Please see the most recent COVID-19 bulletin below.
The Prime Minister, The Rt Hon Boris Johnson gave a statement to the House of Commons on Monday 23 November 2020 outlining the Government’s winter Covid-19 plan. The COVID-19 Winter Plan sets out how national restrictions will be lifted in England on 2 December, with England moving back into a regional, tiered approach. On 2 December, across all of England, regardless of tier:
Everyone who can work from home should do so. Where people cannot do so – including, but not limited to, people who work in critical national infrastructure, construction, or manufacturing – they should continue to travel to their workplace.
A summary of local restrictions, including what you can and cannot do in each tier, is available here, including information for businesses and venues.
On Thursday 26 November the government will announce which areas are in which tier. The new rules will come into effect from the beginning of Wednesday 2 December.
Tier Posters- Medium, High and very High: For a series of posters displaying information about the various tiers of restrictions in England from 2 December 2020 click posters
Local restriction tiers: What you need to know: Guidance that sets out the local restriction tier system that will be in place from Wednesday 2 December, including what you can and cannot do in each tier is available here.
Homecare workers to be tested weekly: Care workers looking after people in their own homes will be offered weekly coronavirus tests. Care providers will be able to book tests for their staff online from Monday 23 November. Agency managers should order tests every 28 days for their homecare workers; 4 tests are delivered for each homecare worker to the agency, for a 28-day testing cycle. More information on the testing service, click here.
Pay VAT deferred: You can pay now or get ready to opt in to the VAT deferral new payment scheme. If you deferred VAT between 20 March and 30 June 2020 and still have payments to make, you can:
Check how you can pay your deferred VAT.
If you want to opt in to the new payment scheme: You cannot opt in yet. The online opt in process will be available in early 2021. You must opt in yourself; your agent cannot do this for you. Instead of paying the full amount by the end of March 2021, you can make up to 11 smaller monthly instalments, interest free. All instalments must be paid by the end of March 2022. For more on the opt in paying system check here.
Consensus statement emphasises importance of covid-19-secure workplace: Public Health England (PHE), Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and Faculty of Occupational Medicine (FOM) have issued a consensus statement on the best approach to reduce occupational risk for workers including those of ethnic minority groups. Further details here
Adult social care Guidance: Sets out how homecare agencies in England can order regular tests for their homecare (domiciliary care) staff. All registered homecare agencies will be contacted with details of how to apply for test kits for their carers. More information is available here. Quick summary of the guidance is here
Open consultation: Stopping movement of staff between care settings: Easy-read version of consultation is now made available here. If you are using the easy-read version, the deadline for responding is now midday on Wednesday 25 November 2020.
MHRA Advice for developers of Covid-19 Vaccines: MHRA have added link to guidance on ‘Advice for developers of Covid-19 vaccines’ in the ‘vaccines and vaccine safety’ section. See the updated guidance here.
Test to Release: England introduces testing strategy for international arrivals: Testing strategy for passengers arriving into England will be introduced from 15 December 2020.
For more information on the strategy click here