Friday 11 September

Businesses urged to prepare for NHS COVID-19 app

Pubs, restaurants, hairdressers, cinemas and other venues across England and Wales are being urged to download QR codes to prepare for public rollout of new app.

Wednesday 9 September

Social gatherings above six to be banned in England

Social gatherings of more than six people will be illegal in England from Monday, September 14.

Full guidance, including what you can and cannot do, is available on GOV.UK

New grants for businesses affected by local lockdowns

Businesses in England required to close due to local lockdowns or targeted restrictions will now be able to receive grants worth up to £1,500 every three weeks. To be eligible for the grant, a business must have been required to close due to local coronavirus restrictions. The largest businesses will receive £1,500 every three weeks they are required to close. Smaller businesses will receive £1,000.

Payments are triggered by a national decision to close businesses in a high incidence area. Each payment will be made for a three-week lockdown period. Each new three-week lockdown period triggers an additional payment. Read more

Wednesday 2 September

Check if you can apply for a grant through the Kickstart Scheme

If you are an employer looking to create job placements for young people, check if you can apply for funding as part of the Kickstart Scheme.

Tuesday 1 September

Claim money back through the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme

If you have registered your establishment for the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme and offered scheme discounts to diners on Mondays to Wednesdays between 3 and 31 August, you can:

  • claim back the discount given on food and non-alcoholic drinks
  • submit weekly claims for August until 30 September

You must make the claim yourself, you cannot ask an agent to do it for you.

You must enter accurate details for all the establishments you’re claiming for before submitting your claim. If you need to amend information later your payment may be delayed.

See the guidance provided by GOV.UK for further information.

Monday 24 August

New online campaign for food businesses

The Food Standards Agency have developed a new online campaign to provide advice for food businesses. Here to Help provides easy access to practical information, guidance, case studies, industry insight and webinars to help food businesses get back and stay on their feet following the challenges of COVID-19 and remain compliant with food hygiene and safety requirements.

Monday 17 August

Self employed to benefit from second stage of support scheme

Millions of self-employed people whose livelihoods have been affected by coronavirus will be able to claim a second payment of up to £6,570 from today.

Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Government has provided guidance on making your workplace COVID-secure.

Tuesday 11 August

Guidance on coronavirus testing, including who is eligible for a test and how to get tested is on the GOV.UK website.

Friday 31 July

East Devon Coronavirus Residents update - 31 July 2020

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has today made a statement about coronavirus. More information can be found on GOV.UK

Thursday 30 July

People who test positive for coronavirus or show symptoms in the UK must now self-isolate for at least 10 days rather than 7 days.
Statement from the Chief Medical Officer can be found on GOV.UK

Friday 24 July

Mandatory face coverings

Face coverings must be worn in additional enclosed public spaces from 24 July in England. 

Full guidance can be found on GOV.UK.

The UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy

The Government has outlined its roadmap for how and when the UK will adjust its response to the COVID-19 crisis