Thursday 24 September
Self-Employment Income Support Scheme grant extension
This grant is being extended from 1 November 2020. Find out if you’re eligible and how much you can receive.
Kerbside collections of textiles
Kerbside collections of textiles from green recycling boxes will restart from Monday 28 September. As the textiles and shoes you recycle are reused, we need the best quality items you can provide. We also need the items to be securely bagged and put into your recycling box with the lid fitted. This helps keep your donations clean and dry and preserves the value and condition, so they can be reused.
The NHS COVID-19 app
The NHS COVID-19 app launches nationwide today to help control COVID-19 transmission alongside national and local contact tracing. Features of the app include contact tracing using Bluetooth, risk alerts based on postcode district, QR check-in at venues, symptom checker and test booking – with user privacy and data security.
Businesses are now required by law to display the official NHS QR code posters from today so people can check-in at different premises with the app
People across England and Wales are being urged to download the NHS COVID-19 app to help control the spread of coronavirus and protect themselves and their loved ones as case numbers rise.
Closing certain businesses and venues - updated September 22, 2020
On 22 September, the government announced additional measures to address an increase in coronavirus cases. These changes may impact on some businesses in England.
Wednesday 23 September
New coronavirus restrictions are being introduced in England. The following changes are being introduced immediately.
- Changing guidance to ask people to work from home where they can
- Placing new restrictions on operating hours for hospitality, leisure, entertainment and tourism businesses,
- Putting more COVID-19 secure guidance for businesses into law
- Expanding the range of settings where these legal obligations regarding specific COVID-19 secure guidelines will apply
- Higher fines of up to £10,000 for businesses who break Covid-19 rules and the penalty for failing to wear a mask or breaking the rule of six will double to £200 for a first offence.
- Reducing the list of exemptions to the ‘rule of six’
- Pausing the planned 1 October changes for a return of business events and socially distanced crowds at sporting events.
- Expanding the settings in which face coverings are required
The following links give further information on the new restrictions:
- Coronavirus (COVID-19): What has changed - 22 September
- Staying alert and safe
- Meeting with others safely (social distancing)
- What you can and can't do - coronavirus outbreak frequently asked questions
- Safer travel guidance for passengers
- Safer transport guidance for operators
- The Prime Minister's address to the nation
Tuesday 22 September
The Prime Minister's statement to the House of Commons about new restrictions being taken following the increase in coronavirus cases.
Monday 21 September
Friday 11 September
Businesses urged to prepare for NHS COVID-19 app
Pubs, restaurants, hairdressers, cinemas and other venues across England and Wales are being urged to download QR codes to prepare for public rollout of new app.
Wednesday 9 September
Social gatherings above six to be banned in England
Social gatherings of more than six people will be illegal in England from Monday, September 14.
Full guidance is available, including what you can and cannot do.
New grants for businesses affected by local lockdowns
Businesses in England required to close due to local lockdowns or targeted restrictions will now be able to receive grants worth up to £1,500 every three weeks. To be eligible for the grant, a business must have been required to close due to local coronavirus restrictions. The largest businesses will receive £1,500 every three weeks they are required to close. Smaller businesses will receive £1,000.
Payments are triggered by a national decision to close businesses in a high incidence area. Each payment will be made for a three-week lockdown period. Each new three-week lockdown period triggers an additional payment. Read more
Wednesday 2 September
Check if you can apply for a grant through the Kickstart Scheme
If you are an employer looking to create job placements for young people, check if you can apply for funding as part of the Kickstart Scheme.
Tuesday 1 September
Claim money back through the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme
If you have registered your establishment for the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme and offered scheme discounts to diners on Mondays to Wednesdays between 3 and 31 August, you can:
- claim back the discount given on food and non-alcoholic drinks
- submit weekly claims for August until 30 September
You must make the claim yourself, you cannot ask an agent to do it for you.
You must enter accurate details for all the establishments you’re claiming for before submitting your claim. If you need to amend information later your payment may be delayed.
See the guidance provided by GOV.UK for further information.
Monday 24 August
New online campaign for food businesses
The Food Standards Agency have developed a new online campaign to provide advice for food businesses. Here to Help provides easy access to practical information, guidance, case studies, industry insight and webinars to help food businesses get back and stay on their feet following the challenges of COVID-19 and remain compliant with food hygiene and safety requirements.
Monday 17 August
Self employed to benefit from second stage of support scheme
Millions of self-employed people whose livelihoods have been affected by coronavirus will be able to claim a second payment of up to £6,570 from today.
Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19)
The Government has provided guidance on making your workplace COVID-secure.
Tuesday 11 August
Guidance on coronavirus testing, including who is eligible for a test and how to get tested is on the GOV.UK website.
Friday 31 July
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has today made a statement about coronavirus. More information can be found on GOV.UK
Thursday 30 July
People who test positive for coronavirus or show symptoms in the UK must now self-isolate for at least 10 days rather than 7 days.
Statement from the Chief Medical Officer can be found on GOV.UK
Friday 24 July
Mandatory face coverings
Face coverings must be worn in additional enclosed public spaces from 24 July in England.
Full guidance can be found on GOV.UK.
The UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy
The Government has outlined its roadmap for how and when the UK will adjust its response to the COVID-19 crisis