Please find below the two most recent Businesses and Employers Bulletins from Government. These include:
UK Government sets out a timeline for retail to reopen in June
The UK Government announced today, Monday 25 May 2020, a roadmap for reopening a broader range of shops starting from next month. From 1 June 2020, it intends to allow outdoor markets to reopen, subject to all premises being made COVID-secure, as well as car showrooms, which often have significant outdoor space and where it is generally easier to apply social distancing.
From 15 June 2020, UK Government intends to allow all other retailers, ranging from shops selling clothes, shoes, toys, furniture, books, and electronics, plus tailors, auction houses, photography studios, and indoor markets, if the Government’s five tests are met and they follow the COVID-19 secure guidelines. You can read the full statement here.
Updated guidance for the retail sector has been published alongside this announcement, detailing the measures retailers should take to meet the necessary social distancing and hygiene standards. You can find the guidance here.
Free business webinar – find out how to make your retail workplace COVID-secure
Join a free webinar, hosted by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, to find out more about how to make your retail workplace COVID-secure.
Details of other free webinars, hosted by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, are available on how to make your workplace COVID-secure. The webinars cover a range of different types of workplace settings which are allowed to open in England.
New public health measures for all UK arrivals at the UK border
New measures, at the UK border to guard against a second wave of coronavirus infections have been announced by the Home Secretary on Friday 22 May. You can view the full press notice here. These measures are due to come into effect on 8 June 2020. They include 14 days self-isolation for anyone entering the UK, bar a short list of exemptions The full list is available on GOV.UK and include:
The Home Office has been working closely with industry partners ahead of announcing these changes. The changes will be subject to review every three weeks, to ensure they are in line with the latest scientific evidence and remain effective and necessary.
The measures outlined by the Home Secretary include:
Spot checks - Border Force will undertake checks at the border and may refuse entry to any non-British citizen who refuses to comply with these regulations and is not resident in the UK. Failure to complete the form is also punishable by a £100 fixed penalty notice. Public health authorities will conduct random checks in England to ensure compliance with self-isolation requirements. Removal from the country would be considered as a last resort for foreign nationals who refuse to comply with these public health measures.
UK Government webinars
COVID-19 Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme: As part of UK Government’s commitment to supporting employers through the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Chancellor has announced a Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) rebate to support small and medium-sized employers with additional SSP costs due to COVID-19. For more information, join the following live webinar. This webinar provides an overview of the scheme, including:
Join a free webinar, hosted by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, to find out more about how to make your workplace COVID-secure. The webinars cover a range of different types of workplace settings which are allowed to be open in England. You can also find the full written guidance for a range of different types of work and practical actions for businesses to take based on 5 main steps here.
New Updates and Guidance
Government to offer antibody tests to health and social care staff
All health and social care staff in England will be offered a test, to see if they have had coronavirus as part of a new national antibody testing programme. The new antibody testing programme, will start next week. Further information can be found here.
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