National restrictions from 5 November to 2 December
For the latest guidance, visit gov.uk/coronavirus
To reduce social contact, the Government has ordered certain businesses and venues to close. These include:
- all non-essential retail, including, but not limited to clothing and electronics stores, vehicle showrooms, travel agents, betting shops, auction houses, tailors, car washes, tobacco and vape shops.
- indoor and outdoor leisure facilities such as bowling alleys, leisure centres and gyms, sports facilities including swimming pools, golf courses and driving ranges, dance studios, stables and riding centres, soft play facilities, climbing walls and climbing centres, archery and shooting ranges, water and theme parks.
- entertainment venues such as theatres, concert halls, cinemas, museums and galleries, casinos, adult gaming centres and arcades, bingo halls, bowling alleys, concert halls, zoos and other animal attractions, botanical gardens.
- personal care facilities such as hair, beauty and nail salons, tattoo parlours, spas, massage parlours, body and skin piercing services, non-medical acupuncture, and tanning salons. Dog grooming facilities can remain open for the purposes of animal welfare but not for aesthetic purposes.
Food shops, supermarkets, garden centres and certain other retailers providing essential goods and services can remain open. Essential retail should follow COVID-secure guidelines to protect customers, visitors and workers
Non-essential retail can remain open for delivery to customers and click-and-collect.
Hospitality venues like restaurants, bars and pubs must close, but can still provide takeaway and delivery services. Customers can only enter the premises to collect food and non-alcoholic drinks between 5am and 10pm. After 10pm all orders must be via click and collect or delivery and customers must not enter the premises to collect the order. All alcohol takeaway sales must be in accordance with their licence, pre-ordered and customers must not enter the premises to collect the order. All businesses offering takeaway services, must ensure takeaway products are taken away and not consumed from any seating adjacent to the premises. Please remove all seating or put signage up where removing/blocking seating is not possible.
Hotels, hostels and other accommodation should only open for those who have to travel for work purposes and for a limited number of other exemptions which will be set out in law.
Going to work: To help contain the virus, everyone who can work effectively from home must do so. Where people cannot do so (for instance people who work in critical national infrastructure, construction or manufacturing) they should continue to travel to work/attend their workplace.
Government Guidance and Legislation
Please see the Government's guidance for further information on the new national restrictions, including what they mean for working from home and business closures, why they are being introduced and the financial support available: New National Restrictions from 5 November.
The Government has also produced a graphical poster, which provides a summary of the new national restrictions in England.
The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (No.4) Regulations 2020 outlines what businesses must do during the lockdown (please see the link for further information).
The new measures will apply nationally for four weeks up to and including Wednesday 2 December and the Government will review the lockdown measures throughout this period. At this point, the Government intends to return to a regional approach, based on the latest data.
We aim to keep you as informed as we can to help guide you through these difficult and uncertain times. However, for the latest guidance, please visit gov.uk/coronavirus.
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Furlough Scheme Extended and Further Economic Support
In light of the increased restrictions the UK government is introducing additional economic and business support measures:
The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, also known as the furlough scheme, has been extended to December 2020. Check to find:
The Job Support Scheme will not be introduced until after Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme ends.
Self-Employment Income Support Scheme Grant Extension: The grant is being extended from 1 November 2020. The grant will be increased from the previously announced level of 40% of trading profits to 80% for November 2020. Find out if you are eligible and how much you can get.
Business Grants: Business premises forced to close in England due to local or national restrictions will be eligible for the following:
- For properties with a rateable value of £15k or under, grants to be £1,334 per month, or £667 per two weeks;
- For properties with a rateable value of between £15k-£51k grants to be £2,000 per month, or £1,000 per two weeks;
- For properties with a rateable value of £51k or over grants to be £3,000 per month, or £1,500 per two weeks.
Loan schemes: application deadlines extended to January 31 2021: The application deadlines for the Coronavirus Bounce Back Loan, Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan, Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme and Coronavirus Future Fund have been extended until 31 January 2021.
Financial Support for Businesses during coronavirus
Please see the following link for all information on government support for businesses: Financial support for businesses during coronavirus.
The Government has asked councils to administer a couple of the business support grants set up to help businesses severely impacted by the coronavirus. Please see our COVID-19 support for businesses November 2020 webpage for more information.
UK and EU Transition: Time is running out
There are new rules for businesses from 1 January 2021. Find out what you need to do NOW to prepare: www.gov.uk/transition.
With the Government's gradual easing of lockdown restrictions, our focus has shifted towards getting the local economy back on track. We recognise that the need for continued social distancing, and enhanced hygiene measures, is challenging for many local businesses. Therefore, we have set up our Back to Business Hub to help you find the right support to go back to business safely.
Please click on the + signs below to expand the boxes for further information and support
Before your business opens: How to be COVID-Secure
From 24 September, the Government's COVID-secure workplace guidance will become a legal obligation
Before your business opens you must carry out a risk assessment and ensure that you have the correct measures in place so that you can open safely - for you, your staff and your customers.
The government has set out guidance on how to get people safely back to work.
The main steps within this guidance are:
- Work from home if you can
- Carry out a COVID-19 risk assessment
- Maintain social distancing
- Manage transmission risk
- Reinforce cleaning processes
The Government has published industry-specific guides to help you make your workplace COVID-secure. Depending on your business, you may need to use more than one guide as you think through what you need to do to keep people safe.
You can also use the Government's online tool to help you carry out a risk assessment and make sensible adjustments to the site and workforce - please see Reopen your business safely during coronavirus (COVID-19).
There is also an online tool to help you find out what support is available for your businesses, which is kept up-to-date with latest Government announcements - please see Find coronavirus financialsupport for your business.
Employee return-to-work tool
The Government has developed a tool to help employees in England easily assess if they can return to work. The tool guides employees through questions that may influence their ability to go back to work safely. Employers can share this tool with employees to aid discussion on how employees can return to work safely: Coronavirus Employee Risk Assessment.
Health and Safety Executive (HSE)
The HSE has published a range of coronavirus-related guidance and information, which you may find useful, including:
- Cleaning your workplace: How to clean your workplace to reduce risk from coronavirus.
- Social distancing: Social distancing means keeping people apart to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.
- First aid: Requirements in non-healthcare settings during the outbreak, as well as first aid cover and qualifications at this time.
Video guide to re-opening non-essential businesses
NHS Test and Trace
NHS Test and Trace
The easing of social and economic lockdown measures is being supported by NHS Test and Trace.
You should assist this service by keeping a temporary record of your customers and visitors for 21 days, in a way that is manageable for your organisation, and assist NHS Test and Trace with requests for that data if needed.
From Friday 18 September, certain businesses will have a clear duty to support NHS Test and Trace. Premises and venues across England where people meet socially including hospitality, close contact and leisure venues (i.e. pubs, restaurants, hairdressers, cinemas) must have a system in place by law to record contact details of their customers, visitors and staff, which must be kept for 21 days. There will be fixed penalties for businesses that fail to comply. Businesses will now also be legally required to enforce the rule of six.
Test and Trace App and QR codes
The Government has announced that the NHS coronavirus contact-tracing app will launch in England and Wales on 24 September.
From Thursday 24 September, certain businesses will be legally required to display official NHS QR code posters, which app users can scan (check in) to register that they have visited a venue. This means if people visit your venue or place of business and later test positive for coronavirus, other app users who were there at the same time may be sent an alert, if local public health teams think this is necessary.
Benefits of the App
- Anonymity: the app notification will not mention the name of your venue, just that the app user has recently been to a venue where they have come into contact with coronavirus
- Speed and Ease: the app is extremely quick and simple to user for both businesses and users as it’s a one click check in system with no “log-in” requirements
- Data Management: the app is highly secure and data is automatically deleted after 21 days. Users can also delete their own check in data at any point
- Cost: there is no cost to generate a QR code or for the user to download the app
How to download your QR code
- Enter your verification code into the website form – this will allow you to continue with registration
- Next enter your venue/business name and address and continue
- Once all your details have been entered and accepted, you will receive an email with the QR code poster
- Download and print the poster for display. If you do not have access to a printer, you can display your QR code poster at your venue using digital signage. For example, a TV screen or iPad. If you do not have these then contact your local library who can print it for you for. For more information go to Protect your visitors and staff.
- Display your poster in a visible place – visitors will then be able to scan the poster to check in
Please visit covid19.nhs.uk for the latest information on the Test and Trace app. Here you will also find a list of common questions for more advice for businesses and organisations and downloadable resources.
Coronavirus (COVID-19): testing guidance for employers
Some employers may want to introduce their own internal testing programmes outside of the NHS Test and Trace service. This Department for Health and Social Care guidance will help them ensure that their testing programmes are as reliable and effective as possible.