If you haven’t had time to check out the current COVID-19 guidance here is a summary to date, plus a few links for further reading:
This includes a package of measures to support businesses including:
- Statutory Sick Pay relief package for SMEs for those with fewer than 250 employees
- 12-month business rates holiday for all retail, hospitality and leisure businesses in England for tax year 2020-2021
- Small business grant funding of £10,000 or £25,000 for all business in receipt of small business rate relief or rural rate relief
- Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme offering loans of up to £5 million for SMEs through the British Business Bank interest free for 6months
- New Bank of England lending facility to help support liquidity among larger firms (£41m+ t/o) helping them bridge coronavirus disruption to their cash flows through loans
- HMRC Time To Pay Scheme help with tax bill on case by case basis
This guidance will assist employers, businesses and their staff in addressing coronavirus (COVID-19) and may be updated in line with the changing situation.It’s good practice for employers to:
- Keep everyone updated on actions being taken to reduce risks of exposure in the workplace
- Ensure employees who are in a vulnerable group are strongly advised to follow social distancing guidance
- Make sure everyone’s contact numbers and emergency contact details are up to date
- Make sure managers know how to spot symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) and are clear on any relevant processes, for example sickness reporting and sick pay, and procedures in case someone in the workplace is potentially infected and needs to take the appropriate action
- Make sure there are places to wash hands for 20 seconds with soap and water, and encourage everyone to do so regularly
- Provide hand sanitiser and tissues for staff, and encourage them to use them
Several game dealers are now stopping intake of wild deer this is due to the closures in the hospitality trade. There will come a time when people will begin to reduce their spending as incomes fall and circumstances change.
There will be opportunities for businesses to adapt and develop new ranges. Supermarkets will be reducing the range of their products quite quickly so there could be opportunities to fill these gaps.
And finally it’s great to see that retailers are classed as Key Workers as the definition of a Key worker in the Food and Drink sector is:
A key worker is a public sector or private sector employee who is considered to provide an essential service.
Food and other necessary goods group – This includes those involved in food production, processing, distribution, sale and delivery, as well as those essential to the provision of other key goods (for example hygienic and veterinary medicines).