Coronavirus guidance changes from 19 July 2021

20 July 2021

As of 19 July 2021, England moved to step four of the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown, but what is now allowed?

People are no longer being instructed to work from home if they can, but the Government is expecting that there will be a phased return to places of work over the course of the Summer. However, anyone who has worked from home for a period of a day or more in tax year 2021-22 is entitled to claim the working from home allowance for the remainder of the year. 

For those travelling to work on public transport, the advice is still to wear a face covering. That advice extends to anyone who is attending any crowded area.

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) is still open and is due to close on 30 September 2021. For the claim period of July, employers can claim back 70% of an employee’s usual wages, which will then reduce to 60% for the final months of the scheme, in August and September. Employers must still ensure that their staff still receive at least 80% of their standard wages, so will need to pay the difference, and fund it themselves.


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