Situation Update

Correct as of 17.00 31 March 2020  

Latest Government advice and links 

The Business Support Grant funding website was updated, adding information on state aid, monitoring requirements, post payment checks, and the eligibility of charities.

Following the Foreign Secretary’s Speech yesterday evening, some further information has been released on the partnerships with airlines to fly stranded Brits home. A letter to the airlines was also published.

Right to work checks have been temporarily adjusted due to coronavirus (COVID-19). This is to make it easier for employers to carry them out. As of 30 March 2020 the following temporary changes have been made:

  • checks can now be carried out over video calls
  • job applicants and existing workers can send scanned documents or a photo of documents for checks using email or a mobile app, rather than sending originals
  • employers should use the Employer Checking Service if a prospective or existing employee cannot provide any of the accepted documents

The Government is asking businesses if they can offer coronavirus (COVID-19) supportThe support needed includes:

  • medical testing equipment, medical equipment design, protective equipment for healthcare workers, such as masks, gowns and sanitiser
  • hotel rooms, transport and logistics, for moving goods or people
  • manufacturing equipment
  • warehouse or office space, for medical use or storage
  • expertise or support on IT, manufacturing, construction, project management, procurement, engineering or communications
  • social care or childcare

Businesses can share the areas they can offer support through the online portal.

Other travel measures, advice and updates
  • British Airways is suspending all its flights to and from Gatwick.
  • From 1 April, Gatwick Airport is temporarily closing its North Terminal and all flights will operate from South Terminal. From Wednesday, Gatwick’s runway will only be open for scheduled flights between 2pm and 10pm.
  • Southend Airport is only open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays between 4.30pm and 9.30pm.
  • Hull Trains will be temporarily suspending all train services from 00.01 on Monday 30 March 2020. Passengers with tickets for Hull Trains will be able to travel on alternative train services on the same date and route specified on the ticket. Arrangements have been made to make sure that tickets will be accepted by other train operators.
Situation update: correct as of 17.00 31 March 2020 

Useful Links

Small Business Grant Scheme

Guidance for Business Closures

Guidance for Employers

Essential Travel Guidance

Updated FCO advice here

Government Action Plan here

Latest from WHO

Latest from Public Health England

Budget support package for COVID-19

New workplace Guidance from ACAS

Gov.UK Advice & useful links here

WHO Advice on mass gatherings here

NHS advice on self isolation here

DFE guidance for education here

Travel Advisories as at 16/3/20

HMRC Time To Pay Helpline

The Coronavirus Bill

Business Loan Interruption Scheme

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