Government Advice and Information On COVID-19

This page is dedicated to government advice around COVID-19 throughout the United Kingdom. The NFRN are here to help and will provide regular updates and information for members on this page, including measures and government packages to support businesses.

The Eat Out to Help Out Scheme

From today (3rd August), pubs, restaurants and cafes will offer half-price mid-week meals under the government’s new Eat Out to Help Out scheme, which aims to boost the UK’s hospitality sector.

Update: Covid-19 Job Retention Bonus

Further details have been made available about the government’s Job Retention Bonus to help support the UK’s economic recovery and businesses. More information will be available in September.

Be Prepared: Face Masks To Be Mandatory In English Shops From Tomorrow

Following a previous decision by the Scottish government which ruled that face masks must be worn within stores, independent retailers are reminded that from tomorrow (Friday July 24th) customers in England will also be required to wear face coverings when inside retail premises.

Temporary Reduction On VAT

From 15th July 2020 until 12th January 2021 a temporary reduced rate of VAT of 5% is being applied to certain categories of food and drink.