Government advice and updates, including the devolved nations, and overseas, e.g. ROI:

Living with COVID-19 (England only)

The UK Government has set out plans to live with and manage the virus. Read the plan here.

Coronavirus: how to stay safe and help prevent the spread (England only)

Find out how to stay safe and help prevent the spread of coronavirus. Read the guidance here.

Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19) (England only)

Find out how to reduce the risk of COVID-19 spreading in your workplace here.

How to protect yourself and others

NHS Test and Trace in the workplace
NHS COVID-19 app
The National Workplace Testing Programme
Staying alert and safe (social distancing) guidance
Face coverings: when to wear one and how to make your own
Guidance on getting tested for Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Guidance for the public on mental health and wellbeing
Staying at home if you think you have coronavirus (self-isolating)
How to protect extremely vulnerable people (shielding)
Take Five to Stop Fraud 
Safer travel guidance for passengers

Employment and financial support

Statutory Sick Pay (SSP)
Universal Credit
Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
Check Employment Status for Tax
Your rights if your hours are cut or you're laid off
What to do if you cannot pay your tax bill on time
Self-isolating after returning to the UK: your employment rights

Employers, businesses and other organisations

Coronavirus Business Support Hub
Check what you need to do about Statutory Sick Pay (SSP)
NHS test and trace: workplace guidance (for England)
How to keep your employees safe
Social distancing in the workplace
Health and Safety Executive (HSE) page on Coronavirus
Applying for more time to file your company’s accounts
Local Growth Hub advice and support for Business
Self-isolating after returning to the UK: Guidance for Employers

Information for those residing in the devolved nations regarding COVID-19 and/or construction

Specific information for businesses and employers in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales is available.

Northern Ireland

The next review on easing of restrictions will happen on or before 15 April. You can read the guidance on current restrictions on nidirect

NIDirect also provides details of support available for Northern Ireland businesses and employers.

Information, advice and guidance for businesses and employers in Northern Ireland from

Information for benefits and assistance during Covid-19.

Direction for tenants from The Housing Executive. There is also advice if you are worried about housing issues from

Extra financial support information from NIDirect.

The Labour Relations Agency has also published Coronavirus guidance and links to resources for employers and employees.

You can find medical/health advice from the Department of Health at the link here.

Eddie Weir PCIAT has written on planning permission delays in NI - see the latter half of this article. (Please note this does not constitute as official advice.)

Contact tracing information from NIDirect.

Scotland provides a range of resources for businesses in Scotland including:

NHS support and resources for stress and anxiety

Redundancy help in Scotland from Skills Development Scotland & PACE

A free service to help with current recruitment needs from Skills Development Scotland. 

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Test and Protect

A letter published from Shona Robison MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Housing and Local Government, to local authorities on the continuation of building standards special measures guidance during COVID-19 (26 October 2021)

The Scottish government has now announced that updated guidance has been published for the construction sector in Scotland as of 15 July 2020. This means that Phase 4 of the industry’s restart plan in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic can begin. The industry-agreed six-step phased model for the return of the construction sector is as follows:

Phase 0: Planning
Phase 1: Covid-19 pre-start site prep
Phase 2: 'Soft start' to site works (only where physical distancing can be maintained)
Phase 3: Steady state operation (only where physical distancing can be maintained)
Phase 4: Steady state operation (where physical distancing can be maintained and/or with PPE use)
Phase 5: Increasing density/productivity with experience

Construction Industry Coronavirus (CICV) Forum is a collective of trade and professional bodies gathering intelligence, sharing advice and speaking directly with government on issues affecting members in the current crisis.

The CICV Forum has developed more detailed guidance on health and safety and this can be viewed here

It has written to Kevin Stewart MSP, Minister for Local Government in Scotland about local authority amendments to the standard building contracts used in Scotland.

You can view the letter here: 

Letter to K Stewart re LA Contracts_0820_PF.docx

And the attachments here:

Letter to Kevin Stewart Attachments 20200813111031.pdf

And the accompanying guidance note here:


Supplier support to re-open 
The Scottish government has announced indicative dates for the remainder of the Phase 2 and early Phase 3 response to the coronavirus. To help you with your plans to re-open and scale up your business the Supplier Journey website provides support and advice on how to bid for public sector contracts. You don't need to register and it's free to use.

Updates regarding planning and building were issued on 29 May. Click here to read them.

What kind of Scotland do we want to see post-lockdown? A series of blogs from Kevin Stewart MSP recognising the impacts of COVID-19, the lockdown and continuing need for physical distancing across Scottish communities, and also the prominent role planning will play in renewal and recovery.

Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020
The Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020 came into force on 7 April 2020. The Act includes provisions relevant to the operation of the planning system. These include extending duration of planning permissions about to expire; publishing planning documents online rather than at physical locations; and allowing authorities to exclude people from meetings for public health reasons. This guidance for stakeholders explains the provisions of the Act. 

Construction Scotland has issued a guide entitled Working on site during the COVID-19 pandemic: Construction Guidance (28 May 2020).

COVID-19 – Framework for Decision Making: Scotland's route map through and out of the crisis (21 May 2020).

Coronavirus (COVID-19): framework for decision making - further information (5 May 2020)
The Scottish Government has published further information, following the original publication COVID-19: A Framework for Decision Making. This update sets out further information about the challenges Scotland faces and provides illustrative examples of the steps that might form part of the initial changes to the current lockdown restrictions. The document can be found here.

COVID-19 – regulations laid in Parliament to allow planning system continuity
Regulations have been laid in the Scottish Parliament – to come into force on 24 April – that will help keep planning moving during this emergency period. Read the regulations here. The regulations include the temporary steps to suspend need for public events in pre-application consultation, local review bodies meeting in public and hard copies of EIA reports in physical places.

A guidance note has now been published explaining the temporary changes to the pre-application consultation requirements; including setting out expectations about the replacement of the public event with alternative, web-based approaches.

Information and frequently asked questions on recurring development management issues related to COVID-19.

Scottish Government newsletter for procurement and property, which summarises changes due to COVID-19.

Safer Public Spaces for Scotland: Urban Centres and Green Spaces guidance document focuses on design principles for safer urban centres and green spaces in Scotland during the coronavirus crisis.

The Scottish Government Coronavirus Business Support Fund is being administered by Local Authorities. The ratepayers of businesses located in a non-domestic property that is on 17 March;

  1. in receipt of the Small Business Bonus Scheme (SBBS);

  2. in receipt of Rural Relief; or

  3. eligible for SBBS but in receipt of Nursery Relief or Disabled Relief;

can apply to access a support fund and receive a one-off small business support grant of £10,000. This is only available if they were the ratepayer for a premises occupied for that business use on 17 March 2020.

A separate one-off grant of £25,000 is available to the ratepayers of businesses in the retail, hospitality, leisure sectors operating in a premises with a rateable value of £18,001 or up to £50,999. This is the rateable value as at 17 March 2020 regardless of any subsequent reduction in rateable value due to an appeal. This is only available if they were the ratepayer for a premises occupied for that business use on 17 March 2020.

Eligible ratepayers can apply for a one-off grant payment as detailed below up to 31 March 2021. Only one grant is allowed per ratepayer regardless of the number of premises held.

These grants are aimed at helping keep companies in business and keep productive capacity so that they can recover. Their intention is to protect jobs, prevent business closure and promote economic recovery.

Find out how to apply here. The deadline for applications is 31 March 2021


The stay local restriction was lifted on 27 March. It is illegal to travel in or out of Wales without a reasonable excuse, such as work. Read about the rules on GOV.WALES

BusinessWales provides details of support for businesses in Wales including:

Support and grants for businesses in Wales

A series of free webinars – for small businesses in Wales – topics include; recovery and growth, business diversification, accessing finance and remote working

Help and information for people in Wales from the National Assembly for Wales.

Test, Trace, Protect

Channel Islands



Information and updates for those residing overseas in our Centres regarding COVID-19 and/or construction 


For those in Australia, has advice, information and resources on the COVID-19 outbreak.

The Australian Govenment's Fair Work Ombudsman has published information on Coronavirus and Australian workplace laws. Click here to view it.


For those in Canada, the Canadian Construction Association is a good resource and has links for information relating to all Provinces and Territories. Click here.


General information on coronavirus/COVID-19 on the Danish government's website:

Hong Kong

You may find useful information on The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region's Building Department website. Click here to visit it.


For those in India, the latest updates and resources section regarding the outbreak on the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare website may be useful:

Republic of Ireland

View the latest information on how Ireland is responding to cases of COVID-19.

If you are self-employed, find out what help there is for you here.

Find out how to qualify for Short Time Work Support.

For those who have become recently unemployed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, find out about the Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment.

Financial assistance for Cross Border workers can be found here.

The National Standards Authority of Ireland have issued a guide on workplace protection and improvement.

The Construction Industry Federation has a range of information and resources for the construction industry here.

The Construction Industry Federation has published its Standard Site Operating Procedures. Read the guidance here.

Return to Work Safety Protocol from the Government of Ireland (8 May 2020)

Back to Work resource pack from CIF (April 2020)

Michael O'Keefe MCIAT has written an article on planning permission delays in ROI. (Please note this does not constitute as official advice.)

Business Continuity Planning Checklist COVID-19 from Dept. of Business, Enterprise and Innovation

Government Supports of COVID-19 Impacted Businesses

COVID-19 - HSA Advice for Employers and Employees

CIF C-19 Online Induction Programme


Information will be provided shortly.


The government has advised British citizens against all non-essential travel worldwide.

Information for British citizens travelling abroad
Foreign travel advice for each country

Housing and local services

Planning and inspections in England


Support for university research and innovation during coronavirus

Apprenticeship programme response
The Education and Skills Funding Agency is taking steps to ensure that, wherever possible, apprentices can continue and complete their apprenticeship and to support providers during this challenging time. New guidance has been published for apprentices, employers, training providers and assessment organisations.

Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

Coronavirus: guidance for local government