Coronavirus Updates

The COVID-19 pandemic has had an extraordinary global impact. We understand these are challenging times, which is why we’ve created this article. We will regularly update this page with key resources and daily news to help our clubs stay informed.

Key resources:

26 March

Self-employed Support

The Chancellor announces unprecedented support for the self-employed, bringing financial benefits to the self-employed in line with those who are employed in response to the crisis.

Self-employed staff with an average annual trading profit of £50k or less, will be able to claim 80% of their profits up to the value of £2.5k per month for three months.

Timing of the payments is still to be finalised, but it is likely that three months will be paid in one lump sum in June for all three months backdated to March.

HMRC will right to all those eligible, outlining how individuals can access the fund.

Find out more.

Tax Helpline

HMRC has launched a Tax Helpline, supporting self-employed and businesses with tax payment issues caused by COVID-19.

The helpline allows any business or self-employed individual who is concerned about paying their tax due to coronavirus to get practical help and advice such as:

  • agreeing an instalment arrangement
  • suspending debt collection proceedings
  • cancelling penalties and interest where you have administrative difficulties contacting or paying HMRC immediately

You can access the helpline by calling 0800 024 1222.

Find out more.

23 March

England Golf announces closure of all golf clubs and clubhouses.

23 March

The Prime Minister announces new measures to reduce the spread of coronavirus.

All social gatherings and events have been banned, and businesses not providing an essential service have been told to close. A full list of businesses and premises that need to close can be found here.

People have been advised to only leave home for one of four reasons:

  • Shopping for essentials
  • Exercise once a day, either alone or with one other person you live with
  • For medical reasons, or to care for a vulnerable person
  • Travelling to and from work where absolutely necessary (a list of key workers can be found here)

To read the Prime Minister’s full statement click here. For full guidance, please visit the gov.uk website.

20 March

The Prime Minister orders all pubs, cafes, bars and restaurants to close.

The Chancellor announces a greater extension of support available to businesses and individuals through measures such as:

  • Job Retention Scheme, which will cover 80% of the salary of retained workers up to £2,500 a month
  • Deferring of VAT & Income Tax payments
  • Statutory Sick Pay Relief Package
  • 12 months business rates holiday for SMEs
  • Small business grants of £10,000
  • Grant funding of £25,000 for retail, hospitality & leisure with a rateable value between £15,001 & £51,000.
  • Business Interruption Loan Scheme with loans of up to £5m for SMEs

The full list of measures and how to access them can be found here.

19 March

HM Treasury releases information on how to access the government’s financial support if you or your business has been affected by COVID-19.

19 March

HM Government updates the COVID-19 guidance for employees, employers and businesses.

The update includes information such as healthcare advice for employers and further support for businesses.

  • Businesses should encourage their employees to work at home, wherever possible
  • If someone becomes unwell in the workplace with a new, continuous cough or a fever, they should be sent home to self-isolate
  • Employees should be reminded to wash their hands for 20 seconds more frequently and follow cough and sneeze etiquette
  • Businesses should more frequently clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are touched regularly
  • Those who are required to self-isolate will be eligible for statutory sick pay (SSP) from the first day of their absence
  • Employers should use their own discretion concerning the need for medical evidence for certification, with isolation notes available from NHS online
  • Employees from defined vulnerable groups are strongly advised to stay at home, working from home where possible

19 March

The FA announces there will be no professional football played in England before Thursday 30 April 2020. 

18 March

The England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) release a statement announcing the recommendation to suspend all forms of recreational cricket.

17 March

The Chancellor sets out targetted, temporary measures to support the countries public services, people and businesses through the disruption caused by COVID-19.

17 March

BT and Sky Sport suspend billing for pubs.

16 March

Following advice handed down by the government, the FA announces that amateur football is to be postponed for the foreseeable future. 

16 March

The Prime Minister announces guidance on social distancing measures for everyone in the UK, protecting older people and vulnerable adults. These measures include:

  • Avoiding contact with someone who is displaying symptoms of COVID-19
  • Avoiding non-essential use of public transport, avoiding rush hour where possible
  • Work from home, with employers encouraged to help support staff where possible
  • Avoid large gatherings, and gatherings in pubs, cinemas, restaurants, theatres, bars, clubs
  • Avoid social gatherings – instead using remote technology to stay in touch
  • Public advised to use the telephone or online services to contact the doctor or other essential services

For more information, advice and updates please check this article regularly or follow us on social media.

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