April 2021. Road Map: Step Two. Stay Local.
People should continue to work from home where they can.
We can now reopen some sections of our indoor economy and more outdoor settings, restoring jobs and livelihoods and enabling people to access some of the activities and services which are most important to them.
Social contact rules in England will not change further at this point. Outdoor gatherings must still be limited to 6 people or 2 households as in Step 1, and no indoor mixing will be allowed unless otherwise exempt.
Additional premises will be able to reopen but should only be visited alone or with household groups: non-essential retail; personal care premises such as hairdressers, salons and close contact services; and indoor leisure facilities such as gyms and spas (but not including saunas and steam rooms, which are due to open at Step 3). Overnight stays away from home in this country will be permitted and self-contained accommodation - those that do not require shared use of bathing, entry/exit, catering or sleeping facilities - can also reopen, though must only be used by members of the same household. The Government will open public buildings such as libraries and community centres. Activities such as driving tests may also resume.
The majority of outdoor settings and attractions can also reopen, including outdoor hospitality, zoos, theme parks, drive-in cinemas and drive-in performances events. The rules on social contact outdoors will apply in these settings.
Hospitality venues will be able to open for outdoor service, with no requirement for a substantial meal to be served alongside alcoholic drinks, and no curfew. The requirement to order, eat and drink while seated (‘table service’) will remain.
All newly open settings must abide by the social contact rules.
Guidance published by the Cabinet Office can be found online here.
Latest key links from HMRC 21.04.21
- VAT deferral – apply now to spread your payments
- CJRS claims for April
- CJRS eligibility from May
- Changes to CJRS claims for variable pay from May
- Frequently asked questions about the CJRS
- Self-Employment Income Support Scheme
- Where can I get further support?
- A word about scams
Finance & Funding
This online tool can help you start to establish what financial support is available for you and your business. Find out which funding scheme you’re eligible for, and which is most appropriate to the challenges and opportunities you’re facing.
We know it can be hard to know where to start, and new schemes are available each week, including the Recovery Loan Scheme.
Our expert Business Navigators and Guides keep up to speed on the latest funding schemes and grants available so make sure you get support from them if you’re looking for help around your finance options.
People & Skills
Furlough and Statutory Sick Pay
The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will close on 30 September 2021.
To get the latest status of the CJRS and the key deadlines you need to be aware of, visit gov.uk.
You may be able to use the Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme to reclaim employees' coronavirus-related Statutory Sick Pay.
Upskill yourself and your team for free
If you’re looking to develop new skills in yourself, or your team members, to support the new direction your business may be taking, our online programme of workshops and 1-2-1s are all free of charge and especially designed to help you grow.
Reopening and working safely
Employers that want to reopen their business have a legal responsibility to protect their employees and other people on site. Employees can use this guidance to check what their workplace needs to do to keep people safe. Additional guidance is available to help you complete a risk assessment and support you to maintain records of staff, customers and visitors to support NHS Test and Trace.
Your local Council will be able to provide additional support and resources:
HMRC have online help set up to help businesses and self-employed people concerned about not being able to pay their tax due to coronavirus. The best way to get help from HMRC on any topic is to contact them online. Alternatively, you can call them on 0800 0159 559.
You can contact the government’s Business Support Helpline for free advice
- Phone: 0800 998 1098
- Webchat: talk to an adviser using the webchat
- Email: email@example.com
Recovery Advice for Business
The Recovery Advice for Business scheme, supported by the government and hosted on the Enterprise Nation website, will give small firms access to free, one-to-one advice with an expert adviser to help them through the coronavirus pandemic and to prepare for long-term recovery.
Advice offered will include bespoke, specialist assistance from accountancy, legal, and advertising to marketing, recruitment and digital to help businesses adapt to difficult circumstances and to bounce back as the UK economy recovers.
Business Representative Organisations and Trade Associations
The government is working closely with Business Representative Organisations and Trade Associations to support the national response to coronavirus. Access the a directory of these organisations here. Many of these organisations are also happy to respond to non-member queries related to coronavirus. Many of their websites also include sector-specific guidance and Q&A. This list does not cover all trade associations and business representatives.
Additional Growth Hub Support
Our teams of expert Business Navigators and Guides are ready to help you recover, reimagine and restart. Apply for free support from them here.