The Prime Minister has set out how the government will further simplify and standardise local rules by introducing a three tiered system of local COVID Alert Levels in England.
The “medium” alert level - which will cover most of the country - will consist of the current national measures, which came into force on 25 September. This includes the Rule of Six, and the closure of hospitality at 10pm.
This is for areas with a higher level of infections. This means the following additional measures are in place:
This is for areas with a very high level of infections. The government has set a baseline of measures for any area in this local alert level which includes the below. Consultation with local authorities will determine additional measures.
COVID-19 SAFE WORKING GUIDANCE
The government has developed a tool to help businesses to reopen safely (COVID-secure). This tool encourages businesses to carry out a risk assessment and helps to identify the workplace adjustments that they should make.
Employers have the legal responsibility to protect their employees and other people on site, such as customers and visitors. This tool will help businesses to easily find out what they should do. Employees can also use this tool to check what their workplace needs to do to keep people safe. The tool can be found here.
You can find out what financial support your business is entitled to, using the government's toolkit here.
If you would like to find out more about the advice services offered by the government and HMRC to support businesses, please go here
If you would like to find out about the sector specific support which is available, go here.
The Cabinet Office have produced guidance around the frequently asked questions around the coronavirus outbreak that businesses might like to share with their employees. Find more information here.
You can find a list of contact details for the government's business support and HMRC here. You can also access a range of business videos and webinars on a range of topics.
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