Coronavirus- Business Overview

Updates on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, measures that are being put in place and how they will affect you and your business.

The Government has also detailed it's ongoing plan to deal with the pandemic during the spring months in the document COVID-19 Response- Spring 2021

Published February 2021

COVID-19 Response- Spring 2021


Face Coverings

Face coverings are now mandatory in shops and supermarkets in England. The rule also applies to many employees in retail and hospitality industries.

Read government advice on how to make you own face covering

Guidance for Better Mental Health

The coronavirus might affect not only your physical wellbeing but also your mental health. Take a look at a discussion about guarding your mental health during the coronavius pandemic from rehab4addiction. 

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The government has outlined its plan to reopen businesses and venues over the coming months. Below is a summary of the government's plan, which is subject to ongoing reviews and assessments.

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Reopening Businesses and Venues

When Can My Business Reopen?

Step One

From 8 March

Certain businesses eligible to host childcare and supervised activities for children will be able to host these activities providing that doing so is a necessary form of childcare.

From 29 March

Some indoor and outdoor sporting venues will open, people can use these venues in a group of six people, or with members of up to two households.

Outdoor sporting events will be allowed, providing that they are run in a way that is covid-secure.

Step Two

No earlier than 12 April

Many types of businesses and venues are expected to reopen, including:

  • Non-essential retail
  • Personal care facilities and close contact services
  • Indoor sports and leisure facilities
  • Self-contained holiday accommodation for single households/support bubbles
  • Outdoor areas at hospitality venues
  • Outdoor attractions
  • Public buildings
  • Childcare activities not included in step one
  • Covid-secure outdoor gatherings and events

Step Three

No earlier than 17 May

Further businesses and venues are expected to reopen, including:

  • Indoor areas of hospitality venues
  • Indoor entertainment and visitor attractions
  • Remaining outdoor entertainment events
  • Remaining holiday accommodation
  • Covid-secure elite sporting events and performances (with restrictions on capacity)

Step Four

No earlier than 19 July*

Remaining businesses and venues are expected to reopen, including nightclubs and adult entertainment venues.

Additionally, restrictions on social contact and large events may be lifted, subject to government reviews.

*Originally Step 4 was planned to come into effect by 21 June. However, the government has announced a 4-week pause at Step 3. Step 3 restrictions remain in place while the government continues to monitor the available data.

Some rules on weddings, funerals, care homes and child care changed on 21 June.

Find out more about latest rule

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) will run until 30 September 2021.

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has now been extended until 30 September 2021.

  • The government will to continue paying 80% of employees' wages for hours they cannot work
  • Employers will be asked to contribute 10% in July and 20% in August and September

Claim for wages through the  Job Retention Scheme

Find out more about changes to the scheme

Self-Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS)

This scheme will run until the end of September.

The Self-Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS) will make a fifth grant available to those who are self employed and eligible to make a claim.

Like the earlier grants, the fifth grant will cover three months (May onwards) of average profits, with the system open for claims from late July.

When the scheme was launched, the newly self-employed couldn’t qualify because they hadn’t all filed the 2019-20 tax return.

However, if you are self-employed and have filed your 2020-21 return, you will be eligible to claim the grant.

It is expected that more that 600,000 more people will be eligible to apply for SEISS grants than previously.

Find out more about the fifth grant

Please Note: If you make a claim, you must process the claim yourself- your agent or accountant can not process the claim on your behalf.

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