Follow advice and principles to stay safe outside including staying alert and ensuring social distancing. Read frequently asked questions on what you can and can’t do during the coronavirus outbreak.

Read the guidance to help people get safely back to work.

Read the guidance on NHS test and trace service for employers, businesses and workers.

Managing coronavirus

The Government issued guidance for businesses and employees in regards to the spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.

This published guidance:

  • assists employers and businesses in providing advice to staff on COVID-19
  • gives advice on how to prevent its spread
  • advises on what to do if someone with suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 has been in a workplace setting
  • offers advice to give to individuals who have travelled to specific areas
  • advises for the certification of absence from work resulting from COVID-19.

You can download flyers which advise your customers what to do if they show coronavirus symptoms: flyer for business; flyer for accommodation providers; poster for accommodation providers.*

[*These PDFs have been provided to us by the NHS and are designed for print purposes only. As a result, they may not be fully accessible to readers with visual impairments.]

Package of support for businesses

The government has set out a package of support for businesses through the period of disruption caused by COVID-19.

Measures to support businesses include:

Information about all this support is available via the official GOV.UK website

Business support

FREE tailored business support in East Devon

The Growth Support Programme offers FREE business support. Get a health check for your business and speak to an independent advisor at no cost to you to get advice specifically tailored to your individual needs. For more information call 0800 592 872 or email

Heart of the South West Growth Hub

The Heart of the South West Growth Hub provides information to help businesses in Devon, Somerset, Plymouth and Torbay during the COVID-19 crisis. The Hub also offers information about various business support programmes operating in the area.  

National support

Find coronavirus financial support for your business. The government has launched a business support finder to help businesses see what support is available to them. See 

A range of business support is available to businesses. Visit to find out how to access the support that has been made available, who is eligible, when the schemes open and how to apply. Find out more.

Help for self-employed

Self-employed people who have been adversely affected will be able to access taxable grants. Government has updated the self-employed income support scheme. Those eligible for the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme will be able to claim a second and final grant in August worth 70% of their average monthly trading profits, paid out in a single instalment covering three months’ worth of profits, and capped at £6,570 in total. ​ Check if you can claim.

The first grant is of 80% of average annual profits over the last 3 years, up to £2,500 per month. It will be open for a period of at least 3 months, backdated to 1 March 2020.

The scheme is targeted to those who have a trading profit of up to £50,000 per year and that make the majority of their income from self-employment. It is for people who are already self-employed and who have a tax return for 2018/19. 

The scheme is administered by HMRC and it is expected that after making a claim, it will take 6 working days to reach bank accounts. Watch the webinar to help you apply.

Claim self-employed income support.

Self-employed people can also access business interruption loans and universal credit.

Income tax deferral

If you are self-employed, Income Tax payments due in July 2020 under the Self-Assessment system will be deferred to 31 January 2021.

Business continuity helpline set up by East Devon-based social enterprise

Cosmic are offering free help and a toolkit for local businesses and charities to help them set up remote working for staff. 

East Devon businesses innovating during coronavirus