Sector-specific support

The UK Government, in consultation with industry, has recently produced ‘COVID-19 secure’ guidance to help ensure workplaces are as safe as possible. The guidance currently covers 14 workplace settings, from outdoor environments and construction sites to close contact services and the visitor economy. Guidance for people who work in or run offices, contact centres and similar indoor environments is also available.

The Government have also published a sector-by-sector list of Business Representative Organisations and Trade Associations with Coronavirus support. Additional advice and information for specific sectors including retail, food and drink, social care, pharmaceutical, education, transport and shipping can be found below.

Food & drink, Retail, Leisure and Entertainment venues

From Saturday 4 July, pubs, restaurants, hairdressers and accommodation sites will be able to reopen, providing they adhere to COVID-secure guidelines. More pubs, restaurants and cafes will be able to serve customers outdoors in plans announced by the government. Some leisure facilities and tourist attractions may also reopen from 4 July, if they can do so safely – this includes outdoor gyms and playgrounds, cinemas, museums, galleries, theme parks and arcades.

From Saturday 11 July outdoor swimming pools and outdoor water parks are permitted in law to reopen. From Saturday 25 July it is proposed that sports facilities and venues, such as indoor gyms, fitness and dance studios, indoor swimming pools and indoor water parks will be permitted to open. All recreation and leisure businesses and facilities are strongly advised to follow guidance on operating within the visitor economy and guidance for providers of sports and leisure facilities.

Close-contact service providers, including beauty salons, nail bars, tattoo and massage studios, physical therapy businesses and spas across England will be able to reopen from Monday 13 July, excluding any services in the highest risk zone. All close-contact service providers are strongly advised to follow guidance on how to work safely.

Performing arts including outdoor theatres, opera, dance and music can resume from Saturday 11 July provided they take place outside and with a limited and socially distanced audience. Guidance for people who work in performing arts, including arts organisations, venue operators and participants is available here.

NHS Test and Trace  Businesses in certain sectors should collect details and maintain records of staff, customers and visitors on their premises to support NHS Test and Trace. To manage this risk, establishments in the following sectors, whether indoor or outdoor venues or mobile settings, should collect details and maintain records of staff, customers and visitors:

  • hospitality, including pubs, bars, restaurants and cafés;
  • tourism and leisure, including hotels, museums, cinemas, zoos and theme parks;
  • close contact services, including hairdressers, barbershops and tailors;
  • facilities provided by local authorities, including town halls and civic centres for events, community centres, libraries and children’s centres;
  • places of worship, including use for events and other community activities.

More information and guidance on the information to collect; how records should be maintained; and when information should be shared with NHS Test and Trace, is available here.

New Eat Out to Help Out Scheme – Find more detailed information on the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme and how to offer the discount to your customers. You can also read guidance on how to register for the scheme.

Reduced VAT rate for hospitality, holiday accommodation and attractions – If you are a VAT registered business, check if you can temporarily reduce the rate of VAT on supplies relating to hospitality, accommodation, or admission to certain attractions here. The temporary reduced rate will apply to supplies that are made between 15 July 2020 and 12 January 2021.

Guidance for the Retail sector

Further details and the latest guidance on operating safely in the workplace during coronavirus for the retail sector is available here. In addition, the following organisations also have further information and guidance for retailers and leisure and entertainment venues:

New measures to protect UK High Street from aggressive rent collection and closure: New temporary measures are being introduced to safeguard the UK High Street against aggressive debt recovery actions during the coronavirus pandemic. Statutory demands and winding up petitions issued to commercial tenants will be temporarily voided and changes will be made to the use of Commercial Rent Arrears Recovery, building on measures already introduced in the Coronavirus Act. Find more information here.

Guidance for the Manufacturing sector

Here’s the latest guidance on operating safely in the workplace for manufacturing and processing businesses during coronavirus. Further information and advice for manufacturers can also be found on:

Guidance for Food businesses

Information, advice and guidance available for food businesses is available on the government website here. The Food Standards Agency is also a useful source of information in addition to:

Guidance for the Pharmaceutical and Healthcare sector

The latest government guidance can be found here. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) are providing free fast track advice for researchers developing novel diagnostics or therapeutics for COVID-19. The following organisations also have information and guidance available for those operating in this sector: 

Guidance for the Travel and Tourism industry

Visit Britain has published specific information and guidance for businesses operating in the travel and tourism industry here. Further information can also be found on:

In addition, the government has announced a new £10 million Kick-starting Tourism Package, which will give small businesses in tourist destinations grants of up to £5,000 to help them adapt their businesses following the coronavirus pandemic. Businesses can use the funding to pay for specialist professional advice such as human resources, legal or financial expertise, to adopt new technology and online systems or to purchase new equipment. Read about the announcement here. Further details will be available in due course.

Guidance for Farmers and Rural businesses

The latest information (incl. the Dairy Response Fundfor farmers, landowners and rural businesses during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The following organisations also have information and guidance available:

Guidance for Charities, CICs and not-for-profits

See our advice and information page for charities and not-for-profits here.

Guidance for arts, culture and heritage industries

The arts, culture and heritage industries will receive a £1.57 billion rescue package to help weather the impact of coronavirus, the government has announced. This will include a mix of grants, loans and capital investment. Find out more here.

Guidance for the Construction sector

The government has published guidance for construction businesses here. In addition, information is available from:

Guidance for Logistics businesses

Advice for businesses operating in the logistics sector has been published here, with further information available on:

Guidance for Transport businesses

You’ll find guidance for the transport sector here (incl. the latest on MOTs for lorries, buses and trailers), and more information from the following organisations:

Guidance for Waste Management businesses

The government has published guidance for waste management businesses here. Further information is also available from:

Guidance for the Technology and Digital sector

Information and advice for businesses operating within the technology and/or digital sector can be found on:

Guidance for Professional and Business Services

Advice for Professional and Business Service companies is available from the following organisations:

Guidance for Creative Services businesses

The following organisations have further information for businesses operating in the Creative Services sector:

Guidance for early years and childcare providers

Updated guidance on what childcare services early years settings, childminders and local authorities need to provide during the coronavirus outbreak is available. This guidance is for providers registered with Ofsted and childminders registered with childminder agencies for children of all ages.

Care homes 

A new online portal that makes it easy for care homes in England to arrange deliveries of coronavirus test kits has been launched today.