COVID-19 guidance for businesses

Last updated: 3 March 2022 at 11:45am

On Thursday 24 February 2022, all remaining domestic COVID-19 regulations in England were lifted. This means:

  • You are no longer legally required to self-isolate if you test positive for COVID-19, however it is still advised to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for at least five full days.
  • Fully vaccinated adults and those aged under 18 who are identified as close contacts are no longer advised to test daily for seven days and the legal requirement for close contacts who are not fully vaccinated to self-isolate has been removed.
  • Staff and students in most education and childcare settings are no longer required to undertake twice weekly asymptomatic testing.
  • Self-isolation support payments, national funding for practical support and the medicine delivery service will no longer be available.
  • Routine contact tracing has ended, including venue check-ins on the NHS COVID-19 app.

From Friday 1 April, the Government will:

  • Remove the current guidance on voluntary COVID-status certification in domestic settings and no longer recommend that certain venues use the NHS COVID Pass.
  • End free universal symptomatic and asymptomatic testing for the general public in England.

Government guidance has been updated giving more detail around these changes

Council support

The council is running the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant until 5pm on the 18 March to support businesses 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 launched 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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