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Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to intensify as an issue around the globe. While the first priority is clearly the health and wellbeing of individuals affected, there is nevertheless a growing impact which Hertfordshire businesses are clearly not immune to.

With the potential for a significant outbreak in the UK, businesses of all sizes – whether they are currently trading internationally or not – will also need to plan ahead to mitigate possible disruption, including:

  • Interruptions to transportation of goods due to shutdowns
  • Decreased consumer demand
  • Tourism impact due to fewer people travelling
  • Potential supply chain impact when importing/exporting

The Job Retention Scheme announced by government has ensured that all UK employers will be able to access support to continue paying part of their employees’ salary, for further information please see here.

The Chamber advise businesses to plan in the same manner they would for any uncertainty and further information can be found using the following links:

A comprehensive guide on the impacts of Coronavirus on businesses can be found at the British Chamber of Commerce’s Coronavirus hub.

The UK Government has produced guidance for employers and businesses.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has produced advice for people travelling and living overseas following the outbreak of Coronavirus.

Official guidance from the Department of Health and Social Care, and Public Health England, can be found here and is being updated daily. This sets out the situation in the UK and the action the Government is taking to prevent the spread of Coronavirus.

The Department for Transport and Public Health England have guidance for staff in the transport sector.

The NHS has a guide to Coronavirus with information on how it is spread, how to avoid catching it, symptoms, treatment and what to do if you think you or any of your employees might be infected.

The World Health Organisation has further information including videos on best practice and posters to download to inform your workforce. There’s also a useful myth-buster section.

ACAS is producing daily updated advice for employers and employees.

The Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development has a fact sheet, setting out how employers should respond to the threat from Coronavirus.

BCC Coronavirus Business Impact Tracker

The tracker serves as a barometer of business’ response to the government’s measures and changes to business’ working practices over the next few months. It also tracks how quickly new government interventions, introduced to deal with the real-world impact of this crisis, are getting to the businesses at the front line.

The results for each week so far can be found here.

Are you prepared for returning to work?

Download the HSAS Workplace Readiness Essential Guide here to see what your company should be considering.


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