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Coronavirus: a helping hand for businesses

This page contains information for Westminster businesses during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Published on: 15 January 2021

Last updated: 9 April 2021

Legislation and guidance

England is now in Step 2 in its roadmap out of lockdown. Some of the rules on what you can and cannot do will change from 12 April. You can read how the rules will change on GOV.UK.

You can find more information on the roadmap out of lockdown, in the government's ‘COVID-19 Response - Spring 2021’

To reduce social contact, the regulations require some businesses to close and impose restrictions on how some businesses provide goods and services. These are:  

  • indoor hospitality venues
  • accommodation
  • leisure and sports facilities
  • entertainment
  • personal care facilities

For full guidance and full list of businesses required to remain closed please visit the GOV.UK National Lockdown guidance.

It’s vital that we all play our part in limiting the spread of coronavirus by:

Please visit the GOV.UK website for the latest information on restrictions on service and exemptions.

Operating guidance

For guidance to help employers, employees and the self-employed understand how to work safely under COVID-secure guidelines during the coronavirus pandemic, visit GOV.UK. 

NHS Test and Trace QR code posters

Businesses that are open to the public must display an official NHS QR code poster so that customers and visitors can ‘check-in’. It’s fast and easy to create these QR code posters at GOV.UK.

Anyone visiting venues, whether indoors or outdoors, should provide contact information before being allowed entry. Businesses must keep these records for 21 days, after which the information should be securely disposed of or deleted. Any business that is found not to be compliant with these regulations could be subject to formal enforcement, including financial penalties. Find out if your business or venue is required to do this.