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Government Briefing and Additional Updates and Guidance: 9th July 2020


Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden has today announced the further reopening of the economy:

  • Outdoor pools and theatres start up from Saturday
  • Grassroots sport returns this weekend with cricket and from Monday, close contact services including beauticians, tattooists, tanning salons and spas will be allowed to reopen.
  • From Saturday 25 July, indoor gyms, swimming pools and leisure centres will be able to open.

Mr Dowden also promised to protect theatres and venues from closure, demolition and change of use, with small pilots of indoor performances taking place. 

Measures including timed booking systems to limit the number of people in the facility at any one time, reduced class sizes, spaced out equipment and enhanced cleaning will be carried out by operators.

Mr Dowden also reiterated the measures announced today were conditional and that government would not hesitate to impose lockdowns if there are local spikes.

The government has outlined the measures that will allow outdoor pools, indoor gyms, swimming pools and sport facilities to reopen here.



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RESOURCES TO SUPPORT YOUR BUSINESS DURING COVID-19                                                                                                  

Government Coronavirus Business Support Hub

You can go here to find out all the latest information about what funding and support is available for your business, managing your business during coronavirus and business closures. There is also a new ‘support finder’ tool to help businesses easily determine what financial support is available to them during the coronavirus pandemic through a quick and simple online questionnaire. You can find out more about the tool here                                                                 

Government Coronavirus Business Support WhatsApp

The government has also launched a Coronavirus Information Service on WhatsApp which is now updated with business support advice. Text ‘hi’ to 07860064422 via WhatsApp and there are business support measures highlighted under option 5 with the relevant links to GOV.UK pages                                                                   

Government business support helpline

Contact the government’s business support helpline for free advice

Phone: FREEPHONE 0800 998 1098 Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm


HMRC Helpline

HMRC have online help set up to help businesses and self-employed people concerned about not being able to pay their tax due to coronavirus.

The best way to get help from HMRC on any topic is to contact them online. Alternatively, you can call them on 0800 0159 559.                                                                              

Find a Job Service

If your business needs more workers as a result of COVID-19, such as those in food logistics, preparation and retail, post vacancies on Find a Job.


Coronavirus support from Business Representative Organisations and Trade Associations

Business Representative Organisations and Trade Associations are providing coronavirus related  support for specific sectors.

Thank you to White Label Creative who have been invaluable in passing on relevant information to us on a daily basis and Croydon Council Economic Development Team – we hope that in re-circulating the salient points, we can all work together to help as many businesses as possible.


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