A collection of briefings on national and local coronavirus restrictions and regulations.
Table of contents
- Explore the latest coronavirus research
- Research series
- Employment rights and the workplace
- Health and social care
- Welfare and support schemes
- Economy and business
- Home affairs
- Education, childcare and families
- Parliament, government and elections
- Around the world
- Coronavirus research from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST)
- Coronavirus research from the Lords Library
Explore the latest coronavirus research
Find quick-read articles and longer briefings on the Government’s response to the coronavirus and its impact on key sectors such as housing, employment, welfare, police powers, the economy and more.
For the latest information on how UK Parliament is reacting to the spread of the coronavirus visit the Parliament website.
Research from the Commons Library and POST on Covid-19 vaccines and the UK vaccination programme.
Employment rights and the workplace
Research covering employment rights and the workplace during the coronavirus pandemic
This briefing provides answers to frequently asked questions on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. It covers the rules that apply from 1 November 2020. It also contains a discussion of excluded workers and furlough fraud.
This paper provides an overview of the rules on Covid-19 and returning to the workplace. It discusses the lifting of lockdown legislation, employer's health and safety obligations, hybrid working and circumstances when workers can refuse to go to work.
This is the final version of this paper which tracks the impact of the coronavirus on the labour market from January-March 2020 to January-March 2022.
Health and social care
Research and analysis about health and social care during the coronavirus outbreak
This Commons Library briefing paper provides an overview of key issues facing the NHS and social care services during the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak, and links to official UK and international guidance and data. It also lists other reliable sources of information in the health and social care sector, including comment from organisations representing patients, staff and service providers. This briefing paper was last updated on 13 July 2020.
This briefing paper provides an account of ventilator availability and procurement in the UK, a summary of government action, and a discussion of other issues associated with ventilator use.
What are virus variants, how they are assessed and what is the Government is doing to curb the spread of ‘variants of concern’?
Welfare and support schemes
Research exploring the measures introduced to support households and individuals throughout the pandemic
The Department for Work and Pensions made a series of changes to the social security system in response to the pandemic. Most have now been withdrawn.
To support the self-employed through the coronavirus outbreak the Government has introduced the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS).
This briefing explains measures taken during the coronavirus outbreak to help renting households retain their homes. It covers calls for more assistance to prevent evictions and homelessness.
Economy and business
Economic updates and research around schemes to support businesses during the coronavirus pandemic
This paper collates data on the number of applications and total support provided under the UK Government coronavirus business support schemes. The attached excel spreadsheet allows users to view data by Parliamentary constituency and local authority.
An overview of how business interruption insurance policies have been interpreted in the context of the coronavirus pandemic.
This Insight sets out the guidance for four new grant schemes for businesses in England announced by the UK Government.
Analysis and research on how emergency powers may affect areas such as policing, prisons, funerals and access to domestic abuse services during the coronavirus pandemic
This Library briefing paper explains the types of coronavirus restrictions and requirements that have been imposed by the UK's lockdown laws. Currently no restrictions on domestic movement, gatherings or business opening/service limits are in place in any part of the UK.
On 27 April 2020 the Justice Secretary said that the numbers of coronavirus cases and deaths in prisons were lower than had been originally predicted and that prisons were coping and dealing well with the threat of covid-19.
In an address to the nation on 23 March 2020 the Prime Minister gave the British people what he described as “a very simple instruction”: to stay at home. This instruction has now been backed up by legal regulations. But what if home is not a safe place? This Insight looks at what the new regulations say about staying at home, and how they, alongside coronavirus more generally, could
Education, childcare and families
Research exploring the impact on childcare and education as a result of the coronavirus outbreak
Examines the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on schools and pupils in England. Updated following the end of public health restrictions, in February 2022
This House of Commons briefing paper discusses the impact of easing lockdown restriction on the FE and HE sectors in England. The paper outlines issues such as: re-opening campuses, prospective students numbers in 2020/21, temporary students numbers controls, delivery of courses in 2020/21 and the Higher Education Restructuring Regime. It also highlights issues such as the impact on graduate employability and catch up funding for FE colleges.
This paper provides brief information in response to some key questions regarding the impact of the Coronavirus outbreak on separated families, maintenance arrangements and access to children.
Parliament, government and elections
Research and analysis explaining parliamentary consent, the Coronavirus Bill, and how the pandemic may impact elections
There will be a debate in the Commons Chamber on 25 March on four motions on coronavirus legislation and parliamentary proceedings during the pandemic.
The coronavirus timeline sets out the Commons’ response to the pandemic, including key ‘lock down’ dates and changes to the way parliamentarians worked. It includes links to the relevant debates in Hansard, Speaker’s Statements, Procedure Committee reports, the ‘Members’ Guide to hybrid proceedings’ and correspondence on proceedings during the pandemic.
This insight explains why MPs are now considering a motion to approve the legislation that underpins the current lockdown in England.
Around the world
Analysis on the response to the coronavirus from across the world
The economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic are already severe. This Insight looks at the mounting debt crisis being experienced by the world’s poorest countries.
This Insight maps the main trends in coronavirus policy to date among developing countries.
The challenge to secure enough vaccines for the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people.
Coronavirus research from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST)
Find the latest reporting on the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) papers and Covid-19 vaccines
Coronavirus research from the Lords Library
Find briefings and blogs produced to support the work of the House of Lords in scrutinising and debating the Government’s response to coronavirus.