The New Lockdown – What It Means And What You Need To Know
With the announcement of new restrictions in October by the Prime minister, it is pertinent to be familiar with Government guidelines and how it may affect your business.
While the Government has insisted that a total lockdown may not be necessary, business owners should be familiar with the new guidelines as a breach may attract a fine of £200 with the possibility of rising to £6400 – something any struggling businesses may be unable to afford
According to GOV.UK, areas have been placed on different tiers of lockdown depending on statistics on confirmed cases of the Covid-19 infections. These parts of England have been placed on Medium, High, or Very High alert levels.
How does this affect businesses?
Businesses and venues can continue to operate, in a COVID-secure manner, other than those that remain closed in law. All businesses and venues are to continue to follow COVID-secure guidelines to protect customers, visitors, and workers. Social distancing rules and the use of masks must be observed at all times to curb the spread of the virus.
For businesses and venues in high alert level areas (often called tier 3), certain businesses selling food or drink on their premises can remain open but are required to close between 10 pm and 5 am. Those selling food for consumption off the premises can continue to do so after 10 pm as long as this is through delivery service, click-and-collect, or drive-through. Hospitality business cannot allow the mixing of households inside – but can host groups of guests in outside areas.
For office workers who can work effectively from home, they should do so if they can carry out normal duties from home. Anyone else who cannot work from home should go to their place of work. Public sector employees working in essential services, including education settings, should continue to go into work where necessary. Schools and universities will also remain open.
To find out the coronavirus restrictions level in your local area, insert your postcode in the link below: https://www.gov.uk/find-coronavirus-local-restrictions.
For more information, visit: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/local-covid-alert-levels-what-you-need-to-know#local-covid-alert-level-high
If your business is struggling because of the impact of Coronavirus – please do get in contact E2E may be able to help.