Across all tiers, everyone:
- must wear a face covering in most indoor public settings, unless they have an exemption
- should follow the rules on meeting others safely
- should attend school or college as normal, unless they are self-isolating. Schools, universities, colleges and early years settings remain open in all tiers
- should walk or cycle where possible, plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes when travelling
- must follow the gathering limits at their tier except for in specific settings and circumstances. These exemptions are detailed at the end of this guidance
Visits to care homes can take place with arrangements such as substantial screens, visiting pods, and window visits. Regular testing will be offered to up to 2 family members or friends per resident by Christmas, which – when combined with other infection-control measures such as PPE – will support indoor visits with physical contact. Detailed guidance will be published shortly.
All businesses and venues that are open are expected to follow COVID-19 secure guidelines to protect customers, visitors and workers. In all tiers, the following businesses and venues can remain open:
- essential and non-essential retail, including indoor and outdoor markets and car boot sales
- certain leisure and sporting facilities such as gyms, sports courts and facilities, leisure centres, fitness and dance studios, golf courses, swimming pools, riding centres, outdoor playgrounds – subject to relevant social contact rules in each tier. Indoor group activities and classes should not take place at tier 3
- personal care and close contact services such as hairdressers and barbers, beauty salons, tattoo parlours, nail salons, spas and beauty services, massage parlours and tanning salons
- public buildings, such as libraries, community centres and halls. They should not host events for private hire, such as birthday parties or most other social activities in tier 3
- allotments, recycling and waste centres, public toilets, car parks
- essential public services such as the NHS and medical services, courts, and jobcentre plus sites
- places of worship – communal worship can now resume, subject to relevant social contact rules in each tier
Everyone who can work from home should do so. Where people cannot do so – including, but not limited to, people who work in critical national infrastructure, construction, or manufacturing – they should continue to travel to their workplace. Public-sector employees working in essential services, including education settings, should continue to go into work where necessary
Tier 2: High alert
This is for areas with a higher or rapidly rising level of infections, where some additional restrictions need to be in place.
In Tier 2:
- you must not socialise with anyone you do not live with or who is not in your support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place
- you must not socialise in a group of more than 6 people outside, including in a garden or a public space – this is called the ‘rule of 6’
- businesses and venues can continue to operate, in a COVID-Secure manner, other than those which remain closed by law, such as nightclubs
- pubs and bars must close, unless operating as restaurants. Hospitality venues can only serve alcohol with substantial meals
- hospitality businesses selling food or drink for consumption on their premises are required to:
- provide table service only, in premises which sell alcohol
- close between 11pm and 5am (hospitality venues in airports, ports, transport services and motorway service areas are exempt)
- stop taking orders after 10pm
- hospitality businesses and venues selling food and drink for consumption off the premises can continue to do so after 10pm as long as this is through delivery service, click-and-collect or drive-through
- early closure (11pm) applies to casinos, cinemas, theatres, museums, bowling alleys, amusement arcades, funfairs, theme parks, adventure parks and activities, and bingo halls. Cinemas, theatres and concert halls can stay open beyond 11pm in order to conclude performances that start before 10pm
- public attendance at outdoor and indoor events (performances and shows) is permitted, limited to whichever is lower: 50% capacity, or either 2,000 people outdoors or 1,000 people indoors
- public attendance at spectator sport and business events can resume inside and outside, subject to social contact rules and limited to whichever is lower: 50% capacity, or either 2,000 people outdoors or 1,000 people indoors
- places of worship remain open but you must not socialise with people from outside of your household or support bubble while you are indoors there, unless a legal exemption applies
- weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on numbers of attendees – 15 people can attend wedding ceremonies and receptions, 30 people can attend funeral ceremonies, and 15 people can attend linked commemorative events such as wakes or stonesettings.
- organised outdoor sport, and physical activity and exercise classes can continue
- organised indoor sport, physical activity and exercise classes will only be permitted if it is possible for people to avoid mixing with people they do not live with (or share a support bubble with). There are exceptions for indoor disability sport, sport for educational purposes and supervised sport and physical activity for under-18s, which can take place with larger groups mixing
- you can continue to travel to venues or amenities which are open, but should aim to reduce the number of journeys you make where possible
- if you live in a tier 2 area, you must continue to follow tier 2 rules when you travel to a tier 1 area. Avoid travel to or overnight stays in tier 3 areas other than where necessary, such as for work, education, youth services, to receive medical treatment, or because of caring responsibilities.You can travel through a tier 3 area as a part of a longer journey
- for international travel see the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office travel advice for your destination and the travel corridors list
Tier 3: Very High alert
This is for areas with a very high or very rapidly rising level of infections, where tighter restrictions are in place.
In Tier 3:
- you must not meet socially indoors or in most outdoor places with anybody you do not live with, or who is not in your support bubble, this includes in any private garden or at most outdoor venues
- you must not socialise in a group of more than 6 in some other outdoor public spaces, including parks, beaches, countryside accessible to the public, a public garden, grounds of a heritage site or castle, or a sports facility – this is called the ‘rule of 6’
- hospitality settings, such as bars (including shisha venues), pubs, cafes and restaurants are closed – they are permitted to continue sales by takeaway, click-and-collect, drive-through or delivery services.
- accommodation such as hotels, B&Bs, campsites, and guest houses must close. There are several exemptions, such as for those who use these venues as their main residence, and those requiring the venues where it is reasonably necessary for work or education and training
- indoor entertainment and tourist venues must close. This includes:
- indoor play centres and areas, including trampolining parks and soft play
- bingo halls
- bowling alleys
- skating rinks
- amusement arcades and adult gaming centres
- laser quests and escape rooms
- cinemas, theatres and concert halls
- snooker halls
- indoor attractions at mostly outdoor entertainment venues must also close (indoor shops, through-ways and public toilets at such attractions can remain open). This includes indoor attractions within:
- zoos, safari parks, and wildlife reserves
- aquariums, visitor attractions at farms, and other animal attractions
- model villages
- museums, galleries and sculpture parks
- botanical gardens, biomes or greenhouses
- theme parks, circuses, fairgrounds and funfairs
- visitor attractions at film studios, heritage sites such as castles and stately homes
- landmarks including observation decks and viewing platforms
- leisure and sports facilities may continue to stay open, but group exercise classes (including fitness and dance) should not go ahead.
- there should be no public attendance at spectator sport or indoor performances and large business events should not be taking place. Elite sport events may continue to take place without spectators
- large outdoor events (performances and shows) should not take place, with the exception of drive-in events
- places of worship remain open, but you must not attend with or socialise with anyone outside of your household or support bubble while you are there, unless a legal exemption applies
- weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on the number of attendees – 15 people can attend wedding ceremonies, wedding receptions are not allowed, 30 people can attend funeral ceremonies, 15 people can attend linked commemorative events
- organised outdoor sport, and physical activity and exercise classes can continue, however higher-risk contact activity should not take place
- organised indoor sport, physical activity and exercise classes cannot take place indoors. There are exceptions for indoor disability sport, sport for educational purposes and supervised sport and physical activity for under-18s
- you can continue to travel to venues or amenities which are open, but should aim to reduce the number of journeys you make where possible
- avoid travelling outside of your area, including for overnight stays other than where necessary, such as for work, education, youth services, to receive medical treatment, or because of caring responsibilities. You can travel through other areas as part of a longer journey
- for international travel see the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office travel advice for your destination and the travel corridors list
Coronavirus Support & Guidance – What you need to know
As the uncertainty around COVID-19 (coronavirus) continues to grow, the West and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce would like to reassure our members and partners that we are here to help. Below you will find the most up to date information to help guide you through this challenging time.
- Government increases self-employed support. Workers across the United Kingdom will benefit from increased support with a five-month extension of the furlough scheme into Spring 2021. The Self-Employment Income Support Scheme grant is being extended from 1 November 2020. Find out if you’re eligible and how much you can get.
- What to do if you’re self-employed and getting less work or no work. This guidance will clarify eligibility conditions for Universal Credit and New Style Employment and Support Allowance and to add Pension Credit, New Style Jobseeker’s Allowance and the Test and Trace Support Payment as other financial help that can be claimed. Guidance for people who are self-employed and getting less work or no work because of coronavirus (COVID-19)
- The YouTube video about how to make a Self-Employment Income Support Scheme claim has been updated.
- Military reservists will be able to access the government’s self employment scheme Reservists returning to civilian work eligible
UPDATE: Leeds Discretionary business support grant now launched: fixed property costs. Apply for a support grant to help pay property costs if your business or charity has been affected by coronavirus restrictions since 25 September 2020
UPDATE: The Job Support Scheme will not be introduced until after Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme ends.
UPDATE: If you’ve been offered Kickstart Scheme funding, you can use these resources to show your support for the scheme.
UPDATE: A graphical poster displaying information about the national restrictions in England has been developed. National Restrictions Poster
- Here is a message to the housing industry from the Housing Secretary, Executive Chairman of the Home Builders Federation and Chief Executive of the Federation of Master Builders to the housing industry on continuing to work securely. A message to the housing industry on continuing to work securely
- Chancellor increases financial support for businesses and workers. The government has announced it will significantly increase the generosity and reach of its winter support schemes to ensure livelihoods and jobs across the UK continue to be protected in the difficult months to come, supporting jobs and helping to contain the virus.
- To support individuals and businesses to deal with the challenges created by coronavirus (COVID-19) during this winter (2020 to 2021), the government is providing additional support to help employers retain their employees through the Job Support Scheme (JSS) .
- Kickstart Scheme: promotional materials. Use these materials to promote the Kickstart Scheme to employers and potential job placement participants.
- Local COVID alert levels: what you need to know. Local COVID alert levels, including what they mean, why they are being introduced and what the different levels are.
- The Kickstart scheme is helping young people at risk of long term unemployment get into the job market by providing government funding for employers to create six-month job placements. Find someone to apply for a Kickstart Scheme grant on your behalf.
- The list of countries, territories and regions from where you can travel to England and may not have to self-isolate has been updated
- The new NHS COVID-19 app, now available to download for free in England and Wales, is the fastest way to see if you’re at risk from coronavirus. Download the NHS COVID-19 app
- Further clarity has been made to the section ‘Staff in indoor settings’. Face coverings: when to wear one and how to make your own
- This is the Winter Economy Plan update in full. Winter Economy Plan
- Further clarity has been made to the section ‘Staff in indoor settings’. Face coverings: when to wear one and how to make your own
- Create a coronavirus NHS QR code for your venue. Use this service to create a QR code for display in your venue. Get visitors to scan the QR code when they arrive, using the NHS COVID-19 app. This is to help trace and stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
- All parts of Bradford, Kirklees, Calderdale, will now be banned from socialising with other people outside of their own households or support bubble in private homes and gardens.
- The rules on social contact changed on today (Monday 14 September) you must not meet in groups of more than 6 when meeting with people outside of your household Information on meeting with others safely.
- Venues required by law to record contact details. Premises and venues across England must have a system in place to record contact details of their customers, visitors and staff in the latest move to break the chains of transmission of coronavirus.
- Companies House resumes voluntary strike off process. Temporary measures to suspend voluntary strike off action will be lifted from today (10 September 2020).
- Coronavirus (COVID-19): countries and territories exempt from advice against ‘all but essential’ international travel
- Face coverings in education – Guidance on the use of face coverings for schools and other education institutions that teach people in Years 7 and above in England.
- Guidance for businesses and organisations on how to recognise, contain and report incidents of coronavirus (COVID-19) has been updated by the government.
- The Government has announced that students in England will receive teacher assessed grades for GCSE and A level results this summer. GCSE and A level students to receive centre assessment grades
- Find examples to help you calculate your employees’ wages. Examples have been added for September and October for working out how much to claim for a flexibly furloughed employee.
- The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) has produced a guide for employers about qualification results in England this summer
- The Self-Employment Income Support Scheme claim service is now open
- Guidance for employees and employers on self-isolating after returning to the UK. Self-isolating after returning to the UK: your employment rights
- Hand hygiene has been added to the list of items that can be ordered on the PPE portal: how to order emergency personal protective equipment
- Claims Portal for ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ Scheme
- Get a free NHS test today to check if you have coronavirus Anyone can now use this testing service if they have coronavirus symptoms.
- The government have published further information on the Job Retention Bonus (JRB). The document covers which employers can claim, which employees an eligible employer can claim and what employers should do now if they intend to claim Full guidance, including on how employers will be able to claim the JRB, will be available by the end of September
- Mandatory MOT testing was reintroduced from 1 August.
- Eat Out to Help Out Scheme
- Find out how to claim the reimbursement for discounts given to diners with the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme. Claim money back through the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme
- Staying alert and safe (social distancing) guidance has been updated to reflect the latest government guidance.
- Face coverings to be mandatory in shops and supermarkets from 24 July
- More businesses can reopen on 25th July or 1st August. Reopening of businesses and venues from 25 July and 1 August
- The Government has added a new chapter to its recovery strategy. Our plan to rebuild
- People using pubs, restaurants and cafes will soon have greater freedom to choose non-smoking outdoor areas. New plans to ensure pubs, restaurants and cafes offer both smoking and non-smoking outdoor options
- The guidance on gathering in larger groups and travelling to meet people, and the guidance for clinically extremely vulnerable people has been updated. Meeting people from outside your household.
- You can register for the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme which has now been updated with calculation examples.
- A new government scheme has been launched to support English universities at risk of insolvency. Government scheme to help universities in financial difficulties
- Face coverings: when to wear one and how to make your own. This page explains when to wear a face covering and how to make one.
- Guidance for the safe use of multi-purpose community facilities has been updated to reflect upcoming changes to the rules on wearing face coverings
- Public bodies, organisations and charities have produced additional resources that may be useful to employers and employees. These resources include a variety of information to help both employers and employees manage through coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. Coronavirus support for business from outside government
- Thousands of expert professional and business services advisers have signed up to offer free online advice to help small businesses bounce back from coronavirus
- New package of support to help employers and Further Education (FE) providers deliver high-quality industry placements has been launched. New package of support for T Level industry placements
- A new temporary reduced rate of VAT of 5% was announced on 8 July 2020 for admission to certain attractions. This temporary rate will apply from 15 July 2020 to 12 January 2021. Check which attractions are eligible
- The Chancellor Rishi Sunak has set set out a ‘Plan for Jobs’ that will spur the UK’s recovery from the Coronavirus outbreak. Chancellor’s Plan for Jobs to help the UK’s recovery
- The Small Business Commissioner can investigate complaints from small businesses (a business with less than 50 employees) and their larger client (a business with more than 50 employees) and make non legally binding recommendations to resolve a dispute. Ensuring businesses continue to be paid promptly. The Office of the Small Business Commissioner can also assist small businesses by checking contracts, providing advice on getting invoices right and signposting them to existing support and dispute resolution services.
- The Manufacturing Growth Programme has been extended until December 2022
- Car driving tests will restart in England on 22 July 2020 with safety precautions in place – other types of tests will restart before then.
- The guidance regarding exporting PPE has been updated as companies no longer need to apply for an export licence to export PPE. Guidance for UK businesses trading internationally.
- Major changes to insolvency law come into force. The Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act has received Royal Assent and came into force on 26 June 2020.
- Easing coronavirus health measures at the UK border. Exempting passengers from self-isolation requirements in certain circumstances on arrival in the UK.
- New government guidance supports reopening of tourism and visitor attractions on July 4. Guidance on Tourism and the Visitor Economy, published today, will help to get the tourism sector back up and running so the public can safely take domestic holidays and visit attractions on days out
- Guidance for DCMS sectors in relation to coronavirus had been published. Information for DCMS sectors in response to coronavirus
- Sending your forms to Companies House during the coronavirus outbreak. The latest release of the service allows users to upload their change of constitution forms.
- Employers that want to reopen their business have a legal responsibility to protect their employees and other people on site. The UK government has developed a new tool and guidance for businesses to check what their workplace needs to do to keep people safe.
- Driving lessons and theory tests will restart on Saturday 4 July 2020 in England, and car driving tests will restart from Wednesday 22 July 2020. Driving lessons, theory tests and driving tests to restart in England
- Millions of people shielding from coronavirus (COVID-19) will be advised they can spend more time outside their homes from Monday 6 July, the Health and Social Care Secretary has announced. Plans to ease guidance for over 2 million shielding
- New measures to help the construction industry boost building and return to work safely will be introduced this week. New plans to get Britain building in coronavirus recovery
- MOTs for lorries, buses and trailers guidance updated to show that lorry, bus or trailer annual tests (MOTs) will restart from 4 July 2020 but vehicles in June, July and August will be issued 3-month exemptions.
- Protecting your company from fraud and scams. How to protect your company from scams and fraud and how to report it.
- Government has published a code of practice to encourage commercial tenants and landlords to work together to protect viable businesses. Code of practice for the commercial property sector
- A letter from the Minister for Small Business, Consumers & Labour Markets, Paul Scully , to those working in retail has been published. Letter to the retail sector
- How to treat certain expenses and benefits provided to employees during coronavirus. Find out about taxable expenses and benefits when they are paid to employees and how to report them to HMRC.
- Department for Transport issue an infographic on safe return to work on the transport network
- Safer travel and working principles for airports and aviation operators – safer aviation guidance for operators
- Business Representative Organisations and Trade Associations are providing coronavirus related support for specific sectors. Coronavirus support from Business Representative Organisations and Trade Associationsf
- Companies House – As an emergency response to coronavirus (COVID-19), we’ve developed a temporary online service to upload a number of completed forms and send them to Companies House digitally. Sending your forms to Companies House
- From 15 June, you must wear a face covering on public transport. Staying safe outside your home
- Guidance updated to reflect current regulations – Closing certain businesses and venues in England
- All staff in hospitals in England will be provided with surgical masks which they will be expected to wear from 15 June. All visitors and outpatients must wear face coverings at all times. Face masks and coverings to be worn by all NHS hospital staff and visitors
- From 8 June, there will be new rules in place for entering the UK because of coronavirus (COVID-19). When these rules are in place, you will:1) need to provide your journey and contact details when you travel to the UK 2) not be allowed to leave the place you’re staying for the first 14 days you’re in the UK except in very limited situations (known as ‘self-isolating’)
- Recording mobile working time and furloughing. This guidance is for employers and drivers who are regulated by: EU or AETR drivers’ hours and tachograph rules and the working time rules that apply to mobile workers. Furloughed drivers and recording mobile working time
- Guidance on how OPSS is supporting businesses and local authorities and protecting consumers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. OPSS coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for business and local authorities
- Apply for the coronavirus Local Authority Discretionary Grants Fund. The Discretionary Grant Fund supports small and micro businesses that are not eligible for other grant schemes
- NHS Test and Trace workplace guidance. Under the new NHS Test and Trace service, anyone who tests positive for Coronavirus in England will will need to share information about their recent interactions. People identified as having been in close contact with someone who has a positive test must stay at home for 14 days, even if they do not have symptoms, to stop unknowingly spreading the virus
- UK Government sets out a timeline for retail to reopen in June
- Government introduces legislation to relieve burden on businesses and support economic recovery. The government has introduced the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill in Parliament.FCLBIS
- The Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is hosting a range of webinars to help businesses find out how to make the workplace more Covid-19 secure
- Innovative businesses and start-ups are set to benefit from a £40 million government investment to drive forward new technological advances. £40m boost for cutting-edge start-ups
- UK government business support helpline. The Business Support Helpline number has changed to freephone 0800 998 1098. The helpline provides free, impartial business support and signposting services to businesses in England – which currently includes advice on the Coronavirus outbreak
- Updated information on symptoms COVID-19: guidance for employees, employers and businesses
- Clarification added on the guidance for the freight transport industry on international travel following government advice for British nationals. Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for the freight transport industry
- Announcing new safer travel guidance for members of the public and safer transport guidance for operators. New transport guidance for passengers and operators has been announced
- The UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy. The strategy sets out a cautious roadmap to easing existing measures in a safe and measured way, subject to successfully controlling the virus and being able to monitor and react to its spread.
- Frequently asked questions on what you can and can’t do during the coronavirus outbreak. Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can’t do
- The public is advised to consider wearing face coverings in enclosed public spaces such as shops, trains and buses to help reduce the spread of coronavirus. Public advised to cover faces in encloseFF spaces
- The most important thing we can do is to stay alert, control the virus, and in doing so, save lives. Guidance on how to stay alert and safe (social distancing).
- Government postpones the planned Business Rates revaluation. A revaluation of business rates will no longer take place in 2021 to help reduce uncertainty for firms affected by the impacts of coronavirus. Business rates revaluation postponed
- Personal protective equipment (PPE): export control process – Removed notification form, clarified the date the changes came into force and added a link to the EU’s updated FAQ
- Business Improvement Districts will receive funding in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. £6.1 million funding boost to help high streets and town centres through pandemic.
- A Letter has been published from the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Alok Sharma, to the UK’s energy sector. The letter thanks all those who are working tirelessly within the energy industry during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic
- The Skills Toolkit offers free digital and numeracy courses to build your skills
- The UK government’s online service for booking a Coronavirus test is now live across the country. Any employee who has to leave home for work, not just those classed as essential workers, can now request and get a Coronavirus test.
- Vital routes for supplies and people have been protected today through a coronavirus support package to keep the flow of goods and services running smoothly in and out of the UK, and around the country, throughout the pandemic. Action will protect the transport links the country relies on
- Guidance for apprentices, employers, training providers and assessment organisations in response to the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19). Updated with information on training and assessing apprentices in line with the government’s new safer working guidelines, calculating wages for furloughed apprentices, off-the-job training, and redundant apprentices.
- High street shops and other companies under strain will be protected from aggressive rent collection and asked to pay what they can during the coronavirus pandemic. New measures to protect UK high street from aggressive rent collection and closure
- The Economic Secretary, John Glen has written a letter to front line staff working to provide essential banking services. Letter to front line staff providing essential banking services
- Companies House will temporarily pause the strike off process to prevent companies being dissolved. This will give businesses affected by the coronavirus outbreak the time they need to update their records and help them avoid being struck off the register. Companies House support for businesses hit by COVID-19
- EU drivers’ hours relaxation has ended. GB relaxation continues until 14 June. Temporary relaxation of the EU and GB drivers’ hours rules for drivers carrying goods by road. The GB drivers’ hours relaxation ends Sunday 14 June 2020.
- Air navigation service providers across Europe will share a £1.1 billion support package to maintain services, as the fall in air traffic has led to a dramatic reduction in their income. £1.1 billion support package for air navigation service providers across Europe affected by COVID-19 events.
- Manufacture of Coronavirus testing capacity and testing kits. The UK government is requesting industry involvement in the manufacture of Coronavirus testing capacity and testing kits. Businesses who meet this specification should review the guidance on helping the government increase testing capacity and register here
- Annual inspection waiver for tank vehicles. Notice allowing tank vehicles, with extended roadworthiness test certificates, to remain in service and on our roads without a valid ADR 1(C) certificate.
- Letter from the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Alok Sharma, to those working in manufacturing. Coronavirus (COVID-19): letter to the manufacturing sector. The letter thanks all those who are working in manufacturing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic
- The Office of the Regulator of Community Interest Companies (CICs) has robust plans in place to maintain services for CICs and protect the welfare of employees during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance for Community Interest Companies (CICs)
- HMRC are delivering a programme of webinars on measures to support employers, employees and the self-employed through this period of disruption caused by COVID-19
- Chancellor waives import taxes on vital medical equipment including ventilators, coronavirus testing kits and protective clothing. Chancellor waives duties and VAT on vital medical imports
- Can you help? Offer coronavirus (COVID-19) support from your business Use this service to tell us how your business might be able to help with the response to coronavirus.
- Guidance and advice for those providing hotel and other accommodation in the UK COVID-19 advice for accommodation providers
- Companies House: guidance if Coronavirus has affected your company and you need more time to file your accounts.
- Due to the unfolding COVID-19 situation, cars and vans and motorcycles due their MOT from 30 March 2020 will have their MOT extended by 6 months. New rules on MOT testing for light vehicles
- For the latest information and advice, UK employers and business owners should visit the official guidance for employers and businesses.
- These pages include further information on grants, bin collections, parking, support and volunteering Leeds Bradford York North Yorkshire
All Chamber members have the benefit Chamber HR – access 24/7 to online HR support including templates for policies and guidance
- Information has been added to the Kickstart Scheme ‘Find someone to apply for a Kickstart Scheme grant on your behalf’ is now added.
- Warning that thermal cameras and other such “temperature screening” products, some of which make direct claims to screen for COVID-19, are not a reliable way to detect if people have the virus. MHRA say don’t rely on temperature screening products for detection of coronavirus.
- New Job Retention Scheme FAQs added (v-12) The update is about clarification on previously announced elements and examples around calculating a claim for flexible furlough – As a Chamber network we have developed a number of FAQs on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
- Military reservists returning to work in the coming months will be eligible for the job retention scheme Reservists returning to civilian work eligible
- People on paternity and maternity leave who return to work in the coming months will be eligible for the government’s furlough scheme. Parents returning to work after extended leave eligible for furlough
- The guidance for employers about multiple coronavirus outbreaks in the workplace has been added. Guidance on the NHS test and trace service for employers, businesses and workers.
- Check which employees you can put on furlough to use the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
- NCSC has published guidance to support businesses moving from physical to digital delivery in response to Covid-19. Security questions to ask your IT service providers during the coronavirus lockdown
- The Information Commissioner’s Office has published guidance covering how employers should handle data if they decide to test employees for Covid-19. ICO guidance on workplace Covid-19 testing
- Furloughed workers planning to take paid parental or adoption leave will be entitled to pay based on their usual earnings rather than a furloughed pay rate. Furloughed workers to receive full parental leave entitlement
- Free impartial support is being offered to help businesses recruit quickly to keep up with the demands of Covid-19, support businesses who have employees at risk of or facing redundancy and to help individuals find new employment opportunities. Here are details for business support and individuals
- Guidance on social distancing in the workplace Advice for employers on social distancing during coronavirus (COVID-19)
- New legislation making major changes to existing employment regulations came into force on Monday 6 April 2020 Employment law changes
- Advice and support while self-isolating or working from home can be found here Coronavirus and your wellbeing
- Workers who have not taken all of their statutory annual leave entitlement due to COVID-19 will now be able to carry it over into the next 2 leave years. Rules on carrying over annual leave to be relaxed to support key industries during COVID-19
- For those with employees who need to stay home with confirmed or possible Coronavirus infection, guidance can be found here Stay at home guidance
- The Rail Delivery Group, has recently issued guidance for employers on train journeys. It asks for support in reducing the number of journeys taken, suggests booking tickets in advance and asks passengers to carry and use hand sanitiser
All Chamber members have access to Chamber Finance Finder. Simply register for a free account, provide the relevant information, and within minutes you’ll be matched to all available finance opportunities on the market, including the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) and Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS). Check your eligibility for these and other COVID-19 funding solutions and track your progress via the online portal find out more information here
UPDATE: ALL Local Restrictions Support Grants are now open for applications – These grants are delivered through local authorities, and are to support local businesses during the 5 November to 2 December 2020 lockdown. Visit your local authority below:
UPDATE: The Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme has been updated with notes on shielding
- The Bounce Back Loan scheme application deadline has been extended to January 31 2021 and new options are available to top up existing loans, extend the loan period, make interest-only repayments, or pause repayments.
- Government extends Furlough to March. The national furlough scheme has been extended by The Chancellor until March 2021. The scheme will continue to pay up to 80% of a person’s wage up to £2,500 a month. The scheme will be reviewed in January 2021.
- Self-Employment Income Support Scheme grant extension. The grant is being extended from 1 November 2020. Find out if you’re eligible and how much you can get.
- People in England will be required by law to self-isolate if they test positive or are contacted by NHS Test and Trace. New legal duty to self-isolate comes into force
- The templates used for submitting a claim for 100 or more employees have been updated. Employers must now include if an employee has returned from statutory leave before being put on furlough.
- If you’ve been offered Kickstart Scheme funding, you can use these resources to show your support for the scheme. You can check here if you are able to apply for the Kickstart Scheme funding.
- The British Business Bank has given banks extra time to approve loans under the state-backed lending schemes. Applications for the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) still have to be received by midnight on 30 September, but lenders will now have two additional months to consider the cases. Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS). FAQs for SMEs with more complex questions that SMEs have been asking Lenders including a Q&A on exporting. You can apply for Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) support delivered by Business Enterprise Fund
- Local Authority Discretionary Grants Fund – Don’t miss your opportunity to apply Bradford, Leeds, York and North Yorkshire. The Discretionary Grant Fund supports small and micro businesses that are not eligible for other grant schemes.
- Page updated – the information has been updated to tell employers about changes to the scheme from 1 Aug 2020. A new section has been added on the maximum number of employees you can claim for. Check if you can claim for your employees’ wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
- New law to ensure furloughed employees receive full redundancy payments is introduced
- The Job Retention Bonus is a one-off payment of £1,000 to employers that have used the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) for each furloughed employee who remains continuously employed until 31 January 2021. The bonus will provide additional support to retain employees. Employers will be able to claim the bonus from February 2021. More information about this scheme will be available by 31 July and full guidance will be published in the Autumn.
- More information about the July 2020 payment on account deferment has been added to Defer your Self Assessment payment on account due to coronavirus
- Information about the VAT payments deferral scheme ending on 30 June 2020 has been added to Deferral of VAT payments due to coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Find out how to pay all or some of your grant back if you’ve over claimed through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. Pay Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme grants back
- How to apply for breathing space to consider a rescue plan for your company, under measures to support companies and other types of business in financial difficulty. Applying for a moratorium under the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020
- Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: step by step guide for employers. Updated with more information about flexible furlough and overpayments
- If you’re claiming for an employee through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme with a temporary National Insurance number, you should contact HMRC.
- Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.Page has been updated to tell employers to use a new template when claiming for more than 100 employees. Download a template if you’re claiming for 100 or more employees
- Information on the ending of the VAT deferral is added to Deferral of VAT payments due to coronavirus
- Find examples to help you calculate your employees’ wages. This page has been updated with new examples to help employers calculate their claims under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.
- Community projects supporting people with their mental health during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic will benefit from their share of £5 million of additional funding. £5 million funding given to mental health community projects
- Government extends maximum loan size available through the Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme from £50 million to £200 million. Larger businesses to benefit from loans of up to £200 million
- Government invests £35 million to protect critical freight routes. Ensuring there is enough freight capacity to prevent disruption to the flow of critical goods, such as food and medical supplies
- A number of private lenders are making funds available to small businesses impacted by Coronavirus, including £2 billion from Lloyds Banking Group and £5 billion from NatWest.
- The Small Charities Challenge Fund (SCCF) is open for grants of up to £50,000 for the very best small British development charities tackling coronavirus.
- HM Treasury and HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) have set out new timelines for tax policy consultations and other work in the light of the current Coronavirus crisis. This includes a three-month extension to a number of consultations
- PPE purchased by care homes, businesses, charities and individuals to protect against Covid-19 will be free from VAT for a three-month period. Treasury cut taxes to reduce PPE costs
- The online service to claim under the Job Retention Scheme is live. Companies will need a Government Gateway ID and password and will need to have enrolled for PAYE online. The following information is required for each employee – name, national insurance number, claim period and claim amount CLAIM NOW A step by step guide for employers has been released details can be found here.
- The Cabinet Office have published a tool for businesses to ascertain what support is available to them. Find coronavirus financial support for your business
- The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has urged insurers to pay out for business interruption claims that covered a coronavirus shutdown
- Future Fund – New government funding announced. Future Fund will issue convertible loans between £125,000 to £5 million to innovative companies which are facing financing difficulties due to the coronavirus outbreak. This scheme is not available yet.
- All firms with a turnover of more than £45 million will now be able to apply for up to £25 million of finance, and up to £50 million for firms with a turnover of more than £250 million. Chancellor expands loan scheme for large businesses
- Delaying import duty payments as a result of Coronavirus. HMRC has released guidance on how to request an extension to the payment period for import duty/import VAT payments. Deferment is not automatic and requires immediate action. The account holder should contact the Duty Deferment Office 03000 594243 or by email email@example.com or the Coronavirus helpline on 0800 024 1222. Account holders will be asked to provide an explanation of how Coronavirus has impacted their business finances and cash flow.
- The Prince’s Trust and NatWest Enterprise Relief Fund The £5million Enterprise Relief Fund will offer grants to 18 to 30-year olds across the UK who are self-employed and/or running their own business. In conjunction with cash grants, the initiative will offer one-to-one support and guidance to anyone who needs it and who may be worried about their future.
- Find out what equipment, services or supplies are taxable if your employees are working from home due to coronavirus Check which expenses are taxable if your employee works from home due to coronavirus
- HMRC Covid-19 tax helpline 08000 241222
- HMRC have produced guidance on temporary changes to the use and supply of denatured alcohol and duty-free spirits, to help businesses who produce hand sanitiser and gel
- Insurers know this is an incredibly difficult time for families and businesses as people seek to make the right decisions for their own health and that of their family. The Association of Business Insurers (ABI) has provided guidance and answers to common questions. If you are unsure what your policy covers you for then check with your insurer or insurance broker.
- Insurance policies are unlikely to cover pandemics or unspecified notifiable diseases, such as COVID-19. However, those businesses which have an insurance policy that covers government ordered closure and pandemics or government ordered closure and unspecified notifiable disease may be able to make a claim
- The government have issued the following guidance Business rates: expanded retail discount – guidance
- Covid Corporate Financing Facility – what steps does my company need to take?
- In response to extensive BRC pressure and widespread consumer demand, the contactless limit for in-store card transactions will increase from £30 to £45. This is being introduced as a measure in response to the coronavirus epidemic, to reduce the need for physical contact with PIN-Entry Devices (PEDs) at points of sale.
- Commercial tenants who cannot pay their rent because of coronavirus will be protected from eviction. Commercial tenants unable to pay rent because of coronavirus will be protected from eviction. Measures support ongoing conversations between landlords and tenants about voluntary arrangements. Latest measure builds on the unprecedented package of support for businesses already announced
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