More than 3,000 eligible hospitality operators were told they would be contacted this week to start the process.
But the Department of Finance said it has now been pushed back to next week.
A spokesperson said that “financial regulations are currently being finalised to enable the Omicron Hospitality Payment to be made”.
“Land and Property Services will contact eligible businesses directly next week (week commencing 17 January) to ask them to confirm their details to enable the Omicron Hospitality Payment to be made,” they added.
“Payments will be issued as quickly as possible once businesses have submitted the necessary information.”
The one-off grants were to help those who have experienced losses or cancellations due to restrictions in the run-up to Christmas, usually one of the busiest times of the year for the industry.
Nightclubs have also been closed since December 26.
More than 3,200 businesses will be eligible under the Omicron Hospitality Payment.
The amounts will be as follows:
£10,000 for businesses with a rateable value up to £15,000
£15,000 for businesses with a rateable value between £15,001 to £51,000
£20,000 for businesses with a rateable value over £51,000
Land and Property Services will contact those who received support from the Localised Restrictions Support Scheme (LRSS) directly.
Hospitality businesses which did not receive support from the Localised Restrictions Support Scheme, who would have been eligible for LRSS based on their current circumstances, will also have the opportunity to apply through an application portal.Tags: