COVID-19: guidance for employees, employers and businesses

Guidance for employees, employers and businesses in providing advice about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).


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:

  • a Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
  • deferring VAT and Income Tax payments
  • Self-employment Income Support Scheme
  • statutory sick pay relief package for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)
  • a 12-month business rates holiday for all retail, hospitality, leisure and nursery 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
  • a new lending facility from the Bank of England to help support liquidity among larger firms, helping them bridge coronavirus disruption to their cash flows through loans
  • the HMRC Time To Pay Scheme to help with tax
Published 25 February 2020
Last updated 26 March 2020 + show all updates
  1. Added details about the Self-employment Income Support Scheme.

  2. Added poster.

  3. Added details about protection from eviction for commercial tenants and extension of BID arrangements.

  4. Further guidance added about commercial insurance policies in relation to COVID-19.

  5. Guidance added for local authorities on administering Small Business Grant Fund and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund.

  6. The Covid-19 Corporate Financing Facility is now open. Added information about businesses in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.

  7. Updated eligibility criteria for COVID-19 Corporate Financing Facility to include the Bank of England's eligibility criteria.

  8. Updated with information on Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan scheme, now open.

  9. We have added details on the business rates holiday for nursery businesses.

  10. Added further details about the Small Business Grant Scheme and the Retail and Hospitality Grant Scheme.

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

  12. Eligibility and access to schemes: details added.

  13. Added guidance poster.

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

  15. Updated guidance.

  16. Updated advice on specified countries or areas.

  17. First published.