Coronavirus : Guidance for businesses

Business support

National lockdown guidance 

Oxfordshire must follow the national lockdown rules. The latest data shows that the virus is spreading aggressively and is being attributed to a new variant of COVID-19. There is no evidence that this variant causes a more severe illness or that the vaccine will be any less effective. However, early evidence shows that it is passed on more easily and transmits faster.

We need to be extra vigilant and follow the rules to stop the spread – for our families, friends, our social care services and the NHS.

More information is available here


Free rapid Coronavirus tests for all businesses for regular workplace testing

All businesses in England are now able to sign up to the government’s free COVID-19 workplace testing programme. Workplace testing is available to all businesses, including those with fewer than 50 employees and business are being encouraged to register their interest to access free workplace testing.

You can register to order free lateral flow coronavirus tests for your employees and get the forms you need to test your employees in the workplace here

Businesses must register on or before 31 March 2021.


Symptom-free testing for workers and volunteers

We are now able to offer symptom free testing for workers and volunteers in Oxfordshire


Financial support for businesses during coronavirus (COVID-19)

The latest details of support available to business can be found on the Gov.uk website 

Use the business support finder to see what support is available for you and your business.


The Business Support Hotline

This service offers free advice and guidance for business across England as a key element of the government’s business support provision. They can help all businesses, from those thinking about starting a business, through to those who are already established and trading.

Contact via phone on 0800 998 1098 or email enquiries@businesssupporthelpline.org

More business information, links and resources are available locally from Oxfordshire Local Economic Partnership   


To contact the council about support available or issues affecting your business please email