Very high COVID alert level

What you need to know and do if you are in the local areas rated as very high COVID alert level.

The Government issues the following to the public.

At a minimum, this means:

1. You must not socialise with anybody you do not live with or have formed a support bubble with, in any indoor setting or in any private garden or at most outdoor hospitality venues and ticketed events.

2. You must not socialise in a group of more than 6 in an outdoor public space such as a park or beach, the countryside, a public garden or a sports venue.

3. Pubs and bars must close; they can only remain open where they operate as if they were a restaurant, which means serving substantial meals, like a main lunchtime or evening meal, and they may only serve alcohol as part of such a meal.

4. Schools and universities remain open.

5. Places of worship remain open, but household mixing is not permitted.

6. Weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on the number of attendees; however, wedding receptions are not allowed.

7. Exercise classes and organised sport can continue to take place outdoors; these will only be permitted indoors if it is possible for people to avoid mixing with people they do not live with or share a support bubble with; there are exceptions for supervised activities for under-18s, and disability sport.

8. You should try to avoid travelling outside the very high alert level area you are in or entering a very high alert level area, other than for things like work, education or youth services, to meet caring responsibilities or if you are travelling through as part of a longer journey.

9. You should avoid staying overnight in another part of the UK if you are resident in a very high alert level area, or avoid staying overnight in a very high alert level area if you are resident elsewhere.

You must:
wear a face-covering in those areas where this is mandated

You should continue to:
– follow social distancing rules
– work from home where you can effectively do so
– travel to venues or amenities that are open, for work or to access education, but aim to reduce the number of journeys you make.

This is the baseline in very high alert level areas. The government will also seek to agree additional interventions in consultation with local authorities, in order to reduce the spread of the virus. These could include the following options:
– restrictions preventing the sale of alcohol in hospitality or closing all hospitality (except takeaway and delivery).
– closing indoor and outdoor entertainment venues and tourist attractions.
– closing venues such as leisure centres and gyms (while ensuring provision remains available for elite athletes, youth and disabled sport and physical activity).
– shutting public buildings, such as libraries and community centres (while ensuring provision remains available for youth and childcare activities and support groups).
– closing personal care and close contact services or prohibiting the highest-risk activities.
– closing performing arts venues for the purposes of performing to audiences.

You should therefore check whether additional restrictions apply in your area.

Find out more about the measures that apply in very high alert level areas to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Companies House filings during COVID-19 pandemic

You can submit your company documents to Companies House online. You would require your company’s authentication code to do so. The authentication code is the electronic equivalent of your company’s director(s) signatures. Hence, you must keep it safe.

The documents you can file online includes:

Companies House has also created an interim paperless filing service to accept documents which would normally require a live signature during COVID-19 pandemic. You can easily upload your documents to the Companies House website.

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

England COVID alert levels

The government is regularly monitoring, updating and publishing England COVID alert levels so that local businesses and the public can take appropriate actions to avoid to spread of COVID-19.

England COVID alert levels are categorized as a medium, high and very high. Local areas that listed as very high are subject to stricter restrictions because they have a very high level of infections.

Local areas COVID alert levels in England

Below is the England COVID alert levels information which was last updated on 21 October 2020.

MediumHighVery High
All areas in England are medium, apart from those listed as high or very high.Cheshire
Cheshire West and Chester
Warrington
Cheshire East







Lancashire

Find out what you can and cannot do if you live, work or travel in Lancashire.

Blackpool
Blackburn with Darwen
Burnley
Chorley
Fylde
Hyndburn
Lancaster
Pendle
Preston
Ribble Valley
Rossendale
South Ribble
West Lancashire
Wyre
Cumbria
Barrow-in-Furness
Liverpool City Region

Find out what you can and cannot do if you live, work or travel in the Liverpool City Region.

Liverpool
Knowsley
Wirral
St Helens
Sefton
Halton
Derbyshire
Chesterfield
Erewash
North East Derbyshire
High Peak ‒ the wards of:
Tintwistle
Padfield
Dinting
St John’s
Old Glossop
Whitfield
Simmondley
Gamesley
Howard Town
Hadfield South
Hadfield North
Durham
Essex
Basildon
Braintree
Brentwood
Castle Point
Chelmsford
Colchester
Epping Forest
Harlow
Maldon
Rochford
Tendring
Uttlesford
Greater Manchester

From 23 October, Greater Manchester will be in ‘local COVID alert level: very high’. Find out what this will mean if you live, work or travel in Greater Manchester.

Manchester
Bolton
Bury
Stockport
Tameside
Trafford
Wigan
Salford
Rochdale
Oldham
Leicestershire
Leicester
Oadby and Wigston
All London boroughs
Camden
Greenwich
Hackney
Hammersmith and Fulham
Islington
Kensington and Chelsea
Lambeth
Lewisham
Southwark
Tower Hamlets
Wandsworth
City of Westminster
Barking and Dagenham
Barnet
Bexley
Brent
Bromley
Croydon
Ealing
Enfield
Haringey
Harrow
Havering
Hillingdon
Hounslow
Kingston upon Thames
Merton
Newham
Redbridge
Richmond upon Thames
Sutton
Waltham Forest
City of London
Nottinghamshire
Ashfield
Bassetlaw
Broxtowe
Gedling
Mansfield
Newark & Sherwood
Nottingham City
Rushcliffe
Northumberland
South Yorkshire

From 24 October, South Yorkshire will be in ‘local COVID alert level: very high’. Find out what this will mean if you live, work or travel in South Yorkshire.

Barnsley
Rotherham
Doncaster
Sheffield
Surrey
Elmbridge
Tees Valley
Middlesbrough
Redcar and Cleveland
Stockton-on-Tees
Darlington
Hartlepool
Tyne and Wear
Newcastle
South Tyneside
North Tyneside
Gateshead
Sunderland
York
West Midlands
Birmingham
Sandwell
Solihull
Wolverhampton
Walsall
West Yorkshire
Leeds
Bradford
Kirklees
Calderdale
Wakefield
source: GOV.UK

Companies House filings during COVID-19 pandemic

You can submit your company documents to Companies House online. You would require your company’s authentication code to do so. The authentication code is the electronic equivalent of your company’s director(s) signatures. Hence, you must keep it safe.

The documents you can file online includes:

Companies House has also created an interim paperless filing service to accept documents which would normally require a live signature during COVID-19 pandemic. You can easily upload your documents to the Companies House website.

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

Hydropower locations in the UK

Hydropower locations in the UK are listed below. The International hydropower association compiled and published this report in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hydropower or water power is a form of renewable energy and it is widely used to generate electricity. Often the hydropower infrastructure and reservoirs are also used to provide clean water for homes, industry and agricultural sectors.

List of Hydropower locations

LocationCapacity (MW)
Cruachan Dam * in Argyll, Scotland400
Dinorwig * in Gwynedd, Wales1728
Errochty in Scotland75
Ffestiniog * in Gwynedd, Wales360
Foyers* in Inverness-shire, Scotland300
Glendoe in Inverness-shire, Scotland100
Lochaber in Highland, Scotland84
Rannoch in Scotland44
Rheidol in Ceredigion, Wales50
Sloy in Agril, Scotland152.5
source: International hydropower association

MW = Megawatts * pumped storage

Those hydropower locations in the UK marked with ‘*’ next to them are pumped storage projects. Most of the water power stations are located in Scotland and Wales.

Companies House filings during Covid-19 pandemic

If you are involved in hydropower projects and providing your professional services or supply of goods to build the power station using a limited company, use the Companies House web filing service to submit your confirmation statement and company accounts. It is fast and easy. You would require your company’s authentication code for this.

Speak with our London accountants or contact Companies House if you have any questions about your company’s filings.

EW02 to withdraw the election to keep the register of directors’ home addresses on the public register

You must complete the form EW02 to withdraw the election to keep the register of directors’ home addresses on the public register.

Information required to complete the form EW02

You would require the following information to complete the form EW02 to withdraw the election to keep the register of directors’ home addresses on the public register.

Section 1: Company details

Fill in your company number. You can get your company number from the Companies House website. It is also printed on your certificate of incorporation or certificate of change of name.

Section 2: Directors’ usual home address

Once you signed this form, you agree that your company elects to withdraw the election to keep the register of directors’ home addresses on the public register. You must now maintain your own register of directors’ home addresses.

Section 3: Signature

You must sign the form. The person signing the form EW02 must hold the position of either as Director or Secretary or Person authorised or Liquidator or Administrator or Administrative receiver or Receiver or Receiver manager or Charity Commission receiver and manager or CIC manager or Judicial factor.

If you are filling in the form on behalf of a Societas Europaea (SE), please
delete ‘director’ and insert details of which organ of the SE the person
signing has a membership.

For the Person authorised, you must comply with either section 270 or 274 of the Companies Act 2006.

Where to send your EW02 form to elect to keep the register of director’s home address on the public register

You may send your completed EW02 form to one of the following Companies House offices.

For companies registered in England and Wales:

The Registrar of Companies, Companies House,
Crown Way, Cardiff, Wales, CF14 3UZ.
DX 33050 Cardiff.

For companies registered in Scotland:

The Registrar of Companies, Companies House,
Fourth floor, Edinburgh Quay 2,
139 Fountainbridge, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH3 9FF.
DX ED235 Edinburgh 1
or LP – 4 Edinburgh 2 (Legal Post).

For companies registered in Northern Ireland:

The Registrar of Companies, Companies House,
Second Floor, The Linenhall, 32-38 Linenhall Street,
Belfast, Northern Ireland, BT2 8BG.
DX 481 N.R. Belfast 1.

Companies House filings

You can submit your company documents to Companies House online. You would require your company’s authentication code to do so. The authentication code is the electronic equivalent of your company’s director(s) signatures. Hence, you must keep it safe.

The documents you can file online includes:

Companies House has also created an interim paperless filing service to accept documents which would normally require a live signature during COVID-19 pandemic. You can easily upload your documents to the Companies House website.

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

EW01 to withdraw the election to keep the register of directors on the public register

You must complete the form EW01 to withdraw the election to keep the register of directors on the public register.

Information required to complete the form EW01

You would require the following information to complete the form EW01 to withdraw the election to keep the register of directors on the public register.

Section 1: Company details

Fill in your company number. You can get your company number from the Companies House website. It is also printed on your certificate of incorporation or certificate of change of name.

Section 2: company’s register of directors

Once you signed this form, you agree that your company withdraws the election to keep your director’s information on the public register. You must now maintain your own register.

Your director’s full date of birth continues to remain part of the public record while the election was in place.

Section 3: Signature

You must sign the form. The person signing the form EW01 must hold the position of either as Director or Secretary or Person authorised or Liquidator or Administrator or Administrative receiver or Receiver or Receiver manager or Charity Commission receiver and manager or CIC manager or Judicial factor.

If you are filling in the form on behalf of a Societas Europaea (SE), please
delete ‘director’ and insert details of which organ of the SE the person
signing has a membership.

For the Person authorised, you must comply with either section 270 or 274 of the Companies Act 2006.

Where to send your EW01 form to withdraw the election to keep your register of directors on the public register

You may send your completed EW01 form to one of the following Companies House offices.

For companies registered in England and Wales:

The Registrar of Companies, Companies House,
Crown Way, Cardiff, Wales, CF14 3UZ.
DX 33050 Cardiff.

For companies registered in Scotland:

The Registrar of Companies, Companies House,
Fourth floor, Edinburgh Quay 2,
139 Fountainbridge, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH3 9FF.
DX ED235 Edinburgh 1
or LP – 4 Edinburgh 2 (Legal Post).

For companies registered in Northern Ireland:

The Registrar of Companies, Companies House,
Second Floor, The Linenhall, 32-38 Linenhall Street,
Belfast, Northern Ireland, BT2 8BG.
DX 481 N.R. Belfast 1.

Companies House filings

You can submit your company documents to Companies House online. You would require your company’s authentication code to do so. The authentication code is the electronic equivalent of your company’s director(s) signatures. Hence, you must keep it safe.

The documents you can file online includes:

Companies House has also created an interim paperless filing service to accept documents which would normally require a live signature during COVID-19 pandemic. You can easily upload your documents to the Companies House website.

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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