COVID-19 UPDATES, INFORMATION AND SUPPORT LINKS TO HELP BUSINESSES

Updates

  • Latest updates on COVID-19 in Dorset –The Dorset Council case rate has fallen this week, whilst the case rate for the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council area has risen slightly. We expect to see small fluctuations week-on-week whilst we have relatively low transmission. The number of COVID-related hospitalisations and deaths also remains low
  • Restrictions easing from Monday 12 April:
    • non-essential retail, public buildings, indoor leisure facilities, personal care premises, and outdoor attractions can reopen
    • hospitality venues can provide outdoor table service to groups of up to two households or six people from different households
    • you can stay overnight in self-contained accommodation, such as campsites and holiday lets with no shared facilities, with members of your household or support bubble
    • you can hold or attend a wedding, civil partnership, receptions and commemorative events with up to 15 attendees, while funerals can continue to have 30 attendees
  • Find coronavirus financial support for your business Use this business Government support finder to see what support is available for you and your business. Available to employers and the self-employed, including sole traders and limited company directors. You may be eligible for loans, tax relief and cash grants, whether your business is open or closed. Start now

Key COVID-19 Advice and Updates from Dorset Council

Resources for your business:  Coronavirus hub – a regularly updated information portal for all government updates, FAQs and other relevant information.

 

 


Dorset Chamber of Commerce: 

We know there are huge concerns regarding the potential impact of Coronavirus and we’re doing all we can to support the business community through these challenging times.


C-19 Business Support Service 1:1 support for Dorset businesses and charities during the Covid-19 Pandemic. Immediate and ongoing expert mentor support to navigate your challenges with up to 3 months free of charge (and 90% subsidised thereafter). Open to all micro, small and medium size businesses on a confidential basis.

 


EXTERNAL RESOURCES:

 GOV.UK    Guidance COVID-19: support for businesses

The Business Support Helpline number in England FREEPHONE 0800 998 1098. The helpline provides free, impartial       business support and signposting services to businesses in England – which currently includes business advice on Covid-19.

     These government.uk guides below cover a range of different types of work.

HEALTH SAFETY EXECUTIVE

Downloadable posters for the workplace Public Health England have lots of resources to download including posters for the workplace. You can find posters, social media posts, banners and more using the link below for: -Handwashing and hygiene -Symptoms -Shopping -Travelling to work -At work See all of the resources available on the Public Health England website.

WORKING IN CONSTRUCTION AND OUTDOOR WORK

WORKING IN FACTORIES,PLANTS AND WAREHOUSES 

WORKING IN OTHER PEOPLE’S HOMES

LABS AND RESEARCH FACILITIES

OFFICES AND CONTACT CENTRES

RESTAURANTS OFFERING TAKEAWAY OR DELIVERY

SHOPS AND BRANCHES

VEHICLES

  • Government information and guidance about working safely in vehicles

TEST AND TRACE

NHS Test and Trace service to form a central part of the government’s coronavirus recovery strategy. Anyone with symptoms will be tested and their close contacts will be traced. New guidance means those who have been in close contact with someone who tests positive must isolate for 14 days, even if they have no symptoms, to avoid unknowingly spreading the virus. Test and Trace guidance for workplaces can be found here.

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