Guide last updated 16.08.2021
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Phone: 0800 998 1098
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deal with the economic impacts of coronavirus. For further information please click here.
Derby City Council have released a webpage dedicated to ‘Health and Safety During the Coronavirus Pandemic’. View the page here.
The UK has moved to step 4 of the roadmap on Monday 19th July.
The working safely during coronavirus guidance (England) has now been updated and is valid from 19 July. Some of the key aspects are noted below, although it’s important that businesses review all the relevant information as there includes much specific detail for each sector.
• Businesses still have a legal duty to manage risks to those affected by their business. Every business should complete a risk assessment, which includes the risk of Covid-19. You can find useful information on how to do this via the Health and Safety Executive (HSE)
• Consult workers on how they work and how they may manage the risks from COVID-19, so that consensus can be built about the approach taken. (For example, this may include giving staff the choice to wear face coverings, despite this no longer being a legal requirement in close contact and retail settings)
• Workers and customers that feel unwell must not attend the business venue/workplace
• It is advised that face coverings are ‘encouraged’ for workers or customers in enclosed and crowded spaces – although there is no longer a legal requirement in retail or close contact settings
• Consider using signage and visual aids to give people clear guidance on expected customer behaviour and how they can reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19, including measures which they can take while in the store, venue or workplace, and that they should not enter if they are unwell
• It remains especially important to clean surfaces that receive a lot of contact from staff and customers
• Consider encouraging sanitisation measures, such as hand sanitizer and washing, and providing access to these measures on entry
• Consider reducing contact between people where practical, which could include minimising activity/contact time, the use of screens and barriers, and increased sanitisation measures
• Prioritise adequate ventilation throughout premises and small, enclosed spaces in particular – either using doors, windows and vents, or via mechanical ventilation
• Close contact services and betting shops are encouraged to continue to support NHS Test and Trace through the provision of NHS QR code posters and a manual record system for those without the app
• For restaurants, pubs, bars, nightclubs and takeaway services, you are encouraged to continue to support NHS Test and Trace through the provision of NHS QR code posters and a manual record system for those without the app. You do not have to ask people to check in or turn people away if they do not.
• The government will work with organisations that operate large, crowded settings (for example, nightclubs) where people are likely to be in close proximity to a large number of those from other households to use the NHS COVID Pass as a condition of entry. The government will publish more guidance on using the NHS COVID Pass shortly.
Guidance for people who work in or run outdoor working environments. Read more here
Guidance for people who work in settings related to events and visitor attractions. Read more here
Guidance for people who work in or run hotels or other guest accommodation. Read more here
Guidance for people who work in or run offices, factories, plants, warehouses, labs and research facilities and similar indoor environments. Read more here
Guidance for people who work in or run restaurants, pubs, bars, cafes, nightclubs or takeaways. Read more here
Guidance for people who work in or run shops, branches, stores or similar environments and for people who provide close contact services, including hairdressers and beauticians. Read more here
You may be eligible for loans, tax relief and cash grants. Use the business support finder to see what support is available for you and your business.
Take advantage of the free webinars that have been launched by HMRC to help and support if your
business is affected by coronavirus (COVID -19). To register and watch the free the webinars please click
The Restart Grant scheme has now closed. If you have applied and not yet received your monies, please
contact Derby City Council
The Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) has now closed. If you have applied and not yet received your monies, please
contact Derby City Council
The Recovery Loan Scheme will ensure businesses continue to benefit from Government-guaranteed finance throughout 2021.
With non-essential retail and outdoor hospitality reopening, Ministers have ensured that appropriate support is still available to businesses to protect jobs. Businesses – ranging from coffee shops and restaurants, to hairdressers and gyms – and can access loans varying in size from £25,000, up to a maximum of £10 million. Invoice and asset finance is available from £1,000.
Further information can be found here
The government announced, Businesses that took out government-backed Bounce Back Loans to get through Covid-19 will now have greater flexibility to repay their loans.
• Bounce Back Loan borrowers will now have the option to tailor payments according to their individual circumstances • Government provides an option to delay all repayments for a further six months
• Pay as You Grow will be available to over 1.4 million businesses, which collectively took out nearly £45 billion through the Bounce Back Loan Scheme
• For further information please click here.
The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been extended until 30 September 2021.
Claim for 80% of your employee’s wages plus any employer National Insurance and pension contributions, if you have put them on furlough or flexible furlough because of coronavirus (COVID-19). Further details please click here.
A step by step guide has been prepared to explain the information that employers need to provide to
HMRC to make a claim through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. It also describes the processes
involved, to view please click here.
Find out how to pay all or some of your grant back if you’ve overclaimed through the Coronavirus Job
Retention Scheme here
As part of the government’s Plan for Jobs, a new £2 billion Kickstart Scheme will create hundreds of
thousands of new, fully subsidised jobs for young people across the country. There will also be extra
funding to support young people to build their experience and help them move into sustained
employment after they have completed their Kickstart funded job.
Employers will receive funding for 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week,
plus associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum auto-enrolment
For further information please click here
If you are a small- or medium-sized business, you may be entitled to reclaim the costs of Statutory Sick
Pay (SSP) for sickness absence due to COVID-19:
• This refund will cover up to two weeks’ SSP per eligible employee who are either ill or been told to
self-isolate because of COVID-19. This is in line with the recommended isolation period. To view
Guidance on self-isolation please click here.
• Employers with fewer than 250 employees will be eligible. The size of an employer will be determined by the number of people they employed as of 28 February 2020. If you’re an employer, find out if you can use Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme, to view click here.
• Employers will be able to reclaim expenditure for any employee who has claimed SSP (according to
the new eligibility criteria) because of COVID-19. How to use the Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme to claim back employees’ coronavirus-related Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) to view click here.
• Employers should maintain records of staff absences, but employees will not need to provide a GP fit note.
• The eligible period for the scheme began on 13th March.
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