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Government updates affecting the tourism industry
The Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps, announced changes to the international travel rules from 11 February 2022.
- From 4:00am on 11 February, all testing requirements will be removed for eligible fully vaccinated arrivals into the UK, with only a Passenger Locator Form now required.
- Arrivals who are not recognised as fully vaccinated will only need to take a pre-departure test and a PCR test on or before day 2 after they arrive in the UK.
- The passenger locator form will be simplified shortly, people will need to confirm their vaccination status, travel history and contact details, and people will have an extra day to fill it out before travelling.
- From 11 February, the UK will recognise vaccine certificates from 16 more countries including Algeria, Cape Verde, China, El Salvador, Guatemala, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Macao, Mexico, São Tomé and Principe, South Sudan, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tonga, Turkmenistan.
England to move back to Plan A
This afternoon Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that the measures put in place under Plan B in England will be lifted.
- The UK Government is no longer asking people to work from home if they can. People should now talk to their employers to agree arrangements to return to the office.
- From 27 January: There is no longer a legal requirement to wear a face covering. The government suggests that people continue to wear a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces where they may come into contact with other people they do not normally meet.
- From 27 January: Venues and events will no longer be required by law to check visitors’ NHS COVID Pass. The NHS COVID Pass can still be used on a voluntary basis.
- From 20 January: Face coverings will no longer be advised for staff and pupils in secondary school and college classrooms. Also from 27 January: Face coverings will no longer be advised for staff and pupils in communal areas of secondary schools, nor for staff in communal areas of primaries.
Some measures still remain, including those on self-isolation. It is still a legal requirement for those who have tested positive for Covid to self-isolate. The self-isolation regulations expire on 24 March; it is not expected that they will be renewed.
Ahead of 24 March the UK Government will set out its long-term strategy for living with COVID-19.
Further information on the changes will be available soon.
The Government announced a slight lifting of testing restrictions for fully vaccinated visitors entering the UK and under-18s.
Please note that:
- From 4am on Friday 7 January 2022, fully vaccinated passengers and under-18s will no longer need to take a pre-departure test or self-isolate on arrival. They will still be required to complete a passenger locator form and take a test on or before day two after your arrival.
- From 9 January 2022 this can be either a lateral flow (LFD) or PCR test.
If the lateral flow test is positive, people will be issued a free confirmatory PCR test and will be required to self isolate. If the PCR test is negative, then the isolation period can end.
Individuals who are not deemed as fully vaccinated must complete a passenger locator form, take a pre-departure test, have booked a PCR day two and day eight test package and complete 10 days’ self-isolation.
This will apply to all four UK nations.
In England, Plan B will continue for a further three weeks. Rules such as work from home where possible will continue as well as wearing face coverings on public transport and most public indoor places. People are still advised to take a COVID test before going to high-risk settings or meeting the elderly or vulnerable.
From today, if people have tested positive or have symptoms, they can stop self-isolating after 7 days instead of 10 days if they get 2 negative lateral flow test results on day 6 and 7 - with tests taken 24 hours apart.
There is no change to the guidance for unvaccinated contacts of positive COVID-19 cases, who are still required to self-isolate for 10 full days after their date of exposure to the virus.
Read the press release.
The Chancellor has today announced that additional support will be available for businesses who have been impacted by the Omicron variant.
The package of support includes a new grant scheme for businesses in hospitality and leisure, a top up to the Additional Restrictions Grant, the reintroduction of the Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme and further funding released through the Culture Recovery Fund.
- Businesses in the hospitality and leisure sectors in England will be eligible for one-off grants of up to £6,000 per premises
- More than £100 million discretionary funding will be made available via the Additional Restrictions Grant for local authorities in England to support other businesses. Allocation of this funding will be at local authority discretion and the top up will be prioritised for those local authorities that have distributed the most of their existing allocation
- Government will also cover the cost of Statutory Sick Pay for Covid-related absences for small and medium-sized employers across the UK. Businesses with fewer than 250 employees will be able to apply for reimbursement for the cost of Statutory Sick Pay for Covid-related absences, for up to 2 weeks per employee. Firms will be eligible for the scheme from today and they will be able to make claims retrospectively from mid-January.
- £30 million further funding will be made available through the Culture Recovery Fund - cultural organisations in England such as theatres, orchestras and museums can apply for support during the winter
The Chancellor has asked HMRC to offer businesses in the hospitality and leisure sectors in particular the option of a short delay through the Time to Pay arrangement, and payment in instalments, on a case by case basis, as part of this.
As part of this support announced today, the devolved administrations will receive around £150 million of funding through the Barnett formula, comprising around £80 million for the Scottish Government, £50 million for the Welsh Government and £25 million for the Northern Ireland Executive.
Read the press release to find out more.
Guidance has now been updated to highlight changes to self-isolation rules for those vaccinated overseas, and to reflect changes to national guidance around daily testing for close contacts.
From 15 December you are not legally required to self-isolate if you are notified you have had close contact with someone with COVID-19 and any of the following apply:
- you’re fully vaccinated
- you’re below the age of 18 years and 6 months
- you’ve taken part in or are currently part of an approved COVID-19 vaccine trial
- you’re not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons
If you are aged 5 years and over and have been identified as a contact of someone with COVID-19, but are not legally required to self-isolate, you are strongly advised to:
- take an LFD test every day for 7 days, or until 10 days since your last contact with the person who tested positive for COVID-19 if this is earlier
- take this daily LFD test before you leave the household for the first time that day
The Government has updated its guidance for restaurants, pubs, bars, nightclubs and takeaway services, as well as for shops, branches and other close contact services in accordance with these changes to isolation requirements.
This afternoon Prime Minister Boris Johnson held a press briefing announcing that England will be moving to plan B, while continuing to work closely with the Devolved Administrations. The measures announced include:
- The re-introduction of guidance for everyone who can to work from home. This will be introduced from Monday 13 December.
- From Friday 10 December, face coverings will become compulsory in most public indoor venues, such as cinemas, theatres and places of worship. There will be exemptions in venues where it is not practical to wear one, such as when you are eating, drinking or exercising. For that reason, face masks will not be required in hospitality settings.
- From Wednesday 15 December (subject to parliamentary approval) the NHS Covid Pass on the NHS App will become mandatory for entry into nightclubs and settings where large crowds gather, including:
- Unseated indoor venues with more than 500 people
- Unseated outdoor venues with more than 4,000 people
- Any venue with more than 10,000 people.
The NHS Covid Pass can still be obtained with two doses but will be kept under constant review as the boosters roll out. Having considered the evidence since the emergence of Omicron, proof of a negative lateral flow test will also be accepted.
The Prime Minister also outlined as Omicron spreads in the community daily tests for contacts will be introduced instead of isolation. People are being advised to test using a lateral flow device, particularly before entering a high-risk setting involving people they wouldn't normally come into contact with, or when visiting a vulnerable person. Lateral flow devices remain free of charge and can be collected from local pharmacies.
The government will keep the data under constant review. The regulations are set to expire six weeks after implementation, with a review after three weeks. Guidance on GOV.UK will be updated to reflect these changes in the coming days.
See the press release and Plan B for more information
The new precautionary measures announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson came into effect today, 30 November. The hotels and guest accommodation, and events and attractions guidance has been updated with a summary of where face coverings will be mandatory within these settings and other settings within the visitor economy.
Customers and staff are legally required to wear face coverings indoors in shops and on public transport services. This includes:
- Shops and close contact services (such as hairdressers and beauty therapists), including those within another type of business or facility such as a gift shop within a museum
- Shops and communal areas in shopping centres
- Public transport services (such as buses, trains and trams) and transport services open to the public (such as indoor areas of private hire coaches, open-top bus tours and leisure boats)
- Transport hubs (such as airports; maritime ports; rail, bus and coach stations), including any businesses located within a transport hub (except hospitality venues like cafes and bars)
For the full list of settings where face coverings are required please see the face coverings guidance.
29 November 2021
On Saturday 27 November Prime Minister Boris Johnson held a press briefing where he confirmed new temporary and precautionary measures following the emergence of the Omicron variant in the UK. The following measures will be introduced from 4:00am Tuesday 30 November as a precaution to slow down the spread of the variant. The measures will be reviewed again in three weeks.
- From 04:00am on 30 November 2021 all travellers arriving into the UK must take a PCR test provided by a private test provider on or before day 2 and self-isolate until they receive a negative result (lateral flow tests will no longer be accepted). Individuals must self-isolate in their home or the place they are staying until they receive their test result. Those who test positive, must isolate for 10 days. If PCR test results are delayed, individuals must self-isolate until their test result is known or until day 14 after arrival, whichever is sooner.
- All contacts of suspected Omicron cases must self-isolate, regardless of their vaccination status. They will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace.
- From 4:00am Tuesday 30 November face coverings will be compulsory in England in shops and other settings such as banks, post offices and hairdressers, as well as on public transport unless individuals are exempt from doing so.
Red list update
Since Friday and there have been updates to the UK’s red list of countries and territories.
- South Africa, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Namibia and Zimbabwe were added to the UK red list at 12.00 midday Friday 26 November.
- Angola, Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia were added to the UK red list at 4:00am Sunday 28 November.
New system for international travel
- The UK Government has announced changes to international travel rules in England. From 4am Monday 4 October:
- The current traffic light system will be replaced by a single red list of countries and territories
- The rules for travel from countries and territories not on the red list will depend on people’s vaccination status.
- Eligible fully vaccinated travellers will no longer need to take a Pre Departure Test when travelling to England
- England will welcome fully vaccinated travellers from 17 new countries and territories These include arrivals from Australia, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Bahrain, Brunei, Canada, Dominica, Israel, Japan, Kuwait, Malaysia, New Zealand, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea or Taiwan.
From the end of October
- Eligible fully vaccinated passengers and those with an approved vaccine from a select group of non-red countries will be able to replace their day 2 test with a cheaper lateral flow test. Anyone testing positive will need to isolate and take a confirmatory PCR test, at no additional cost to the traveller, these will be genomically sequenced to help identify new variants.
- Passengers who change flights or international trains during their journey will be able to follow the measures associated to their country of departure, rather than any countries they have transited through as part of their journey.
Testing for unvaccinated passengers from non-red countries will include pre-departure tests, day 2 and day 8 PCR tests. Test to release remains an option to reduce self-isolation period.
Travel from the rest of the world if you are fully vaccinated
From 4am Monday 4 October, if you have been fully vaccinated for at least 14 days:
- under an approved vaccination program in the UK, Europe, US or UK vaccine programme overseas
- with a full course of the Oxford/AstraZeneca, Pfizer BioNTech, Moderna or Janssen vaccines from a relevant public health body in Australia, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Bahrain, Brunei, Canada, Dominica, Israel, Japan, Kuwait, Malaysia, New Zealand, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea or Taiwan – mixing between two-dose vaccines (Oxford/AstraZeneca, Pfizer BioNTech, Moderna) in this list is also recognised
- under a formally approved COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial in the US, Canada and Australia and have a proof of participation (digital or paper-based) from a public health body
- book and pay for a day 2 COVID-19 test – to be taken after arrival in England
- complete your passenger locator form – any time in the 48 hours before you arrive in England
- take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2 after you arrive in England
See more information
Countries removed from the red list
Turkey, Pakistan, the Maldives, Egypt, Sri Lanka, Oman, Bangladesh and Kenya will move off the red list for England, Scotland and Wales from 4am Wednesday 22 September.
Autumn and Winter Plan for England
In the House of Commons this afternoon Health Secretary Sajid Javid set out the Autumn and Winter Plan for England. This was followed by a press briefing by Prime Minister Boris Johnson addressing the public. The plan sets out a Plan A scenario and outlines a Plan B contingency plan for England that would only be enacted if the data suggests that further actions are necessary to protect the NHS.
The 5 pillars outlined for ‘Plan A’ include;
- Building our defences through pharmaceutical interventions: including maximising vaccine uptake among those who are eligible and not taken up the offer yet, offering booster doses to those who received vaccinations in phase 1 of the vaccine programme, offering a first dose to those aged 12-15. Antivirals and therapeutics are already being used, and teams are researching further drugs that may assist.
- Identifying and isolating positive cases to limit transmission: PCR testing for symptomatic and contacts of cases will be available free of charge. Regular asymptomatic testing will also continue, focused on those who are not vaccinated or are on front line settings. Contact tracing will continue. Support will remain in place for those forced to self-isolate.
- Supporting the NHS and Social Care – managing pressures and recovering services. Linked to the announcement of further funding announced last week to clear the backlog of appointments.
- Advising people on how to protect themselves and others - For businesses the Government will continue to provide up-to-date Working Safely guidance on how employers can reduce the risks in their workplace. They are encouraging the public to let fresh air in when meeting indoors, wearing a face covering in crowded and enclosed settings, getting tested and self isolating, staying home if they feel unwell, washing hands regularly and using the NHS COVID-19 app.
- Pursuing an international approach – playing a part in the global effort towards vaccination, and keeping strong defence at the border. The Government will shortly set out a revised framework for international travel, in advance of the next formal checkpoint review, with a deadline of 1 October.
If the data suggests the NHS is likely to come under unsustainable pressure, the Government has prepared a Plan B for England. The Government’s Plan B prioritises measures which can help control transmission of the virus while seeking to minimise economic and social impacts. This includes:
- Communicating clearly and urgently to the public that the level of risk has increased, and with it the need to behave more cautiously.
- Introducing mandatory vaccine-only COVID-status certification in certain settings.
- Legally mandating face coverings in certain settings.
If Plan B is implemented, at that point the NHS COVID Pass will change to display full vaccination only (exemptions will continue to apply). The Government expects that mandatory vaccine-only certification would be introduced for visitors to the following venues:
- All nightclubs;
- Indoor, crowded settings with 500 or more attendees where those attendees are likely to be in close proximity to people from other households, such as music venues or large receptions;
- Outdoor, crowded settings with 4,000 or more attendees where those attendees are likely to be in close proximity to people from other households, such as outdoor festivals; and
- Any settings with 10,000 or more attendees, such as large sports and music stadia.
There are some settings that will be exempt from requirements to use the NHS COVID Pass, including communal worship, wedding ceremonies, funerals and other commemorative events, protests and mass participation sporting events.
The Government would seek to give businesses at least one week’s notice before mandatory vaccine certification came into force.
Read the full plan.
CMA publishes recommendations to improve PCR testing market
The CMA has published advice to the UK Government on ways to make the PCR testing market work better for consumers.
A number of recommendations were made, including:
- Creating a one-stop shop list of quality, approved test providers by significantly improving the basic standards to qualify for inclusion and remaining on the GOV.UK list.
- Introducing a comprehensive monitoring and enforcement programme to ensure providers on the GOV.UK list meet these basic standards and rules, and swiftly removing and sanctioning those firms that don’t.
- Improving the provider listings on GOV.UK so consumers get the information they need to compare providers properly and find the best deals for them.
- Developing the NHS Test and Trace travel test as a benchmark for quality and price to drive higher standards and more competition across the sector.
- Monitoring prices and costs on an ongoing basis, in case price reductions are not seen on the back of other measures.
Although this advice has been provided at the request of the UK Government, it has the potential to improve the market for consumers across the UK nations where private testing for international travel is allowed. In addition to providing advice to the UK Government, the CMA is already using its powers to act where it can. On 25 August, it published an open letter to all PCR test providers warning them to stay on the right side of consumer law.
Headline scheme rules for the Live Events Reinsurance Scheme have been published by DCMS
The headline rules for the Live Events Reinsurance Scheme have been published here. Full scheme rules will be available on this page in due course.
International travel: country listings update
From 4am Sunday 8 August the following changes apply for entry into the UK
- Austria, Germany, Latvia, Norway, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia will move to green list.
- Bahrain, India, Qatar and UAE will move to amber list. Arrivals from France will no longer need to quarantine if they are fully vaccinated, aligning France with the rest of the amber list.
- Georgia, Mayotte, Mexico and Reunion will move to red list.
Arrivals from Spain and all its islands are advised to use a PCR test as their pre-departure test wherever possible, as a precaution against the increased prevalence of the virus and variants in the country.
The change to the status for France means that the system is simplified to 3 categories, plus the green watchlist.
UK Government waives quarantine for arrivals fully vaccinated from Europe and USA to England and confirms international cruise restart
Today the UK Government has announced that passengers arriving from amber countries who have been fully vaccinated in Europe (EU Member States, European Free Trade Association countries and the European microstate countries of Andorra, Monaco and Vatican City) and the USA will not have to quarantine when entering England, as part of a range of new measures designed to reopen international travel, set out as part of the second Global Travel Taskforce checkpoint review.
From 4am on Monday 2 August 2021, passengers who are fully vaccinated in the EU with vaccines authorised by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) or in the USA with vaccines authorised by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), or in the Swiss vaccination programme, will be able to travel to England without having to quarantine or take a day 8 test on arrival.
Amber arrivals who have been fully vaccinated in the USA and European countries will still be required to:
Those arriving from France should continue to follow the separate rule. If a passenger has been in France in the 10 days before arriving in England, they must quarantine for 10 days after they arrive and take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2 and on or after day 8, even if they are fully vaccinated. They must follow the advice on how to quarantine if you are not fully vaccinated.
Today, the UK Government also confirmed the restart of international cruise sailings from England in line with Public Health England guidance. International cruise travel advice will be amended to encourage travellers to understand the risks associated with cruise travel and take personal responsibility for their own safety abroad. Guidance has been published for British people about taking cruise ship holidays abroad during COVID-19.
All measures announced will be kept under review and be guided by the latest data. In their press release, the UK Government stated they will not hesitate to act should the data show that countries risk ratings have changed.
You can read the press release here or read the red, amber and green list rules for entering England.
NHS Test & Trace COVID-19 compliance checks
The Home Office has issued further advice for hotels and accommodation providers on facilitating COVID-19 compliance checks on individuals who have a duty to quarantine following international travel from amber-list countries.
Accommodation providers should take all reasonable steps to encourage guests to adhere to government restrictions, including informing guests of quarantine restrictions when taking bookings.
It is also good practice for accommodation providers to ensure guests are aware of their legal obligations to quarantine and that they may receive a compliance check during their stay if they are quarantining. However, it is not your responsibility to check guests’ test results or enforce quarantine rules; enforcement of the law remains a matter for the police.
Guests may receive a visit from Mitie staff on behalf of Test and Trace, who are conducting COVID compliance checks to ensure individuals who have returned from amber-list countries are quarantining at the address provided on their passenger locator form. To assist Test and Trace staff in confirming compliance of the individuals, accommodation providers should take reasonable and appropriate steps to facilitate Mitie’s visits to their customers, whilst ensuring that guests’ data is only shared with Mitie in compliance with existing data protection legislation.
If NHS Test and Trace staff suspect that a guest is not quarantining, the case may be referred to police, who may conduct another visit, and could potentially issue the individual with a fine of up to £10,000.
Further guidance on the compliance checks service and what to expect can be found here: Self-isolation compliance checks after international travel - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
Further guidance for hotels and other guest accommodation to work safely during COVID-19 can be found here - Hotels and other guest accommodation - Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19) - Guidance - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
Or for further details for guests who are quarantining after travelling from an amber-list country: Quarantine and testing if you've been in an amber list country - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk
5 July Update
Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, set out plans for the final step of the roadmap in England
The Prime Minister held a press conference today outlining more details about step 4, the final stage of the England roadmap, which is expected to start on 19 July. At step 4, the Government will remove outstanding legal restrictions on social contact, life events, and open the remaining closed settings. Guidance will be provided to the public and to businesses on how they can help reduce the spread of COVID-19.
There are 5 principles for managing COVID-19 as England learns to live with the virus:
- Reinforce the country’s vaccine wall of defence through booster jabs and driving take up.
- Enable the public to make informed decisions through guidance, rather than laws.
- Retain proportionate test, trace and isolate plans in line with international comparators.
- Manage risks at the border and support a global response to reduce the risk of variants emerging globally and entering the UK.
- Retain contingency measures to respond to unexpected events, while accepting that further cases, hospitalisations and deaths will occur as the country learns to live with COVID-19.
More details can be found in the COVID-19 Response: Summer 2021
He also announced that the Government will work with the travel industry on removing the need for full-vaccinated people to isolate when entering the country from amber countries. The Transport Secretary is due to set out more details later this week.
A decision will be made on 12 July if this move can be made on 19 July.
England remains in Step 3
The government has announced a 4-week pause at Step 3. Step 3 restrictions remain in place, and you should follow the guidance on this page, which explains what you can and cannot do.
It is expected that England will move to Step 4 on 19 July, though the data will be reviewed after 2 weeks in case the risks have reduced. The government will continue to monitor the data and the move to Step 4 will be confirmed one week in advance.
However, some restrictions will change on 21 June. From 21 June, there will be changes to the rules on:
- weddings and civil partnership ceremonies and wedding receptions or civil partnership celebrations
- commemorative events following a death such as a wake, stone setting or ash scattering
- large events pilots
- care home visits
- domestic residential visits for children
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'Safe Travels': Global Protocols & Stamp for the New Normal
VisitBritain has announced that tourism businesses in the UK registered to the ‘We’re Good To Go’ industry standard scheme can now be automatically issued with the international ‘Safe Travels’ stamp from the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC).
The We’re Good To Go scheme, launched last year by VisitEngland in partnership with the tourism boards of Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, has been recognised by the WTTC as meeting its international global standardised health and hygiene protocols and for its role in supporting the recovery of the UK tourism sector.
The WTTC stamp enables travellers to recognise destinations around the world which have adopted global standardised protocols - so they can experience ‘Safe Travels.’
VisitBritain is coordinating the Safe Travels stamp issue in the UK, on behalf of the WTTC, for businesses registered to the We’re Good To Go scheme, with those who welcome international visitors particularly encouraged to apply.
Downloading your stamp
- Login to your WGTG account
- Select ‘update completed applications’ from the menu at the top. This will take you to a page where you have the option to update details of your organisation, such as social channels, and where you can also tick the box to apply for the Safe Travels stamp
- Once you have applied for the Safe Travels stamp, you will be able to download it from your certificate and logos page
Roadmap out of lockdown
From 8 March
Pupils return to face-to-face education in school and further education in England. Pupils in Wales and Scotland returned on 22 February. Wraparound childcare, such as after-school clubs, can reopen to enable parents to work, attend education, access medical care or attend a support group.
Outdoor recreation, such as a picnic, is allowed. This can be on your own, with one other person, or with your household or support bubble.
Indoor visits to care homes start again for a single named visitor.
Read about the changes happening on 8 March.
Travel corridors suspended
From 4.00 am today, Monday 18 January all travel corridors with the UK have been suspended – meaning that all international arrivals who have departed from or transited through any country outside the Common Travel Area in the previous 10 days will be required to both take a pre-departure test, and self-isolate immediately for 10 days on arrival. This includes British and Irish nationals.
This move will be supported by increased enforcement, both at the border and across the UK, with Border Force increasing the number of spot checks on passengers that have entered the country. The new measures will be reviewed on Monday 15 February. The government’s Test to Release scheme for people who arrive in England will remain in place, giving passengers the option to shorten the mandatory self-isolation period.
Pre-departure COVID testing required for entry into the UK
From 04.00 on Monday 18 January 2021 passengers must have proof of a negative COVID-19 test to travel to England, Scotland and Wales (Northern Ireland from 21 Jan). The test must be taken in the 3 days before the journey.
Detailed guidance has now been published by the Department for Transport.
DfT has also shared a stakeholder partner guide with communications materials and advice for partners on travel corridors, test to release and the passenger locator form.
Guidance updated to reflect the suspension of travel corridors:
Guidance updated to reflect updates to testing requirements:
Supreme Court judgment in Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA) business interruption insurance test case means many policy holders will receive payment
The Supreme Court has substantially allowed the FCA’s appeal on behalf of business interruption insurance policyholders. The legal process for impacted policies is now complete and means that covered policyholders will now have their claims for coronavirus-related business interruption losses paid. The judgment is legally binding on the eight insurers that agreed to be parties to the test case.
The judgment also provides authoritative guidance for the interpretation of similar policy wordings and claims. The FCA has said it will be working with insurers to ensure that they move quickly to pay claims that the judgment says should be paid, making interim payments wherever possible. The judgment does not determine how much is payable under individual policies, but provides much of the basis for doing so. Each policy needs to be considered against the detailed judgment to work out what it means for that policy. Policyholders with affected claims can expect to hear from their insurer soon. Policyholders with questions should approach their broker, other advisers or insurer. 370,000 policyholders were identified as holding 700 types of policies issued by 60 insurers that may be affected by the outcome of the test case.
The FCA has published draft guidance for policyholders on how to prove the presence of coronavirus, which is a condition in certain types of policy. The FCA will issue finalised guidance as soon as possible after the consultation which closes on 22 January. They will also publish a set of Q&As for policyholders to assist them and their advisers in understanding the test case. The FCA will also publish a list of BI policy types that potentially respond to the pandemic based on data that they will be gathering from insurers. Read more on the FCA website
The Prime Minister addressed the nation on 4 January outlining a national lockdown in England. In summary:
- England will be entering a national lockdown, the Government is instructing people to stay at home and this will be backed up with legislation
- People will be permitted to leave home for limited reasons, including shopping for essentials, work if you cannot work from home, exercise, or to seek medical assistance.
- Shielding will begin again, those at risk will receive a letter.
- Primary schools, secondary schools, and colleges must move to online learning – except for vulnerable children and children of key workers. Nurseries will continue to be open.
- All non-essential retail, hospitality and personal care services must close, or remain closed. Restaurants can continue delivery, takeaway or click-and-collect of food and non-alcoholic drinks, but venues will no longer be able to serve takeaway or click-and-collect alcohol.
- Essential shops and garden centres can remain open. Entertainment venues and animal attractions such as zoos must close, but the outdoor areas of venues such as heritage homes and botanical gardens can remain open, to be used for exercise. Playgrounds may also remain open.
Everyone should follow the new rules from now, and they will become law from 00.01 on Wednesday 6 January. Parliament will sit, largely remotely, on Wednesday to debate and vote on the measures. The restrictions are expected to last until the middle of February if the situation in hospitals improves.
The following guidance has been published on GOV.UK for people who are fit and well.
People can exercise in a public outdoor place alone, with the people they live with, with their support bubble (if you are legally permitted to form one), in a childcare bubble where providing childcare or, when alone, with one person from another household
Public outdoor places include:
- Parks, beaches, countryside accessible to the public, forests
- Public gardens (whether or not you pay to enter them)
- The grounds of a heritage site
Outdoor sports venues, including tennis courts, golf courses and swimming pools, must close.
- People must not leave their home unless they have a reasonable excuse (for example, for work or education purposes). If people need to travel, they should stay local – meaning avoiding travelling outside of their village, town or the part of a city where you live – and look to reduce the number of journeys made overall.
- People can only travel internationally – or within the UK – where they first have a legally permitted reason to leave home. In addition, they should consider the public health advice in the country being visited.
- People cannot leave their home or the place where they are living for holidays or overnight stays unless you have a reasonable excuse for doing so. This means that holidays in the UK and abroad are not allowed. This includes staying in a second home or caravan, if that is not a primary residence.
Businesses and venues which must close
To reduce social contact, the regulations require some businesses to close and impose restrictions on how some businesses provide goods and services. The full list of businesses required to close will be available shortly in the guidance on closing certain businesses and venues in England, but includes:
- Non-essential retail, such as clothing and homeware stores, vehicle showrooms (other than for rental), betting shops, tailors, tobacco and vape shops, electronic goods and mobile phone shops, auction houses (except for auctions of livestock or agricultural equipment) and market stalls selling non-essential goods. These venues can continue to be able to operate click-and-collect (where goods are pre-ordered and collected off the premises) and delivery services.
- Hospitality venues such as cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars and social clubs; with the exception of providing food and non-alcoholic drinks for takeaway (until 11pm), click-and-collect and drive-through. All food and drink (including alcohol) can continue to be provided by delivery.
- Accommodation such as hotels, hostels, guest houses and campsites, except for specific circumstances, such as where these act as someone’s main residence, where the person cannot return home, for providing accommodation or support to the homeless, or where it is essential to stay there for work purposes.
- Leisure and sports facilities such as leisure centres and gyms, swimming pools, sports courts, fitness and dance studios, riding arenas at riding centres, climbing walls, and golf courses.
- Entertainment venues such as theatres, concert halls, cinemas, museums and galleries, casinos, amusement arcades, bingo halls, bowling alleys, skating rinks, go-karting venues, indoor play and soft play centres and areas (including inflatable parks and trampolining centres), circuses, fairgrounds, funfairs, water parks and theme parks.
- Animal attractions (such as zoos, safari parks, aquariums, and wildlife reserves)
- Indoor attractions at venues such as botanical gardens, heritage homes and landmarks must also close, though outdoor grounds of these premises can stay open for outdoor exercise.
- Personal care facilities such as hair, beauty, tanning and nail salons. Tattoo parlours, spas, massage parlours, body and skin piercing services must also close. These services should not be provided in other people’s homes.
- Community centres and halls must close except for a limited number of exempt activities, as set out below. Libraries can also remain open to provide access to IT and digital services– for example for people who do not have it at home – and for click-and-collect services.
Businesses and venues which can remain open
Other businesses and venues are permitted to stay open, following COVID-19 secure guidelines. Businesses providing essential goods and services can stay open. The full list of these businesses will be available on GOV.UK shortly but some businesses in the tourism, hospitality and leisure sector that can remain open include:
- Outdoor parts of botanical gardens and heritage sites for exercise
- Car parks, public toilets and motorway service areas
- Outdoor playgrounds
- Places of worship
- Essential retail such as food shops, supermarkets, pharmacies, garden centres and off-licences, market stalls selling essential retail
- Petrol stations, taxi and vehicle hire businesses
Weddings, civil partnerships, religious services and funerals
- Weddings, civil partnership ceremonies and funerals are allowed with strict limits on attendance, and must only take place in COVID-19 secure venues or in public outdoor spaces unless in exceptional circumstances.
- Funerals can be attended by a maximum of 30 people. Linked religious, belief-based or commemorative events, such as stone settings and ash scatterings can also continue with up to 6 people in attendance.
- Weddings and civil partnership ceremonies must only take place with up to 6 people and in exceptional circumstances.
View the stay at home guidance for England.
New Lockdown Grant Schemes now open to applicants
Applications for the new measures to support businesses during lockdown are now open.
For retail, hospitality and leisure businesses, a one-off top-up grant worth up to £9,000 per property is available to help businesses through to the Spring which is offered in addition to the Local Restriction Support Grant (LRSG) for Closed businesses. A new Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) discretionary scheme has also opened.
Those businesses who have not been contacted or did not receive the payment in November but can answer yes to the following questions
- Are you registered for business rates within Derby City?
- Has your business got a rateable value?
- Has your business been forced to close?
are invited to apply here for the LRSG for Closed Businesses and the one-off grant
Similarly, those businesses who received a payment through the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) discretionary scheme during the November lockdown, should by now have received confirmation from the Council that they have been automatically included in the new scheme and therefore do not need to apply again.
The ARG scheme is open to businesses that are not eligible for the LRSG scheme but have still been severely impacted by the new national lockdown. Those businesses who have not been contacted or did not receive the payment in November but believe they are eligible for support can apply here for the ARG scheme.
Full details of all the schemes are available on the Business Financial Support pages of the Derby City Council website.
The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will be extended through November. Workers in any part of the UK can retain their job, even if their employer cannot afford to pay them, and be paid at least 80% of their salary up to £2500 a month. The flexibility of the current CJRS will be retained to allow employees to continue to work where they can. Employers small or large, charitable or non-profit are eligible and because more businesses will need to close, they will now be asked to pay just National Insurance and Pensions contributions for their staff during the month of November – making this more generous than support currently on offer.
The Job Support Scheme will not be introduced until after Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme ends.
Here is a link to the new style Employment and Support Allowance.
As ever we will continue to keep you updated.
In England, you must wear a face covering in the following indoor settings (a list of examples for each is included in the brackets):
- public transport (aeroplanes, trains, trams and buses)
- taxis and private hire vehicles (PHVs)
- transport hubs (airports, rail and tram stations and terminals, maritime ports and terminals, bus and coach stations and terminals)
- shops and supermarkets (places which offer goods or services for retail sale or hire)
- shopping centres (malls and indoor markets)
- auction houses
- premises providing hospitality (bars, pubs, restaurants, cafes), except when seated at a table to eat or drink (see exemptions)
- post offices, banks, building societies, high-street solicitors and accountants, credit unions, short-term loan providers, savings clubs and money service businesses
- estate and lettings agents
- premises providing personal care and beauty treatments (hair salons, barbers, nail salons, massage centres, tattoo and piercing parlours)
- premises providing veterinary services
- visitor attractions and entertainment venues (museums, galleries, cinemas, theatres, concert halls, cultural and heritage sites, aquariums, indoor zoos and visitor farms, bingo halls, amusement arcades, adventure activity centres, indoor sports stadiums, funfairs, theme parks, casinos, skating rinks, bowling alleys, indoor play areas including soft-play areas)
- libraries and public reading rooms
- places of worship
- funeral service providers (funeral homes, crematoria and burial ground chapels)
- community centres, youth centres and social clubs
- exhibition halls and conference centres
- public areas in hotels and hostels
- storage and distribution facilities
You are expected to wear a face covering before entering any of these settings and must keep it on until you leave unless there is a reasonable excuse for removing it.
You should also wear a face covering in indoor places not listed here where social distancing may be difficult and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet.
Face coverings are needed in NHS settings, including hospitals and primary or community care settings, such as GP surgeries. They are also advised to be worn in care homes.
We're Good to Go industry standard
VisitEngland has announced a new industry standard and supporting consumer mark for tourism to provide a 'ring of confidence' for businesses, attractions and destinations, as well as provide reassurance to local residents and visitors that clear processes are in place and that as an industry we are good to go. The We're Good to Go scheme has been introduced and Visit Derby are encouraging as many businesses in the city as possible to sign up to the scheme. You can find out more on our We're Good to Go page.
Travel Advice & Updates
- If you have had to cancel a trip to Derby, please refer to your transport, hotel or booking provider to understand your options.
- If you have pre-booked tickets for an event which has been cancelled or postponed please contact the individual attractions or venues for advice. If you have booked tickets via the Derby Sales and Information Centre, you will be contacted by our staff to explain your options.
- 8 June 2020 - Derby Bus Station reopens - Due to the expected demand, Derby Bus Station is set to reopen on a phased approach from Monday 8th June, as operators increase the number of services across the city and begin to return to normal timetables. Read the full details on our Newsroom.
With the enforcement of government restrictions limiting all travel to that of an essential nature. All visitors, businesses and residents are urged to read the government's guidance on travel during the Coronavirus pandemic here.
City Centre Events
Derby Roundhouse Tour, 27 June – cancelled
Head High’s Fundamental Event, Market Place, 11 July – cancelled and liaising with the event organiser to confirm a new date for 2021
Sunrise City 5K, 17 July – postponed to 16 July 2021
Caribbean Carnival, 19 July, parade from city centre to Osmaston Park – cancelled and liaising with the event organiser to confirm a new date
The Outdoor Theatre and Cinema Season at Markeaton Park Craft Village – all events cancelled. This applies to:
- 1 to 4 July: Oddsocks Productions in The Comedy of Errors
- 15 to 18 July: Lost Boys present The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Unabridged)
- 25 to 29 July: Babbling Vagabonds in Here Be Dragons!
- 30 July: Cinema - Bohemian Rhapsody
- 31 July: Cinema - The Full Monty
- 1 August: Cinema - Rocketman
- 2 Aug: Cinema - A Star Is Born
Other Park Events – all regular activities, plus:
All Parkruns at Markeaton and Alvaston Parks, and Junior Parkrun at Markeaton Park - cancelled
Derwent Valley Orienteering event, 30 May - cancelled
Wacky Wig Walk, Markeaton Park, 17 May - cancelled
Derby Summer Series 5K, Darley Park, 19 May, 16 June, 21 July, 18 August – cancelled and liaising with event organiser to confirm new dates
BMX Regional Race 2020, Alvaston Park, 31 May - cancelled
Big Lunch, Stockbrook Street Recreation Ground, 7 June – cancelled and liaising with the event organiser to confirm a new date
The Big One, Chaddesden Park, 7 June – cancelled
Fake Festivals, Markeaton Park, 20 June – postponed to 19 June 2021
Oakfest, Oakwood Park, 28 June – cancelled and liaising with the event organiser to confirm a new date
Race For Life and Pretty Muddy, Markeaton Park, 27 and 28 June - postponed to 10 and 11 October 2020
Colin Potter Memorial 10K Race, Darley Abbey Park and Fields, 3 July – cancelled and liaising with the event organiser to confirm a new date
Community Fun Day, Osmaston Park, 4 July – postponed to 3 July 2021
The Derby Retro, New and Classic Car Show, Markeaton Park, 5 July – cancelled
Pond dipping at Markeaton Park, 5 July – cancelled and liaising with the event organiser to confirm a new date
Community Fun Day, Sinfin Moor Park, 11 July – postponed to 10 July 2021
Festival of Music and Flowers, Markeaton Park, 18 and 19 July – cancelled and liaising with the event organiser to confirm a new date
Alvaston Park Family Fun Day, 19 July – cancelled, 2021 date to be confirmed
Superhero Picnic in the Park events
- 28 July: Markeaton Park - cancelled
- 29 July: Chaddesden Park - cancelled
- 30 July: Darley Park – cancelled
Hydrangea Derby Open Day, Darley Park Walled Garden, 9 August – cancelled and liaising with the event organiser to confirm a new date
Indoor Market, 2 May – cancelled
Mum 2 Mum Market, 13 June – cancelled
British Cheerleading, 19 to 20 June – cancelled
The Big Bang Fair Midlands, 27 June – cancelled
National Youth Omnium, 25 to 26 July - cancelled
Derby LIVE ticketed events
Rescheduled events – tickets on sale:
Whitney, Queen of the Night – rescheduled to 3 June 2021 at Derby Arena
Elvis Tribute Artist World Tour – rescheduled to 30 June 2021 at Derby Arena
The Dreamboys - rescheduled to 14 January 2021 at Derby Arena
The Magic of Motown – rescheduled to Sat 26 June 2021 at Derby Arena
Queen Machine Symphonic - rescheduled to Wed 13 Oct 2021 at Derby Arena
Dog Lovers Festival - rescheduled to 6-8 August 2021 at Elvaston Castle
Derby LIVE also acts as the ticket agent for a number of other shows throughout the county. We will update our listings when organisers inform us about changes to their shows.
As guidance and updates are constantly changing we will endeavour to keep this list up to date as much as possible. If you have any information you can provide us regarding an event, please email us at email@example.com.
As of 1 June 2020 some shops have begun to reopen with more retail outlets reopened from Monday 15 June.
We have liaised with local businesses to provide the most up-to-date information on our website listings.
You can find out what shops are open on our dedicated Shopping in Derby during Covid-19 page. Please remember to practice social distancing at all times when shopping in Derby.
Parks & Open Spaces
With the relaxation of lockdown permitting further use of outdoor spaces and our ability to meet with up to six people outside, we have expanded our list of available parks and open spaces in Derby.
Check out our dedicated Parks & Open Spaces page for further information. Please remember to follow Government guidelines and practice social distancing at all times when using our open spaces.
We've also compiled a list of Outdoor Sports in Derby to help you remain active during lockdown.
Advice and support for businesses
We have included the following updates and information from Visit Britain and Visit England for businesses to consult at this time.
Access information about financial schemes and support on the Government's Coronavirus Business Support website
New 'top up' grant scheme is now open. Derby City Council is now inviting applications for a new ‘top up’ grant scheme to support small businesses and charities struggling to meet their on-going fixed property related costs during COVID-19. The scheme opened on Friday 29th May and is open until Friday 19th June. Read the full details on their Newsrooom
- The Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CLBILS) is now open for applications.
- Visit the Business Advice Hub to access information for businesses affected by COVID-19 including advice, guidance and key links to financial support.
- Businesses can claim for wage costs through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. The scheme allows all UK employers to claim for wage costs for at least 3 months from 1 March 2020. Guidance is now available on GOV.UK.
The Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme has been expanded to cover all viable firms. All firms with a turnover of more than £45 million will now be able to apply for up to £25 million of finance, and up to £50 million for firms with a turnover of more than £250 million.
The Government has announced that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will be extended until the end of October to reflect continuing social distancing measures
On 11 May, a revised version of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme step-by-step guidance was published on how to apply for support.
- Further guidance on the deferral of VAT payments due to coronavirus has been published.
- HMRC has produced guidance to help employers find out what equipment, services or supplies are taxable if your employees are working from home due to coronavirus.
- Rules on carrying over annual leave to be relaxed to support key industries during COVID-19, workers will be able to carry it over into the next two leave years.
- Measures to support self-employed people are now available. Further information on the Self-employment Income Support Scheme has been published along with a frequently asked questions page.
- A HMRC helpline has been launched to help businesses concerned about paying their tax due to coronavirus (COVID-19). The helpline allows any business or self-employed individual who is concerned about paying their tax due to coronavirus to get practical help and advice. The new number is 0800 024 1222.
- Guidance for food businesses has been added to GOV.UK, the guidance includes need to know information about coronavirus and food, food hygiene guidance, managing employee sickness and maintaining social distancing in specific food business settings.
- Business Rates: expanded retail discount guidance has been updated removing exclusions for this relief so that retail, leisure, and hospitality properties that have been forced to close as a result of the COVID-19 restriction measures will now be eligible for the relief
- Businesses can now apply for a three-month extension to file accounts with Companies House and avoid late penalties if you have been affected by coronavirus.
- Updates to the Guidance for UK businesses trading internationally, including a business support helpline
- Guidance: Further businesses and premises to close which confirms that accommodation businesses should close unless they are providing for key workers or are a permanent residence. Businesses offering delivery and take away food can still operate.
- Guidance for employees, employers and businesses including information on healthcare advice for employers and support for businesses
- Guidance for businesses including information on Small Business Grant Scheme and the Retail and Hospitality Grant Scheme
- Information about the Business Interruption Loan Scheme
- How to access financial support if your business has been affected by COVID-19
- Sick notes: An online sick note system has been launched for coronavirus absences
- Support for businesses paying sick pay to employees
- Support for businesses paying business rates
- Support for businesses paying little or no business rates
- Support for businesses through the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme
- Support for larger firms through the COVID-19 Corporate Financing Facility. Information for businesses in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have also been added.
- Support for businesses paying tax: Time to Pay service
- Support for businesses on Insurance
- The Department for Transport guidance for staff in the transport sector much of which seems transferable to the tourism sector.
- The World Health Organisation interim guidance for organisers of mass-gatherings
Please read the latest advice from Visit England below (updated 15 June)
The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, has recently announced changes to the UK-wide Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) and the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS).
Self-Employment Income Support Scheme
The Self-Employment Income Support Scheme will be extended, with eligible individuals able to claim a second and final grant in August. The eligibility criteria remains the same as for the first grant and individuals will need to confirm that their business has been adversely affected by coronavirus.
The grant will be worth 70% of average monthly trading profits, paid out in a single instalment covering three months’ worth of profits, and capped at £6,570 in total. This is in line with changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (see below) as the economy reopens.
The first SEISS grant, which opened for applications on 13 May, will close to new applications on 13 July. Eligible individuals will be able to make their claim for the first grant any time until this date, and those eligible will have the money paid into their bank account within six working days of completing a claim.
Further guidance on the second grant will be published later this month.
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
From 1 July 2020, businesses will be given the flexibility to bring previously furloughed employees back part time. This is a month earlier than previously announced to help support people back to work.
From August 2020, the level of the grant will be slowly tapered to reflect that people will be returning to work:
- In June and July, the Government will pay 80% of wages up to a cap of £2,500 as well as employer National Insurance (ER NICS) and pension contributions for the hours the employee doesn’t work. Employers will have to pay employees for the hours they work.
- In August, the Government will pay 80% of wages up to a cap of £2,500 and employers will pay ER NICs and pension contributions for the hours the employee does not work - 5% of average gross employment costs of those currently furloughed.
- In September, the Government will pay 70% of wages up to a cap of £2,190 for the hours the employee does not work. Employers will pay ER NICs and pension contributions and 10% of wages to make up 80% total up to a cap of £2,500.
- In October, the Government will pay 60% of wages up to a cap of £1,875 for the hours the employee does not work. Employers will pay ER NICs and pension contributions and 20% of wages to make up 80% total up to a cap of £2,500.
The cap will be proportional to the hours not worked. To enable the introduction of flexible furloughing, and support those already furloughed back to work, claims from July onwards will be restricted to employers currently using the scheme and previously furloughed employees. The number of employees an employer can claim for in any claim period cannot exceed the maximum number they have claimed for under any previous claim under the current CJRS.
The scheme will close to new entrants on 30 June, with the last three-week furloughs before that point commencing on 10 June for new entrants.
From 1 July, employers can bring back to work employees that have been furloughed for any amount of time and any shift pattern, while still being able to claim CJRS grant for the hours not worked. Employers will need to agree any flexible furlough arrangements with employees, and when claiming the CJRS grant will need to report and claim for a minimum period of a week.
Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme now live
Employers with fewer than 250 employees can now claim for up to two weeks of coronavirus-related Statutory Sick Pay (SSP). In order to file a claim, businesses must be registered with PAYE Online and must have already paid employees’ SSP. Forms are now open for employers to check whether they are eligible and file a claim online.
Guidance on the NHS test and trace service for employers, businesses and workers has been published. The test and trace service launched across England on Thursday 28 May and the new guidance means that anyone who has been in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19 must self-isolate for 14 days even if they have no symptoms. This guidance explains how employers and businesses can play their part in the NHS test and trace programme to slow the spread of the virus, protect the health and care system and save lives.
To find out more about the support available to small businesses visit our Business Advice Hub.
Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CLBILS) maximum loan size increased
The Government has extended the maximum loan size available through CLBILS from £50 million to £200 million. The change is to help larger firms who do not qualify for the Bank of England’s COVID Corporate Financing Facility (CCFF). The expanded loans will be available from 26 May. Companies that receive help through CLBILS and the Bank of England’s Coronavirus Corporate Financing Fund will be asked to agree to not pay dividends and to exercise restraint on senior pay.
Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme opens for claims on 26 May
Small and medium-sized employers will be able to recover Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) payments they have made to their employees through an online portal from 26 May. Employers with fewer than 250 employees will be able to apply to HMRC to recover the costs of paying coronavirus-related SSP.
Repayments will be at the relevant rate of SSP that has been paid to current or former employees for eligible periods of sickness starting on or after 13 March 2020. Tax agents will also be able to make claims on behalf of employers. Guidance on making a claim is available on Gov.UK.
Discretionary Grants Fund open to small and micro businesses in England
Small and micro businesses with fixed property costs that are based in England and not eligible for other Government grant schemes can now apply through their local council for the Local Authority Discretionary Grants Fund. Grants of £25,000, £10,000 or any amount under £10,000 may be given. Councils have been asked to prioritise businesses including bed and breakfasts paying council tax instead of business rates.
Find out how to apply
Other Government updates
HMRC Business support videos available
HMRC has published videos for businesses to understand the support available to them. Topics covered include: coronavirus job retention scheme, self-employment and income support scheme, statutory sick pay rebate scheme, helping employers support employees.
Find videos here.
Two new business event initiatives launched
The Business Events Growth Programme 2020/21 has opened for applications.
Applications are welcome from various types of organisations, including but not limited to event organisers, convention bureaus/destination management organisations, universities or associations.
Further information, including types of event support, current criteria and how to apply for financial support, is available online.
Meanwhile, VisitBritain has announced that its flagship annual Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions (MICE) event, MeetGB, will this year be run as a virtual educational event on the 17 and 23 June 2020.
MeetGB Virtual, in partnership with MeetEngland, VisitScotland Business Events, Meet in Wales, Tourism Northern Ireland and London Convention Bureau, will see international buyers from around the world connect online to discover the diverse business event opportunities from across the UK.
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme extended until April 2021
The Chancellor Rishi Sunak recently announced that the job retention scheme will be extended until the end of April 2021. Until the end of July there will be no changes; however, from August to October there will be more flexibility to enable people to return to work part-time.
On 11 May, a revised version of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme step-by-step guidance was published on how to apply for support.
UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy
Following the Prime Minister’s announcement, the Government published a recovery roadmap yesterday. The document outlines a re-opening timetable with July 4 being the earliest date for the hospitality sector, including accommodations and attractions, to start opening their premises to customers.
The tourism sector reopening forms the third stage of a tentative timetable to ease the country out of lockdown, following earlier stages which include starting to return children to schools, the re-opening of retail and some relaxing of rules around exercise. The ambition of the third step is to open some of the remaining businesses and premises that were required to close, including food service providers, pubs, accommodation providers, public places and leisure facilities such as cinemas. However, this is dependent on whether the appropriate social distancing guidelines can be adhered to and the Government’s five tests:
- Protecting the NHS
- A falling death rate
- R less than one
- Testing and PPE in place
- No risk of a second peak being met.
In order to keep overall levels of infection down the Government has set out new restrictions around international travel (see page 29), in line with many other countries.
A series of measures and restrictions will be introduced at the UK border:
- The Government will require all international arrivals to supply their contact and accommodation information.
- All international arrivals not on a short list of exemptions will be required to self-isolate in their accommodation for 14 days on arrival into the UK.
- Where international travellers are unable to demonstrate where they would self-isolate, they will be required to do so in accommodation arranged by the Government.
All journeys within the Common Travel Area will also be exempt from these measures.
These international travel measures will be introduced shortly. Further details and guidance will be set out shortly.
The Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) opens for applications on 13 May
The scheme will allow those who are self-employed to claim a taxable grant of 80% of their average monthly trading profits, paid out in a single instalment covering three months, and capped at £7,500 altogether. This is a temporary scheme, but it may be extended. Check if you are eligible to claim.
To make a claim you will need:
- Self-Assessment UTR (unique taxpayer reference)
- National Insurance number
- Government Gateway user ID and password
- Bank account number and sort code that you want the Government to pay the grant into (only provide bank account details where a Bacs payment can be accepted)
When claiming, you will have to confirm to HMRC that your business has been adversely affected by coronavirus.
Guidance for employers
New guidance for employers has been made available for construction and other outdoor work, factories, plants and warehouses, homes, labs and research facilities, office and contact centres, restaurants offering takeaway or delivery, shops and branches and vehicles to help them get their businesses back up and running and workplaces operating safely.
Industry bodies have been contributing to industry-specific guidance, which is awaiting sign off and will be available over the coming weeks.
HMRC Business Webinars
HMRC are continuing to run business webinars on the following topics:
Other Government updates
New guidance on safe travel has been published by the Department for Transport; this includes specific sections for each type of transport.
Guidance for businesses seeking to help voluntary, community, and social enterprise organisations during the coronavirus outbreak has been published.
Revaluation of business rates will no longer take place in 2021, to help reduce uncertainty for firms affected by impacts of COVID-19.
Safer transport guidance for operators has been published. The guide will help businesses, agencies and others understand how to provide safer workplaces and services for themselves, their workers and passengers across all modes of private and public transport.
COVID-19 Business Support Grants FAQ
What is the purpose of this funding?
This funding is being made available to help small, retail, leisure and hospitality businesses with their ongoing business costs in recognition of the disruption caused by COVID-19.
How much funding is available?
Small Business Grant Fund
Small businesses, who as of 11 March had a rateable value of up to £15,000 and were eligible for small business rates relief will be eligible for a grant of £10,000.
Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund
Businesses within the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure sectors, who on the 11th March had a rateable value of up to £15,000 will potentially be eligible for a grant of £10,000.
Businesses within the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure sectors, who on the 11th March had a rateable value between £15,001 and £50,999 will potentially be eligible for a grant of £25,000.
How are you making businesses aware of the award?
We have identified all of the businesses that we believe may qualify for a grant and are writing directly them. Where we hold a correspondence address that is different to the property address, for which the grant may be payable, we will send the letter to the correspondence address.
We are also sending out communications via the other usual channels including, newsroom, twitter and facebook
I haven’t received a letter can I still get a grant?
Just because you don’t receive a letter doesn’t mean you can’t receive the grant.
What do I need to do to get the grant?
The Council have put a place which is designed to be simple and collect the information necessary to make payments, securely, as soon as possible. The process is set out in the letter & is;
Go to the following website myaccount.derby.gov.uk. This will take you to Derby City Council’s on-line account where you will need to create an account. You will need your phone number and email address to create your account and creating an account should only take you a few minutes to complete. You will need to create a new account to continue with this process. (even if you already have an on-line account with the Council).
Once you have created an account you will be taken to the myaccount home page. Here you will see a banner inviting you to complete the COVID-19 Business Support Grant data capture form.
After completing the form and the eligibility declaration please click ‘Submit'. You may then exit and there is no further action required.
We will then email you to confirm that your form was submitted successfully, the email will also contain your case reference number.
How will I receive my grant?
Part of the data capture will include collecting bank account details. As soon as any relevant checks have been completed we will pay your money into your nominated bank account as soon as possible
How will I know the payment has been made?
We will email or write to you to let you know that the payment has been made.
There is no telephone number on the letter who do I contact?
The process has been designed so that every business can give us the necessary details without having to contact us. However, if you do have to contact us please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org . This email address is also on the letters
I have more than one business; can I receive more than one grant? e.g. Can a hairdresser with three shops, each with less than a £15k rateable value, claim three £10k grants?)
Businesses can only get one grant under the Small Business Grant Scheme.
Businesses eligible for the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure scheme can claim one grant per eligible property.
I am a small business receiving small business rate relief and I am in the retail sector; can I receive a grant under both schemes?
No, you can only receive one grant. If you receive a grant under the small business grant scheme you will not be entitled to one under the retail, hospitality and leisure scheme.
Can I decline the grant if I want?
Yes, you may decline the grant. If you want to do this please email email@example.com saying which business you are & giving your business rates account reference number.
How should Local Authorities deal with businesses who, now a grant is possible, are advising them that they have been in occupation of a property for some time?
Any changes to the rating list after 11 March 2020, including changes which have been backdated to this date, should be ignored for the purposes of eligibility. Local Authorities are not required to adjust, pay or recover grants where the ratings list is subsequently amended retrospectively to 11 March 2020.
The eligible business is the ratepayer in Local Authority records for 11 March. However, Local Authorities have the discretion to depart from this if they know that record was incorrect.
Do state aid rules apply?
YES. The Small Business Grant and the Retails, Hospitality & Leisure Grant are both classed as state aid.
Should a business receive a grant which they do not think they are entitled to because it breaks state aid rules they must contact the Council immediately on firstname.lastname@example.org
Derby City Council 'Top Up' Grant for Small Businesses and Chairities
DCC is now inviting applications for a new ‘top up’ grant scheme to support small businesses and charities struggling to meet their on-going fixed property related costs during COVID-19.
The scheme opened on Friday 29th May and is open until Friday 19th June
Read the full details on our Newsroom
Derby Employment Hub
Derby Employment Hub may be able to support your employees find alternative employment.
The Derby Employment Hub is a new programme in the City, established to provide a personalised support service to empower individuals with the skills, motivation, confidence and training to progress into work. Our support includes: CV writing, mock interviews, targeted job search, job and apprenticeship applications, work experience, work rehearsals etc. During this lock down period, we are supporting individuals through emails, telephone and other online communication tools including Skype, Zoom etc.
Please contact us at DerbyEmploymentHub@derby.gov.uk, call 01332 640990 or text 07917 551 621
You can find out more about the Derby Employment Hub by reading the leaflet below
We have included a list of useful links of support networks that businesses can consult to discover more information regarding funding options and ways of accessing help.
Funding advice from Derby City Council
Advice for cultural businesses from Arts Council England
Financial support info from D2N2
Information from the Business Growth Hub
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