Covid-19 Update for Businesses

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26 May 2020

Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme


HM Treasury has published further information about theCoronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme’, which is now open for applications.

Small businesses and employers across the UK who have paid Statutory Sick Pay to staff taking Coronavirus-related leave will be able to claim back the money from today.

Businesses with fewer than 250 employees can find out how to make a claim.  Find out more below.

Businesses Allowed to Open in June

Outdoor Markets and Car Showrooms Reopen from 1 June


Outdoor markets and car showrooms can reopen from 1 June, as soon as they are able to meet the COVID-19 secure guidelines to protect shoppers and workers. 

However, they must have first taken the necessary steps to become COVID-19 secure in line with the current Health and Safety legislation. 


Non-essential Retail to Reopen from 15 June

Non-essential Retail Shops

The Government has also announced that non-essential retail can reopen from 15 June if their five tests are met and they follow the COVID-19 secure guidelines. This gives them three weeks to prepare.

Businesses will only be able to open from these dates once they have completed a risk assessment, in consultation with trade union representatives or workers, and are confident they are managing the risks.

Guidance for reopening can be found on the link below.

Click here to find out more

Retail Business Case Studies

Get Involved!


The Cabinet Office is looking for businesses to provide case studies outlining their preparations for opening. 

If you are interested, or know of any retail businesses in your area who may be interested, in providing a case study, please let us know and we will pass on your details.