London Resilience COVID-19 Update: 23 April 2020
Please find HERE today’s daily update from the London Resilience COVID-19 Comms Group, as well as top line messages below for the business community – please feel free to share these with your networks.
Stay at home messaging
Social distancing is working, but if we stop now, we risk increasing the spread of the virus. We are extending the rules by at least three weeks. The rules will not change until five tests have been met:
1. Evidence that the NHS can cope across the UK
2. A sustained fall in daily death rates
3. Evidence that the rate of infection is decreasing
4. Confidence that supplies of testing and PPE are able to meet demand
5. No risk of a second peak
Support and guidance for businesses
Visit the London Growth Hub for essential resources to help your business manage and mitigate its exposure to the impact of coronavirus. This page is kept up to date with the latest developments and support.
Book one-to-one support through the London Growth Hub’s team of business Advisers are here to support London businesses through COVID-19 and beyond.
Business Checker Support Tool: helping businesses and self-employed people across the UK understand what financial support is available to them during the coronavirus pandemic.
Pay it Forward for the future of London businesses: The Mayor of London’s Pay it Forward initiative with Crowdfunder is offering 100% free fundraising to help businesses to secure trade by pre-selling vouchers, goods and services. You can get involved by crowdfunding for your business, supporting your local business or nominating a business. Find out more.
How to make a claim: Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (24 April 2020. Run by HMRC). Find out more.
Recent news and announcements
Stay at home for Ramadan messaging from SCG partners: Today, the Mayor of London posted a video to Twitter, reinforcing the need to stay home during Ramadan (23 April – 23 May) to protect key workers and save lives.
New measures to protect UK high street from aggressive rent collection and closure. Read more.
Over 800 people register to provide care to vulnerable people across London boroughs. Read more.
Business to receive almost £10 billion in rates relief. Read more.