The rapidly changing nature of the COVID-19 outbreak means that information and advice from Government can change quickly. For the latest Government information on COVID-19, please visit the UK Government website, the Scottish Government website, the Welsh Government website or the Northern Irish Government website. Please be sure to check the COVID-19: guidance for employers and businesses from the Government for the latest updates. Last Updated 2nd June 2020. 

Latest Updates (29th September 2020)

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  • Government Winter Economy Plan introduces a package of targeted measures in response to the current economic context that will enable businesses to protect jobs and manage their financesRead more Here
  • Post-furlough plan at a glance. Read Here
  • Coronavirus alert level moved to level 4. Read more Here
  • New restrictions announced. Read more Here
  • England: local lockdown restrictions. Read more Here
  • Wales: local lockdown restrictions. Read more Here
    Latest:  Cardiff, Swansea, and Llanelli added to lockdowns. Read more Here
  • Scotland: local restrictions. Read more Here
  • Northern Ireland local restrictions. Read more Here
  • Check if you’re eligible for the coronavirus Local Restrictions Support GrantRead more Here
  • Update from the College of Optometrists on the impact of being movedto level 4. Read more Here
  • Working safely during coronavirus. Read more Here
  • Scotland: Download the Protect Scotland app. Apple Store   or  Google Play
  • England and Wales: Download the NHS COVID-19 app. Download Here
  • Northern Ireland – Download StopCOVID Proximity App. Download Here
  • Information for organisations about how to use the NHS COVID-19 app can be found Here
  • FAQ about how the NHS COVID-19 app works can also be found Here
  • Information on who should have a QR code and examples of whether it’s needed at a GP surgery or a pharmacy can be found Here
  • For those who are looking for the link to create a QR code and download the poster use the link Here
  • It’s available in Welsh Here
  • FAQ – including whether you need to collect information in other ways – are answered Here
  • New recommendations for primary and community health care providers in England. Read more Here
  • College of Optometrists recommends wearing a mask even if behind a screen. Read more Here
  • Primary care Support England (PCSE) introduce new GOS forms from the 1st November. Read more Here
  • Scotland: new primary care guidance for optometrists and optometry. Read more Here
  • Wales: Winter plan launched. Read more Here
  • Government extends support to stop business evictions this year: Commercial tenants will be protected from the risk of eviction until the end of 2020. Read more Here
  • Government gives businesses much-needed breathing space with extension of insolvency measures Here


Scottish Enterprise Coronavirus Helpline

0300 303 0660

Invest Northern Ireland phone number is

 0800 181 4422

Business Wales Helpline is

0300 060 3000

The UK Government’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

0300 456 3565

HMRC’s dedicated tax helpline on

0800 0159 559