COVID-19 (coronavirus)

COVID-19 is a global pandemic. BALI has launched a four-point strategy to help support its members throughout this difficult time.

COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It's caused by a virus called coronavirus. There is currently no antivirus available. 

BALI guidance


BALI reaffirms its position on COVID-19 (coronavirus) following Government updates to guidelines for businesses in England. These updates include changes which affect the way site-based businesses are permitted to work.
BALI has now completed its review of the documents, which apply for employers and businesses in England only.

The team has extracted the salient information and outlined the relevant points through this link.


BALI has provided three FAQ documents following queries from members during the COVID-19 Clinic webinars. 


BALI HR and H&S service Quest provides four BALI member-exclusive supporting documents which include; 

  • HR Service information sheet
  • Furlough leave letter template
  • Job Retention Scheme Q&A – in partnership with the British Chambers of Commerce
  • VAT Deferral document


BALI issues open letter to members following Government response. 


BALI issues a 'work authorisation letter template' for BALI members to use. Members are required to log in to access.


BALI issues new COVID-19 statement by Chief Executive Wayne Grills.


For BALI Training Providers, there is currently no direct Government support, however, the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) is challenging this with the apprenticeships and skills minister. As it stands, these types of business would have to go down the same route as other businesses via Government guidance published here.

Updated 24/03/2020 7.00pm

BALI is taking the necessary measures to protect its members’ staff and their clients by recommending all BALI member businesses temporarily cease trading for a period of 48 hours, lasting until 7pm on Thursday 26 March. Find out more in our latest position statement here.

BALI has compiled a Frequently Asked Questions document related to the landscape industry. Click here to access.

The growing concerns surrounding Coronavirus (COVID-19) are likely to impact CSCS’s ability to issue LISS/CSCS cards to some first-time applicants or those wishing to renew their card prior to expiry. Read our latest statement here.


We are aware that many BALI members and industry colleagues are waiting for further clarification on whether they should or should not be going to work following the latest Government advice issued by The Prime Minister on the 23 March 2020. Following an influx of calls, emails and social posts over the past 12 hours from our Twitter page and Members-Only Closed Facebook Group, requesting BALI seek additional guidance, we have already made contact with MPs and Government officials overnight and throughout this morning, and we are waiting on further clarification on questions we have raised before publishing our own statement.

BALI's four-point strategy

To help its members, BALI has published its four-point COVID-19 (coronavirus) strategy, designed to support member businesses and associated individuals affected by the pandemic over the next three months. BALI, whose membership totals around 2,000 members, over 960 of which are Registered, has announced its new strategy to provide a much-needed lifeline for those who may be struggling to cope.

  • To view the strategy in full, download the document here.
  • To read BALI's press statement click here.


BALI has produced a frequently asked questions documents related to COVID-19 (coronavirus). This document will be updated regularly and has been complied on  on 8 April 2020 with queries from members during the COVID-19 Clinic webinars.

BALI's COVID-19 Business Impact Survey Results

BALI launched a survey to members on Friday 20 March 2020. The results have now been collated following 74 member submissions. Members will have to log in to access the results using their website login details. The survey can be accessed under documents on the right-hand side of this page (or towards the bottom of the page on mobile).

Government guidance (updated 24/03/20)

  • If you or anyone in your household has one of the following two symptoms; a high temperature or a new and continuous cough, then you should stay at home for 14 days. People unable to work for more than 7 days because of coronavirus (COVID-19) can obtain an isolation note through a new online service.
  • The single most important action we can all take in fighting coronavirus is to stay at home in order to protect the NHS and save lives. When we reduce our day-to-day contact with other people, we will reduce the spread of the infection. That is why the Government is now introducing three new measures;
  1. Requiring people to stay at home, except for very limited purposes
  2. Closing non-essential shops and community spaces
  3. Stopping all gatherings of more than two people in public
  • Pubs, clubs, theatres and other such social venues have been closed to protect the NHS and its workers
  • People over the age of 70 and people with underlying conditions to remain indoors for 12 weeks
  • For guidance about maintaining educational provision for schools, colleges and local authorities click here
  • Further businesses and premises to close following the announcement from the Prime Minister to stay at home on 23/03/2020.

Helpful links


  1. COVID-19 BALI Position Statement for Businesses in England (09/04/20) 9 Apr 2020 188kb PDF
  2. COVID-19 BALI Webinar Clinics - Survey Results 9 Apr 2020 137kb PDF
  3. COVID-19 BALI FAQ - Workforce Guidelines 8 Apr 2020 256kb PDF
  4. COVID-19 BALI FAQ - Government Business Support 8 Apr 2020 229kb PDF
  5. COVID-19 BALI FAQ - Contractual Guidelines 8 Apr 2020 224kb PDF
  6. COVID-19 BALI HR/Health & Safety Quest Guidance 7 Apr 2020 95kb ZIP
  7. COVID-19 BALI Scotland update from Chief Executive 3 Apr 2020 267kb PDF
  8. COVID-19 Open Letter to BALI Members from Chief Executive (01/04/20) 1 Apr 2020 154kb PDF
  9. COVID-19 BALI Landscape Site Operating Procedures - Protecting your Workforce 1 Apr 2020 167kb PDF
  10. COVID-19 Guidance for the Self-Employed 1 Apr 2020 125kb PDF
  11. COVID-19 Work Authorisation Letter Template 30 Mar 2020 17kb DOCX
  12. COVID-19 Guide for Apprenticeships 27 Mar 2020 169kb PDF
  13. COVID-19 BALI Furloughed Worker Legal Guidance 26 Mar 2020 186kb PDF
  14. COVID-19 BALI Furlough Employer to Employee Letter Template 26 Mar 2020 15kb DOCX
  15. COVID-19 BALI Statement (26/03/20) 26 Mar 2020 181kb PDF
  16. COVID-19 BALI RAMS-051 Rev 0 Template 26 Mar 2020 29kb DOCX
  17. COVID-19 BALI Business Impact Survey Results 26 Mar 2020 237kb PDF
  18. Perennial - Support and Advice 25 Mar 2020 249kb PDF
  19. COVID-19 BALI Position Statement (24/03/2020) 24 Mar 2020 138kb PDF
  20. COVID-19 Impact on LISS/CSCS Applications 24 Mar 2020 119kb PDF
  21. BALI's Four-Point COVID-19 Strategy 20 Mar 2020 135kb DOCX
  22. COVID-19 BALI Strategy Announcement 20 Mar 2020 222kb PDF
  23. Perennial COVID-19 Press Release 19/03/20 19 Mar 2020 277kb DOCX
  24. Support for the self-employed announced by government 1 Apr 2020 180kb PDF