Considerations for UK businesses and directors before, during and after restarting operations
It is unlikely that many businesses will be able to simply press a button and resume their pre COVID-19 business model. Global society has had to abruptly adjust to restrictions on movement, revisit ideas around health and lifestyle and change its attitude to working styles – none of which was seriously envisaged at the start of 2020, but all of which directly impacts global and local economies and businesses. Emerging from lockdown will not be a linear process. It is likely to be unpredictable. There may be further outbreaks of the virus and lockdowns until an effective vaccine is found and business responses will vary widely by sector and geography.
This note explores, high-level, some of the legal and practical considerations at this time for UK directors during the move out of lockdown.