Please see the most recent COVID-19 bulletin below.
New measures to suppress the virus and keep the number of infections down
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has made a statement on new measures to suppress the virus and keep the number of infections down.
What has changed for businesses in England:
These measures apply to England – but there may be different rules if you operate in an area under local lockdown and you should check those rules here. If you are in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, different rules may apply.
Wedding services: coronavirus cancellations and refunds: The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) have issued a statement to help consumers understand their rights and to help businesses to treat their customers fairly.
Kickstart Scheme – support finding a representative: A Kickstart Scheme application must be for a minimum of 30 job placements. If a single employer cannot provide this many job placements, they can: Join a group of other employers, nominating a representative for the group to submit the application or register their interest with existing representatives, such as local authorities, chambers of commerce or trade bodies. You can contact your local or national Kickstart Scheme employer contact for help getting a representative.
Seafarers qualify for travel exemptions: Seafarers have been added to the list of jobs that qualify for exemptions from self-isolation or passenger locator form requirements. Find the full list of exempt jobs here.
Updates to local restrictions and travel corridors in England
Bolton: New measures have been introduced to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.
More advice for businesses is available from Bolton Council.
Blackburn with Darwen, Oldham, Pendle: Previously restricted businesses and venues can now open or restart in all the affected areas. Find out more here.
Leicester: From 8 September, the following business and venue closures will no longer apply in Leicester City: Indoor gyms; Indoor fitness and dance studios; Indoor sports courts and facilities and Indoor swimming pools, including indoor facilities at water parks. Certain businesses and venues are required to remain closed to members of the public, including after 8 September. Find full details here.
North of England: Business and venues can now open or restart in all the affected areas apart from Bolton, where restrictions continue to apply. Find out more here
A list of areas with additional local restrictions is available here.
Islands policy introduced to travel corridors: A more targeted approach to travel corridors has been introduced by separating some islands from mainland countries. Find out more here.
Crete, Lesvos, Mykonos, Santorini, Serifos, Tinos and Zakynthos have been removed from the travel corridor list. The FCO advises against all non-essential travel to these islands. If you return from the above islands you will need to self-isolate.
The travel corridor list of countries and territories from where you can travel to England and may not have to self-isolate is available here. Countries and territories can be taken off or added to this travel corridor list at any time.
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