Coronavirus (COVID-19) resources and information

Marketing Lancashire supports a wide range of businesses across the county and is in close communication, on their behalf, with government agencies and VisitEngland/VisitBritain to monitor the situation surrounding Coronavirus (COVID-19).

We aim to update this page with the latest news and opportunities for Lancashire businesses.

Latest updates:

Marketing/Visit Lancashire Partner’s update following government announcement (26.02.21) – further summary and clarification of the 22.02.21 announcement

Changes to the Kickstart Scheme – the funding creates new job placements for 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit who are at risk of long term unemployment.  A minimum of 30 job placements are no longer required to apply directly for a grant.

Guidance: Covid-19 Response – Spring 2021 Executive Summary full government report available.

Marketing/Visit Lancashire Partner’s update following government announcement (22.02.21) – a summary of the announcement

Roadmap for easing of restrictions in England announced– a four step plan commencing on 08.03.21.

2020 Heritage and the Economy report demonstrates the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the heritage sector –  Historic England have been collaborating with a number of heritage organisations throughout the pandemic to understand the impact on the sector. 

Marketing Lancashire are supporting Hospitality UK in their drive for businesses to write to their MP asking the Government to provide support for tourism businesses as part of this year’s budget – Lancashire businesses are asked for their support.

Marketing Lancashire launches Covid-19 recovery plan for Lancashire – a tactical plan, developed in consultation with local authority stakeholders, the LEP’s Tourism, Culture and Place sector group, Marketing Lancashire’s Board and Visit Lancashire partners.  Key priorities to help the sector through 2021 and into 2022.

Drive to increase workplace (no symptom) Covid-19 testing – businesses, both private and public sector, with 50 + employees are encouraged to sign up.  This is free with full support from NHS Test & Trace.

Government introduce new quarantine for passengers into the country – tighter measures and enforcement will apply from 15.02.21.  Including 10 days quarantine in a hotel following arrival from certain locations and two tests.  New penalties for none compliance will apply.

January 2020 updates:

National Careers Service Virtual Jobs Fair to take place on 27 & 28 January – Exhibition Day takes place on day 1 and the Virtual Jobs Fair on Day 2.  A chance to hear about opportunities and see vacancies in the North West.

Department for Education launch new campaign for The Skills Toolkit – An Hour to Skill (14.01.21) – to inspire the nation to spend one hour a week learning online.  Free, high-quality online courses.

SMART lateral flow Covid-19 test programme expanding in Blackburn with Darwen (13.01.21) – available for people without symptoms of coronavirus who have to leave their home to work during the lockdown, including essential and frontline workers.

Marketing Lancashire invites partners to Virtual Partners’ Meeting – taking place on Tuesday 19 January at 2pm.  This will include sharing the outline of the Recovery Plan for Lancashire Tourism & Hospitality.

£4.6 billion in new lockdown grants to support businesses and protect jobs announced (05.01.21) – one-off top up grants for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses worth up to £9,000 per property to help businesses through to the Spring.

Marketing/Visit Lancashire Partner’s Covid-19 Updated Guidance (05.01.21) – guidance for retail, hospitality and leisure sectors as lockdown begins.

National lockdown announced for England (04.01.21) – the lockdown restrictions apply from 06.01.21.

December 2020 updates:

November 2020 updates:

October 2020 updates:

  • 30.10.20 government announce new national restrictions  – beginning on 05.11.20 people are required to stay at home (except for specific purposes), prevent gathering with people they do not live with (except for specific purposes).  Certain businesses and venues are required to close.  Applies throughout England.

September 2020 updates

August 2020 updates

July 2020 updates:


March – June 2020 updates: