Business support for COVID19

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Business support

Coronavirus (COVID-19) support is available to businesses

  • Loans, tax relief and cash grants are available

  • Employers can apply for staff to get up to 80% pay if they can’t work

  • Self-employed people can receive up to £2,500 per month in grants for at least 3 months

Funding and support


Reopen your business safely during coronavirus (COVID‑19)

Employers that want to reopen their business have a legal responsibility to protect their employees and other people on site. Use this guidance to help you carry out a risk assessment and make sensible adjustments to the site and workforce. If you do not carry out a risk assessment, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) or your local council can issue an enforcement notice. Employees can use this guidance to check what their workplace needs to do to keep people safe. This guidance is only for businesses that are allowed to reopen in England.

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Businesses and venues that must remain closed to members of the public

In line with the government road map, on 15 June 2020 significant changes were made to the regulations to ease restrictions on business closures. These changes mean that further businesses and venues can open, in particular non-essential retail.

To reduce social contact, some businesses and venues, including many of those in the leisure and hospitality sectors must remain closed. The full list of business and venues that must remain closed are included in the table below, with exceptions shown in the right-hand column.

Failure to follow the law relating to these closures can lead to the business being issued a prohibition notice or the individual responsible for the business being issued a fixed penalty notice or being prosecuted.

All business and venues that are in operation should follow COVID-19 secure guidelines.

Easing restrictions on non-essential retail

For these purposes retail is defined as a business or venue with goods for sale or hire in self-contained units, indoor or outdoor markets or shopping centres.

Retail that is within an otherwise closed business, for example a museum gift shop, must remain closed, unless the retail unit is self-contained and it is possible for members of the public to enter from a place outside those premises. Shops, within business and venues that are otherwise open, for example a zoo gift shop, may operate as normal.

For premises that continue to be closed, staff may be present to make deliveries or provide services in response to orders such as those through telephone, online, or mail. Click and collect services can also continue to operate for all retail premises, though the public must not enter closed premises.

We do not recommend that shops offer close contact services such as make-up application.

Food and drink Legal exceptions Restaurants and public houses, bars or other food and drink establishments including within hotels and members’ clubs, such as dining rooms Food delivery and takeaway can remain operational. This can be a new activity supported by permitted development rights in England. This covers the provision of hot or cold food that has been prepared for consumers for collection or delivery to be consumed, reheated or cooked by consumers off the premises.


Food and drink establishments that operate within businesses or venues that are required to remain closed, can open for takeaway if they are in a self-contained unit and it is possible for members of the public to enter from a place outside those premises.


Room service in hotels and other accommodation. Cafés and canteens Food delivery and takeaway can remain operational.


Cafés that operate within businesses or venues that are required to remain closed, can open for takeaway if they are in a self-contained unit and it is possible for members of the public to enter from a place outside those premises.


Cafés and canteens at hospitals, police and fire services’ places of work, care homes or schools; prison and military canteens; services providing food or drink to the homeless may remain open.


Where there are no practical alternatives, other workplace canteens can remain open to provide food for their staff. For example, this could include canteens at police or fire services’ places of work.


However, where possible, the government advises that staff should be encouraged to bring their own food, and distributors can move to takeaway.


Employers are strongly advised to take measures to adhere to social distancing guidelines. This may include minimising the number of people in the canteen, for example by using a rota.Personal care Legal exceptions Hairdressers, barbers, beauty, and nail salons, including piercing and tattoo parlours.Spas and massage parlours Accommodation Legal exceptions Holiday accommodation including hotels, hostels, B&B's, holiday rentals, campsites and boarding houses Hotels and other accommodation businesses may provide services to those listed below:


• People who live in the accommodation permanently as their main residence.


• Any person who is unable to return to their main residence, including non-UK residents who are unable to travel to their country of residence during this period.


• Those isolating themselves from others as required by law.


• Any critical worker that is part of the effort to deal with coronavirus, if the stay is necessary for their work. The list of critical workers was published by the Cabinet Office and Department for Education on 19 March 2020 and updated on 5 May 2020.


• An elite athlete, their coach, or (in the case of an elite athlete under the age of 18) the parent of an elite athlete, if they need accommodation for the purposes of training or competition.


• Those permitted to attend a funeral as per Regulation 6(2)(a), who need temporary short term accommodation for that purpose.


• To support or provide accommodation to homeless and other vulnerable people such as those who cannot safely stay in their home, including through arrangements with local authorities and other public bodies.


• To those who need accommodation while moving house.


Hotels and other accommodation listed are allowed to host blood donation sessions.Caravan parks/sites for commercial uses Where people live permanently in caravan parks or are staying in caravan parks as interim abodes where their primary residence is not available, they may continue to do so.


Caravan parks also have the same exemptions as hotels and other forms of accommodation listed above.Non-residential institutions Legal exceptions Libraries Libraries may operate click and collect services where orders are taken electronically, by telephone or by post.


Shops and cafes or restaurants (takeaway only) which are in self-contained units where it is possible for members of the public to enter from a place outside those premises. Community centres Community centres can open:


• For the purpose of hosting essential voluntary activities and urgent public services, such as food banks, homeless services;


• Temporarily to host a blood donation session for these services only. The government strongly advises that Public Health England guidelines are followed; and


• For early years childcare provided by a person registered on the Early Years Register under Part 3 of the Childcare Act 2006.


• To host indoor markets Places of worship Funerals may be held but attendees must follow the restrictions as perRegulation 7(2)(b), and it is advised that funerals be conducted in line with guidance from Public Health England.


Burial grounds and cemeteries can remain open. Grounds surrounding crematoria may also remain open, including gardens of remembrance.


Providers of funeral services, such as funeral directors and funeral homes, may remain open.


A place of worship may broadcast an act of worship, whether over the internet or otherwise.


A place of worship can remain open for the purpose of hosting essential voluntary activities and urgent public services, such as food banks, homeless services, and blood donation sessions.


A place of worship may also open for early years childcare provided by a person registered on the Early Years Register under Part 3 of the Childcare Act 2006.


A place of worship can open for private prayer by individuals. Group prayer or communal worship within a place of worship, including between members of the same household, is not permitted.


The government strongly advises that guidelines on the safe use of places of worship are followed.


Shops and cafes or restaurants (takeaway only) at places of worship which are in self-contained units where it is possible for members of the public to enter from a place outside those premises.Assembly and leisure Legal exceptions Museums and galleries Retail galleries, where the majority of art on display is for sale. Nightclubs Cinemas, theatres and concert halls (indoor and outdoor)Drive-in cinemas.Bingo halls and casinos Spas and massage parlours Skating rinks Indoor fitness studios, gyms, swimming pools or other indoor leisure centres Indoor fitness studios, gyms, sports courts, swimming pools and other indoor leisure centres or facilities can open for training for elite athletes only. See guidance for elite sport.


Any suitable assembly or leisure premises may open for blood donation sessions.Indoor arcades, bowling alleys, soft play centres, games, recreation and entertainment venues Funfairs, theme parks and adventure parks and activities Social clubs Model villages Indoor attractions at aquariums, zoos, safari parks, wildlife centres visitor farms and other animal attractions Outdoor areas of, zoos, safari parks, wildlife centres and other animal attractions.Indoor attractions and visitor centres, at visitor attractions such as at:


• Botanical or other gardens, biomes or greenhouses


• Heritage sites or film studios


• Landmarks, including observation wheels or viewing platforms Outdoor recreation Legal exceptions Playgrounds, outdoor gyms and outdoor swimming pools Outdoor sports courts or amenities, including public and private outdoor enclosed areas can open such as:


• Tennis courts


• Golf courses and driving ranges


• Basketball courts


• Bowling greens


• Football pitches


• Water sports


• Stables


• Shooting and archery venues


The government strongly advises that social distancing guidance is followed when using these facilities – see guidance for the providers of such facilities. Bars and clubhouses at outdoor sports facilities must remain closed other than for takeaway to be consumed off site.


Outdoor swimming pools can open for training for elite athletes only. See guidance for elite sport.


Parks, open countryside, beaches and waterways can remain open. See further government guidance on access to green spaces and outdoor recreation. This includes private/ticketed gardens, such as those managed by the National Trust. Also see further guidance on inland and coastal boating.

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