Coronavirus: Business re-opening

This Commons Library Briefing Paper discusses business closure and re-opening across the UK. It considered which businesses were required to close under the four lockdown regulations and how each of the four nations are lifting these regulations. As well as looking at which businesses can re-open it outlines the steps that they must take to do so safely.…

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Eat Out to Help Out Scheme

The Eat Out to Help Out Scheme is one of the Government’s economic recovery measures to support businesses reopening following the COVID-19 lockdown. The Scheme aims to help protect jobs in the hospitality sector by encouraging consumers to eat out. Questions have been raised about whether the Scheme was introduced before it was clear whether consumer demand was a factor limiting business recovery. …

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Coronavirus: Returning to work

This Commons Library Briefing Paper discusses issues relating to returning to work as the Government re-opens the economy. It provides an overview of relevant health and safety law and a discussion of Government guidance on working safely in the context of Covid-19. It also includes a discussion of the positions in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. …

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Coronavirus: Economic impact

The coronavirus outbreak has impacted the UK economy in a number of different ways. The magnitude of the recession caused by the virus is unprecedented in modern times. While a recovery is underway, there is uncertainty over how fast economic activity will regain lost ground. This briefing examines the economic impact of the crisis to date and outlines the key issues for the outlook. It summarises policy measures introduced to mitigate the economic effects of Covid-19 and details the impact on the public finances.…

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Coronavirus: Support for businesses

In a worst-case scenario, up to one-fifth of UK employees may be absent from work during the coronavirus outbreak. This would have significant economic impacts in the UK. This briefing provides information on the various sources of support for businesses affected. …

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Coronavirus: A ban on evictions and help for rough sleepers

This briefing paper explains measures the Government put in place during the coronavirus outbreak to assist households to retain their homes and enable local authorities to tackle the specific challenges faced by rough sleepers. The paper covers subsequent measures taken in light of the courts starting to consider possession claims again from 23 August and to prevent rough sleepers from returning to the streets. The paper is being updated regularly to take account of new developments. …

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