Advice for businesses - Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Government guidance for businesses on social distancing - Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The government has published advice for employers on social distancing during coronavirus (COVID-19).

It includes advice for

  • Shops running a pick-up or delivery service
  • Working in people’s homes as a tradesperson, cleaner or nanny
  • Construction
  • Manufacturing and processing businesses
  • Retail
  • Logistics businesses
  • Outdoor businesses
  • Farming: visiting farms for animal health and welfare
  • Fishing or other short-term offshore work
  • Cargo-shipping or other long-term offshore work
  • Transport businesses
  • Waste management businesses

Read the full guidance.

Business support

In England, under the retail, hospitality and leisure grant businesses in England in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors are eligible for cash grants of up to £25,000 per property. Eligible businesses in these sectors with a property that has a rateable value of up to £15,000 will receive a grant of £10,000. Eligible businesses in these sectors with a property that has a rateable value of between £15,001 and £51,000 will receive a grant of £25,000. Businesses with a rateable value of over £51,000 are not included in this scheme. Find out more.

Small business grants of £10,000 are also available for businesses who were in occupation of their premises and were the ratepayer on 11 March and already receive small business rate relief or rural rate relief. Find out more.

Business rates

In England the government is providing a business rates holiday for businesses in the retail, hospitality and/or leisure sector. This is being automatically applied to business rates bills. Find out more.

Further information

This guidance will be updated regularly as the situation develops. For businesses and others who have further questions related to this guidance, or the measures outlined within the guidance, please visit gov.uk.