Businesses and venues can reopen from 1 August 2020

The UK government announced on 17 July 2020 more Businesses and venues can reopen from 1 August 2020 in England. These businesses and venues must follow COVID-19 Secure measures.

The following businesses and venues can reopen from Saturday, 1 August 2020.

  • Bowling alleys
  • Indoor skating rinks
  • Casinos
  • Exhibition halls and conference centres (to reopen for government-endorsed pilots only. Reopen to the public from 1 October 2020)

The Government strongly advised these businesses to follow the following guidance:

  • Guidance for providing gym, leisure and sports facilities, the Indoor skating rinks
  • Guidance for people who work in the Exhibition halls and conference centres

Further Guidance for Casinos and bowling alleys will be available shortly.

Companies House filings during COVID-19 pandemic

Companies House also gear up to support UK businesses during COVID-19 pandemic. They will automatically extend your company’s filing deadline. This will help you to avoid a late filing penalty if you are unable to deliver your company accounts on time during this pandemic. You do not need to do anything. You just need to go to Companies House website to check your new filing deadline.

On the same note, your confirmation statement filing deadline will also be extended. You would have 6 weeks to file your confirmation statement. Likewise, for the events driven filings, you will have 42 days (6 weeks) to notify Companies House instead of the usual 14 days filing deadline.

In addition, Companies House also created an interim paperless filing service to accept documents which would normally require a live signature.

During this pandemic, you are encouraged to submit your documents online to Companies House. You can use the webfiling service to file the following documents to Companies House.

To file online, you would require your company’s authentication code. The authentication code is the electronic equivalent of your company’s director(s) signatures. Keep safe your authentication code.

If you require help with your company’s filings, contact Our accountants. They will be more than happy to assist you.

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