The Government anticipates that it could become widespread. It is working on an upper limit of half a million extra deaths, based on 80% of the population becoming infected and a 1% mortality rate.
It is advising businesses to plan for staff absenteeism rates of up to 20% at the height of the outbreak.
Details of the package of Government support for businesses are available here.
This support includes a grant of £10,000 available to all businesses eligible for Small Business Rate Relief or Rural Rate Relief. Businesses don’t have to apply. Local authorities will contact eligible business directly. We expect this to happen during April.
Sign up for Government email alerts on Coronavirus here.
The official guidance from the Department of Health and Social Care, and Public Health England, is here and is being updated daily. This covers the situation in the UK, provides information about the virus and outlines the action the Government is taking to prevent its spread.
The Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government is allowing pubs and restaurants to operate as takeaways for the duration of the outbreak. Details here.
Click here for advice from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on travel abroad.
The Department for Transport and Public Health England have produced specific guidance for the transport sector here.
HM Revenue & Customs has launched a tax helpline to help businesses concerned about paying their tax due to Coronavirus. Find all the information here. The number is 0800 0159 559.
Companies House has produced guidance if Coronavirus has affected your company and you need more time to file your accounts. Find all the information here.
Public Health England has two useful blogs. The first here addresses frequently asked questions around Coronavirus. The second blog here looks at how it uses contact tracing to limit the spread of the virus in the UK.
The Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy is looking for organisations that can support in the supply of ventilators and ventilator components. If your business can help, register your details here.
The NHS has a concise guide to Coronavirus setting out how it is spread, how to avoid catching it, symptoms, treatment and what to do if you think you or any of your employees might be infected. Details here.
British Chambers of Commerce
The British Chambers of Commerce’s advice on preparing for and responding to Coronavirus is here.
The National Cyber Security Centre
The National Cyber Security Centre has issued guidance on best practice for home and remote working, click here.
Experts at the NCSC have revealed phishing attacks exploiting worries over COVID-19 Click Here
Ransomware Prevention & recovery Click Here
Other Useful Resources
The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is a temporary scheme open to all UK employers for at least three months starting from 1 March 2020. For more details click here.
The Growth Company has a suite of resources including 10 steps to take now, a series of webinars, and guidance on keeping your business operating and managing cashflow. Click here.
Acas has also produced advice for employers and employees. Click here.
Westfield Health, which provides healthcare and well being services to Chamber members, has produced an Employer Guide on Coronavirus, click here.
NatWest Bank has set up help pages for business customers affected by Coronavirus. Click here.
The World Health Organisation has more detailed information including videos on best practice and more posters to download to inform your workforce. There’s also a useful myth-buster section and advice on when face masks are appropriate. Click here.
Wirral Chamber have set up a dedicated Business Helpline to provide all businesses and organisations with a one-stop-shop for information & guidance. If you have any concerns call us or email: firstname.lastname@example.org