COVID-19: Government instructs UK Citizens to stay at home

Yesterday evening, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced new measures to ensure that all UK citizens stay home as much as possible.

You should only leave the house for one of four reasons:

  • Shopping for basic necessities. For example, food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible.
  • One form of exercise a day. For example, a run, walk or cycle – alone or with members of your household.
  • Any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person.
  • Travelling to and from work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home.

All non-essential shops have been ordered to close, along with hotels, libraries and playgrounds. Business offering food takeaway and delivery can still operate. Key workers can continue to stay in hotels. The Government is also stopping all public gatherings of more than two people.

Full list of businesses that must close on the Government website

Full guidance on staying at home and away from others on the Government website

COVID-19: Business Support

The Government has launched a new website with all the support measures that have been made available to businesses in one place.

This website includes information about how to access the support that has been made available, who is eligible, when the schemes open and how to apply.

Read more on the Government Business Support website

Shropshire Council is awaiting further guidance from the government on how businesses can access grants that will be administered by the Local Authority. We will be in touch with further information as soon as it becomes available.

COVID-19: Commercial tenants protected from eviction

The Government has announced that commercial tenants who cannot pay their rent because of coronavirus will be protected from eviction.

Communities Secretary, Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP, said:

“We are protecting both people and their businesses by providing the urgent support they need.

We know many commercial landlords are already setting a great example by working closely with tenants and offering rent deferrals or holidays.

However, these new measures will provide reassurance to businesses struggling with cashflows and ensure no commercial tenant is evicted if they cannot pay their rent because of coronavirus over the next 3 months.”

Read more on the Government website