Coronavirus (COVID-19): what you need to do

Stay at home

  • Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (but only if you cannot work from home)
  • If you go out, stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people at all times
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home

Do not meet others, even friends or family.

You can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms.

News and communications

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Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

  1. £20 million for ambitious technologies to build UK resilience following coronavirus outbreak

    Businesses to help boost the UK’s resilience to the long-term impact of coronavirus and similar future situations as a result of £20 million government funding.

  2. COP26 postponement

    The COP26 UN climate change conference set to take place in Glasgow in November has been postponed due to COVID-19.

  3. Business Secretary's statement on coronavirus (COVID-19): 1 April 2020

    Business Secretary Alok Sharma gave the 1 April 2020 daily press briefing on the government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  4. National Minimum and Living Wage increases come into effect

    The 2020 National Living Wage comes into effect today (Wednesday 1 April), a 6.2% increase on the previous rate.

  5. High street benefits from £22 billion grants and business rates package

    Today high streets begin to receive £22 billion coronavirus boost, with grants of up to £25,000 already being paid into bank accounts of high street businesses

  6. Coronavirus (COVID-19): letter to the construction sector

    Letter from the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Alok Sharma, to the UK's construction sector.

  7. Call for businesses to help make NHS ventilators

    We are looking for businesses to support in the production and supply of ventilators and ventilator components.

  8. Regulations temporarily suspended to fast-track supplies of PPE to NHS staff and protect companies hit by COVID-19

    New measures announced today will give vital support to frontline NHS staff battling COVID-19 and support businesses under pressure as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

  9. Rules on carrying over annual leave to be relaxed to support key industries during COVID-19

    Workers who have not taken all of their statutory annual leave entitlement due to COVID-19 will now be able to carry it over into the next 2 leave years.

  10. Government to suspend competition law to support Isle of Wight ferry routes

    Competition law to be temporarily suspended to allow ferry operators to maintain a crucial lifeline between the island and the mainland.

  11. UK energy statistics: statistical press release - March 2020

    March 2020 editions of Energy Trends and Energy Prices published.

  12. Companies to receive 3-month extension period to file accounts during COVID-19

    Businesses will be given an additional 3 months to file accounts with Companies House to help companies avoid penalties as they deal with the impact of COVID-19.

  13. Extra protection for businesses with ban on evictions for commercial tenants who miss rent payments

    Commercial tenants who cannot pay their rent because of coronavirus will be protected from eviction.

  14. Vaccine trials among recipients of £20 million coronavirus research investment

    Trials of new coronavirus vaccine among 6 projects to receive share of £20 million.

  15. UK launches whole genome sequence alliance to map spread of coronavirus

    The £20 million investment could help public health agencies combat COVID-19 and future pandemics.

  16. Coronavirus - Business support to launch from today

    Businesses will be able to access government support from today (Monday 23 March) to keep operating in the face of the global economic emergency brought on by coronavirus.

  17. Government sets out plans to enforce closure of businesses and other venues

    Local government will be responsible for enforcing regulations requiring those businesses asked to close.

  18. Chancellor announces workers’ support package

    Chancellor Rishi Sunak announces package to support workers as government confirms further measures to keep people safe

  19. State of UK competition report: commission to the CMA

    A commission from government to the Competition and Markets Authority to produce a regular state of competition report.

  20. Supermarkets to join forces to feed the nation

    Competition laws relaxed to allow supermarkets to work together on coronavirus response.