England has entered a National Lockdown. The advice is: You must stay at home. The advice on what you can and cannot do during the national lockdown is available on the GOV.UK website. You should follow this guidance immediately.
To reduce social contact, the regulations require some businesses to close and impose restrictions on how some businesses provide goods and services. The full guidance on businesses and venues can be found on GOV.UK.
To help affected businesses to navigate this uncertain time, the government has issued a number of support initiatives, set out below.
Coronavirus (COVID‑19) support is available to employers and the self-employed, including sole traders and limited company directors. You may be eligible for loans, tax relief and cash grants, whether your business is open or closed. Use the Government’s business support finder to see what support is available for you and your business.
Businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors are to receive a one-off grant worth up to £9,000, the Chancellor has announced.
The cash is provided on a per-property basis to support businesses through the latest restrictions and is expected to benefit over 600,000 business properties, worth £4 billion in total across all nations of the UK.
Further guidance and information on how to access the grants will be released shortly. View the full announcement on GOV.UK.
Check if you can claim a grant through the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme. If your self-employed or a member of a partnership and have been impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19) find out if you can use this scheme to claim a grant.