Prevent the spread of Coronavirus (Covid19)

The UK government has issued comprehensive guidance on social distancing to prevent the spread of the coronavirus (Covid19) and steps to take if you have symptoms. The common symptoms of coronavirus are fever and new or continuous cough.

Furthermore, the guidance also mentioned about a group of people more vulnerable to the Covid19.

12 languages other than English

The guidance is also available in 12 languages other than English to help people living in the UK to understand how to prevent the spread of coronavirus (Covid19).

  • Arabic
  • Bengali
  • Cantonese
  • Mandarin
  • French
  • Gujarati
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Punjabi
  • Urdu
  • Welsh

Wash your hands and personal hygiene

Regularly wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water or use hand sanitizer throughout the day. Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth before washing your hands. Maintain the 2 metres distance from people have symptoms if you cannot avoid them. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue then throw it in the bin and wash your hands. Frequently, wipe or clean surfaces or touched objects with alcohol rich disinfectant.

Home isolation for 14 days

If one of your family members have symptoms, you all must self isolate for 14 days and stay at home even though you do not have symptoms. Do not go to the GP surgery, pharmacies or hospitals.

Self-isolate for 7 days

If you live alone and you have symptoms, you must self isolate for 7 days. Do not go to the GP surgery, pharmacies or hospitals. If your symptoms become critical, use the NHS 111 online service, or call the NHS 111 or call 999.

Vulnerable people

If you can, move any vulnerable people (the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, for the whole isolation period. If you cannot do this, stay away from vulnerable people as much as possible.

Read more self-isolation advice on NHS.UK

Stay 2 metres (6 ft) apart from each other

If you have to be at work, or at public places, you must maintain the 2 metres distance from each other.

Businesses to arrange staff to work from Home

Generally, the UK government encourage businesses to allow staff to work from home where possible. If this is not possible, at the workplace, staff must maintain the 2 metres distance from each other.

Some businesses must remain closed during the coronavirus outbreak.

Companies House online service

Companies House continue to service their customers 24 hours a day via their web filing service platform. You can submit your company accounts and confirmation statement online. All you need is your company’s authentication code.

Furthermore, on 25 March 2020, Companies House allows companies affected by the coronavirus Covid19 to extend their company accounts filing deadline. Companies are given an additional 3 month without penalty to file their company accounts. However, you must apply for the extension online and explain why you need it.

Contact our accountants if you require help with your company’s filings with Companies House.

Businesses must remain closed

Initially, the UK government announced some businesses including all UK schools to close from 20 March 2020. However, based on the coronavirus statistic in the UK, the number of confirmed cases continued to surge daily. On 20 March 2020 the number of confirmed cases was 3,983 and on 23 March 2020, the number increased to 6,650. For this reason, the government introduced further measures to reduce the spread of the virus. As a result, businesses must remain closed until further notice.

Food and drink businesses

The following businesses must remain closed until further notice.

  • Restaurants
  • public houses
  • wine bars or other drinking establishments
  • Other food and drink establishment including within hotels and members’ clubs
  • Cafes
  • Canteens

There are exceptions, the above businesses are allowed to provide takeaways service to consumers during this outbreak and just no eat-in service completely.

Retail businesses

The following retail businesses must remain closed until further notice.

  • Hairdressers
  • barbers
  • beauty and nail salons
  • piercing and tattoo parlours
  • Auctions houses

However, your retail business can remain open if they sell essential goods and services.

  • Supermarkets and other food shops.
  • dental surgeries
  • opticians and audiology clinics
  • physiotherapy clinics
  • Chiropody and podiatry clinics
  • other professional vocational medical services.
  • Pharmacies and chemists
  • petrol stations
  • Bicycle shops
  • Hardware shops
  • Equipment, plant and tool hire shops
  • Veterinary surgeries and pet shops
  • Corner shops and newsagents
  • off licences and licenced shops selling alcohol including those within breweries
  • Laundrettes and dry cleaners
  • Post offices
  • Vehicle rental services
  • Car garages and repair shops
  • Car parks
  • Banks
  • Building societies
  • Short term loan providers
  • Credit unions
  • Cash points
  • Storage and distribution facilities
  • Delivery drop off points
  • Public toilets
  • Shopping centre should stay open if contain units which are not required to close
  • Indoor and outdoor markets for stalls which offer essential goods like grocery and food.


The following hospitality businesses must remain closed unless they are catering for people in needs during this coronavirus outbreak. For example, you are providing rooms to support the homeless people and vulnerable people or your hotel is hosting blood donation sessions.

  • Hotels
  • hostels
  • Bed and Breakfast (B&B)
  • Campsites
  • boarding houses for commercial use
  • Caravan parks and sites for commercial use

Community gathering places

The following community gathering places must remain closed unless stated otherwise.

  • Libraries shall close except for digital library and no contact home library services should continue.
  • Community centres and Youth centres unless you host essential voluntary services
  • Places of worship except for funerals but a distance of 2 metres must be maintained between households group.

Your centres are allowed to remain open if you are providing essential services such as food banks, services for the homeless or blood donation sessions.

Assembly and leisure businesses

The following businesses must remain closed until further notice.

  • Museums
  • galleries
  • Nightclubs
  • Bingo halls
  • Casinos
  • Betting shops
  • Spa and massage parlours
  • Skating rinks
  • Arcades
  • Bowling alleys
  • Soft play centres
  • Funfairs
  • Cinema, theatres and concert halls – a small group allowed for the purpose of live streaming but must not have an audience and the 2 metres social distancing must be observed.
  • Fitness studios, gyms, swimming pools and other indoor leisure centres may stay open for blood donation sessions only.

Outdoor Recreation businesses

The following businesses must remain closed until further notice.

  • Playgrounds
  • sports courts and pitches
  • outdoor gyms

Businesses listed on the original closures list dated 20 March 2020 are now enforceable by law in England and Wales as of 2 pm of 21 March 2020. A new law, the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Business Closures) Regulations 2020 is created to ensure businesses comply. For further reading of the guidance, click here.

On the other hand, the government has also announced further help to UK companies on 25 March 2020. Companies are given an additional 3 month to submit their company accounts with Companies House with late filing penalty waived. However, you must apply to extend your company accounts filing deadline. You can do it online.

Companies House provides web filing services. You can deliver your company accounts and confirmation statement online. You would require your company’s authentication code to file online.

If you have any questions about how to extend your company accounts filing deadline, contact our accountants, they would be happy to assist you.

Lastly, stay healthy and take care of yourself. Together we can defeat the Covid 19 and stop the outbreak from taking over our life. Let practise our social distancing. We stay 2 metres (6 ft) apart from each other. Once the outbreak is over, we can go back to how we used to greet when we meet. – handshake, a hug, cheek kissing etc.

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