COVID-19 Latest Advice

on Thursday, 09 April 2020. Posted in News

The PM Boris Johnson addressed the nation on Monday 23 of March:
 
'Without a huge national effort to halt the growth of this virus, there will come a moment when no health service in the world could possibly cope; because there won’t be enough ventilators, enough intensive care beds, enough doctors and nurses.
 
And as we have seen elsewhere, in other countries that also have fantastic health care systems, that is the moment of real danger.
 
To put it simply, if too many people become seriously unwell at one time, the NHS will be unable to handle it - meaning more people are likely to die, not just from Coronavirus but from other illnesses as well.
 
So it’s vital to slow the spread of the disease.
 
Because that is the way we reduce the number of people needing hospital treatment at any one time, so we can protect the NHS’s ability to cope - and save more lives.'
 
 
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People will only be allowed to leave their home for the following very limited purposes:
  • shopping for basic necessities, as infrequently as possible
  • one form of exercise a day - for example a run, walk, or cycle - alone or with members of your household;
  • any medical need, to provide care or to help a vulnerable person; and
  • travelling to and from work, but only where this is absolutely necessary and cannot be done from home.
That’s all - these are the only reasons you should leave your home.
 
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Government Business Support
On 20 March, the Chancellor announced further measures to support people and businesses through this period of disruption caused by COVID-19.
The Chancellor’s statement can be found at GOV.UK.
 
 A package of measures to support businesses includes:
  • a Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
  • a deferring VAT and Income Tax payments
  • a Statutory Sick Pay relief package for small and medium sized businesses (SMEs)
  • a 12-month business rates holiday for all retail, hospitality, leisure and nursery businesses in England
  • small business grant funding of £10,000 for all business in receipt of small business rate relief or rural rate relief
  • grant funding of £25,000 for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses with property with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000
  • the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme offering loans of up to £5 million for SMEs through the British Business Bank
  • a new lending facility from the Bank of England to help support liquidity among larger firms, helping them bridge coronavirus disruption to their cash flows through loans
  • the HMRC Time To Pay Scheme 
  • Companies to receive 3-month extension period to file accounts during COVID-19

Scottish Government support for businesses

The Scottish Government has announced a package of measures worth £2.2 billion to support Scottish businesses.
 
Welsh Government Support for Business
The Welsh Government has announced a package of support worth £1.4bn for small businesses to help them during the coronavirus outbreak.
  • Retail, leisure and hospitality businesses receive 100% business rates relief for the financial year 2020/21.
  • For retail, leisure and hospitality businesses with a rateable value of between £12,001 and £51,000, a grant of £25,000 will be offered.
  • It also provides a £10,000 grant to all businesses eligible for Small Business Rates Relief with a rateable value of £12,000 or less.
  • Businesses that qualify for this support will not need to do anything to apply for this scheme. This will be administered through the Business Rates system. You do not need to contact your Local Authority about this, you will receive information in due course.
  • The Business Wales Helpline.: 0300 060 3000

Northern Ireland Executive support for businesses
Invest NI have provided practical advice for business online here
Businesses in Northern Ireland can access the following schemes:
  • COVID Small Business Grant - Small business grant of £10,000 to be issued immediately with a cost of £267m providing support to 27,000 businesses in NI. This is for all businesses with a NAV up to £15,000
  • Hospitality, Tourism and Retail Sectors Grant Scheme - An immediate grant of £25,000 will be provided to companies in these sectors with a rateable value up to £51,000.
  • Further to this, the Department of Finance has announced a £100m emergency rates package for businesses. All NI businesses will pay zero rates for the next three months (April, May, June). This automatically reduces rates by 25%, in addition to any existing rate reliefs. This applies to all businesses and does not need to be repaid.

Invest NI Helpline: 0800 181 4422 

 

Business support helplines
HMRC has set up a helpline for businesses and self-employed people who are concerned about paying their tax due to COVID-19.
Call 0800 0159 559 for help and advice
For more information, please check the HMRC site  
 
 
Follow the government advice on Coronavirus which is being updated on a daily basis see their website
 
 
COVID-19 is here to stay. Our industry is entering a difficult period. It is especially important that we all take the advice of public health experts for maximizing our own health and the health of others seriously.
 
The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are the recent onset of a new continuous cough and/or high temperature. If you have these symptoms, however mild, or if anyone from your household displays symptoms of the disease stay in self-isolation for 14 days.
 
Wash your hands frequently - Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.
 
Cough/sneeze into your elbow - Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. Cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately. Droplets spread the virus. By following good respiratory hygiene you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.
 
Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth - Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.
 
Maintain social distancing - To slow the spread of COVID-19, public health experts encourage social distancing, a practice designed to keep sick individuals from coming in contact with healthy ones in order to limit opportunities for transmission. Avoid large gatherings and crowds, and maintain a distance of approximately six feet from others.
 
Self –isolate if you have signs of infection -Stay at home for 7 days if you have either:
  • a high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
  • a new, continuous cough – this means you've started coughing repeatedly
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital
You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home
Testing for coronavirus is not needed if you're staying at home
 
Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:
  • you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
  • your condition gets worse
  • your symptoms do not get better after 7 days
Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.