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Coronavirus Support & Guidance


Introduction

COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus (the family of viruses that cause illnesses ranging from the common cold to SARS).

It originated in the Wuhan area of China in late 2019. While the majority of cases are still in China, the virus has now been identified in many countries around the world. Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.

Many individuals experience mild to moderate symptoms although more severe symptoms such as pneumonia or even death can occur. The elderly and immunocompromised are more at risk of experiencing severe symptoms. Given the fast spread of the virus, the Government have issued official guidelines and policies aimed at containment.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) has now been officially classified as a notifiable disease which will aid businesses in making applicable insurance claims for business disruption arising from its spread.


Advice For Businesses

 

  • If you are on the list of businesses that the Government has asked to close you should close to the public immediately
  • Ensure that all staff required on-site are able to practice social distancing (e.g. work stations 2m apart)
  • Communicate good practice hygiene rules such as thorough handwashing through posters & displays
  • Ensure your premises are cleaned thoroughly on a regular basis
  • Ensure your databases of emergency contact details & higher risk employees are up to date
  • Ensure staff and managers understand and are able to recognise the symptoms of COVID-19
  • Communicate the circumstances under which staff (and customers/contacts meeting your staff) should inform your organisation about potential exposure to COVID-19
  • Provide hand sanitiser in communal and high traffic areas
  • Check the official advice and guidance on a regular basis
  • Communicate with key suppliers and customers, identify any that may be significantly impacted and make contingency plans where necessary/possible
  • Your business continuity plan
  • Sick pay
  • Flexible and remote working
  • Self-isolation (and whether individuals self-isolating are able to work from home)
  • Individuals identified as being a high risk
  • Holiday or unpaid leave in the event of school or nursery closures
  • Contacting staff and customers in the event of a case of COVID-19 being identified in your workplace
  • Your insurance policies and the extent to which they would or would not cover business disruption arising from COVID-19 & implications for implementing home and remote working
  • Business travel
  • Identify individual employees in your business to furlough using the Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (if applicable)
  • Contact your bank regarding a business interruption loan (if applicable)
  • Consider utilising HMRC time to pay facilities (if applicable)
  • Consider applying for business rates relief (if applicable)
  • Contact your Local Enterprise Partnership Growth Hub for information on grants and other support available for small and midsized businesses impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Business Q&A

  • What support is available to help businesses impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19) and how can I access it?
  • Should my business close?
  • What measures can businesses take to help reduce the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
  • What should your organisation do if someone in your workplace is experiencing Coronavirus (COVID-19) like symptoms?
  • What should your organisation do if someone in your organisation has travelled to an affected area or had close contact with an individual who has been diagnosed with Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
  • What should your organisation do if someone in (or who has recently visited) your organisation is diagnosed with Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Download the full checklist and business Q&A


Resources

Register

For more detailed advice on employer responsibilities and best practice provided by Acas:

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Sponsor GTP

For advice from the Government on the business support measures available for businesses:

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Member Resources & Guides

Blog Post

COVID-19: Understanding sick pay and self-isolation

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Blog Post

Coronavirus job retention scheme: what employers should do

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Blog Post

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme explained

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Blog Post

Examining the Government's Coronavirus bill

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World Health Organisation

For advice from the World Health Organisation on getting your workplace ready for COVID-19

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For advice from the World Health Organisation on the mental health considerations during COVID-19 outbreak:

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Get In Touch

Has your business been impacted by Coronavirus? Contact your relationship manager or submit a message below:

Coronavirus Support