Social distancing guidance

During this time of disruption, the UK Government is not asking all businesses to shut – indeed it is important for business to carry on. Only some non-essential shops and public venues have been asked to close – see more detailed information on the businesses and venues that must close, and those that are exempt.

To support businesses that remain open during this period in England, the government has published additional guidance to assist employers, businesses and their staff in staying open safely during coronavirus (COVID-19):

The government understands that employers and businesses may have concerns about how they can remain open for business safely, and so play their part in preventing the spread of the virus. All employees should be encouraged to work from home unless it is impossible for them to do so. Not everyone can work from home: certain jobs require people to travel to, from and for their work – for instance to operate machinery, work in construction or manufacturing, or to deliver front line services. For specific settings please refer to sector specific guidance.

For advice to businesses in other nations of the UK please see guidance set by the Northern Ireland Executive, the Scottish Government and the Welsh Government.

I’d be very grateful for your help in sharing this additional advice on social distancing measures with your clients and networks.


Business support campaign 

We have this week been working on a new coronavirus business support hub on that provides a clearer user journey for business users, signposting the most important information for them. This is now live: We will continue to develop and improve this page and make sure it is always reflective of the most up to date information from government.

While the campaign site has been a successful and helpful way to clarify business information on coronavirus since the launch of our business support campaign in March, GOV.UK remains the first and most trusted point of call for people seeking government information.


In light of this, we see maintaining the existing campaign site as the first point of call for businesses as unnecessarily complicating the user journey. Therefore, now that the hub is live, we will be redirecting audiences there in our campaign materials.


We would be grateful if any organisations currently directing to the website could update URLs to The will shortly be updated to also reflect this change.

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