As the UK eases its lock-down measures, employers need to start planning a safe return to work for staff. In the short-term, this means providing a ‘COVID-19 secure’ environment, enabling staff to maintain social distancing whilst attending work.
Although everyone hopes the now much enhanced critical care capacity in the UK will meet the demand from patients, there is a growing concern that the time will come during the COVID-19 pandemic when the NHS will be overwhelmed and the need for lifesaving interventions will exceed available resources.
The restrictions imposed by the UK Government to help fight the spread of coronavirus have hit thousands of businesses over the last few weeks. An Office for National Statistics survey found that 25% of businesses had temporarily closed or paused trading in the UK, based on answers of over 5,000 businesses surveyed.
In line with the various protective measures imposed by section 82 of the Coronavirus Act 2020, the Government has now issued a press release confirming that it will be introducing further emergency measures to protect commercial tenants by prohibiting the use of statutory demands and winding up petitions/orders by landlords.