Coronavirus (COVID-19) Business Support and Guidance

Reopening guidance - the steps and likely dates for reopening businesses.

Closure guidance - current restrictions on businesses.

Business support – advice and guidance for employers.

Business grants – what is available to help support your business.

More information about the COVID-19 roadmap including what you can and cannot do.

Keep informed of all things business by signing up to our business newsletter.

If you are unsure if your business can reopen or have any questions, email us.


Working safely during COVID-19

Find out how to make your workplace COVID-secure by clicking on the sections below.

More detailed information can also be found on GOV.UK's Working Safely during coronavirus (COVID-19) page.

 


Further guidance and support

 

Working safely 

The government’s working safely guidance sets out practical steps for businesses in covering a range of different types of work. 

Once you have completed your COVID-19 risk assessment, you should sign and display a declaration notice at your premises to show that you have followed government guidance and have put processes in place to protect customers and staff. 

Test and Trace

It is a legal requirement for certain businesses to display an NHS COVID-19 app poster with the venue’s own QR code visible on entry to their premises. Further information and resources are available.

Events

There is advice and guidance for small and medium scale indoor and outdoor events.

Environmental Health

If you require information or advice on matters concerning the safe operation of your business, you can email us.

Helpful guidance is available for water safety in vacant properties, a checklist for businesses re-opening and for food businesses re-opening.

Managing queues

For the safety of everyone in our towns and villages, businesses that can open are encouraged to actively manage the queues outside their premises and use signage in their shop front windows to:

  • Make it clear where a queue begins and ends
  • Ask customers to return later if the maximum queue length has been reached
  • Keep queues close to the shop to avoid drifting into other pedestrians
  • Ensure queues do not obstruct entrances to other buildings
  • Make reasonable adjustments for shoppers with disabilities
  • Work with nearby businesses to agree fair and safe queuing

If you need advice or would like some social distancing window stickers, email us.

Trading Standards

Buckinghamshire and Surrey Trading Standards have published a page of frequently asked questions covering issues such as contracts, consumer rights, work cancellations, charges, deliveries and social distancing.

Doing business online

There is government advice to do business online and understanding the rules of selling online, in addition to advice on growing your business and business trading internationally during coronavirus.

Promotional material

We have created a set of promotional posters to display in your business/shop. These are available to download below:

Face Covering Poster

Hands, Face, Space, Air Poster


 

Further support

To see what other support is available for your business, including workshops, mentoring and specialist advice see our Business Support section