In what was an unprecedented announcement yesterday evening, the Prime Minister has put the entire country into effective lockdown to enforce the social distance measures previously advised to try and stem the spread of coronavirus. These tough new measures follow similar actions taken across other countries around the world. 

The key restrictions being brought in are that people should only leave their home for the following purposes:

- Shopping for basic necessities.

- One form of exercise a day. 

- Any medical need, to provide care or to help a vulnerable person.

- Travelling to and from work, but only where this is absolutely necessary and cannot be done from home.

It is understood that these extreme measures will remain in place for at least three weeks. Such a duration with strict social distancing measures in place will clearly have significant implications for businesses of all sizes. We are looking to help clients be aware of, and help access, relevant financial reliefs as far as possible so that they are able to work through these difficult times. 

We have detailed here a summary of all the financial measures which have been made available over the last ten days.

Whilst as a firm we had already taken steps to close our offices and work from home, we are still here working for and supporting our clients. If you have any queries on any of the reliefs or how to make a claim, please call your local Thomas Westcott office.

By Partner, Mark Tibbert