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Keeping Fareham's businesses safe - business support and grants

To help slow the spread of coronavirus, the government has introduced a range of measures for businesses across the Borough. These will help keep businesses, their staff and customers as safe as possible. The rules vary for different types of businesses and are subject to change in line with national guidance, the rate of infection or local coronavirus restrictions.

You can find the latest information on safety regulations for businesses on the Government website External Hyperlink.

Businesses which must close:

Under national lockdown restrictions businesses providing essential goods and services can stay open. Others are required to close and comply with restrictions on how they provide goods and services.

The businesses that are required to close include:

You can read the full list on the Government website External Hyperlink.

For businesses which must close, there is a range of financial support available. Find out about the GRANTS available HERE

Over 1,700 businesses in Fareham have so far benefited from one of the Government's COVID-19 related support schemes administered by the Council.  

Check what your business may be eligible for. Please see our Business Rates page for more information. If you have any questions, please e-mail or call 01329 824651

The Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) in partnership with Crowdfunder, has launched a new fund targeted at small and micro businesses.  There is a maximum pledge of up to £2,000 per micro business (fewer than 10 employees) and up to £5,000 per small business (fewer than 50 employees), contributing to up to 50% towards the business's total fund-raising target.

There is a new 'Coronavirus' hub on the Solent LEP website detailing all of the available information about support for local businesses Coronavirus information from the Solent LEP External Hyperlink.

There are a number of national financial support schemes designed to help businesses during the pandemic. You can find out if your business is eligible using the Business Support Finder tool External Hyperlink.


Businesses which can stay open:

The businesses that are permitted to stay open include:

You can read the full list on the Government website External Hyperlink.

For those businesses that can stay open, it is essential to have an up to date risk assessment which includes details on how the premises are maintaining COVID secure measures.

The Environmental Health team at Fareham Borough Council is on hand for business owners who need help or advice. They can provide signage and guidance on a range of subjects including social distancing and hygiene measures to enable businesses to operate safely.  Business owners can contact the team by calling 023 9254 5609 or by emailing


When are face coverings needed?

There are some public places where you must wear a face covering by law, unless you are exempt or have a reasonable excuse.

These public spaces include:

People working in these settings also need to wear face coverings.

A face covering is something which safely covers the nose and mouth – a face visor or shield may be worn in addition to a face covering but not instead of one. This is because face visors or shields do not adequately cover the nose and mouth.

You can see the full details on when and where people need to wear face coverings on the Government website External Hyperlink.


Action we are taking to ensure businesses are following the rules

The Environmental Health Team at Fareham Borough Council will be carrying out spot checks on retailers across the Borough from corner shops to large supermarkets to check their COVID secure measures are fit for purpose. Focus will be on ensuring there is an adequate queuing system at entries and at checkouts; that measures are in place to support social distancing, such as floor markings and that people not wearing masks are challenged. Enforcement action will be taken if serious breaches of the COVID regulations are found.


If you're worried that your workplace might be unsafe

If you have concerns that your employer is not following the safety measures to protect staff, or you think the businesses should not be open, please contact the Fareham Borough Council Environmental Health Team on 023 9254 5609 or by emailing


Reporting members the public breaking coronavirus rules

We're responsible for making sure businesses in Fareham are following coronavirus safety regulations. We also work closely with the police who are responsible for making sure members of the public are following the rules.

If you see a serious breach of coronavirus rules, such as a large gathering, you can report it to Hampshire Police External Hyperlink.


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