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Coronavirus emergency legislation





Temporary closure and restrictions on business and restrictions on movement and gathering of people

Companies House

Coronavirus Act 2020



Finance and fundingĀ  - Business support measures

Funerals and deceased

Transport of goods by road



The first piece of United Kingdom legislation made in response to the 2020 coronavirus pandemic was the Health Protection (Coronavirus) Regulations 2020 (2020 No. 129) which came into force on 10 February 2020. The regulations applied to England only but equivalent regulations were made for Wales. These regulations were superseded by the Coronavirus Act.

On 26 March 2020, regulations made under public health legislation which impose restrictions on businesses and on movement and gatherings of people were introduced separately for each UK nation.

Temporary closure and restrictions on business and restrictions on movement and gathering of people


The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020 (2020 No. 350) came into at 1.00 p.m. on 26th March 2020. They replace the first set of the COVID-19) pandemic regulations (the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Business Closure) (England) Regulations 2020) which required the closure of food and drink establishments. The Regulations apply to England only.

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020 (2020 No. 55), the Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions) (Scotland) Regulations 2020 (2020 No. 103) and the Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (Wales) Regulations 2020 (2020 No. 353) provide very similar though not identical regulations for Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales respectively.

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Companies House

Companies House has plans in place to maintain services for our customers and protect the welfare of our employees during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.


Belfast office is currently closed to the public.

Deliver any paper documents, in a sealed envelope, to the reception desk on the ground floor of The Linenhall (Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm excluding holidays). Still accepting deliveries from Royal Mail.

Cannot produce receipts or proof of delivery.


Edinburgh office is currently closed to the public.

Deliver any paper documents to the Companies House letterbox next to the office building.

Still accepting deliveries from Royal Mail (except Wednesdays) and DX post. Documents are still being processed daily.


London office is currently closed to the public.

There is no letterbox at the office - send all mail directly to Cardiff office:

Same day services: all same day services until further notice.

Filing accounts

If your company cannot file accounts on time

Your company should take appropriate measures to make sure accounts are filed on time, like filing your accounts online if you’re able to.

If your accounts will be late because your company is affected by COVID-19, and your filing deadline has not yet passed, you can apply for an automatic and immediate 3 month extension to file your accounts.

Companies that have already extended their filing deadline, or shortened their accounting reference period, may not be eligible for an extension.

Coronavirus Act 2020

The main if not only UK-wide coronavirus legislation is the Coronavirus Act 2020 although some provisions only apply to individual UK nations. This Act provides for miscellaneous matters including temporary registration of health professionals and social workers, public health and health service arrangements, registrations of deaths and inquests, criminal and civil justice among others. The Act also empowers the government and local authorities to give directions for the temporary closure of schools, educational establishments and childcare premises. Finally the Act provides temporary protection from eviction for certain residential and business tenants.


Charities Commission Guidance to help with running your charity during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Published 7 April 2020


The Charity Commission


Charity objects: understand if you can help with coronavirus efforts

Government financial support for charities

Using reserves and restricted funds

AGMs and other meetings: postponing or cancelling meetings

Holding meetings online or by telephone

Reporting serious incidents to the Charity Commission

Keeping people safe

Working with a company or business to help with coronavirus

Charity SORP guidance

Information from other organisations



Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for employers and employees

Environment and waste

Single use carrier bags (plastic bags)

The requirement for large retailers to charge a minimum of 5p for single-use carrier bags (‘SUCB’) has been suspended for bags intended to be used solely to carry goods purchased for home delivery as part of an online grocery delivery services. This instrument amends the Single Use Carrier Bags Charges (England) Order 2015

(S.I. 2015/776) (“the 2015 Regulations”)

The Single Use Carrier Bags Charge (Scotland) Amendment

Regulations 2020 (220 No. 118)

Finance and funding - Business support measures

The government has introduced special financial support measures for businesses, self-employed and employees. Special regulations affecting statutory sick pay, social security, holiday leave, motor vehicle tests and other matters have been made for Great Britain with equivalent measures for Northern Ireland.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): business support grant funding - guidance for businesses

Guidance for businesses setting out details of the Small Business Grants Fund (SBGF) and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund (RHLGF).

Funerals and deceased

Public Health England published guidance for care of the deceased with suspected or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) on 31 March 2020.

HM Passport Office has published

Guidance for doctors completing Medical Certificates of Cause of Death in England and Wales (for use during the emergency period)

Transport of goods by road

Department for Transport and Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency

Driver CPC requirement

Drivers Coronavirus: Driver CPC requirement temporary changes

Temporary changes to allow bus and lorry drivers who cannot complete compulsory Driver CPC training to continue to drive

Drivers’ hours

Temporary relaxation of the enforcement of the drivers’ hours rules: all sectors carriage of goods by road

MOT tests


Coronavirus: MOTs for lorries, buses and trailers

Your lorry, bus or trailer will be exempt from needing an MOT for 3 months from 21 March 2020. You might need to apply for this, depending on your vehicle.

Coronavirus: MOTs due from 30 March 2020

Your car, van or motorcycle’s MOT expiry date will be extended by 6 months if it’s due on or after 30 March 2020 - but you must keep your vehicle safe to drive.

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