COVID-19 Useful Information

COVID-19 Useful Information

With so much COVID-19 advice, it’s hard to navigate through everything without feeling overwhelmed. Whether you’re searching for the latest number of confirmed coronavirus cases, or simply wondering what support has been offered to small businesses and the self-employed, it’s hard to know where to begin.

To make things a little easier, we thought we’d round up an advice ‘hub’ area. Here, you’ll find links to helpful, useful information that will keep you updated and hopefully answer any questions you may have during this difficult time.

Let’s all work together to stay safe.

How many confirmed cases of COVID-19 are there in the UK?

If you want to keep up to date with the current number of cases for the virus, head to the Gov.uk website for the correct figures.

What are the Coronavirus symptoms and what should I do if I have them?

For a full breakdown of common symptoms and how to respond if you or someone you live with has symptoms, head over to the NHS website. 

What is ‘social distancing’ and why do we need to do it?

As it stands, the government has advised that we should be social distancing (regardless of whether we feel well or not) in order to prevent the spread of the virus. Not sure what that means? Read the full guide here.

What is ‘self-isolating’ and why do we need to do it?

Whilst you may not have symptoms yet, it’s incredibly important to self-isolate if you have been in contact with (or live with someone) who has shown symptoms for COVID-19. You can read the full guidance for what self-isolating is and how to do it here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance

What is Statutory Sick Pay and how do I know if I’m entitled to it?

If you are self-isolating due to COVID-19, you may be eligible for SSP. You can check your eligibility here.

What is the current guidance for employees, employers and businesses for COVID-19?

As we are updated daily throughout this ever-changing situation, the Gov.uk website is the best source of up-to-date guidance during this time.

Should I be closing my salon / business?

The government have released a list of businesses which should remain closed from now until advised otherwise. Whilst salons aren’t mentioned on this list, the British Beauty Council are pushing for some clarity on this matter. You can read the full list here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/business-and-other-venues-subject-to-further-social-distancing-measures/businesses-and-other-venues-subject-to-further-social-distancing-measures

Keep up to date with the British Beauty Council on their website: https://britishbeautycouncil.com/index.php/british-beauty-blog/

How can I keep my workplace clean?

If you are still working, it’s incredibly important your workspace or salon is kept clean to avoid cross-contamination. For guidance on this,read here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-decontamination-in-non-healthcare-settings

How can I look after my employee’s during this time?

During this time, your employees might have a lot of questions you may be finding difficult to answer. For a full break down of advice on the Frequently Asked Questions your employees may be asking, head over to NHBF’s website. 

What support is in place for the self-employed?

We are currently waiting for an update from the government on support for the self-employed. Whilst you may be feeling anxious over this, rest assured the beauty industry is pushing for support. Please read this open letter to the PM from the CIF and IPSE regarding the Temporary Income Protection Fund for the self-employed for more information.