COVID-19: measures for UK businesses Information for businesses and employers The Chancellor has set out a package of temporary, timely and targeted measures to support public services, people and businesses through this period of disruption caused by COVID-19. Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme goes live The government's Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme went live for applications from today (23 March). COVID-19 Business Measures - job retention and tax deferrals We set out a summary of the salary support and tax deferral schemes that were announced on 20 March 2020. UK facing 'worst recession in modern history' The UK economy is facing its 'worst recession in modern history'. Government and financial regulators tell banks to keep lending British banks must keep lending to businesses through the coronavirus crisis to ensure viable companies do not fail, the government and financial regulators have urged. Chancellor unveils help for self-employed workers On the 26 March, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a scheme to help self-employed workers who have been hit by the COVID-19 crisis.