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Working Safely with Coronavirus – updated guidance

Working Safely with Coronavirus – updated guidance

Government updated its Working Safely with Coronavirus Guidance for accommodation providers on 28 September.  The guidance includes seven steps to “protect yourself, your staff and your customers during coronavirus”. Complete a COVID-19 risk assessment. Share it with all your staff. Find out how to do a risk assessment. Clean more often. Increase how often you clean surfaces, especially...

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Changes to Guidance in England

Changes to Guidance in England

New Rules on Wearing Face Masks Customers in private hire vehicles and taxis must wear face coverings (from 23 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 24 September)....

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Places where face coverings must be worn

Places where face coverings must be worn

Extended list The number of places where face coverings must be worn has been extended. This now includes entertainment venues (cinemas, theatres, concert halls), aquariums, bingo halls, amusement arcades, adventure activity centres, funfairs, theme parks, casinos, skating rinks, bowling alleys, and indoor play areas, including soft-play areas. The full list can be found here.

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Outdoor events – the current situation and new guidance

Outdoor events – the current situation and new guidance

The LGA (Local Government Association) has published new guidance for local authorities (LAs) on staging outdoor events. Current government guidelines allow for outdoor events organised by businesses to take place, provided they have carried out a thorough risk assessment and taken all reasonable steps to mitigate the risk of viral transmission – taking into account...

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List of places to wear face coverings in England extended

List of places to wear face coverings in England extended

Government is now recommending that face coverings are worn in additional indoor settings – this will be enforceable in law (England). Currently you are required to wear face coverings in shops, supermarkets, indoor shopping centres, indoor transport hubs and public transport. For members of the public, from 8 August this will be expanded to include: cinemas...

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Reporting and containing outbreaks of coronavirus

Reporting and containing outbreaks of coronavirus

Government has issued new guidance for businesses and organisations on how to recognise, contain and report incidents of coronavirus (COVID-19). COVID-19 early outbreak management information has been created to make sure that people who run businesses or organisations: know how to recognise and report an incident of coronavirus (COVID-19) are aware of measures local health...

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Outdoor smoking – provision for non-smoking areas in pubs and café gardens

Outdoor smoking – provision for non-smoking areas in pubs and café gardens

People using pubs, restaurants and cafes will soon have greater freedom to choose non-smoking outdoor areas, following an amendment tabled to legislation in Parliament. Under the Business and Planning Bill, the amendment will ensure that customers are given more choice by ensuring premises offer separate seating for smokers and non-smokers outside. Current laws make it...

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Face masks compulsory in retail outlets

Face masks compulsory in retail outlets

From Friday 24 July, it will be mandatory for people to wear a face covering whilst in retail outlets (e.g. indoor dealerships/sales offices) in England. Face coverings in shops are already mandatory in Scotland. It is suggested retailers display signage at the entrance to the store to remind visitors of this policy and consider having...

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Opening season relaxed for caravan/holiday parks and campsites

Opening season relaxed for caravan/holiday parks and campsites

On 14th July The Secretary of State, Robert Jenrick announced that extending caravan parks operation in England ‘beyond the usual summer season will be invaluable to parks as the sector begins to recover. We are aware that current planning conditions may limit their open season. The temporary relaxation of these planning restrictions can play a...

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