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:
- Construction and other outdoor work
- Events and attractions
- Hotels and guest accommodation
- Offices, factories and labs
- Restaurants, pubs, bars, nightclubs and takeaway services
- Shops, branches and close contact services
There is support available for businesses from the Government and from us as a local authority.
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:
- The extension of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme until 30 September 2021.
- Details of the next round of the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme are now available, with applications opening in late July and closing on 30 September 2021.
- A £2bn Kickstart scheme to create jobs for young people.
- The Recovery Loan Scheme which supports access to finance for UK businesses as they grow and recover from the disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic
All COVID-19 support grants are now closed but we are expecting to be able to provide more support in the future.
The government website has lots of information and guidance for businesses on funding and support along with how to run your business safely.
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.