COVID-19 guidance for businesses

Last updated: 19 July 2021 at 0.01am

On Monday 19 July, Stage 4 of the Government’s roadmap will come into effect. Legal restrictions can be lifted, all businesses can open and the Government is no longer instructing people to work from home.

Restrictions on businesses

The key changes for businesses that come into effect in Stage 4 are:

  • The Government are no longer instructing people to work from home if they can. However, they expect and recommend that businesses take a gradual approach to return over summer.
  • Social distancing guidance will no longer apply, meaning that businesses do not need to implement social distancing in the business, workplace or venue, and customers and workers do not need to keep apart from people they don’t live with
  • Employers must continue to follow statutory health and safety requirements, taking reasonable steps to manage risks in the workplace or setting
  • Businesses and large event organisers are being encouraged to use the NHS Covid Pass in high risk settings.

It is up to individual businesses and facilities to decide whether to still have measures in place such as hand sanitiser, systems which limit numbers of visitors and the requirement to wear a face coverings in enclosed areas to help keep customers safe. We urge customers to help businesses by continuing to follow the measures they have in place and by respecting others.

Further information can be found on the Government website.

There is guidance for a variety of different sectors as listed below:

There is support available for businesses from the Government and from us as a local authority.

Government support

The Chancellor has made a number of statements outlining financial support that is available for businesses to help them through the pandemic and create and support jobs. The latest financial support includes:

Further Information on business support is available on the GOV.UK website.

Council support

All COVID-19 support grants are now closed but we are expecting to be able to provide more support in the future.

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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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