Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Guidance for employees, employers and businesses in providing advice about the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.

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Guidance and advice on COVID-19

Business support

BEWARE: fraudsters are taking advantage of the coronavirus crisis

During the coming weeks the Council will be supporting communities through a range of financial measures to help businesses and individuals during the coronavirus crisis.

Unfortunately, criminals are using the crisis to scam people out of their money and personal information by requesting information by text message, e-mail or social media on the pretext that they are the Council.

North Lincolnshire Council will never send you an unsolicited text message, e-mail or social media request to asking for your personal or financial information.

If you receive an unsolicited text message or an e-mail from North Lincolnshire Council asking you to provide personal or financial information….STOP…. It’s a scam.

For the latest information about how the council is providing financial support during the coronavirus crisis and how this support can be obtained go to our Coronavirus (COVID-19) webpages.

Further information on other Covid-19 fraud scams can be found on the Friends Against Scams website.

Travel

  • The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) advises British people against all non-essential travel worldwide. The COVID-19 pandemic has led to unprecedented international border closures and other restrictions. All countries may restrict travel without notice.

Please continue to check FCO travel advice on GOV.UK for the latest updates.

Vulnerable people and social distancing

  • New guidance on social distancing for everyone in the UK and protecting older people and vulnerable people has been published. It advises on social distancing measures we should all be taking to reduce social interaction between people in order to reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19).
  • Employees should work from home, where possible; avoid large gatherings; and avoid non-essential use of public transport. Everyone should try to follow these measures as much as is pragmatic. Those who are over 70, have an underlying health condition or are pregnant, are strongly advised to follow the advice.
  • New guidance has been published for households with possible infection.

You can find more information on social distancing here.

Industry guidance

  • Following last week’s shift to the 'delay' phase of the action plan new and updated industry guidance has been published for specific sectors.

You can find more information on industry guidance here.

Production and supply of ventilator components

  • The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is looking for organisations who can support in the supply of ventilators and ventilator components across the United Kingdom as part of the government’s response to COVID-19. If your business can help with the Prime Minister’s call for ventilator production, please visit https://ventilator.herokuapp.com to register your details.

You can find more information on the production and supply of ventilator components here.

ACAS Webinars for Employers

Employers can join a free ACAS webinar ‘Coronavirus – an advisory webinar for employers’. The webinar provides practical advice for employers to help manage the impact of coronavirus in the workplace. It includes:

  • steps that can help reduce the spread of the virus
  • effective ways of communicating with employees
  • self-isolating, time off, sickness certification and sick pay
  • altering working hours, shift patterns and working arrangements
  • remote working and the use of technology

Businesses can find out more and register here.

Information for those Claiming Benefits

  • Jobcentres remain open for staff to work in but the public will only be allowed in under exceptional circumstances. For example, to collect a voucher under the HM Government Payment Exception Service. Appointments, including ID verification for UC purposes, are being carried out by telephone wherever possible. Where at all possible the public are being urged to use on-line services to reduce the number of phone calls being received.
  • Following on from last week's announcement that all face-to-face assessments for disability benefits and Work Capability Assessments for ESA and UC are suspended for three months, it has been announced that from today there will be no new reviews or reassessments across all benefits for three months - this includes UC, ESA, PIP, DLA, AA and Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit. Further details are in the press release.
  • Please follow this link to the Understanding Universal Credit website on gov.uk which has a specific page about Coronavirus and claiming benefits.