Guidance: COVID-19: guidance for employees, employers and businesses

Public Health England

March 20
16:28 2020

Guidance for employers and businesses on COVID-19 poster

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This guidance will assist employers and businesses in providing advice to their staff on:

  • the novel coronavirus, COVID-19
  • how to help prevent spread of COVID-19
  • what to do if someone has symptoms of COVID-19 has been in business settings
  • eligibility for sick pay

This guidance also provides details of support available to businesses including:

  • statutory sick pay relief package for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)
  • a 12-month business rates holiday for all retail, hospitality and leisure businesses in England
  • small business grant funding of 10,000 for all business in receipt of small business rate relief or rural rate relief
  • grant funding of 25,000 for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses with property with a rateable value between 15,000 and 51,000
  • the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme to support long-term viable businesses who may need to respond to cash-flow pressures by seeking additional finance
  • the HMRC Time To Pay Scheme to help with tax
Published 25 February 2020
Last updated 20 March 2020 +show all updates
  1. Added further details about the Small Business Grant Scheme and the Retail and Hospitality Grant Scheme.

  2. Added details about how to access evidence for work absence.

  3. Eligibility and access to schemes: details added.

  4. Added guidance poster.

  5. Further business support announced by the Chancellor on 17 March 2020 added.

  6. Updated guidance.

  7. Updated advice on specified countries or areas.

  8. First published.

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