Please see the most recent COVID-19 bulletin below.
The Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy letters to the Manufacturing Industry, Construction Sectors and their Supply chains
The Secretary of State for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy, Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng, has written to the Manufacturing and Construction sectors regarding operating during the national lockdown. He:
To view the Secretary of State’s letter to the Manufacturing sectors, Click here.
To view the Secretary of State’s letter to the Construction sector, click here.
Domestic abuse: Open letter from the Business Minister to Employers
The Business Minister, Paul Scully, on 14 January issued a ‘rallying call’ to employers across the country to take some simple steps to help victims of domestic abuse. As an employer, you can play an important role in spotting signs of domestic abuse and help your staff find the right support. In this call, steps are set out that employers are encouraged to take on board and help to share widely with employees:
To view the Business Minister’s letter, click here
COVID-19 travel guidance: testing for people travelling
Under current UK COVID-19 restrictions, you must stay at home. You must not leave home or travel, including internationally, unless you have a legally permitted reason to do so. There is national guidance available for, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
From 4am on 18 January, if you intend to travel to England or from 4am on 15 January if you intend to travel to Scotland, including UK nationals returning home from travel abroad, you must now provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result taken up to 3 days before departure. If you do not comply (and you do not have a valid exemption) your airline or carrier may refuse you boarding and/or you may be fined on arrival. All other current entry requirements and restrictions continue to apply.
Jobs that qualify for travel exemptions
Some people don’t have to fill in a passenger locator form or take a COVID-19 test or self-isolate on arrival in the UK, because of the jobs they do. The guidance lists the jobs that qualify for an exemption and tells people:
For further information, click here
For the latest information on pre-departure testing, see the guidance on coronavirus testing for people travelling to England.
Guidance for Hauliers
Coronavirus testing for hauliers to continue following decision by French government
To help hauliers get tested before travelling to Kent, 34 information and advice sites have been set up across the country, linked to key haulier stopping spots on their journeys, so they can get their negative test before heading to the border. Further sites are in the process of being set up. For more on the requirement for hauliers click here.
COVID-19 testing for HGV drivers using the Port of Dover or Eurotunnel
Drivers of HGVs carrying any of the above goods will be refused access to these sites and must get tested for COVID-19 at alternative sites before arriving in Kent. For more information on drivers of HGV carrying dangerous goods, click here.
COVID-19 testing for HGV drivers using the Port of Dover or Eurotunnel: Guidance has been updated to reflect testing is now open at more haulier advice sites. To find your nearest haulier advice site click here.
South American destinations, Portugal, Panama and Cape Verde
New travel restrictions will be in place from 4am Friday 15 January on passengers arriving in the UK from South American destinations, Portugal, Panama and Cape Verde.
For more information, click here
South Africa ban extended
For more information on the travel restrictions, click here.
Countries removed from the travel corridor
The following countries have been removed from the travel corridor:
For more information, click here.
People arriving in England from Botswana, Israel (and Jerusalem), Mauritius or Seychelles will need to self-isolate. For more information, click here.
From 4am on 12 January 2021, travellers arriving at England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland from the UAE must self-isolate for 10 days. For more information, click here
Open letter to tied tenants of regulated pub companies
The Adjudicator has written an open letter to tied tenants, from the Pubs Code Adjudicator (PCA), explaining important tenant rights in the Pubs Code that may help them especially during the current period of Coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions. To view this, click here.
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: Calculating how much you can claim using the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: Guidance has been updated to include new information about claiming Employment Allowance. For more information, click here.
Check if you can claim for your employees’ wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: Guidance has been added with information about how to request that HMRC do not publish claim information. For more information, click here.
Kickstarter Scheme: Apply for a Kickstart Scheme grant: Guidance has been added about how to add new job placements to the grant agreement in 'After you have applied'. For more information for 29 or less job placements, click here. For 30 or more job placements, click here.
Help and support if your business is affected by coronavirus (Covid-19): Watch videos and register for the free webinars to learn more about the support available to help you deal with the economic impacts of coronavirus. New videos have been added about the Self-Employment Income support Scheme Grant Extension. For more information, click here.
Find examples to help you calculate your employees’ wages: Check examples to help you calculate your employee's wages, National Insurance contributions and pension contributions if you're claiming through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. Two new examples about how to calculate your employees wages if they are paid a fixed annual amount have been added. For more information, click here.
Closing certain businesses and venues in England
Guidance has been updated for business closures in line with the latest government guidance. For more information, click here.
Coronavirus advice for pregnant employees
Advice for pregnant employees on risk assessments in the workplace and occupational health during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has been updated to reflect the new national lockdown restrictions in England. For more information, click here.