The co-owner of a hotel on the north coast has said the Chancellor's latest economic plan and new jobs support scheme will help it get through winter.
But one industry group warned that the measures will not do enough to preserve jobs in the tourism sector, where many posts are not viable at present due to coronavirus restrictions.
As part of the winter economic plan, Rishi Sunak announced a new job support scheme involving a Government subsidy of part-time wages to replace the coronavirus job retention scheme (furlough).
He also announced a two-month extension of a VAT rate cut for hospitality and tourism from 20% to 5% until the end of March. And companies are getting a longer period in which to repay Government-backed emergency coronavirus bank loans.
Colum McLornan, co-owner of the Marine Hotel in Ballycastle, said the measures were a welcome fillip for his business.
"The extra support in wages and Vat will make a huge difference to get the hotel through winter to Easter 2021," he said.
"We hope by Easter life will be back to the new normal and we will have a busy summer 2021.
"We already have good forward bookings for next summer from families from the Republic of Ireland and England who stayed this summer and really enjoyed Ballycastle and surrounding areas." Mr McLornan and his business partner Claire Hunter bought the hotel in 2013.
He said a bumper trade, as well as other Government aid such as 12-month rates relief, had helped the business recover from the losses incurred after being shut over lockdown.
"The various schemes, the rates relief and everything, helped recover the losses of late March to early July. Over 75% has been recouped," he added.
But he said new restrictions from the Executive limiting tables in hospitality venues to six people from two households per table would pose some operational difficulties.
"We will aim to try where possible to accommodate guests," he said.
"For example, for our Christmas Day lunch we already have families of 10 people booked, before guidelines were issued.
"So we will allocate them two tables of five side by side and two metres apart. This means on Christmas Day the family is still 'together', even though they are split into two tables.
"So far guests have been very happy with this arrangement when we called and explained what we were doing."
Elsewhere, the owner of Harry's Shack, a popular beachfront restaurant in Portstewart, said it was also planning how best to operate under the new restriction.
Donal Doherty tweeted: "It's time to up our Covid game. We are asking all customers now to wear masks upon entering for tables, and at all times unless seated at your table.
"As per new rules. It's max 2 households at one table, unless you want to sit outside (wear extra layers)."
The new wages-subsidy job support scheme will see the Government pay 22% of a worker's wages where they are part-time because there is not a full-time workload for them.
That is less generous than the 80% subsidy under the job retention scheme for workers who had been staying at home and not working at all because their employers had no work for them to do as a result of coronavirus restrictions.
Mr Sunak has said he wants Government support to focus on "viable" jobs.
The job support scheme is open to firms who did not avail of the job retention scheme.
But Joanne Stuart of the NI Tourism Alliance said the changes risked the loss of jobs and skills in tourism, where many posts may not be viable in the short-term, but would have a longer-term future.
Brian Murphy, managing partner of business advisory firm BDO, said the measures in the winter economic plan would provide a "vital lifeline" to many businesses.