Businesses and employers


New laws require the closure of certain businesses and businesses selling food or drink for consumption on the premises to protect against the risks to public health arising from coronavirus. The government will review these new rules every 28 days.  The business that must close are:

Restaurants, Cafes, Bars, including bars in hotels or members’ clubs, Public houses, Cinemas, Theatres, Nightclubs, Bingo halls, Concert halls, Museums and galleries, Casinos, Betting shops, Spas, Massage parlours, Indoor skating rinks, Indoor fitness studios, gyms, swimming pools or other indoor leisure centres.

It is now a criminal offence for these businesses to be open. You can report businesses breaking these rules to Hyndburn Council Food and Safety Team on 01254 388111 or via email:

Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for employees, employers and businesses:


COVID-19: support for businesses:


Support from government for businesses affected by Coronavirus

The Chancellor of the Exchequer has announced a package of measures to support businesses through this period of disruption caused by COVID-19.

COVID – 19 Package

The government has set out a package of temporary, timely and targeted measures to support public services, people and businesses through this period of disruption caused by COVID-19.

This includes a package of measures to support businesses including:

  1. Statutory sick pay relief package for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs)
  2. Business Rate Relief for small businesses and pubs
  3. Small business grant funding for all business in receipt of Small Business Rates Relief (SBRR) and Rural Rates Relief.
  4. The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme to support long-term viable businesses who may need to respond to cash-flow pressures by seeking additional finance
  5. The HMRC Time To Pay Scheme

More information is available at GOV.UK – about the government guidance to employers and businesses.

Advice for Food Businesses

Chamber of Commerce Toolkit

East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce has produced a toolkit to help businesses with the coronavirus pandemic.