COVID-19 Reopening Businesses

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on the phased return of sport and recreation

Guidance for the public, providers of outdoor sport facilities, elite athletes, personal trainers and coaches on the phased return of sport and recreation. (08/07/2020)

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice for accommodation providers

Guidance and advice for those providing hotel and other accommodation in England. (08/07/2020)

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COVID-19: Guidance for the safe use of multi-purpose community facilities

Community centres, village halls, and other multi-use community facilities support a wide range of local activity. However, their communal nature also makes them places that are vulnerable to the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

This guidance is for those managing multi-use community facilities to prepare for re-opening when restrictions have lifted. It signposts to relevant guidance on a range of different activities that can take place in these spaces. (01/07/2020)

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Changes to licensing laws in England and Wales

Plans to support the hospitality industry and high streets have been announced by the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government. In England, the licensing process for pubs and restaurants to create outdoor seating areas will be simplified and outdoor markets and pop-up car boot sales will no longer require a planning application. Pubs and restaurants will also be able to use car parks as dining and drinking areas without applying for additional permission. In England and Wales temporary changes to licensing laws will also be introduced to allow licensed premises to sell alcohol for consumption off the premises. (26/06/2020)

Read more about the plan at:
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-outlines-support-for-pubs-cafes-and-restaurants

COVID-secure reopening guidance for businesses in England

Reopening guidance has been published for hospitality and tourism sectors in England. Hospitality and tourism businesses along with hair salons, libraries and museums will be allowed to reopen from 4 July 2020 provided they adhere to COVID-secure guidelines and the latest social distancing measures. (25/06/2020)

Read the guidance at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/opening-certain-businesses-and-venues-in-england-from-4-july-2020

 

New measures to boost Construction Industry

Measures to help the construction industry increase building activity and return to work safely have been introduced by the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government. The measures include extended planning permission deadlines and a faster process for planning appeals. Builders and local authorities will also be able to work together to agree more flexible working hours. (26/06/2020)

Read more about the measures at:
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-plans-to-get-britain-building-in-coronavirus-recovery

 

LEPs to receive more funding for Career Hubs

New funding to increase the number of Careers Hubs in England has been announced by the Department for Education. The funding will be used to create 22 new Careers Hubs in areas including Birmingham, Greater Manchester, Sheffield and Worcestershire. The hubs will include representatives from schools, colleges, employers and training providers. LEPs (Local Enterprise Partnerships) will be responsible for establishing the hubs in their local areas. (26/06/2020)

Read more about the funding at:
https://www.lepnetwork.net/news-and-events/2020/june/leps-drive-careers-hubs-extension-to-boost-recovery/

 

Shielding employees can return to walk from August

People who are ‘shielding’ will be able to return to the workplace from 1 August, the Health Secretary has confirmed. (26/06/2020)

To read more, go to:
https://www.personneltoday.com/hr/shielding-employees-can-return-to-work-from-1-august/

 

VisitEngland launches industry standard for UK tourism

The ‘We’re Good To Go’ industry standard and supporting mark means businesses can demonstrate that they are adhering to the respective Government and public health guidance, have carried out a COVID-19 risk assessment and checked that they have the required processes in place.(26/06/2020)

To read more, go to:
https://www.visitbritain.org/visitengland-partners-national-tourist-organisations-launch-industry-standard-uk-tourism

 

‘Bounce back’ plan for agriculture, food and drink industry launched

A ‘bounce back’ plan of trade measures for the agriculture, food and drink industry has been announced today to help support businesses that have been impacted by coronavirus. (26/06/2020)

To read more, go to:
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/bounce-back-plan-for-agriculture-food-and-drink-industry-launched

 

Have your say on Defra’s new ELM Scheme

Farmers are being given the chance to help shape the Government’s Environmental Land Management (ELM) scheme for England.

To read more, go to:
https://www.fwi.co.uk/business/payments-schemes/environmental-schemes/have-your-say-on-defras-new-elm-scheme