Sector-specific Support During COVID-19

This article provides advice and information about the support that is available for specific sectors during the coronavirus outbreak.

The UK Government has published a directory of the business organisations and trade associations that are providing coronavirus-related support for specific sectors. The directory covers more than 30 different sectors. Many of the organisations listed provide sector-specific guidance, and are often happy to respond to non-member queries related to coronavirus.

Reopening the hospitality sector

The following resources provide advice and information to help the hospitality sector navigate the COVID-19 outbreak and reopen safely:

Keeping staff and customers safe

Advice and guidance

Other support

  • The UK Government has confirmed restaurants, pubs and cafes will get automatic freedoms to provide takeaway services until 2022 without having to go through a planning application process.
  • The UK Government has updated guidance on how to work safely in the visitor economy and in hotels and other guest accommodation.
  • The UK Government announced on 8 July that the rate of VAT applied on most tourism and hospitality-related activities would be cut from 20% to 5%. The reduction applied from 15 July 2020 to 30 September 2021, followed by an interim rate of 12.5% for another six months.
  • The AA has launched a COVID CONFIDENT assessment scheme to support the hospitality industry to reopen safely. The accreditation scheme will confirm that an establishment has carried out risk assessments, safety measures and staff training, in line with Government guidelines.
  • UK Hospitality has created a page specifically about coronavirus, which provides advice, information, daily updates and a weekly newsletter.
  • The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has published information for retailers about the sale of age-restricted products in relation to customers wearing face masks or face coverings.
  • The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has published guidance for retailers in the convenience sector about providing home delivery services.
  • Bira (British Independent Retailers Association) has launched a Coronavirus Hub to support the independent retail sector.
  • The Department for Business has published working safely guidance for retailers.
  • The Department for Education has published updated guidance about preventing and controlling infection, including the use of PPE, in education, childcare and children’s social care settings during the coronavirus outbreak.
  • The UK Government has published guidance about protective measures for providers of community activities, holiday or after-school clubs, tuition and other out-of-school settings offering provision to children during COVID-19.
  • The Department for Transport has published guidance about safer working principles and risk assessment for transport operators and organisations.
  • The UK Government has published guidance on COVID-19 for staff working in the transport sector.
  • The UK Government has updated guidance on how to work safely in the visitor economy and in hotels and other guest accommodation.
  • The UK Government announced on 8 July that the rate of VAT applied on most tourism and hospitality-related activities will be cut from 20% to 5%. The reduction applied from 15 July 2020 to 30 September 2021, followed by an interim rate of 12.5% for another six months.
  • VisitEngland has launched a UK-wide industry standard and consumer mark so businesses can demonstrate that they are adhering to COVID-19 guidelines when reopening.
  • VisitBritain has published resources that cover practical guidance to help tourism businesses reopen.
  • VisitBritain has published advice and information to support tourism and events businesses impacted by the coronavirus outbreak.
  • The National Lottery Community Fund is providing grants of between £300 and £10,000 to voluntary or community organisations that are providing support to people affected by the coronavirus crisis.
  • The Charity Commission has published advice for charities about coronavirus-related fraud and cybercrime.
  • The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) has published guidance and resources to support charities, voluntary organisations and volunteers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The Charity Commission for England and Wales has published guidance and information to help charities during the coronavirus outbreak.
  • Social Enterprise UK has published resources, guides and webinars to help social enterprises during the coronavirus outbreak.
  • The Institute of Fundraising has published advice, guidance and resources to support fundraisers during the coronavirus outbreak.
  • UK Theatre and SOLT have launched the See It Safely toolkit to support theatres to reopen safely.
  • The Creative Industries Federation has published a roundup of the support available for the creative industries.
  • The Mayor of London has launched a £2.3 million Culture at Risk Business Support Fund to support London’s creative and cultural industries at risk due to the impact of coronavirus. The fund will support grassroots music venues, LGBTQ+ venues, artist workspaces and independent cinemas across the capital.
  • The Music Venture Trust (MVT) has set up a new Grassroots Music Venue Crisis Service, which is supported by the London Business Hub and Mayor of London. The service will provide sector support, advice and interventions to help halt threats to venues. If all practical avenues are exhausted without success, and financial challenges remain, MVT will consider whether it can give direct financial assistance to a venue in order to alleviate specific challenges it faces.
  • Build UK provides advice and information about the support available for construction firms affected by the coronavirus outbreak.
  • The UK Government announced on 8 July that the rate of VAT applied on most tourism and hospitality-related activities will be cut from 20% to 5%. The reduction applied from 15 July 2020 to 31 September 2021, followed by an interim rate of 12.5% for another six months.
  • The UK Government has relaxed planning rules to allow pubs, restaurants and bars to alter their mode of operation and trade as hot food takeaways without making a change of use planning application.
  • The UK Government has published guidance for the public, providers of outdoor sport facilities, elite athletes, personal trainers and coaches on the phased return of sport and recreation.
  • The Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMPSA) has launched a digital support hub to provide support for individuals and businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. It includes information about government, legal and financial support, along with a range of free resources for mental health, well-being and professional development.
  • The Beauty Guild has published advice to support hair and beauty businesses to operate during COVID-19.
  • The UK Government has published guidance about offering close contact services safely during COVID-19.
  • Public Health England has published guidance for those working in care homes providing information on how to work safely during this period of sustained transmission of COVID-19.
  • Public Health England has published a resource for those working in domiciliary care providing information on the use of personal protective equipment (PPE).

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