Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for local government

Guidance for local councils during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

In the Budget on 11 March 2020, the Chancellor announced a package of measures to provide support for public services, individuals and businesses to ensure the impact of coronavirus is minimised.

Since then, the government has announced further measures and guidance to tackle the outbreak of coronavirus.

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Domestic abuse safe accommodation

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Planning and building safety


Public health

Pubs and restaurants


Social care

See also Public Health England’s:

Published 17 March 2020
Last updated 8 April 2020 + show all updates
  1. Added link to: Coronavirus (COVID-19): providing unpaid care

  2. Added links to COVID-19: changes to neighbourhood planning COVID-19: advice to local authorities on prioritising waste collections

  3. Added letter to councils about local authority meetings and postponement of elections.

  4. Added a link to COVID-19 health, care and volunteer workers parking pass and concession.

  5. Added links to: Guidance for care of the deceased with suspected or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) New advice for safe funerals after discussions with faith leaders COVID-19: guidance for the public on mental health and wellbeing Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for people with animals COVID-19: guidance for domestic abuse safe accommodation provision Coronavirus (COVID-19): Energy Performance Certificates Councils given new powers to hold public meetings remotely Cash support for food redistribution during coronavirus outbreak

  6. Added links to: Coronavirus (COVID-19): admission and care of people in care homes COVID-19: infection prevention and control £300 million announced for community pharmacies to support them during coronavirus outbreak Business rates: coronavirus response and updated guidance Planning update letter (March 2020)

  7. Added links to: Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on vulnerable children and young people Coronavirus (COVID-19): business support grant funding - guidance for local authorities Coronavirus (COVID-19): notification of data controllers to share information

  8. Added link to: Changes to the Care Act 2014 to help local authorities prioritise care and support during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

  9. Added link to MHCLG's daily bulletin.

  10. Added link to: Allocations of additional funding to local authorities.

  11. Added links to: Remediation and COVID-19 Building Safety update – 27 March 2020 COVID-19 and renting: guidance for landlords, tenants and local authorities

  12. Added link to: Fraud control in emergency management: COVID-19 UK Government guide

  13. Added links to: COVID-19 advice for accommodation providers COVID-19: guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable

  14. Added Guidance setting out details of eligibility and delivery of the Small Business Grants Fund (SBGF) and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund (RHLGF); Guidance for employees, employers and businesses in providing advice about the coronavirus; Guidance for providers of safe accommodation with support for victims of domestic abuse and their children; Extra protection for businesses with ban on evictions for commercial tenants who miss rent payments; Guidance to billing authorities on council tax hardship fund; Planning Inspectorate guidance on site visits, hearings, inquiries and events.

  15. Added links to: Business rates: nursery (childcare) discount 2020 to 2021: coronavirus response – local authority guidance; Guidance for businesses and other venues subject to further social distancing measures; and Major new measures to protect people at highest risk from Coronavirus

  16. Added link to Guidance about maintaining educational provision for schools, colleges and local authorities.

  17. Added links on: Guidance for schools and local authorities on free school meals arrangements during the coronavirus outbreak; and Procurement Policy Note that gives information and guidance on public procurement regulations and responding to the coronavirus outbreak.

  18. Added links to: Business rates: expanded retail discount 2020 to 2021: coronavirus response – local authority guidance; Complete ban on evictions and additional protection for renters; COVID-19: ethical framework for adult social care; and COVID-19: residential care, supported living and home care guidance.

  19. Added links to 'Government to grant permission for pubs and restaurants to operate as takeaways as part of coronavirus response' and '£3.2 million emergency support for rough sleepers during coronavirus outbreak'.

  20. First published.