Coronavirus Update - support for businesses

Published: 16 November 2020

Coronavirus updates


Coronavirus update

Support for businesses

Help for those ordered to close

When the government announced the new restrictions that came into effect on 5th November 2020, they also indicated that they would be putting in place new grant schemes to help businesses. Government guidance has now been provided to local authorities about how these schemes will work. We are working hard to get ready to launch the scheme for businesses that have been forced to close during the current restriction and expect to do this towards the end of next week (20th November).

In advance of this we have published some guidance on how the scheme is expected to operate, which businesses will be eligible and the expected value of the grants.

Find out more here

You can also register for automatic alerts to any updates to the page so as soon as we go live with either the guidance or application processes you’ll be amongst the first to know.

COVID-19 health advice

Get a free NHS test today to check if you have coronavirus

Anyone with coronavirus symptoms can get a test.

Coronavirus symptoms are:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

You can get a test for someone you live with if they have these symptoms. Do not get tests for people you live with who do not have these symptoms.

Stay at home if you have symptoms

If you are getting a test because you have symptoms, you and anyone you live with must stay at home until you get your result.

Anyone in your support bubble must also stay at home.

Get a test

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Have you downloaded the NHS COVID-19 App?

The app is available for smartphones only - not tablets, smartwatches or other devices.

To get started, go to Android's Google Play or Apple's App Store and search for "NHS Covid-19".

The handsets must have Android 6.0 (released in 2015) or iOS 13.5 (released in May 2020) and Bluetooth 4.0 or higher. That excludes the iPhone 6 and older versions of Apple's handsets.

Further information is available on the NHS website. This also gives information on how to report an issue or if you have any questions about this product.


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