13th October 2020

COVID-19: Back to Business Hub

As we navigate our way through the Covid-19 crisis and the new normal, this page is designed to help businesses get back up on their feet with the latest guidance from Government, Westminster, the Mayor of London and other key stakeholders.

Reopening Paddington Safely

Businesses listed by government, that are COVID-secure and able to manage the requirements that will keep customers safe, are able to open their premises. The BID has worked closely with Westminster Council and TfL to make sure Paddington is ready to welcome people back.

Pavement widening barriers have been added to Praed Street, London Street and Spring Street to provide safer pedestrian and cycle routes. 2m distancing signage has been added to lamp posts and barriers throughout the area.  We are also collectively looking at possible sites for cycle parking to accommodate the increase in commuters avoiding public transport. For more information from TfL on how to travel safely please click here.

Businesses that are reopening must ensure that their workplaces are safe for customers and workers. The government has produced detailed workplace-specific guidance to help ensure workplaces are safe as possible, as well as further guidance for the retail sector on how they can reopen and operate safely.

Latest Guidance

Three Tier Covid Lockdown Rules Explained

Key Changes to Hospitality Sector Licensing Legislation: Met Police Letter 

Latest Government Measures to Combat Second Wave – 22 September 2020

How to generate a QR code for your business

Rule of Six Government Guidelines

Westminster Council 

Free digital training for Westminster businesses 

Westminster Council Letter to Robert Jenrick, Housing and Communities MP

Westminster Council Coronavirus Impact Stats 

Mayor of London

Back to Business Fund – £5000 for small businesses.

Pay It Forward Scheme. 

Mayor London Letter to PM 12 August 

Eat Out to Help Out 

Eat Out to Help Out – What’s Open in Paddington

Eat Out to Help Out – Government Guidance

Eat Out to Help Out Scheme: How to Register 

Face Coverings

Face Mask Guidance

Face coverings: when to wear one and how to make your own

Face coverings mandatory on public transport 

Government Advice for Businesses Reopening 

Reopening office spaces safely

Reopening hotels and guest accommodation safely. 

Reopening pubs, restaurants and close contact services

Government outlines support for pubs, cafes and restaurants

Westminster guidance on shisha smoking 

Reopening gyms and pools safely.

Government guidance for businesses on reopening of tourism and visitor attractions on July 4

Queue Management and 2m Distancing 

Guidance for queue management with social distancing

Social distancing free floor stickers and templates

Free Test and Trace Recording for Businesses

e-Slot – Make Bookings, Manage Queues, Issue Tickets, Test & Trace

Traveling Safely

TfL Coronavirus Information

Transport for London Hygiene and Safety Measures

Government Guidance on Safer Travel on Public Transport 

New TfL Go App Helps You Travel Off Peak and Advise Best Social Distancing Routes

National Rail

National Rail Travel Advice for employers and employees/passengers

Network Rail Travel Advice.


Cycle Streets is a useful cycling journey planner.

Traveling Abroad

Covid-19 Government Travel Advice

Other useful resources 

Guidance on Smoking Shisha Safely

For more Covid-19 related resources and advice and guidance when in lockdown click here.