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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Advice and guidance for small businesses and the self-employed

Last updated 23 December 2021 10:05 | Advice and guidance on reducing the risks from the Coronavirus (COVID-19) virus to you and your business

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New support measures 

New support measures were announced on 21 December 2021, including the return of the national COVID statutory sick pay rebate and £1 billion of new grants for businesses in England. Read FSB's response hereBusinesses in the hospitality and leisure sectors in England will be eligible for one-off grants of up to £6,000 per premises, plus more than £100 million discretionary funding will be made available for local authorities to support other businesses. Read our guide to COVID-19 funding for businesses.

Alert level two announced in Wales

From 26 December 2021, Wales will move to alert level two, which includes two metre social distancing requirements in public premises, the return of the rule of six, table service in licensed premises and attendance limits at events. Read FSB's response here.

A new funding package has been announced for hospitality, retail and leisure businesses in Wales. Read FSB's response here.

New restrictions in Scotland

The First Minister announced on 21 December 2021 that a range of new restrictions will be deployed in Scotland in the days following Christmas, including attendance limits at events and a return to physical distancing measures for hospitality and retail firms. In addition, new business support funding was outlined for businesses in Scotland. Read FSB's response here. 

England moves to Plan B

On 8 December 2021, the Government announced that England was moving into COVID-19 response ‘Plan B’

  • The legal requirement to wear a face covering has been extended to most public indoor venues, including theatres and cinemas, with certain exemptions. Read our frequently asked questions about face coverings for your business. You can also read the Government guidance here.
  • Working from home has been reintroduced. Where you have to go to your workplace, the government requests that you reduce your contacts there to reduce transmission.
  • The NHS COVID Pass is mandatory for entry into nightclubs and venues where large crowds gather. This includes unseated indoor venues with more than 500 people, unseated outdoor venues with more than 4,000 people and any venue with more than 10,000 people. The NHS COVID Pass can still be obtained with two doses of the vaccine, but the government is keeping this under review as the booster vaccines are rolled out. Alternatively, a negative lateral flow test can be shown. There will be a small number of exemptions for medical reasons and for those on clinical trials. Read guidance from the ICO on keeping your customer's personal data safe.
  • New daily testing guidance has been introduced for contacts of positive cases.

What is the latest guidance?

With the rapidly changing nature of the COVID-19 outbreak, information and advice from Government can change quickly. The best and most up to date source for guidance and information remains the Government website for your country. Find out more about restrictions in your area by choosing a country below. 

Key information

Funding sources for businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic
Article Tue, 21 December 2021

Funding sources for businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic

National grants and schemes available to small businesses and the self-employed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Face coverings: What are the rules for businesses?
Article Fri, 10 December 2021

Face coverings: What are the rules for businesses?

Our legal experts answer your frequently asked questions about the new rules on face masks across the UK and what your business should do.

Pay As You Grow and COVID loan repayment support
Article Wed, 26 May 2021

Pay As You Grow and COVID loan repayment support

Resources and helplines you can turn to for advice regarding Pay As You Grow and repaying coronavirus loans if you’re experiencing financial difficulty.

We're Recovery Ready, are you?

As the UK enters the next phase of recovery, we’re here to support you through business recovery and growth. With challenges like the end of furlough, managing cash flow and rising costs on the horizon, our new hub is home to free resources and guides designed to help you thrive and grow.

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Looking after your mental health

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has left a deep and lasting impact on the mental health of millions in our country. Research from Mind revealed more than half of adults and over two thirds of young people said their mental health deteriorated during lockdown. Finding simple ways to manage your mental health and that of your colleagues, friends and employees is vital.

Key resources

Checklist: Looking after your mental health during COVID-19
Article Tue, 06 October 2020

Checklist: Looking after your mental health during COVID-19

FSB Care share advice for looking after your mental health and where you can go if you need support.

Checklist: How to support your employees’ mental health
Article Mon, 28 September 2020

Checklist: How to support your employees’ mental health

Download our checklist from FSB Care on how you can support the mental health of your employees during COVID-19.

Resources to support your mental health during COVID-19
Article Wed, 29 April 2020

Resources to support your mental health during COVID-19

Resources to help support the mental health of yourself and others during the COVID-19 pandemic

Further resources

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