This page provides useful information for Locality Members on the guidance, advice and support available on the impact of Covid-19.

Page last updated: 19 July 2021 

Latest updates

19th July 2021 – More Government end of lockdown guidance which includes priority actions that are likely to be applicable to Locality members

Read the guidance

13 July 2021 – Coronavirus: how to stay safe and help prevent the spread from 19 July

Read the Government’s Guidelines 

05 March 2021 – Covid Response Roadmap 

Read Locality’s outline of the Government’s roadmap.

05 Feb 2021 – Government communication pack

Download the Department for Digital, Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) COVID-19 communications pack. It has been created to support voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations disseminate key messages on vaccines. It includes;

  • Guidance and basic explanations you can use answering ‘What is a vaccine?’
  • Comms assets and resources on vaccines you can use and share
  • Vaccine resources for British Sign Language users
  • Key messages on COVID-19 Vaccine Scams
  • Misinformation – assets and copy you can use to tackle misinformation on vaccines

Download the comms pack (.pptx)

6 Jan 2021 – Latest lockdown briefing 

Following the latest lockdown taking effect on the 6 January, we have again updated our Covid-19 briefing for Locality members. This provides information about the implications of the lockdown for community organisations and what we know about the financial support that has been announced.

Download our January 2021 Covid-19 briefing.

05 Nov 2020 – Chancellor annoucement briefing

Following the Chancellor’s announcements on 5 November, we have again updated our guidance on the Coronavisrus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) extension.
Read Locality’s background briefing on HR support around the CJRS extension.

HR Support – Job support scheme

Locality held a webinar for members to discuss the Job Support Scheme on 2 October 2020. You can access the slides and calculations below:

Job Support Scheme (.pdf)

Job Support Scheme calculations (.xlsx)

Track and Trace

New requirements for some venues. This week (24  September 2020), new requirements came into effect for some venues around Track and Trace.

These include updated requirements to:
• record details of visitors
• display a digital NHS QR code for visitors to check-in to venues.

These apply to those in venues in hospitality, the tourism and leisure industry, close contact services and local authority facilities. We are seeking clarification on if the requirement to display an NHS QR code applies to other community centres.

Useful links:

Guidance: Maintaining records of staff, customers and visitors to support NHS Test and Trace

Collecting customer and visitor details for contact tracing

Contact tracing – protecting customer and visitor details

Guidance for the safe use of multi-purpose community facilities – 3 July

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) have published their guidance on reopening for multi-purpose community facilities.

Reopening guidance for Locality members – 17 June

As we move towards the easing of lockdown and organisations look to re-open, we compiled a checklist of things you may want to consider when thinking about how to bring your building and services back into use.

This is a constantly changing situation with official Government guidance being updated regularly. It is important therefore to make sure any decisions about re-opening buildings and services are in line with current Government guidance which can be found here.

Reopening guidance for Locality members

Returning to work guidance for Locality members – 27 May

Here you will find guidance on how to return to work in the safest way possible for you and your colleagues /employees. This includes advice on health and safety procedures, employer and employee obligations and much more.

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and furlough – all you need to know

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) phase 2 update (slides) – updated 5 June 

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme claim process launched on 20 April

You may be able to take advantage of the Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (furloughing your employees). You may be able to claim up to 80% of employee salaries (up to a maximum of £2,500 per person per month). The scheme has been extended to the end of June.

Due to the often complex mix of public funding in education, early years and children’s social care settings there is specific guidance for such providers.

Make sure you read the available information on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and claim process:

Locality guidance and analysis

Email updates

We send regular members-only email updates. If you don’t receive them or need links to previous emails, get in touch with us so we can add you to the list.

Read our latest COVID-19 update

Keep up to date with our webinars

Upcoming webinars
Our national members only webinars will take place monthly on Fridays at 10:30am. The are avalable to our Essentials and Member Plus members only. You can register for upcoming webinars on our events page (dates published when available).

Previous webinars

If you’d like to watch the recodings of any of our previous webinars about the COVID-19 outbreak, please email

Webinars broadcast before 28 July are also available to Network members.

Register for our upcoming webinars

Other useful information for Locality members

Government financial support for businesses during coronavirus (COVID-19)
A full range of business support measures have been made available to UK businesses. This page helps businesses find out how to access the support that has been made available, who is eligible, when the schemes open, and how to apply.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) government guidance for the charity sector
Tuesday 7 April – Updated government guidance to help with running your charity during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Guidance for employers on the coronavirus (COVID-19) Job Retention Scheme
Guidance on website regarding claiming for wage costs through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

New resources on how to volunteer safely in response to COVID-19
Updated on various dates – Volunteering Matters resources on how to stay safe when volunteering in response to COVID-19, including templates for assessing risks of activities, and examples.

If you are closing your building due to Covid -19
This document provides guidance on what to do if you are closing you building due to Covid -19.

Anthony Collins Solicitors briefing for Locality members only
Friday 20 March – COVID-19 Briefing by Anthony Collins Solicitors for Locality Member: regulatory guidance vs statutory obligations, employment law, governance and financial risk management.

Cashflow templates
Cashflow is critically important at this moment. Here are some cash-flow example templates that you can download. Please note – these are for information, care should be taken when adapting these tools for your own use.