Official guidance and information


For the latest information and advice, UK employers and business owners should visit the official guidance for employers and businesses. Businesses should check for daily updates and subscribe to receive email alerts to ensure they are acting on the most up to date information.

On 11 May, the UK government published Our plan to rebuild: The UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy.

This document describes the progress the UK has made to date in tackling the Coronavirus outbreak and sets out the government’s plans for the next phases of its response. The government has also updated its guidance for businesses on working safely during Coronavirus.

It is important to note that both the roadmap and the guidance which follows are subject to devolved powers and there may be differences in the approaches taken in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Testing

The UK government’s online service for booking a Coronavirus test is now live, and you can apply for testing here.

Coronavirus Business Support

A full range of business support measures have been made available to UK businesses and employees.

This page helps businesses find out how to access the support that has been made available, who is eligible, when the schemes open and how to apply.

The UK government's Coronavirus business support hub brings together key information for businesses including on funding and support, business closures, your responsibilities as an employer and managing your business during coronavirus as well as information for self-employed people and sole traders.

Support to self employed individuals

The Chancellor announced on 26 March that millions of self-employed individuals will receive direct cash grants though the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme, a ground-breaking UK-wide scheme for those whose income has been impacted by the coronavirus.

Social distancing

The most effective way to prevent the spread of Covid-19 is to stay at home and away from others by social distancing. Review the official guidance from UK government.

Social distancing for those who are still open:

Employers who have people in their offices or onsite should ensure that employees are able to follow Public Health England guidelines including, where possible, maintaining a 2 metre distance from others, and washing their hands with soap and water often for at least 20 seconds (or using hand sanitiser gel if soap and water is not available).

View guidance of how to clean non-healthcare settings.

Pubs, restaurants & cafes

On Monday 23 March the UK government announced all non essential businesses are to close. This follows a previous announcement that pubs are restaurants are to close, but granted permission for pubs and restaurants to operate as takeaways.

For employers staying open, it is important to follow social distancing practices using the Public Health England guidelines including, where possible, maintaining a 2 metre distance from others, and washing their hands with soap and water often for at least 20 seconds (or using hand sanitiser gel if soap and water is not available).

View guidance of how to clean non-healthcare settings.

 

Additional support for business