Guidance for businesses
Further measures to tackle the spread of coronavirus were announced by the Government on 22 September.
Measures include the following:
- Office workers who are able to work from home should do so.
- The requirement for customers to wear face coverings is extended to all users of taxis and private hire vehicles.
- Pubs, bars and restaurants must operate table-service only, except for takeaways.
- Hospitality venues must close at 10pm (which means closing, not last orders). The same will apply to takeaways, although deliveries can continue.
- The requirement to wear face coverings will be extended to include retail staff and staff and customers in indoor hospitality, except when seated at a table to eat or drink.
- Covid-secure guidelines will become legal obligations in retail, leisure, tourism and other sectors.
Find out what you need to do:
Winter Economy Plan
On 24 September the Chancellor announced a package of measures aimed at continuing to protect jobs and help businesses through the months ahead. The package includes a new Job Support Scheme to protect returning workers, extending the Self Employment Income Support Scheme and a 15% VAT cut for the hospitality and tourism sectors, and help for businesses in repaying government-backed loans.
You can read the Winter Economy Plan.
A guide to the Job Support Scheme has also been published.
Local Restrictions Support Grant
Business that are required to close if local restrictions come into force may be eligible for a grant. Businesses which have not been legally able to reopen since the first lockdown in March, including nightclubs and dance halls may also be eligible.
Full information is available on our Business Grants page.
Many of our businesses have been seriously affected by Coronavirus and we are working to provide support in whatever way we can. Including the following:
- Business Waverley website
- Waverley Business Rates homepage
- Support for commercial tenants
- Business e-newsletter - subscribe here
- 'Shop local' business directory
You must not meet in groups larger than 6 (with some limited exceptions). The Government has announced new rules, enforceable by law, regarding social distancing measures.
From Monday 28 September:
- A maximum of 15 people may attend weddings
- 30 people may attend funerals
- Business conferences, exhibitions and large sporting events will not reopen from 1 October
Please use the government website to get the latest information on what you can and cannot do:
It is mandatory for certain businesses to have a system to collect NHS Test and Trace data and keep this for 21 days.
Businesses and venues from 24 September will be legally required to display NHS QR posters in their venues when the NHS Test and Trace app launches. Plus some businesses will now be legally required to enforce 'the rule of 6'.
To find out more click on the following links:
Government guidance for employers to help them get their businesses back up and running and workplaces operating safely can be found by clicking on the links below:
If your business is reopening soon, you can use our guidance finder tool to help you find the information most relevant to you.
Government support measures
Information on all of the Government's support measures is available on its Business Support website including:
- Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
- Deferred VAT payments
- Deferred Self-assessment Income Tax payments
- HMRC Time to Pay Service
- Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme
- Bounce Back Loans
- Business rates relief
- Covid-19 Corporate Financing Facility
- Self-Employed Income Support Scheme
- Support for businesses who are paying Covid-19 sick pay to employees
Use the business support finder to see what support you are eligible for.
Other Government advice and support:
- Future Fund support for innovative businesses
- DIT support for UK businesses trading internationally
- Financial assistance for employers unable to pay statutory redundancy payments
- HMR Revenue & Customs webinars
- Protection from aggressive rent collection
- Guidance for employees with children
Page owner: Vanessa de Chazal. Last updated: 14/10/2020 16:40