In light of the new local restriction tiers which came into effect in England yesterday, 2 December, the working safely during COVID-19 guidance has been updated with more detailed guidance for those working in the visitor economy, e.g. attractions, accommodation providers, coach and tour operators, event and exhibition venues and other hospitality businesses.
Restrictions vary according to tier. View the updated guidance to find out the restrictions in place for your business, including, for example, social contact rules for guided tours and coach tours, business event and meeting caps in each tier as well as guidance for weddings, civil partnerships, wakes and commemorative events, which attractions can open in which tier, travel advice and use of hotel lobbies in tier 3.
It also highlights additional considerations for businesses as follows:
It is law for staff and customers to wear face coverings in retail and hospitality venues and in private hire vehicles and taxis, except when eating or drinking (or because they are exempt). Businesses must remind people to wear face coverings where mandated.
Staff who can work effectively from home should do so. Employers must not knowingly require or encourage someone who is being required to self-isolate to come to work.
It is an offence for a relevant business to fail to take all reasonable measures to:
require adherence to social contact restrictions (respecting all exceptions to this) when taking a booking; or allowing entry and once groups are within the premises failing to take steps to advise groups not to merge in ways that breach the rules.
ensure adequate distance between tables (2m or 1m+ with appropriate mitigation).
In Tiers 1 and 2, people can spend time outdoors with members of their household or support bubble or in a group of up to 6 people.
In Tier 3 people can visit a public outdoor place with members of their household or support bubble, or in a group of up to 6 people. This includes public places which do not charge an entry fee, outdoor sports grounds or sports facilities, botanical gardens, gardens or grounds of a castle, stately home or historic house, whether or not an entry fee is charged
In Tier 3 people must not mix with anyone outside their household or support bubble in private gardens, funfairs and fairgrounds, any location which charges an entry fee, other than outdoor sports grounds or sports facilities, botanical gardens, gardens or grounds of a castle, stately home or historic house.
There is no limit to the amount of time people can spend outside.
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) new deadlines for claims
There are now monthly deadlines for CJRS claims, some of the dates mean employers may have to submit earlier than they were required to in earlier months.
14 December 2020 - final date to submit claims for November 2020 by 11:59pm
14 January 2021 - final date to submit claims for December 2020 by 11:59pm
15 February 2021 - final date to submit claims for January 2021 by 11:59pm
15 March 2021 - final date to submit claims for February 2021 by 11:59pm
14 April 2021 - final date to submit claims for March 2021 by 11:59pm
Grant for Wet-led Pubs
Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced yesterday (Tuesday 1 December) an additional £1,000 Christmas grant was available for ‘wet-led pubs’ in tiers 2 and 3 that will miss out on business during the busy Christmas period.
As a reminder, details of the restrictions under each tier can be found here.
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