At this difficult time I am just sharing the facts as I have them for those who are self employed, work from home, local businesses that are affected.
Upto 22nd March 2020 this covered the COVID-19 Support for businesses
As of 23rd March 2020 these were the official releases
NEW RULES ON STAYING AT HOME AND AWAY FROM OTHERS
The single most important action we can all take, in fighting coronavirus, is to stay at home in order to protect the NHS and save lives.
When we reduce our day-to-day contact with other people, we will reduce the spread of the infection. That is why the government is now (23 March 2020) introducing three new measures.
1. Requiring people to stay at home, except for very limited purposes
2. Closing non-essential shops and community spaces
3. Stopping all gatherings of more than two people in public
Every citizen must comply with these new measures. The relevant authorities, including the police, will be given the powers to enforce them – including through fines and dispersing gatherings.
These measures are effective immediately. The Government will look again at these measures in three weeks, and relax them if the evidence shows this is possible.
Guidance: Further businesses and premises to close
On 23 March the Government, stepped up measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus and save lives. All non-essential premises must now close. Takeaway and delivery services may remain open and operational in line with guidance on Friday 20 March. Online retail is still open and encouraged and postal and delivery service will run as normal.
Retail and public premises which we expect to remain open must:
• Ensure a distance of two meters between customers and shop assistants; and
• Let people enter the shop only in small groups, to ensure that spaces are not crowded.
• Queue control is required outside of shops and other essential premises that remain open.
Parks will remain open but only for individuals and households to exercise once a day. Communal spaces within parks such as playgrounds and football pitches will be closed.
Non-essential businesses and premises must now shut
Financial help for the self employed to be implemented
The Secretary of State must, by regulations, introduce a scheme of Statutory Self- Employment Pay.
The scheme must make provision for payments to be made out of public funds to individuals who are self-employed, or freelancers.
The payments to be made are to be set so that the net monthly earnings of an individual do not fall below—
80 per cent of their monthly net earnings, averaged over the last three years, or £2,917 whichever is lower.