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Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Businesses and Employers Bulletin 1 April

01 April 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): letter to the construction sector

Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Alok Sharma, has written to the UK's construction sector, paying tribute to all those who are working within the industry. The Government has advised that wherever possible, people should work at home. However, we know that for many people working in construction their job requires them to travel to their place of work, and they can continue to do so. This is consistent with the Chief Medical Officer’s advice. The industry has worked to develop Site Operating Procedures (SOP), which were published by the Construction Leadership Council. These align with the latest guidance from Public Health England. As this health guidance updates, the SOP will reflect any changes.

New Updates and Guidance

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on business support grant funding

Guidance for local authorities setting out details of the Small Business Grants Fund (SBGF) and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund (RHLGF). Updated information on state aid, monitoring and reporting requirements, post payment checks, eligibility of charities.

COVID-19: guidance for the public on mental health and wellbeing

Advice and information on how employees can look after their mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): temporary changes to driver certificate of professional competence(CPC) requirements

The Department for Transport have set out temporary changes to allow bus and lorry drivers who cannot complete compulsory CPC training to continue to drive.

Slides and datasets to accompany coronavirus press conference: 31 March 2020

Press conference slides and datasets used by The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP.

High street benefits from £22 billion grants and business rates package

From 1 April, high streets begin to receive £22 billion coronavirus boost, with grants of up to £25,000 already being paid into bank accounts of high street businesses. Find out more here.

Chancellor waives duties and VAT on vital medical imports

Chancellor waives import taxes on vital medical equipment including ventilators, coronavirus testing kits and protective clothing. Find out more here.

Requests for Business Intelligence and Assistance

Can your business offer coronavirus (COVID-19) support?

UK Government is looking for businesses who can offer support in the multiple areas and has set up an online tool where businesses can register. To find the list of areas and offer support click here.

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