New Restrictions - England's Roadmap

Chamber Network Summary


Within a national, not regional, model, four main ‘steps’ were outlined for the reopening, each (provisionally) time tabled for 5 weeks after the earlier one.

STEP 4 (no earlier than 21 June)

  • Nightclubs and larger events reopening
  • A review of all Covid-19 measures will be undertaken, which will inform the decision of when the 1 meter rule and requirement of face coverings may be lifted


The indicative dates given are ‘earliest possible’ dates, and could change as the underlying data changes. At present, businesses will return under current health and hygiene requirements.

Progress through the Steps will not be automatic, and will depend on data on 4  measures: vaccination progress; vaccination reducing deaths and hospitalisation; infection  rates relative to NHS capacity; and risks from new variants. Businesses will be given  confirmation that the next step will be activated with at least one week’s notice. A key issue for business communities will be exactly how the measures will be tested, and clarity  over progress towards these goals in near-real time would assist business planning considerably.

There will be separate reviews of various key issues, such as social distancing measures, which we  do not anticipate getting tougher but only weaker for so long as the virus continues to recede; ‘vaccination certificates’; and international travel.

View the full Covid-19 Response Spring 2021: Chamber Network Summary

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.




UPDATE: You should not travel to red or amber list countries or territories. Check the green, amber and red lists. 

UPDATE: A new COVID-19 variant is spreading in some parts of England. Find out what you should do.

UPDATE: From 17 May, you can socialise indoors in a group of up to 6 people or 2 households, including for overnight stays. Up to 30 people can meet outside. Pubs, theatres and other venues can open indoors. Hotels, hostels and B&Bs can open for people on holiday. Read the guidance on what you can do.

  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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)
  • 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.
  • Companies House: guidance if Coronavirus has affected your company and you need more time to file your accounts.

All Chamber members have the benefit of Chamber HR –  access 24/7 to online HR support including templates for policies and guidance

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

If you have any concerns or would like to ask our professional team a question please contact contact our team

Our phone lines are open and we are on hand to answer any questions you may have 01274 230049

HAVE YOUR SAY: As a chamber network we have answered a number of questions around coronavirus, these can be found here  If you have a question that you would like answered about these issues or any other Coronavirus support announced by the government, please email our policy team

Working Safely at the West and North Yorkshire Chamber during the Covid 19 pandemic –  West and North Yorkshire Chamber Covid-19 Office Risk Assessment