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Test And Trace update

The Test and Trace guidance has been updated in line with the move to Step 4 (England) including the removal of the requirement for businesses to display and use QR codes. However it is important to note that It is still a  legal requirement for people to self-isolate if they test positive for COVID-19 or...

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Hospitality Strategy: Reopening, Recovery, Resilience

The government has launched a hospitality strategy to support the recovery of the sector, including a dedicated council to oversee its delivery. To take forward this strategy, BEIS is establishing a Hospitality Sector Council to develop and implement an action plan that will deliver these objectives and review progress in doing so. Business minister Paul...

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Scotland moves to Level 0 from 19 July

Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed that all of Scotland will move into Level 0 from 19 July, the lowest level of restrictions since the beginning of the pandemic.  This means that as of next Monday (19th), the number of people who can meet indoors will rise to eight people from four households, with ten people from four...

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Wales to revert to fewer restrictions from 17 July

Wales will take its next step towards a future with fewer COVID legal restrictions as First Minister Mark Drakeford set out a longer-term plan for the summer. Wales will move fully into alert level one from 17 July – a change paused four weeks ago because of new variants.  There will be further changes to...

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Move to Step 4 in England confirmed for 19 July

“Absolutely vital to proceed with caution …” New guidance is published ‘Gradual’ return to the office In a press conference yesterday evening (12 July), Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed that England will move to step 4 from 19 July.  He said that we cannot return immediately to how life was before COVID-19. While cases are high...

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Further support for businesses in Wales

The Welsh Government has announced further support for businesses impacted by coronavirus restrictions. Eligible businesses in the hospitality, leisure and tourism sectors and their supply chains who continue to be severely impacted by restrictions, will receive up to £25,000 of additional support. To qualify for support, businesses must show their turnover has reduced by more...

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Pop up campsites allowed again for up to 56 days

MHCLG Secretary Robert Jenrick MP has published a Written Ministerial Statement (WMS) to support tourism in England. In the statement, Jenrick calls on local planning authorities to take a positive approach to their engagement with commercial campsites for leisure use to ensure planning controls are not a barrier to local tourism and hospitality’s economic recovery. ...

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Northern Ireland looks to relax rules on 5 July

Restrictions are currently in place across Northern Ireland. The Executive has agreed several relaxations to restrictions, including: 5 July (tbc): Reopening of seated theatres, concert halls and other venues. Return of conferences and exhibitions. The regulations will be reviewed on 1 July. The current restrictions can be found here.

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Scottish Government looks to move to Level 0

The Scottish Government has confirmed that the whole of Scotland will move to Level 0 on 19 July if all necessary vaccination and harm reduction measures are met. From this date, physical distancing outdoors will be removed, and indoor distancing will be reduced to one metre if the data allows. Limits on outdoor gatherings will...