Government & Industry Updates

The UK Government is no longer holding daily press briefings and going forward future briefings will only take place when there are significant announcements. 

We will continue to provide daily tourism updates, details of any announcements and Government updates here.

 

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    Situation update 19th October 2020

    Update to local alert levels in England

    The following areas have moved from local COVID alert level: medium to local COVID alert level: high since Saturday 17 October 00:01:

    • London (all 32 boroughs and the City of London)
    • Elmbridge
    • Essex (area covered by Essex County Council only)
    • Barrow-in-Furness
    • York
    • North East Derbyshire
    • Erewash
    • Chesterfield

    This means that for these areas, the following additional measures will be in place:

    • people must not meet with anybody outside their household or support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place
    • people must not meet in a group of more than 6 outside, including in a garden or other space
    • people should aim to reduce the number of journeys they make where possible. If they need to travel, they should walk or cycle where possible, or plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes on public transport


    These measures will be reviewed every 14 days to consider whether they are still appropriate.

    In areas where prevalence is highest, discussions are still ongoing with local leadership about moving from local alert level: high to local alert level: very high. A decision is yet to be made.

    Business Events guidance from Cabinet Office

    DCMS have received the following guidance from the Cabinet Office confirming the current national position on business events will apply in Local Alert Level: Very High areas. Therefore, currently, venues can host business meetings for up to 30 people in Liverpool.      

    In very high alert level areas, additional restrictions may apply depending on discussions between central and local government. Businesses should find out what additional measures apply in the Liverpool area and restrictions that are in an area with the Local Alert Level: Very High.

    Business meetings and events of up to 30 people indoors are allowed in permitted venues if social distancing can be maintained and the venue can demonstrate it has followed the COVID-19 guidance. The rule of six does not apply to work, education and training activities.

    Exhibition and conference centres are permitted venues, if they have small, separate and directly accessible meeting facilities as part of the site, and the venue can demonstrate it has followed the COVID-19 secure guidance. If permitted venues have multiple, separate meeting facilities, these can be hired out simultaneously for separate meetings/events if social distancing can be maintained, groups can be kept separate, and the venue can demonstrate it has followed the COVID-19 guidance. Business meetings and events of over 30 people should not currently take place in any venue. Banqueting and private dining events should not currently take place in any venue.

     

    Kickstart Promotional Material

    Promotional material including a guide for employers, videos and posters have been produced to support the Government’s Kickstart initiative which is a £2 billion fund dedicated to creating hundreds of thousands of high-quality 6-month work placements for young people.

    Changes to travel corridors

    Effective 04.00 on Sunday 18 October, Italy, Vatican City state and San Marino have been removed from the travel corridor list for the UK.  Meanwhile, from 04.00 Sunday 18 October, people no longer need to self-isolate when entering the UK from the Greek Island of Crete. The whole of the UK is now aligned on advice around all the Greek islands.

    The FCDO has revised their guidance on countries and territories exempt from advice against ‘all but essential’ international travel to reflect these changes.

    Other Government updates

    • Update to guidance for those who work in performing arts in England on thinking about risk and managing performances.
    • Update to guidance for small marriages and civil partnerships in England to reflect the local COVID alert levels
  • Three-tiered system of local COVID alert levels Toggle accordion content

    The Government have announced plans to standardise and simplify local lockdown measures, by introducing a three tiered system of local COVID Alert Levels in England - set at medium, high, and very high.

    Local COVID Alert Level - Medium
    Covering most of the country - this will consist of the current national measures, which came into force on 25th September. For areas where national restrictions continue to be in place. This means:

    • All businesses and venues can continue to operate, in a COVID-Secure manner, other than those that remain closed in law, such as nightclubs
    • Certain businesses selling food or drink on their premises are required to close between 10pm and 5am
    • Businesses and venues selling food for consumption off the premises can continue to do so after 10pm as long as this is through delivery service, click-and-collect or drive-thru
    • Schools, universities and places of worship remain open
    • Weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on the number of attendees
    • Organised indoor sport and exercise classes can continue to take place, provided the Rule of Six is followed
    • People must not meet in groups larger than 6, indoors or outdoors

    Local COVID Alert Level - High
    This is for areas with a higher level of infections. The “high” alert level will reflect many current local interventions, but there will now be consistency across the country. This means the following additional measures are in place:

    • People must not meet with anybody outside their household or support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place
    • People must not meet in a group of more than 6 outside, including in a garden or other space
    • People should aim to reduce the number of journeys they make where possible. If they need to travel, they should walk or cycle where possible, or to plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes on public transport

    Most areas which are already subject to local restrictions will automatically move into the “high” alert level. As a result of rising infection rates Nottinghamshire, East and West Cheshire and a small area of High Peak will also move into the “high” alert level.

    Local COVID Alert Level - Very High
    This is for areas with a very high level of infections. The Government will set a baseline of measures for any area in this local alert level. Consultation with local authorities will determine additional measures.
    The baseline means the below additional measures are in place:

    • Pubs and bars must close, and can only remain open where they operate as if they were a restaurant - which means serving substantial meals, like a main lunchtime or evening meal. They may only serve alcohol as part of such a meal
    • Wedding receptions are not allowed
    • People must not meet with anybody outside their household or support bubble in any indoor or outdoor setting, whether at home or in a public space. The Rule of Six applies in open public spaces like parks and beaches
    • People should try to avoid travelling outside the ‘Very High’ area they are in, or entering a ‘Very High’ area, other than for things like work, education, accessing youth services, to meet caring responsibilities or if they are in transit
    • People should avoid staying overnight in another part of the UK if they are resident in a ‘Very High’ area, or avoid staying overnight in a ‘Very High’ area if they are resident elsewhere

     There will be a 4-week sunset clause on interventions in very high areas.

    Alert level posters are available for businesses to download and display HERE.

    The government postcode tracker to find out the coronavirus restrictions in a local area is now live HERE.

    Guidance for the vulnerable will become available too.

    READ MORE HERE

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    • Businesses selling food or drink (including cafés, bars, pubs and restaurants), social clubs, casinos, bowling alleys, amusement arcades (and other indoor leisure centres or facilities), funfairs, theme parks, adventure parks and activities, and bingo halls, must be closed between 10pm and 5am. This will include takeaways but delivery services can continue after 10pm (from 24 September).
    • Cinemas, theatres and concert halls can stay open after 10pm, only if the performance started before 10pm. They should not serve food or drink after this time.
    • In licensed premises, food and drink must be ordered from, and served at, a table.
    • Customers must eat and drink at a table in any premises selling food and drink to consume indoors, on site (from 24th September).
    • Businesses will need to display the official NHS QR code posters so that customers can ‘check-in’ at different premises using this option as an alternative to providing their contact details once the app is rolled out nationally (from 24th September).
    • Businesses and organisations will face stricter rules to make their premises COVID-19 Secure (from 28th September)
    • A wider range of leisure and entertainment venues, services provided in community centres, and close contact services will be subject to the COVID-19 Secure requirements in law and fines of up to £10,000 for repeated breaches.
    • Employers must not knowingly require or encourage someone who is being required to self-isolate to come to work.
    • Businesses must remind people to wear face coverings where mandated.
    • Indoor organised sport for over 18s will no longer be exempt from the rule of six. There is an exemption for indoor organised team sports for disabled people.
    • There will be a new exemption in those areas of local intervention where household mixing is not allowed to permit friends and family to provide informal childcare for children under 14.
    • Weddings and civil partnership ceremonies and receptions will be restricted to a maximum of 15 people (down from 30). Other significant standalone life events will be subject to the ‘rule of six’ limits, except funerals (from 28th September).
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    From 15th August, the Government took the following steps in reopening the sector:

    • Reopening most remaining leisure settings, namely bowling, skating rinks and casinos, accompanied by COVID-19 Secure guidelines not include particularly high-risk activities and settings such as nightclubs, which will be kept under review.
    • Restarted indoor performances to a live audience, in line with COVID-19 Secure guidelines
    • Resumed all close contact services, including any treatments on the face such as eyebrow threading or make-up application in line with COVID-19 Secure guidelines.
    • Launched pilots in venues with a range of sizes of crowds, particularly where congregating from different places, including sports stadia and business events. The pilots will be carefully monitored and evaluated to inform future decisions on any further relaxation of the rules.
    • Restarted wedding receptions; sit-down meals for no more than 30 people, subject to COVID-19 Secure guidelines. Over time, they will assess whether gatherings of this type for other purposes can be made possible and when larger wedding receptions can take place.

    In September, schools, nurseries and colleges opened for all children and young people on a full-time basis. Schools, nurseries and colleges will put in place protective measures to minimise the risks to children and teachers and reduce the risk of transmission.

    Currently, the UK is experiencing a rise in infection rates and number of confirmed cases of Covid-19. The Government are reviewing all restrictions on businesses and lifestyle changes which will be announced shortly. These are likely to be enforced in regional / local areas, dependent on the level of infections and cases. 

    As a result, the process of bringing back audiences to stadia, and allowing conferences and other business events to recommence in a COVID-19 Secure way, from 1 October have now been postponed

    Read more information and guidance on opening visitor economy businesses safely

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    Where will people need to wear face coverings?

    HM Government are recommending that face coverings are worn in all indoor settings and this will be enforceable in law.

    Currently, you are required to wear face coverings in the following settings: 

    • shops
    • supermarkets
    • indoor shopping centres,
    • indoor transport hubs
    • on public transport
    • funeral directors
    • premises providing professional, legal or financial services
    • cinemas
    • theatres
    • bingo halls
    • concert halls
    • museums, galleries, aquariums, indoor zoos or visitor farms, or other indoor tourist, heritage or cultural sites
    • nail, beauty, hair salons and barbers - other than where necessary to remove for treatments
    • massage parlours.
    • public areas in hotels and hostels
    • places of worship
    • libraries and public reading rooms
    • community centres
    • social clubs
    • tattoo and piercing parlours
    • indoor entertainment venues (amusement arcades, funfairs, adventure activities such as laser quest, go-karting, escape rooms, heritage sites)
    • storage and distribution facilities
    • veterinary services
    • auction houses
    • casinos
    • skating rinks
    • bowling alleys
    • indoor play areas
    • exhibition halls
    • conference centres

    HM Government have now extended the recommendation of the wearing of face coverings to include:

    • Customers in private hire vehicles and taxis (from 23rd September)
    • Customers in hospitality venues must wear face coverings, except when seated at a table to eat or drink
    • Staff in hospitality and retail will now also be required to wear face coverings (from 24th September)
    • Staff working on public transport and taxi drivers will continue to be advised to wear face coverings

    People who are already exempt from the existing face covering obligations, such as because of an underlying health condition, will continue to be exempt from these new obligations.

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    NHS COVID-19 App

    The government is urging businesses to ensure they have displayed official NHS QR code posters on entry so that customers who have downloaded the new NHS COVID-19 app can use their smartphones to easily check-in, now that the NHS COVID-19 app has launched across England and Wales.

    For further information please click here

    Operators can create a QR Code and associated poster for their business that links with the app on this webpage.

    For further information about the QR Code poster, please click here

  • Business Meetings and Events Guidance Toggle accordion content

    We have gathered all of the relevant government guidance and specific information and resources for meetings and events here.

  • Guidance on collecting data from staff and customers Toggle accordion content

    All premises and venues where people meet socially will be legally required to request the contact details of a member of every party, record and retain these details for 21 days, and provide them to NHS Test & Trace without delay when required. Some exemptions apply.

    The requirement to collect this data applies to:

    • hospitality, including pubs, bars and restaurants (it does not apply to businesses operating a takeaway/delivery only basis)
    • tourism and leisure, including hotels, museums, cinemas, zoos and theme parks
    • close contact services, including hairdressers, and others
    • facilities provided by local authorities, including town halls and civic centres for events, community centres, libraries and children’s centres
    • places of worship, including use for events and other community activities

    This guidance applies to any establishment that provides an on-site service and to any events that take place on its premises. It does not apply where services are taken off-site immediately, for example, a food or drink outlet which only provides takeaways. If a business offers a mixture of a sit-in and takeaway service, contact information only needs to be collected for customers who are dining in. It does not apply to drop-off deliveries made by suppliers.

    Public Health England has published the Customer Logging Toolkit. This contains a variety of template materials for businesses to display, as well as guidance on how the policy works.

    If a customer tells you they have tested positive for coronavirus, you should tell them to self-isolate as soon as possible and to register their contacts with NHS Test and Trace. You should not use the log of customer details you have collected to contact other customers yourself. Instead, if NHS Test and Trace assess that the customer was on your premises while potentially infectious, they will contact you to provide support and to obtain the details of anyone who may have been exposed to the virus.

    The data that needs to be collected is:

    Staff

    • The names of staff who work at the premises.
    • A contact phone number for each member of staff.
    • The dates and times that staff are at work.

    Customers and visitors

    • The name of the customer or visitor. If there is more than one person, then you can record the name of the ‘lead member’ of the group and the number of people in the group.
    • A contact phone number for each customer or visitor, or for the lead member of a group of people.
    • Date of visit and arrival and, where possible, departure time.

    If a customer interacts with only one member of staff, the name of the assigned staff member should be recorded alongside the name of the customer If you have a large booking, for example, at a restaurant, you only need to collect the name and contact phone number of the lead member of the party. This data needs to be kept for 21 days.

    READ MORE HERE

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    Public Health England have released a series of action cards that provide advice on how businesses should respond to a Covid-19 outbreak including:

    • Identifying an outbreak of COVID-19 (one or more confirmed case depending on the business or organisation)
    • Reporting the outbreak to your local health protection team
    • Working with your local health protection team to respond

    There are different cards for specific types of businesses, and they have been designed to be printed or downloaded to keep on-hand in your business or organisation. The action cards relevant to a range of tourism businesses are listed below:

    Arts, Heritage & Cultural Attractions
    Campsites & Caravan Parks
    Entertainment & Holiday Resorts
    Hotels & Guest Accommodation
    Places of Worship
    Restaurants, Pubs Bars & Cafes
    Theaters, Cinemas & Venues
    Tourist Attractions

    For the full list of cards and more information, please click here.

  • Holidays in areas with local COVID-19 restrictions in England Toggle accordion content

    The Government has published guidance for England on what people should do if they are on holiday in an area with local coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions or live in a restricted area and are planning on taking a holiday outside the area. The guidance covers:

    Staying inside the area
    Steps you should take:

    • If you live inside the area, you should only socialise indoors with members of your own household or support bubble.
    • You can only stay in a private home - which includes self-catered accommodation such as holiday cottages, apartments or boats - with members of your own household or support bubble.
    • You can stay in a hotel or similar accommodation (for example, a hostel or bed and breakfast) with another household, but should avoid sharing rooms with people you do not live with or otherwise socialising indoors, for example in each other's rooms, in reception areas, or in restaurants and bars.
    • Sharing a caravan with another household is being advised against. You should not share private vehicles to travel to your holiday destination.
    • You can travel into an area with local restrictions on holiday. Whilst inside the area, you should follow the guidance set out above

    Travelling outside the area
    Steps you should take:

    • If you live inside an area with local restrictions, you can go on holiday outside that area but you should only socialise indoors with members of your own household or support bubble.
    • You can only stay in a private home - which includes self-catered accommodation such as holiday cottages, apartments or boats - with members of your own household or support bubble.
    • You can stay in a hotel or similar accommodation (for example, a hostel or bed and breakfast) with another household but should avoid sharing rooms with people you do not live with or otherwise socialising indoors, for example in each other's rooms, in reception areas, or in restaurants and bars.
    • Sharing a caravan or boat with another household is being advised against. You should not share private vehicles to travel to your holiday destination.

    Advice for accommodation providers can be found in the Working Safely guidance.

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    Public Health England and Ministers hold a weekly meeting where they review the exemption list for Air Corridors. During this meeting, COVID-19 cases will be reviewed per destinations and quarantine restrictions for the destination may be enforced.  

    The Government has announced passengers returning or visiting from certain destinations will no longer need to quarantine for 14 days. All passengers, except those on a small list of exemptions, will still be required to provide contact information on arrival in the UK, including details of countries or territories they have been in or through during the previous 14 days. Existing public health advice on hand hygiene, face coverings, and social distancing must also be followed.

    The Devolved Administrations will set out their own approach to exemptions, and so passengers returning to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland should ensure they follow the laws and guidelines which applies there.

    The list of those countries and territories that the Government has lifted its advisory notice to avoid all non-essential travel can be found here. It should however be noted that flights are not yet available to all these places and not all countries have indicated that they will accept British visitors.

    Click here to find out more