Covid-19 – New Guidance Etc from the Government of Relevance to Local Authorities


List of new Government publications updated regularly

The virus has led to the Government producing a great deal of information and guidance, of varying degrees of formality.  It is not easy to keep track of it all.

The following is a list of some useful websites covering this (and related) material, and then a list of material by publication date, followed by a weblink.   Please note that the list by date order will not be complete.  I will try to update it regularly.  Other documents of particular relevance may be included in the list (e.g. the European Commission’s Temporary State Aid Framework of 19th March).  Proposals for inclusion are very welcome – please contact The earlier versions of documents amended after 25th March are not shown.

Useful Websites

For guidance aimed at local government

For guidance for schools and educational settings

For procurement

For Department of Health and Social Care

For Public Health England and

For information about Universal Credit

Coronavirus and claiming benefits

For more general documentation from the Government about the crisis

For Parliamentary material on the Coronavirus Act 2020

The Local Government Association has an extremely informative, broad and helpful collection of material at  This includes a section at dealing with particular functions by alphabetical order.

Publication of Material by Date Order

9th March

News story – Taskforce to bolster local response to coronavirus

16th March

Press release – Robert Jenrick reaffirms support for councils in their coronavirus response

17th March

Press release – £3.2 million emergency support for rough sleepers during coronavirus outbreak

Press release – Government to grant permission for pubs and restaurants to operate as takeaways as part of coronavirus response

18th March

Press release – Complete ban on evictions and additional protection for renters

Procurement Policy Note 01/20: Responding to COVID-19

19th March

EU Commission Temporary State Aid Framework

Guidance – Responding to COVID-19: the ethical framework for adult social care

News story – £2.9 billion funding to strengthen care for the vulnerable

Guidance – COVID-19: guidance on residential care provision

Guidance – COVID-19: guidance for supported living provision

Guidance – COVID-19: guidance on home care provision

Guidance – Coronavirus (COVID-19): maintaining educational provision

Guidance – COVID-19: free school meals guidance

20th March

Business Rates Nursery Discount 2020/21: Coronavirus Response – Local Authority Guidance

Guidance – Closure of educational settings: information for parents and carers

Guidance – Coronavirus (COVID-19): cancellation of GCSEs, AS and A levels in 2020

Guidance – Procurement Policy Note 02/20: Supplier relief due to COVID-19

21st March

Press release – Major new measures to protect people at highest risk from coronavirus

Guidance – Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on isolation for residential educational settings

22nd March

Guidance – COVID-19: school closures

23rd March

COVID-19: guidance on isolation for domestic abuse safe-accommodation settings

Press release – Extra protection for businesses with ban on evictions for commercial tenants who miss rent payments

Guidance – Coronavirus (COVID-19): maintaining further education provision

Guidance – Coronavirus (COVID-19): apprenticeship programme response

Correspondence – Coronavirus (COVID-19): letter from the Minister of State for Care to recruitment agencies

24th March

COVID-19 outbreak – councillor guidance

Council Tax COVID-19 hardship fund 2020-21 – Local Authority Guidance

COVID-19 advice for accommodation providers

Guidance – Coronavirus (COVID-19): implementing social distancing in education and childcare settings


Guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable from COVID-19

Guidance – COVID-19: support for businesses

25th March

Grant Funding Schemes Small Business Grant Fund and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund Guidance Version 2 (new para 17)

Business Rates Expanded Retail Discount 2020/21: Coronavirus Response – Local Authority Guidance (updated to include formerly excluded, but forced to close)

COVID-19: guidance for hostel or day centre providers of services for people experiencing rough sleeping

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Planning Inspectorate guidance – updated 25th March 2020 (cancellation of Planning Inspectorate’s site visits)

Note the helpful collection of planning material on the same page

Guidance – Further businesses and premises to close: guidance and designation letter under the Health Protection etc Regs 2020

Guidance – Coronavirus (COVID-19): early years and childcare closures

Guidance – COVID-19: guidance for educational settings

Guidance – Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on vulnerable children and young people

Guidance – Coronavirus (COVID-19): travel advice for educational settings