Following the latest announcements from Boris Johnson and Nicola Sturgeon, England and Scotland have now joined Wales in new national lockdowns.
The new restrictions mean that people should only leave home for an essential purpose, such as to buy food or medicine. This means that, along with schools, large swathes of businesses now need to close their doors.
While some shops and hospitality businesses will still be able to offer click and collect and takeaway services, they are likely to see a dip in sales. Many other businesses may also see their revenue fall as demand dries up, similar to the first lockdown in March 2020.
To help support businesses through his latest period of uncertainty, the Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced some additional funding alongside some older schemes that are still open to businesses.