Tuesday Coronavirus update

The Government last night announced to close non-essential shops regarding the Coronavirus outbreak.

Please find below guidance on which business this applies to, and any exceptions. Further information is available from: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/874732/230320_-_Revised_guidance_note_-_finalVF.pdf

The following businesses and premises must remain closed:

It’s important to note that the government will provide a business rates holiday for businesses and premises in the retail, hospitality and/or leisure sector. This includes the businesses and premises in scope for closure listed above.

The Government has set out all the business support available in one place accessible at the following link: https://www.businesssupport.gov.uk/coronavirus-business-support/

Businesses in rented properties

The Government has announced extra protection for businesses in rented properties:

  • Commercial tenants who cannot pay their rent because of coronavirus will be protected from eviction;
  • No business will be forced out of their premises if they miss a payment in the next three months.
  • As commercial tenants will still be liable for the rent after this period, the Government is also actively monitoring the impact on commercial landlords’ cash flow and continues to be in dialogue with them.

Further information is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/extra-protection-for-businesses-with-ban-on-evictions-for-commercial-tenants-who-miss-rent-payments

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