Covid-19 Business Closures What You Need to Know

In response to the global coronavirus pandemic, the Government has ordered certain businesses and venues to close.

Where businesses continue to operate, employers need to take steps to facilitate employees working from home where possible.

For employees who cannot work from home, employers should ensure social distancing guidelines are in-place within workspaces.

Below is a list of frequently asked questions we have received since the Government ordered some businesses to close.

Coronavirus Business Closures Frequently Asked Questions


Does my business need to close?

The link below is to a list on the official government website.

If your business is on this list, it must close.

The exceptions are also listed via the link below and the Government have said that it is important for businesses to carry where possible.

The Government have urged businesses to take steps to facilitate working from home, where possible. People who can’t work from home can still travel to work.


If my business must temporarily close, what does that mean for my employees?

The government have announced a wide ranging package of measures to provide financial support to business which can’t operate as normal during the outbreak.

This package includes the Coronavirus job retention scheme; you should consider carefully what help is available.

Use the link below to find out what support is available to your business to help you look after your employees.


If my business must temporarily close, what does that mean for my stock and premises?

A statement on the Government’s Business Support website states that, “Businesses should leave all premises secure with the appropriate level of security surveillance”.


Who is allowed to travel to work if my business doesn’t have to close?

If your employees cannot work from home then they can still travel to work, provided they nor anyone in their household are showing coronavirus symptoms.


If your employees are showing coronavirus symptoms or living with anyone showing coronavirus symptoms, they should stay at home and not come into work.

Employees who are extremely vulnerable should follow the shielding guidelines and should not come into work.

More details can be found on the Government website using the link below.

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