Information for businesses and the self-employed
Shropshire Council has been working closely with Telford and Wrekin Council, Public Health England (PHE), NHS England and local health and care partners, to prepare and respond to COVID-19 (coronavirus).
We are using this time to work with local partners to review business continuity and outbreak response plans should things change.
Update following the Prime Minister’s announcement on Sunday 11th May 2020
In order to respond to the questions from businesses and employees seeking clarity regarding the Prime Minister’s announcement on Sunday 11th May 2020, Shropshire Council’s priority during the coronavirus pandemic is to protect the public and save lives. As the Prime Minister has stated “…we will not be driven by mere hope or economic necessity. We are going to be driven by the science, the data and public health.”
We need to pause and consider the details that will emerge over the next few days. We will take stock of the Government information and continue to support and enable businesses to operate in a safe way that protects both their employees and the public.
Further advice can be sought from email@example.com, and you can view our pages on the latest information for the public for details on social distancing and more.
Government guidance for employers
The Government has published specific guidance for employers to help them get their businesses back up and running and workplaces operating safely.
The new guidance covers 8 workplace settings which are allowed to be open, from outdoor environments and construction sites to factories and takeaways.
Support for businesses and employees
There is an online form available to apply for Covid-19 related business grants. For more information about eligibility and how to apply follow this link.
We have issued a letter to businesses from the Leader of Shropshire Council detailing the steps we are taking to help, and will provide updates as the government issues further details.
Additional information on a wider range of available grants and funding can be found on the Idox Open 4 Business website, which is free to use until 31 October 2020.
The government have relaxed the rules for some benefits to help with the effect of coronavirus. If you need to claim universal credit because of coronavirus there is useful information to help you on the Understanding Universal Credit webpages.
A number of organisations have contacted us with concerns regarding continuity of supplier payments during the ongoing coronavirus/COVID-19 situation. We would like to reassure all suppliers that as long as invoices are submitted to us in the usual way we have business continuity arrangements in place which will allow us to process these as normal. The situation is being monitored closely and if this position changes we will send out a communication to that effect.
Take a look at our Environmental Health and Trading Standards sections for essential advice to all businesses regarding the COVID-19 outbreak. This page provides essential information giving clarity to businesses on whether they are permitted to stay open. It includes other useful guidance on preventing the spread of the Covid 19 virus.
Advice for food businesses
The latest advice for food businesses on Covid-19 can be found on our Food safety pages. This includes information for takeaways, community groups and a general FAQ section.
Advice for farming and livestock businesses
The latest advice for farmers, dog groomers, livestock owners and other animal businesses on Covid-19 can be found in our animal health coronavirus section.