Current Status and Resources

 

  • London moved to Tier 2 Covid-19 measures from Saturday 17 October 2020. Under this “high” alert level, there is a ban on households mixing indoors, including in pubs and restaurants. Find out more here.
  • On 9 October, Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak announced an expansion of the Job Support Scheme for businesses that are required to close as a result of coronavirus restrictions during winter. The Government will pay two-thirds of employees’ salaries up to a maximum of £2,100 a month and offer cash grants for businesses required to close in local lockdowns of up to £3,000 per month. For more information, please click here.
  • A new Job Support Scheme, designed for employees working at least a third of their normal hours, will be introduced from 1 November and will run for six months. Employers will continue to pay the wages of staff for the hours they work – but for the hours not worked, the government and the employer will each pay one third of their equivalent salary.
  • The cut in VAT to 5% for the hospitality and tourism sector has been extended until 31 March.
  • Firms that took government loans during the crisis will have longer to pay them back and companies that deferred their VAT bill will no longer have to pay a lump sum in March. Find out more here.
  • All hospitality venues must operate with table service only, excluding takeaways, and must be closed between 10pm and 5am. This includes takeaways but delivery services can continue after 10pm.
  • Office workers who can work from home should do so over the winter. Anyone else who cannot work from home should go to their place of work.

 


Support

Job Support Scheme factsheet, UK Government

Check if you’re eligible for the coronavirus Local Restrictions Support Grant, UK Government

Job Support Scheme Expansion for Closed Business Premises, UK Government

Business support finder, UK Government – Find out what support is available for your business.

Coronavirus Business Support, UK 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, UK Government

Furlough guide, CIPD

Claim for your employee’s wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, UK Government

Check if your employer can use the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, UK Government

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, UK 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, UK Government

 


Advice and guidelines

Covid-19 local level alert posters, UK Government

Local COVID alert levels: what you need to know, UK Government

Find out the coronavirus restrictions in a local area, UK Government

Introducing the NHS Covid-19 App, NHS Test & Trace

Which venues in England should display the official NHS QR code poster?, NHS

How to Create a QR Poster for Your Venue, NHS Test & Trace

Tips for How to Display Your QR Poster, NHS Test & Trace

How to Use QR Codes to Check Into a Venue, NHS Test & Trace

Code of Practice for Commercial Property, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

Guidance for queue management with social distancing, Westminster City Council

Off sales guidance for pubs, bars, and restaurants offering a take away service, Metropolitan Police

Central hub with advice and guidance for employers, CIPD

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

Webinars on employment law topics and employment relations, Acas

COVID-19 information leaflet, UK Government

Coronavirus Reference Scenario, Office for Budget Responsibility

 


Transport

Stations, lifts, escalators, works and closures, TfL

Find a Santander docking station, TfL

Cycle parking near Marble Arch and Edgware Road, Bike Data

Walking times between stations on the same line, TfL

Central London journeys that could be quicker to walk, TfL

Active Travel Toolkit, TfL

Briefing for businesses, TfL

Cycle to work Scheme – Guidance for employers, TfL

Free cycle training for people who live or work in Westminster, City of Westminster

Local car parks, Marble Arch London BID

 


Security

Communicating with a face covering – Things to consider for security personnel, CPNI

Security guidance for reopening,  Counter Terrorism Policing Headquarters

Look Up, Look Out Briefing Sheet for Staff, Metropolitan Police

Look Up, Look Out A5 Leaflet, Metropolitan Police

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

Guidance on good personnel security, CPNI

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

 


Hospitality

Advice for pubs, bars and restaurants on how to safely re-open, Westminster City Council

Reopening the Hospitality Sector – Licensing Update, Westminster City Council

Apply for a pavement licence, Westminster City Council – New pavement licences replace Westminster’s existing fast-track table and chairs licences

Register your establishment for the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme, UK Government

Eat Out to Help Out Scheme promotional materials, UK Government

VAT: reduced rate for hospitality, holiday accommodation and attractions, UK Government

Test and trace guidance: Maintaining records of staff, customers and visitors, UK Government

Covid-19 secure advice and risk assessments for hospitality businesses, UK Hospitality

TfL briefing for leisure and hospitality businesses, TfL

Resources and support for the hospitality industry, Code

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

 

Recovery

Recovery Plan, Marble Arch London BID

Check if you should go back into work, UK Government

Working safely tool, UK Government

Working safely during coronavirus – guidance for all workplace settings, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

Staying Covid-19 secure in 2020 poster, Health & Safety Executive

Getting back to work: Recommended suppliers, Marble Arch London BID

The UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy, UK Government

Getting your workplace ready for COVID-19, WHO

Help and information to keep people safe and healthy at work, Health and Safety Executive

COVID-19: returning to the workplace, CIPD

Advice to retailers hiring additional staff to manage queues, SIA

Social distancing for stores and warehouses, British Retail Consortium

Restoring retail confidence checklist, Cushman & Wakefield

Returning to work – Fire safety matters, London Fire Brigade