality, entertainment venues, indoor adult group sports and exercise classes also, the rest of the accommodation sector. Rule of 6 or 2 households will apply indoors.
  • Step 4, No earlier than 21st June – No legal limits on social contact or live events. Opening of the remaining closed settings.

As requirements are subject to change, please visit here for the most updated Government information and for business specific support details please click here. For Hartlepool Borough Council’s dedicated Covid-19 support page, please click here

Covid-19 Hartlepool business grants

Restart Grants

The Government has recently announced ‘Restart Grants’ for businesses, commencing April 1st 2021. Businesses in the following sectors can apply for a Restart Grant to support the re-opening of their business from the lockdown restrictions: non-essential retail, hospitality, leisure, accommodation, personal care, gym and sport. To read more about the eligibility and to apply, please click here

Local Restrictions Support Grants (Closed) Scheme:

This Scheme covers businesses ordered to close, or substantially close, during the period of national restrictions under Local Covid-19 alert level ‘Very High’ Tier 3 and alert level ‘Stay at Home’ (Tier 4). The only period still open for application is 16th February to 31st March 2021, applications must be received by 31st May 2021 to be eligible for this payment. For more details and to apply, please click here.  

Reporting single cases & managing outbreaks

Hartlepool businesses are encouraged to complete an online form and to access national action cards which detail actions your business can take to report cases, details are available here. Hartlepool Borough Council would strongly encourage businesses to contact Hartlepool Borough Council’s Public Protection Team for timely responses. The team can be contacted via telephone at (01429) 284024 or email for more information regarding single cases and outbreaks. 

Hartlepool Community Covid Testing Centre

Community Covid testing has started in Hartlepool – please play your part by getting a test. This is for those who are 18+ and live/ work in Hartlepool. You must not have Covid symptoms or be shielding. Testing is taking place at Mill House Leisure Centre in Raby Road to book a test or to read more please click here