Coronavirus – business support and advice

Important: new national restrictions for businesses

The Government has introduced a national lockdown and has ordered certain businesses and venues to close.

All non-essential retail, indoor and outdoor leisure facilities, entertainment venues and personal care businesses are required to close by law.

Food shops, supermarkets, garden centres and certain other retailers providing essential goods and services can remain open. Essential retail should follow Covid-secure guidelines to protect customers, visitors and workers.

Non-essential retail can remain open for delivery to customers and click-and-collect.

Hospitality venues like restaurants, bars and pubs must close, but can still provide takeaway and delivery services. However, takeaway of alcohol will not be allowed.

Read a full list of all the rules and exemptions for the national lockdown.

On 22 February 2021, the government announced a new roadmap that sets out the milestones and dates that restrictions could be lifted over spring 2021.

Guidance for employers and businesses

Financial support for businesses and the self-employed

Love Hackney, Shop Local

Retail, leisure and hospitality businesses in the borough can receive support through our new shop local initiative and business directory

If you would like to be part of the Love Hackney, Shop Local campaign email for further details and a business participation pack.

London Business Hub

London Business Hub has brought together essential resources to help your business manage and mitigate its exposure to the impact of coronavirus. This includes:

  • one-to-one advice and support to help London businesses face the challenges of  COVID-19. Book a call
  • factsheets and guides brought to you by the London Growth Hub to help your business respond to the COVID-19 outbreak
  • checklists to prepare your business
  • external guidance from The British Chambers of Commerce, ACAS, UK Hospitality, The Association of British Insurers and other leading industry experts
  • links to sector-specific support

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Page updated on: 22 February 2021