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


After receiving updated guidance, BALI has now updated it's COVID-19 Landscape Site Operating Procedures – Protecting your Workforce guidance and BALI COVID-19 BALI FAQ - Workforce Guidelines which highlights the concerns over accrual of holiday during furlough, and the circumstances in which employers can enforce or cancel worker holidays.


Landscape businesses who send employees to sites during the COVID-19 pandemic must ensure they are protecting their workforce, clients and the public by minimising the risk of spreading the infection. BALI has provided updated its COVID-19 Landscape Site Operating Procedures – Protecting your Workforce guidance in line with the recent changes to lockdown measures and to meet the needs of the landscape industry.


BALI issues latest statement 13 May 2020 following the Government’s revisions to its recently published COVID-19 guidance.


Government announces new COVID-19 measures

The Prime Minister outlined the Government's latest position on COVID-19, raising even more questions. 

Following the Prime Minister’s address to the nation on Sunday 10 May 2020, where Boris Johnson described the alterations to the current coronavirus (COVID-19) measures, the British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) is once again seeking urgent clarification from Westminster and Scottish Government on what the measures mean for those working in the ornamental horticulture sector which employs over 500,000 workers, with a specific focus on the landscape services industry which delivers an £11bn annual tax contribution to the UK economy, making it significantly larger than aerospace.

Read the full news article here.


Scottish Government has provided two important updates pertaining to COVID-19 today. Firstly, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon's transcript of her speech, made today at St Andrew's House in Edinburgh, can be found here. Secondly, an update has been made to Scotland's 'Framework for Decision Making' document which can now be accessed here.


1. BALI has updated its Government Business Support FAQs document with details on the Bounce Back Loans scheme which has launched today. Britain’s small businesses will be able to apply for quick and easy-to-access loans of up to £50,000 from today (04/05/2020) – with the cash expected to land within days.

2. Landscape maintenance of amenity spaces and commercial assets amounts to more than just cutting the grass. Following a request by BALI-NCF members, BALI has written a statement for clients considering scaling down maintenance works in light of financial pressures brought about by COVID-19. Click here to read the statement.


Coronavirus testing has now been rolled nationwide across the UK but the eligibility for this testing varies slightly between nations. BALI's Technical Officer has clarified those working within the landscape industry are now likely to meet the criteria in some form in all nations. Click here to read more. 


Following the launch of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) yesterday, Monday 20 April 2020, the portal can now be accessed here. To coincide with the launch of the CJRS, the Government has released a step by step guide for employers which can be accessed here. BALI has also updated its COVID-19 BALI FAQ - Government Business Support document to reflect more details about the scheme and how to access it.


Coronavirus job retention scheme (the furlough scheme) has been extended from 31 May 2020 to the end of June. For full details on government support packages, click here.


BALI's Chief Executive Wayne Grills has written a client template letter for BALI members to use, which they can send to clients advising them of the measures they are taking during the COVID-19 pandemic.


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

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

  • 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 has introduced several measures:
  1. Requiring people to stay at home, except for if you are unable to work from home
  2. Avoid using public transport where possible and consider walking or cycling to work
  3. Individuals are able to leave their homes to exercise more than once a day
  4. Individuals can meet one other person from another household in a public space
  5. Those aged 5 and over are now eligible for a COVID-19 test
  6. People over the age of 70 and people with underlying conditions to remain indoors for 12 weeks
  7. For guidance about maintaining educational provision for schools, colleges and local authorities click here.

Helpful links


  1. COVID-19 BALI Landscape Site Operating Procedures - Protecting your Workforce 1 Apr 2020 563kb PDF
  2. COVID-19 BALI Statement 13 May 2020 14 May 2020 222kb PDF
  3. BALI NCF COVID-19 Statement 4 May 2020 164kb PDF
  4. Coronavirus testing (30 April 2020) 30 Apr 2020 102kb PDF
  5. COVID-19 Client Template Letter 15 Apr 2020 51kb DOCX
  6. COVID-19 BALI Position Statement for Businesses in England (09/04/20) 9 Apr 2020 188kb PDF
  7. COVID-19 BALI Webinar Clinics - Survey Results 9 Apr 2020 137kb PDF
  8. COVID-19 BALI FAQ - Workforce Guidelines 8 Apr 2020 283kb PDF
  9. COVID-19 BALI FAQ - Government Business Support 8 Apr 2020 292kb PDF
  10. COVID-19 BALI FAQ - Contractual Guidelines 8 Apr 2020 224kb PDF
  11. COVID-19 BALI HR/Health & Safety Quest Guidance 7 Apr 2020 95kb ZIP
  12. COVID-19 BALI Scotland update from Chief Executive 3 Apr 2020 267kb PDF
  13. Support for the self-employed announced by government 1 Apr 2020 180kb PDF
  14. COVID-19 Open Letter to BALI Members from Chief Executive (01/04/20) 1 Apr 2020 154kb PDF
  15. COVID-19 Guidance for the Self-Employed 1 Apr 2020 125kb PDF
  16. COVID-19 Work Authorisation Letter Template 30 Mar 2020 17kb DOCX
  17. COVID-19 Guide for Apprenticeships 27 Mar 2020 169kb PDF
  18. COVID-19 BALI Furloughed Worker Legal Guidance 26 Mar 2020 186kb PDF
  19. COVID-19 BALI Furlough Employer to Employee Letter Template 26 Mar 2020 15kb DOCX
  20. COVID-19 BALI Statement (26/03/20) 26 Mar 2020 181kb PDF
  21. COVID-19 BALI RAMS-051 Rev 0 Template 26 Mar 2020 29kb DOCX
  22. COVID-19 BALI Business Impact Survey Results 26 Mar 2020 237kb PDF
  23. Perennial - Support and Advice 25 Mar 2020 249kb PDF
  24. COVID-19 BALI Position Statement (24/03/2020) 24 Mar 2020 138kb PDF
  25. COVID-19 Impact on LISS/CSCS Applications 24 Mar 2020 119kb PDF
  26. BALI's Four-Point COVID-19 Strategy 20 Mar 2020 135kb DOCX
  27. COVID-19 BALI Strategy Announcement 20 Mar 2020 222kb PDF
  28. Perennial COVID-19 Press Release 19/03/20 19 Mar 2020 277kb DOCX