COVID-19 guidance for businesses

Last updated: 13 January 2022 at 3.05pm

The Prime Minister gave a statement on COVID-19 and the Omicron variant on Wednesday 8 December 2021, confirming that the country is moving to Plan B.

Restrictions on businesses

This means that the following measures have come into force:

  • The government have extended the legal requirement to wear a face mask to most public indoor venues, including theatres, cinemas, shops and salons, and public transport. There will be exemptions in venues where it is not practical to wear one, such as when you are eating, drinking or exercising.
  • Those who can will be advised to work from home.
  • The NHS Covid Pass on the NHS App will become mandatory for entry into nightclubs and settings where large crowds gather – including unseated indoor events with 500 or more attendees, unseated outdoor events with 4,000 or more attendees and any event with 10,000 or more attendees.

Government guidance has been updated giving more details around these measures.

This follows the Prime Minister confirming new temporary and precautionary measures, from Tuesday 30 November as a precaution to slow down the spread of the variant. These were:

  • Face coverings made compulsory in shops and on public transport.
  • All international arrivals must take a day two PCR test and self-isolate until they receive a negative result.
  • All contacts of suspected Omicron cases must self-isolate, regardless of their vaccination status. They will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace.
  • Changes to the red list for international travel.

Council support

The Council has recently opened two new grant schemes to support business affected by the Omicron variant. Please go to our COVID-19 support grant for businesses webpage for more information and details of how to apply.

The Council has also opened a scheme to support businesses taking on new apprentices or upskilling existing staff through apprenticeships. Further information is available on our Basingstoke and Deane Apprenticeship Business Grant Scheme webpage.

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Business advice

The government website has lots of information and guidance for businesses on funding and support along with how to run your business safely.

Eligibility tool

The government has launched an online coronavirus business support tool to help businesses and self-employed people to find out what financial support is available to them during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Other sources of support

Other support can be found via The Federation of Small Businesses, Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership and IncuHive.

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