Coronavirus (COVID-19): National restrictions in England

National coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions are in place for the whole of England.

The government has put Essex in High alert (tier 2) from 2nd December.

For information, advice and support, visit the coronavirus hub.

To see how restrictions will affect services, visit changes to our services.

Information for businesses and employers

The UK Government has a dedicated website offering advice and guidance to help businesses and organisations to prepare for changes at the end of the Transition Period. It identifies actions that you can take now that do now depend on negotiations with the EU, including confirming that you have an EORI number and deciding how you want to make customs declarations.

Employees and recruitment

Under the Withdrawal Agreement, EU Citizens will be able to move to the UK to live and work until 31 December 2020.

There are no immediate changes on employment checks for EU, EEA or Swiss nationals after the UK leaves the EU.

Applicants may choose to use the Home Office online service if they’ve been granted status under the EU settlement Scheme, but you cannot require them to do so.

You do not have to check whether your existing employees have status under the EU Settlement Scheme.

You can use an Employer Toolkit to explain the EU settlement scheme to employees. The toolkit contains a range of ready to use leaflets and posters. Translated materials are also available.

The Withdrawal Agreement provides for on-going recognition of qualifications during the Withdrawal Period.

Further advice

Visit the BEST Growth Hub or Essex Chambers of Commerce for links to a number of further materials for businesses.

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