- Schools in the UK closed their doors on 20 March 2020 except for vulnerable pupils or children of key workers.
- All UK bars, pubs, cafes and restaurants closed on 20 March 2020, along with nightclubs, theatres, gyms and leisure centres. A further list of shops and businesses that must close was announced on 23 March 2020.
- On 10 May, the Prime Minister announced that lockdown measures would continue, with some easing this week, and outlined the initial roadmap for lifting current restrictions.
- The reopening plans have been laid out in three phases:
Phase 1: The Prime Minister said that people who cannot work from home should endeavor to go to work. People are now able to take unlimited exercise and use of parks for sport and recreation will be allowed as long as the public adhere to social distancing.
Phase 2: This will address the phased reopening of non-essential retail and schools at the beginning of June.
Phase 3: This will address the reopening of the hospitality industry and public places.
- On 12 May Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced the job retention scheme would be extended to October and confirmed that employees will continue to receive 80% of their monthly wages up to £2,500. But the Government will ask companies to “start sharing” the cost of the scheme from August onwards. Employers currently using the scheme would be able to bring furloughed employees back part-time.
- All non-essential shops can reopen in England from 15 June once they are COVID-19 secure.
The UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy, HM Government
Working safely during COVID-19 in shops and branches, HM Government
Working safely during coronavirus, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
Help and information to keep people safe and healthy at work, Health and Safety Executive
Social distancing for stores and warehouses, British Retail Consortium
Restoring retail confidence checklist, Cushman & Wakefield
Returning to work – Fire safety matters, London Fire Brigade
Business support finder, HM Government – Find out what support is available for your business.
Coronavirus Business Support, HM Government – Find out how to access the support that has been made available, who is eligible, when the schemes open and how to apply
Support for Businesses and Employers, London Growth Hub
Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme – FAQs for SMEs, British Business Bank
Job Retention scheme step by step guide for employers, HM Government
Furlough guide, CIPD
Business Rates – Expanded Retail Discount 2020/21: Coronavirus Response – Local Authority Guidance, Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government
Support for those affected by COVID-19, HM Treasury
Support for Businesses, HM Government
Support if you cannot pay your tax bill on time, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC)
Emergency fund established for community and voluntary sector, Mayor of London
Scheme to support the UK’s self-employed, HM Government
Advice and guidelines:
FAQ for employers, CIPD
Business and continuity planning, London Growth Hub
How to negotiate a rent holiday, London Growth Hub
Terminating and renegotiating existing commercial contracts, London Growth Hub
Guidance for Employers and Businesses on Coronavirus, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy/Public Health England
Poster for employers and businesses, Public Health England
What you need to know, Public Health Matters
Coronavirus infromation for businesses, residents and how to help, Westminster City Council
COVID-10 information leaflet, UK Government
Coronavirus Reference Scenario, Office for Budget Responsibility
Business lockdown checklist, The Retailer
Crime prevention tips, Met Police Business Crime Hub
Six top tips for securing your shop, Safer Business Network
Security and staff safety advice for Pharmacies, The Metropolitan Police
Video conferencing – Using services securely, National Cyber Security Centre
How to protect yourself against Coronavirus scams, National Trading Standards – Scams Team
Advisory: COVID-19 exploited by malicious cyber actors, National Cyber Security Centre
Covid-19 related Fraud Risk, Fraud Advisory Panel
Mandate fraud guidance, Government Counter Fraud Function
A message to businesses in Westminster, from Head of Neighbourhood Policing for Central West Basic Command Unit, Superintendent Mark Lawrence
Why most businesses can’t claim for Coronavirus losses, Big Hospitality
How to deal with your employees during COVID-19, UK Hospitality
Advice for licensed premises in the night time economy, Night Time Economy Solutions
Coronavirus: Essential employee factsheet, Big Hospitality