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BCC – Official guidance from UK government

For the latest information and advice, UK employers and business owners should visit the official guidance for employers and businesses. Businesses should check for daily updates and subscribe to receive email alerts to ensure they are acting on the most up to date information.

On 23 June, the Prime Minister Boris Johnson set out further changes to lockdown measures in England to enable people to see more of their friends and family, help businesses get back on their feet and get people back in their jobs. From Saturday 4 July, pubs, restaurants and hairdressers will be able to reopen, providing they adhere to COVID Secure guidelines. Review the guidance on the further easing of Coronavirus restrictions from 4 July 2020. The guidance is subject to devolved powers and there may be differences in the approaches taken in ScotlandWales and Northern Ireland.

Guidance and support for business

Opening certain businesses and venues in England from 4 July 2020

On 23 June 2020, the Prime Minister announced further easements of the Coronavirus restrictions as part of Step Three of the government’s plan to return life to as near normal as we can.

In addition, all businesses and venues can reopen from 4 July, except for the list below, which remain closed by law:

  • Nightclubs
  • Casinos
  • Bowling alleys and Indoor skating rinks
  • Indoor play areas including soft-play
  • Spas
  • Nail bars, beauty salons and tanning salons
  • Massage, tattoo and piercing parlours
  • Indoor fitness and dance studios, and indoor gyms and sports venues/facilities
  • Swimming pools including water parks
  • Exhibition or conference centres must remain closed for events such as exhibitions or conferences, other than for those who work for the business or organisation who run the venue.

Cafes, restaurants and shops that are self-contained and can be accessed from the outside, will still be permitted to open.

The UK government will continue to phase reopening and hope to reopen other close-contact businesses as soon as possible.

All other businesses and venues can reopen from 4 July. Examples are available here including links to guidance to ensure their safe-reopening.

Working safely during Coronavirus

The government has updated the guidance for businesses on working safely during Coronavirus. In consultation with industry, this guidance has been produced to help ensure workplaces are as safe as possible. There are 8 guides which cover a range of different types of work. Many businesses operate more than one type of workplace, such as an office, factory and fleet of vehicles. You may need to use more than one of these guides as you think through what you need to do to keep people safe.

Further guidance for employers and businesses including:

Coronavirus Business Support

A full range of business support measures have been made available to UK businesses and employees.

This page helps businesses find out how to access the support that has been made available, who is eligible, when the schemes open and how to apply.

The UK government’s Coronavirus business support hub brings together key information for businesses including on funding and support, business closures, your responsibilities as an employer and managing your business as well as information for self-employed people and sole traders.

Code of practice for the commercial property sector

The UK government has published a code of practice to encourage commercial tenants and landlords to work together to protect viable businesses.

Support to self employed individuals

The Chancellor announced on 26 March that millions of self-employed individuals will receive direct cash grants though the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme, a ground-breaking UK-wide scheme for those whose income has been impacted by the Coronavirus.

Test and trace

The new NHS Test and Trace service launched across England on 28 May.

The new guidance means that those who have been in close contact with someone who tests positive must isolate for 14 days, even if they have no symptoms.

Take a look at the NHS test and trace workplace guidance and the Q&A for external stakeholders.


The UK government’s online service for booking a Coronavirus test is now live, and you can apply for testing here.

Social distancing

The most effective way to prevent the spread of Coronavirus is to stay at home and away from others by social distancing. Review the official guidance from UK government.

Additional support for business:

  • Coronavirus Business Support Campaign – Communications Toolkit
  • ACAS has published information for employees and employers, including information on simple steps to help protect the health and safety of staff, sick pay and absence from work.
  • More information on business interruption insurance.
  • Crime – to minimise the risk to queues of people in social distancing, organisations can take practical and steps to deter or disrupt a Vehicle As a Weapon Attack. Please see the CPNI advice note on Protecting pedestrian queues from Vehicle As a Weapon Attack.
  • On 24 May, a new £50 million fund for councils across England was announced to prepare for the safe reopening of high streets and other retail spaces. Find more information here.
  • As an emergency response to Coronavirus, Companies House has developed a temporary online service to upload a number of completed forms and send them to Companies House digitally.

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