Sector-specific support

The Government has published new and updated industry guidance for specific sectors such as retail, food and drink, social care, pharmaceutical, education, transport and shipping. 

Food & drink, Retail, Leisure and Entertainment venues

The government has published updated guidance for businesses on social distancing measures to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus. These measures include the closure of pubs, bars, nightclubs, cafes and restaurants (except for takeaway services), cinemas, theatres, spas, salons, gyms, all retailers that sell non-essential goods and other non-essential premises.

  • Should my business be open or closed?
    The Government has published FAQs on business closures and working from home advice to provide further guidance on which businesses should close and which businesses are not required to close. 

Guidance for the Retail sector

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

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 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:

Guidance for Farmers and Rural businesses

The latest information for 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 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, 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.