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Below you will find a series of links to important information pages published UK Government on their website. This information is updated regularly.

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Gov Guidance: local covid alert level ‘very high’.

Find out what restrictions there are in areas of England where the covid alert level is ‘very high’.

Gov Guidance: Covid alert levels by area.

The areas in England listed as covid alert level ‘high’ and covid alert ‘very high’.

Gov Press Release: Prime Minister announces new three tiered system of local covid alert levels in England.

Boris Johnson has today set out how the government will further simplify and standardise local rules by introducing a three tiered system of local COVID Alert Levels in England.

Gov Update on new social distancing rules

Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock speaks about new social distancing rules to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Gov Press Release: Covid-19 vaccine trials.

100,00 members of the public have already signed up to register for covid-19 vaccine trials. More members of the general public are encouraged to sign up.

Gov Press Release: New enforcement measures announced by the government.

From Saturday 15th August, we will see the reopening of  indoor theatres, music and performance venues, indoor play and softplay.  Bowling alleys, skating rinks and casinos will be permitted to reopen and beauty salons, tattoo studios, spas and barbers across England will be able to offer all close contact services and treatments. Fines will also be amended and introduced. 

Gov Press Release: Funding to prepare the NHS for winter confirmed by the Prime Minister.

Boris Johnson announces the 117 Trusts allocated a share of £300 million to upgrade A&E facilities to help the NHS prepare for winter and the risk from further outbreaks of coronavirus.

Gov Press Release: Extra boost to support working families affected by coronavirus.

Working parents or carers who are eligible for Tax-Free Childcare or 30 hours free childcare but have temporarily fallen below the minimum income requirement as a result of the pandemic will continue to receive financial support until 31 October 2020.

Gov Press Release: New, rapid coronavirus tests coming before winter.

Both tests will be able to detect covid-19 and other winter viruses in just 90 minutes.

Gov Guidance: Shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from coronavirus.

From 1 August 2020, the government will pause shielding unless the transmission of covid starts to rise significantly.

Gov Update: Self-Isolation period extended from 7 days to 10 days.

UK Chief Medical Officers statement outlines that the self-isolation period has been extended to 10 days for those in the community who have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms or a positive test result.

Gov Press Release: Government deal boosts chances of UK receiving Covid-19 vaccine.

The deal will secure early access to a promising, new covid-19 vaccine.

Gov Press Release: Face coverings are mandatory in shops, supermarkets, shopping centres and enclosed transport hubs from Friday 24 July.

This new measure is an important step in lifting lockdown in England. It will also be compulsory to wear a face covering when buying food and drink to take away from cafes and shops. Venues such as pubs, restaurants and gyms are exempt.

Gov News: Millions of face coverings will be made by production lines each week.

A government drive to increase UK production of face coverings has started.

Gov News: £266 million housing fund launched by Jenrick.

Next Steps Accommodation Programme launched on 18 July; resources available for councils to help ensure 15,000 continue to have a safe place to stay.

Gov Guidance: When to wear a face covering and how to make your own.

Guidance from the government also includes what a face covering is, how they reduce the transmission of covid-19 and how they should be safely used and stored.

Gov Speech 9 July 2020: The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Secretary’s statement on coronavirus

As of this weekend, artists, musicians and dancers can start performing live outside to audiences. We’ll also have the resumption of recreational sport, followed later by the reopening of our gyms, swimming pools and leisure centres.

Gov Guidance: Introduction to T-Levels

From September 2020, T-Level courses (equivalent to 3 A-Levels) will be coming in following GCSES. Their content meets the needs of industry and prepares students for work.

Gov Speech 3 July: Prime Minister’s statement on coronavirus.

Boris Johnson updates the nation on the latest coronavirus information.

Gov Press Release: Public to leave name and number with venues they visit to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

Executive Chair of NHS Test and Trace encourages the public to play their part in stopping the spread of  covid-19 from Saturday 4 July.

Gov Guidance: Guidance for small marriages and civil partnerships during coronavirus pandemic.

The government has been working with stakeholders in the wedding industry to consider how small marriages and civil partnerships can begin safely from 4 July.

Gov Press Release: New guidance for reopening galleries, museums and the heritage sector.

Boris Johsnon has announced that from the 4 July, museums, galleries and heritage attractions will be able to open. 

Gov Update: Driving lessons, theory tests and driving tests to restart in England.

On Saturday 4 July, driving lessons and theory tests will restart in England and on Wednesday 22 July, car driving tests will restart.

Gov Guidance: Meeting people from outside your household from 4 July.

From 4 July, you can meet in a group of 2 households (including your support bubble), in any location- public or private, indoors or outdoors. This does not need to be the same household each time.

Gov Press Release: Government has approved the world’s first coronavirus treatment for NHS.

The NHS are authorised to use the coronavirus treatment which is proven to reduce the risk of death.

Gov Press Release: Government funded Covid-19 vaccine movies into first human trials.

Clinical researchers will begin human trials of a new coronavirus vaccine developed by researchers at Imperial College in London.

Gov Guidance: How to wear and make a cloth face covering.

Public Health England guidance around making your own face covering using a t-shirt or by sewing your own cloth face covering.

Gov Press Release: Write letters to people isolating at home says Loneliness Minister.

Encouragement to the public to reach out to friends, family and neighbours who are elderly or otherwise clinically vulnerable. This includes those who are pregnant, aged 70 or older or with an underlying health condition

Gov Guidance: Advice for the public on mental health and wellbeing.

Information on how to look after your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus.

Gov Guidance: Meeting people from outside your household.

From 13 June, adults who live alone or with dependent children only can form a ‘support bubble’ with one other household.

Gov Update: Coronavirus, work and financial support.

Guidance and support around working safely, travelling to work safely, reasonable adjustments for working from home, getting financial support if you are not working or you are working less, getting help paying for childcare and advice if you’re worried about working.

Gov Update: New powers for councils to keep cyclists safe.

Cycling Minister Chris Heaton-Harris has announced today (10 June 2020) that  cyclists will have safer journeys thanks to new laws coming into force.

Gov Update: Face coverings to become essential on public transport.

From 15th June, face coverings will be required while using public transport in England. 

Gov Guidance: furlough and redundancy.

What to do if your employer is now insolvent and you were furloughed using the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS)

Gov Guidance: Help children aged 2-4 years old to learn at home during covid-19.

Advice for parents and carers of early years children who have not yet started school. 

Gov Guidance: The R number in the UK.

The R (reproduction) number in the UK is the average number of secondary infections produced by 1 covid-19 infected person. 

Gov Speech 31 May 2020: Communities Secretary’s statement on coronavirus.

Updates around the latest data on the coronavirus response and government’s support for the most vulnerable people in society.

Gov Press Release: Groups of 6 from different households can exercise outside under new rules.

From Monday 1st June 2020, people can exercise outside with up to 5 others from different households as long as strict social distancing guidelines are followed.

Gov guidance: social distancing guidance for young people during coronavirus pandemic.

Guidance around topics such as: protecting different groups of people, visiting public places, advice for young carers, travelling, going to work, education or childcare, looking after your wellbeing when staying at home and more.

Gov Press Release: coronavirus testing in the UK for everyone with symptoms.

Everyone who lives in the UK with coronavirus symptoms are eligible for coronavirus tests.

Gov update: coronavirus and our animals.

Advice for pet owners and livestock keepers in England around looking after animal welfare during the covid-19 pandemic. 

Gov guidance: common coronavirus questions and answers.

The most asked questions around coronavirus and answers from the government including questions around: social distancing, family and friends, when schools are reopening, weddings and rules for opening businesses.  

Statement from the UK Chief Medical Officers on an update to coronavirus symptoms

New information about coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms has been announced

Gov guidance: Moving house during the coronavirus outbreak.

Advice from the government for the public, social landlords and the industry around moving house during covid-19 in the private or social sector.

Gov update: Coronavirus and Self-Employment Income Support Scheme.

If you are self-employed or part of a partnership then you may be eligible for the government’s scheme if you have been affected by covid-19.

Gov Speech: 13th May 2020 Housing Secretary’s Statement.

The plan to safely restart, reopen and renew the housing market in line with the government’s response to covid-19.

Gov update: Social distancing, staying alert and staying safe.

Government guidance detailing their plan to return to life as near normal as possible. Includes guidance around: protecting different groups of people, staying at home, visiting public places, going to work, public gatherings and more. 

Gov Update: Guidance around working safely during coronavirus

Guidance for employees, the self-employed and employers around working safely in a variety of industries including: construction, factories, warehouses, other people’s homes, shops and restaurants offering takeaway or delivery services. 

Gov Press Release: New webinars to boost support for SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) during coronavirus

The Department for International Trade is hosting a series of coronavirus (COVID-19) webinars, free for SMEs across the UK.

Gov update: Coronavirus bounce back loan scheme for small and medium-sized businesses

The scheme will launch on 4th May 2020, but read about what it will involve here.

Gov update: Accessing food and essential supplies during coronavirus.

Guidance from the government about how to access essentials if you are clinically extremely vulnerable or self-isolating.

Gov Press Release: £76m extra funding for vulnerable during coronavirus pandemic

Funding will support survivors of domestic violence, sexual violence and vulnerable children and their families and victims of modern slavery.

Gov update: Domestic abuse and support for the armed forces community

Government guidance for those in the armed forces community who are affected by or dealing with domestic abuse.

Gov guidance: coronavirus and staying safe online.

Staying connected online is important during the coronavirus pandemic and it is important that we know how to do it safely. Guidance is for both children and adults.

Aldi joins Free School Meal voucher scheme

Aldi joins supermarkets signed up to Government's national voucher scheme

Gov update: coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme

A loan scheme backed by the government has been announced by the Chancellor for large businesses affected by coronavirus.

Gov update: Coronavirus helplines for businesses

All businesses and self-employed people in financial distress, and with outstanding tax liabilities, may be eligible to receive support with their tax affairs through HMRC’s Time To Pay service.

Public Health England: Coronavirus Resource Centre

A variety of coronavirus resources including information on: hand hygiene, symptoms, how to help others safely and links to NHS coronavirus resources.

Gov update: Coronavirus and Personal Independence Payment (PIP) changes.

Information outlining changes to Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and how these changes can affect people who currently get PIP, people who applied for PIP in the past and people moving from Disability Living Allowance (DLA) to PIP.

Gov guidance for parents and carers: keeping your children safe online.

Government guidance to help parents and carers to keep children safe online during the coronavirus pandemic.

Gov update: Domestic abuse and coronavirus factsheet

If you are experiencing domestic abuse or you feel at risk of domestic abuse during coronavirus, then there is support available including: police response, online support, refuges, helplines and other services.

Gov Press Release: UK-wide personal protective equipment (PPE) set out by the government.

Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock has published a UK-wide plan to ensure that critical personal protective equipment (PPE) is delivered to those on the front line responding to coronavirus.

Gov update: Guidance for households with possible COVID-19 symptoms

Updated government guidance for people with coronavirus symptoms who must remain at home until they are well and do not require hospital treatment as well as those living in households with someone who shows coronavirus symptoms.

Coronavirus Gov Update: What to do if you are already getting benefits

Guidance from the government for people who were already receiving benefits before the coronavirus outbreak.

Coronavirus Gov Update: Guidance for employed people who cannot work due to COVID-19

Includes guidance on: financial support if you have COVID-19 symptoms, if someone you live with has symptoms of coronavirus and if you are not eligible for Statutory Sick Pay (SSP).

Press Release: Government announce a package of support for schools and parents

Extra funding for schools and high quality resources for parents and schools to help support education at home.

Gov Update: Is your business in distress?

Advice and support from the government to help your business if it is in difficulty.

Gov Update: Guidance for Employees

Information, advice and guidance from the government about going to work, staying at home, sick pay, Statutory Sick Pay (SPP) start date, proof of sickness, if you’re self-employed and not eligible for SSP, furloughed workers, claiming benefits, support for rent costs and more.

Changes to DBS ID Checking Guidelines

Please see the guidance outlining changes to the DBS process on a temporary basis to allow for quicker recruitment. Follow the link for further information.

Gov Update - New advice to support mental health during coronavirus outbreak

People struggling with their mental health during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak will be offered additional online support and practical guidance to help them cope.

Gov Update – Voucher Scheme Launches for Schools Providing Free School Meals

Weekly shopping vouchers worth £15 to spend at supermarkets while schools are closed due to coronavirus.

Gov Guidance: local covid alert level ‘high’.

Find out what restrictions there are in areas of England where the covid alert level is ‘high’.

Gov Guidance: Local Covid alerts information.

Find information around covid alert levels, what they are, what they mean and what the different levels are.

Gov Update: Local restrictions in the North East of England.

Information around what you can and cannot do if you live, work or travel in Newcastle upon Tyne, Gateshead, Northumberland, Sunderland, North Tyneside, South Tyneside or Durham.

Gov Update: Coronavirus and what has changed, 9 September

From Monday 14th September, by law, you must not meet with people from other households socially in groups of more than 6.

Gov Update: Second stage of support scheme for the self-employed.

A second payment of up to £6,570 could be claimed by millions of self-employed people whose livelihoods have been affected by coronavirus.

Gov Press Release: New COVID-19 vaccines secured by UK government.

Early access for UK citizens to 90 million doses of 2 COVID-19 vaccine candidates if they are proved safe and effective.

Gov Press Release: New triple lock process for students ahead of A level and GCSE results.

Students could accept their calculated grade, appeal to receive a valid mock result, or sit autumn exams to ensure the achievements of young people are recognised.

Gov guidance: calculating your statutory redundancy pay.

Statutory redundancy pay is based on your age, weekly pay and number of years in the job. Calculate how much statutory redundancy you can get.

Gov Update: Eat Out to Help Out launched on 3 August.

Restaurant bills slashed for diners in the UK by as much as 50%.

Gov Press Release: £20 million new grants to help smaller businesses to recover.

Thousands of smaller businesses in England are set to benefit from £20 million of new government funding to help them recover from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

Gov Guidance: Qualification results this summer.

Exam results were cancelled this year due to coronavirus. Find out how results will be calculated, advice around if results are not what you wanted and support phone lines.

Gov Guidance: Get a free NHS test if you or someone you live with has coronavirus symptoms and/or if you have been told to have a test before you go into hospital.

You can have a swab test to check if you have coronavirus (COVID-19) You can choose to take the test either at a test site or with a home test kit.

Gov Press Release: Care home visits restart so families and friends can reunite with loved ones.

Following the publication of new guidance on 22 July, care home residents are set to be reunited with friends and family.

Gov Press Release: UK secures strong portfolio of promising vaccines.

Millions could be vaccinated against Covid-19.

Gov Guidance: The Eat Out to Help Out Scheme.

Get a 50% discount when you eat in at restaurants that are registered with the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme from 3 August - 31 August 2020.

Gov Press Release: Gyms and pools to reopen safely

From 11 July, outdoor pools can reopen to the public. Then from 25 July, indoor pools, gyms and leisure centres can reopen.

Gov Press Release: Beauty salons set to reopen.

From Monday 13 July, beauty salons, nail bars and tattoo studios can reopen safely.

Gov Authored Article: Help from Jobcentre Plus.

Jobcentre Plus is bringing in 13,500 new Work Coaches to help people find work.

Gov Guidance: Young carers and young adult carers.

Advice and guidance for carers under the age of 25 who are providing care for someone during the coronavirus outbreak.

Gov Speech: Health Secretary Covid-19 statement 22 June 2020

Matt Hancock gives the daily press briefing on the government’s response to the covid-19 pandemic.

Gov Update: Online resources to aid children’s home education.

Free online, educational resources to support children learning from home. Subjects include: English, Maths, Science and P.E.

Gov Guidance: Keeping children safe from abuse and harm during coronavirus.

Information and advice for parents and carers around the main risks that children may be vulnerable to at this time.

Gov News: Facebook Fitness Focus event.

How to stay fit at home during lockdown.

Gov Speech 23 June 2020: Prime Minister’s statement to the House on Covid-19.

Boris Johnson’s coronavirus statement to the House on 23 June 2020.

Gov Guidance: Travel and mental health.

Advice for British nationals with mental health needs, their families and carers, to prepare for travelling abroad.

Gov Press Release: Flexibility given to primary schools to bring back more pupils.

Headteachers are being encouraged to invite back more primary school pupils before summer.

Gov Guidance: How different circumstances affect the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme.

If you're self-employed or a member of a partnership, find out how your circumstances can affect your eligibility for the scheme.

Gov Guidance: New rules from Monday 15 June around face coverings on public transport.

People should continue to avoid taking public transport where possible, but by mandating the use of face coverings, the government is asking passengers to play their part in helping to protect each other.

Gov Guidance: Supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing.

Advice for parents and carers around looking after the mental health and wellbeing of children or young people during coronavirus.

Gov Guidance: Safe air travel for passengers during covid-19.

Guidance around how to safely travel in airports and on aircraft during the coronavirus pandemic.

Gov Press Release: Non essential shops in England will be able to reopen from Monday 15th June 2020.

The Business Secretary confirmed on the 9th June that thousands of high street shops,department stores and shopping centres will be able to reopen safely in England thanks to continuing progress in meeting the 5 government tests.

Gov Press Release 5th June 2020: Ban on evictions extended by two months.

Renters across England and Wales will receive greater protection after the Government extended the suspension of new evictions until 23 August 2020.

Gov Speech: 3 June 2020 Prime Minister statement at the coronavirus press conference.

Boris Johnson gave a statement at the coronavirus press conference.

Gov Guidance: Support for the bereaved.

Information to help bereaved families, friends or next of kin make important decisions.

Gov Guidance: Covid-19 and advice for smokers and vapers.

How to reduce the risk of contracting covid-19 for those who smoke and vape and how to access support to stop smoking and remain smokefree.

Gov Speech 30 May 2020: The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Secretary Oliver Dowden’s statement on coronavirus and sport.

Football, tennis, horse racing, Formula One, cricket, golf, rugby, snooker and others – all are set to return to our screens shortly, with horse racing first out of the gate in the North East next week.

Gov Speech 28 May 2020: Boris Johnson’s statement on the 5 tests that must be met before adjusting the lockdown.

The Prime MInister Boris Johnson gives an update on the progress against each of the 5 tests.

Gov Guidance: coronavirus and advice on accessing green spaces safely.

Advice from the government about using green spaces and protecting yourself and others during the coronavirus pandemic.

Gov Press Release: Coronavirus and Boris Johnson’s retail timeline.

Timeline for retail to re-open in June 2020 set out by Boris Johnson. 

Gov guidance: National Insurance credits for adults who care for a child under 12 years old

You may be eligible for Specified Adult Childcare National Insurance Credits if you are an adult caring for a child under 12 years old. Read this fact sheet to find out more.

Gov news: protecting our mental health during coronavirus.

The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in our lives changing dramatically. Find resources here to help you manage your mental health during this difficult time.

Gov guidance: Coronavirus Future Fund Scheme.

A scheme for innovative companies which are facing financial difficulties due to coronavirus.

Gov press release: Plan to restart the housing market.

Housing Secretary sets out plan to restart the housing market.

Gov update: tackling loneliness during the coronavirus pandemic.

A collection of the government’s work around tackling loneliness during covid-19.

Gov guidance: Covid-19 tests and testing kits.

Guidance for the public, patients and professional users around coronavirus testing.