Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates

There are three simple actions we must all do to keep on protecting each other:

Wash hands
Keep washing your hands regularly

Cover face
Wear a face covering in enclosed spaces

Make space
Stay at least two metres apart, or one metre with a face covering or other precautions

Postcode checker: find out the Local COVID Alert Level in your area

If you have coronavirus symptoms:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste

Get a test and stay at home

Business guidance

Business Companion has a whole section dedicated to helping businesses during the pandemic. It can be found in the Business in Focus area of the website.


Updated guidance from the Scottish and Welsh governments
The governments of Scotland and Wales have both updated their coronavirus (COVID-19) business guidance. More >

Updated Government guidance on working safely
The Government has updated its guidance on working safely during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. More >

Wedding cancellations and coronavirus
The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has published advice on cancellations and refunds in light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic's impact on weddings. More >

Government guidance on working safely
The Government has updated its guidance for a number of sectors on working safely during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic: More >

Nursery and early years sector: COVID-19 restrictions and consumer law
The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has published advice to help nurseries and early years providers understand how consumer law applies to arrangements they make with parents during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. More >

New Scottish Government coronavirus guidance
The Scottish Government has published new guidance for the events and retail sectors, including close-contact services such as hairdressers and beauty salons. More >

Face masks and underage sales
From 24 July in England, it will be compulsory to wear a face covering in shops (it is already compulsory in Scotland, but not in Wales). More >

Free online advice to help small businesses recover from COVID-19
The Recovery Advice for Business scheme, supported by the Government and hosted on the Enterprise Nation website, will give small firms access to free, one-to-one advice with an expert adviser to help them through the coronavirus pandemic and to prepare for long-term recovery. More >

CMA and trade bodies' joint statement against price gouging
This joint warning comes as the CMA and various trade associations remain concerned that some retailers have been raising prices unfairly. More >

Government outlines support for pubs, cafes and restaurants
The UK Government has published information for pubs, restaurants and cafes on plans to make it easier and safer to serve customers outdoors. More >

Government guidance for shops
As shops start to re-open, the Government has updated its guidance for people who work in or run shops, branches, stores or similar environments. More >

Coronavirus support from business organisations and associations
The Government is working closely with business representative organisations and trade associations to support the national response to coronavirus (COVID-19). It has published a list of organisations of businesses can contact to get advice. More >

Coronavirus and food: new Business in Focus guidance
The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the resulting lockdown has changed our lives drastically in a short time. Everyone has had to change the way they live, work and conduct their business. The closure of all pubs and restaurants has hit a UK industry worth over £40 billion, and many fear long-term damage. More >

New guidance to help people get safely back to work
The Government - in consultation with industry - has published guidance for UK employers to help them get their businesses back up and running, and workplaces operating as safely as possible, during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. More >

Funding to support dairy farmers
The UK and Welsh Governments have announced a new fund that will enable eligible dairy farmers to access up to £10,000 each to help them overcome the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. More >

Businesses Against Scams training tool launched
The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has led to businesses being undermined by malicious email attachments, false Government grant phone calls and CEO impersonation scams. More >

Coronavirus: CMA guidance on cancellation and refunds
The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has published guidance on the effect of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on consumer contracts, cancellation and refunds. More >

Coronavirus legislation
The UK legislation website - - has created a web page that gathers together information about all the new laws related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. More >

Scottish Government coronavirus support due to be paid
The Scottish Government has confirmed that funding for the newly self-employed suffering hardship and SMEs in distress will be be paid in early May. More >

Government launches business support finder tool
The UK Government has launched a new support tool that will help businesses and self-employed people quickly and easily determine what financial support is available to them during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. More >

Coronavirus: charging for single-use carrier bags
Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, a temporary exemption from the requirement to charge for single-use carrier bags has been introduced. More >

Additional support for businesses in Scotland
The Scottish Government has announced a second phase of funding to protect against the effects of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, More >

Scottish and Welsh Government guidance for livestock keepers
The Scottish Government and the Welsh Government have produced advice for livestock keepers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. More >

Guidance for businesses in Wales and Scotland
As well as the UK Government guidance, the governments of Scotland and Wales have their own guidance for businesses affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. More >

Coronavirus and Energy Performance Certificates
The Government has published advice on meeting the regulatory requirement to secure a valid Energy Performance Certificate on marketing a property during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. More >

Animal welfare during the coronavirus outbreak
The Government has published advice for livestock keepers and pet owners on taking care of their animals during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. More >

Government guidance on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
The Government has published guidance for businesses and workers on how to access the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRT). More >

Government launches coronavirus business support
Businesses will be able to access Government support to keep operating in the face of the global economic emergency brought on by coronavirus. More >

Government guidance on the coronavirus situation
As the number of UK cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) infection escalates, the Government has produced guidance ... More >