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With most businesses in Harrow Town Centre now allowed to open, you must ensure social distancing measures are in place. The Government has produced guidance on Working Safely During the Coronavirus.
As an employer, you’re required by law to protect your employees, and others, from harm. The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has provided some guidance on what you need to have in place as you re-open your business, including carrying out a Risk Assessment. An example Risk Assessment Template is provided on their website, but each business will be different depending on the size and number of employees.
All businesses in Harrow will receive a letter from Harrow Council explaining what measures they need to put in place. Please ensure you read it.
This guidance will help non-food retail premises ensure they are compliant.
The Government has issued updated guidance for pubs/restaurants/bars. You must ensure your business is ‘Covid Secure’.
Think about how to maintain social distancing in your premises, signage, and whether protective screening is necessary. Please ensure that your premises adheres to the guidance. You can reassure your customers that your business is safe and that you have complied with the regulations by printing and displaying this Staying Covid-19 Secure Poster. If you need help with signage please contact email@example.com.
The Government’s furlough scheme will close to new entrants on 30th June 2020. From this point onwards, employers will only be able to furlough employees that they have furloughed for a full 3 week period prior to 30 June. This means that the final date by which an employer needs to agree with their employee and ensure they place them on furlough is 10th June.
You can claim for 80% of your employee’s wages plus any employer National Insurance and pension contributions, if you have put them on furlough because of coronavirus (COVID-19). HMRC will pay the money into your account within six days so the sooner you apply the quicker you can have access to the money.
The Bounce Back Loan Scheme allows small businesses adversely affected by Covid-19 to apply for between £2,000 and £50,000, with the government guaranteeing 100% of the advance. The loan can last for up to six years with no interest payments for the first 12 months. Interest is charged at 2.5% per annum after 12 months. Businesses will be able to access the loans through the existing network of accredited lenders.
Now, more than ever, businesses need advice and support. At brand new online portal www.businesshub.london you will find all the free, impartial, practical advice that you require, to support you with all your business needs.
If you’re working from home take a look at these tips on:
Harrow Council has distributed a letter to local businesses. It contains some useful guidance and posters as well as general information. Please refer to it and print off any of the posters that you may need: Letter to Businesses. You may also find this Business Check List useful.
Please see our latest advice sheet for further tips and useful links.