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Coronavirus information for independent businesses

In response to the Government’s action plan to help tackle the Coronavirus, we’ve outlined information on what business owners and employers can do to mitigate the impact to them.

As of 4 March 2020 there have been a small number of cases in the UK but the Government have warned that the virus is likely to spread across most of the UK before a vaccine can be provided.

What is the Coronavirus and what are the signs and symptoms?

A coronavirus is a type of virus. As a group, coronaviruses are common across the world. COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China in January 2020.

The incubation period of COVID-19 is between 2 to 14 days. This means that if a person remains well 14 days after contact with someone with confirmed coronavirus, they have not been infected.

The following symptoms may develop in the 14 days after exposure to someone who has COVID-19 infection:

  • cough
  • difficulty in breathing
  • fever

Generally, these infections can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease.

What to do next

All employers have a duty of care to their staff and businesses. We’ve outlined a detailed guide on what considerations employers and businesses should be making regarding good practices to follow, sick pay, dealing with employees who become unwell, if you need to close your business and more. You can view our guidance by clicking on the button below.

Read more about dealing with the Coronavirus