Government & Industry Updates

  • The UK Government is no longer holding daily press briefings and going forward future briefings will only take place when there are significant announcements. 

    We will continue to provide daily tourism updates, details of any announcements and Government updates here.

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    Situation update 8 January 2021

    Mandatory COVID-19 testing introduced to for international arrivals into England
    Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has announced that from next week all inbound passengers arriving by boat, plane or train from all international destinations will be required to present a negative COVID-19 test result before departing for England.

    • All international arrivals to England, including UK nationals, required to present a negative COVID-19 test taken up to 72 hours prior to departure
    • Passengers will be subject to an immediate fine of £500 if they fail to comply with the new regulations on pre-departure testing
    • All passengers arriving from countries not on the government’s travel corridor list will still be required to self-isolate for 10 days, regardless of test result
    • Passengers will still be required to fill in a passenger locator form and be subject to national lockdown restrictions

    All international arrivals into Scotland will be required to have proof of a negative COVID-19 test
    Passengers travelling to Scotland from abroad will be required to have proof of a negative test taken a maximum of 72 hours before travel. The new public health requirement, will be introduced as soon as practically possible.

    • People arriving into Scotland will have to take the pre-departure test (PDT) up to 72 hours before leaving the country they are in.
    • Those coming from countries not on the quarantine exemption list will still be required to self-isolate for 10 days on arrival.
    • Non-essential travel to or from Scotland is currently illegal and will not immediately change with the introduction of pre-departure testing.

    Level 4 coronavirus restrictions to continue in Wales
    First Minister Mark Drakeford today has confirmed the alert level four coronavirus restrictions in Wales will continue. He also reiterated the need for everyone to stay at home. The lockdown restrictions will be strengthened in some key areas to prevent the new, highly-infectious strain of the virus spreading in those shops and workplaces which remain open.

    Following a formal review of the alert level four lockdown restrictions, which were introduced at midnight on 19 December, all the measures will remain in place. This means non-essential retail, hospitality venues, licensed premises and leisure facilities will remain closed. The measures will be strengthened to close all showrooms. They will still be able to operate click and collect arrangements.

    Other Government updates

    VisitEngland’s COVID-19 Consumer Sentiment Tracker

    Wave 22 of the COVID-19 Consumer Sentiment Tracker is available on VisitEngland’s website. The field work for this wave was conducted between 18 -23 December, at that time there were several announcements that impacted the results of this wave including - the rapid spread of a new and more transmissible Covid-19 strain, the ‘cancellation’ of festive family/household gatherings, a third of England being placed into Tier 4 and travel from the UK banned by 50+ countries.

    The key take-outs from this wave include:

    • The proportion believing ‘the worst is still to come’ regarding the coronavirus situation almost doubles to 62%
    • 8% expect life will ‘return close to normal’ by end March (versus 14% last wave) while just 33% expect this by end June
    • Understandably, there’s been a significant decline in the proportion who expect to take ‘the same or more’ domestic overnight short breaks between now and end March, compared to normal.
    • Confidence in having a booked trip go ahead as planned also went down, with 20% confidence in March (versus 31% last wave) and 50% confidence in June (versus 60% last wave)
      To note: the current national lockdown in England hadn’t yet been mentioned when these results were collected meaning trip intent is likely to be inflated in the figures
  • National Lockdown Restrictions in England Toggle accordion content

    Following the announcement on 4th January, all of England will move into a national lockdown with Stay at Home restrictions. 

    Download the poster.

    Read the full guidance.

    Travel

    You must not leave your home unless you have a reasonable excuse (for example, for work or education purposes). If you need to travel you should stay local – meaning avoiding travelling outside of your village, town or the part of a city where you live – and look to reduce the number of journeys you make overall. The list of reasons you can leave your home and area include, but are not limited to:

    • work, where you cannot reasonably work from home
    • accessing education and for caring responsibilities
    • visiting those in your support bubble – or your childcare bubble for childcare
    • visiting hospital, GP and other medical appointments or visits where you have had an accident or are concerned about your health
    • buying goods or services that you need, but this should be within your local area wherever possible
    • outdoor exercise. This should be done locally wherever possible, but you can travel a short distance within your area to do so if necessary (for example, to access an open space)
    • attending the care and exercise of an animal, or veterinary services

    If you need to use public transport, you should follow the safer travel guidance.

    International travel
    You can only travel internationally – or within the UK – where you first have a legally permitted reason to leave home. In addition, you should consider the public health advice in the country you are visiting.

    Staying away from home overnight

    You cannot leave your home or the place where you are living for holidays or overnight stays unless you have a reasonable excuse for doing so. This means that holidays in the UK and abroad are not allowed. This includes staying in a second home or caravan, if that is not your primary residence. This also includes staying with anyone who you don’t live with unless they’re in your support bubble.

    You are allowed to stay overnight away from your home if you:

    • are visiting your support bubble
    • are unable to return to your main residence
    • need accommodation while moving house
    • need accommodation to attend a funeral or related commemorative event
    • require accommodation for work purposes or to provide voluntary services
    • are a child requiring accommodation for school or care
    • are homeless, seeking asylum or a vulnerable person seeking refuge
    • are an elite athlete or their support staff or parent, if the athlete is under 18 and it is necessary to be outside of the home for training or competition

    If you are already on holiday, you should return to your home as soon as practical.

    Exercising and meeting other people

    You should minimise time spent outside your home.

    It is against the law to meet socially with family or friends unless they are part of your household or support bubble. You can only leave your home to exercise, and not for the purpose of recreation or leisure (e.g. a picnic or a social meeting). This should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.

    You can exercise in a public outdoor place:

    • by yourself
    • with the people you live with
    • with your support bubble (if you are legally permitted to form one)
    • in a childcare bubble where providing childcare
    • or, when on your own, with 1 person from another household

    Public outdoor places include:

    • parks, beaches, countryside accessible to the public, forests
    • public gardens (whether or not you pay to enter them)
    • the grounds of a heritage site
    • playgrounds

    Outdoor sports venues, including tennis courts, golf courses and swimming pools, must close.

    Accommodation

    Guest accommodation providers such as hotels, B&Bs and caravan parks must close except for the specific reasons set out in law, including where guests:

    • Are unable to return to their main residence
    • Use that accommodation as their main residence
    • Need accommodation while moving house or attending a funeral
    • Need to self-isolate as required by law
    • Need accommodation for the purposes of their work, or children who need accommodation for the purposes of education
    • Are elite athletes, their coach or (in the case of an elite athlete who is a child), the parent of an elite athlete, and need accommodation for the purposes of training or competition
    • Are currently in that accommodation at the time when national restrictions come into force.
    • Are visiting from abroad on holiday or for work purposes
    • Are being provided accommodation to relieve homelessness
    • is a carer for someone they live with and is seeking respite

    They can also open:

    • to enable voting, including an overseas election
    • as a women’s refuge or a vulnerable person’s refuge
    • for blood donation
    • for any purpose requested by the Secretary of State, or a local authority 

    Accommodation providers are also encouraged to work cooperatively with Local Authorities to provide accommodation to vulnerable groups including the homeless in tier 4 areas.

    Accommodation businesses are allowed to host people who were staying in that accommodation immediately before the time when the area in which the accommodation is located became part of the Tier 4 area.

    Other tourism related businesses

    The following businesses and venues must close:

    • non-essential retail, such as clothing and homeware stores, vehicle showrooms (other than for rental), betting shops, tailors, tobacco and vape shops, electronic goods and mobile phone shops, and market stalls selling non-essential goods - these venues can continue to be able to operate click-and-collect (where goods are pre-ordered and collected off the premises) and delivery services
    • hospitality venues such as cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars and social clubs; with the exception of providing food and drink for takeaway (between 5am and 11pm), click-and-collect, drive-through or delivery
    • accommodation such as hotels, hostels, guest houses and campsites, except for specific circumstances, such as where these act as someone’s main residence, where the person cannot return home, for providing accommodation or support to the homeless, or where it is essential to stay there for work purposes
    • leisure and sports facilities such as leisure centres and gyms, swimming pools, sports courts, fitness and dance studios, riding arenas at riding centres, climbing walls, and golf courses.
    • entertainment venues such as theatres, concert halls, cinemas, museums and galleries, casinos, amusement arcades, bingo halls, bowling alleys, skating rinks, go-karting venues, indoor play and soft play centres and areas (including inflatable parks and trampolining centres), circuses, fairgrounds, funfairs, water parks and theme parks
    • animal attractions (such as zoos, safari parks, aquariums, and wildlife reserves)
    • indoor attractions at venues such as botanical gardens, heritage homes and landmarks must also close, though outdoor grounds of these premises can stay open for outdoor exercise.
    • personal care facilities such as hair, beauty, tanning and nail salons. Tattoo parlours, spas, massage parlours, body and skin piercing services must also close. These services should not be provided in other people’s homes
    • Conference centres and exhibition halls

    The following businesses and venues may remain open:

    • Outdoor playgrounds
    • Outdoor parts of botanical gardens and heritage sites for exercise
    • Parks, beaches, countryside accessible to the public, forests, public gardens (whether or not you pay to enter them)
    • Market stalls selling essential retail may also stay open
    • Car parks
    • Public toilets

    Businesses and venues will also be permitted to be open for a small number of exempt activities, including:

    • Education and training - for schools to use sports, leisure and community facilities where that is part of their normal provision
    • Childcare purposes and supervised activities for children
    • Hosting blood donation sessions and food banks
    • To provide medical treatment
    • For elite sports persons to train and compete (in indoor and outdoor sports facilities), and professional dancers and choreographers to work (in fitness and dance studios)
    • For training and rehearsal without an audience (in theatres and concert halls)
    • For the purposes of professional film and TV filming

    Weddings, civil partnerships, religious services and funerals

    • Weddings, civil partnership ceremonies and funerals are allowed with strict limits on attendance, and must only take place in COVID-19 secure venues or in public outdoor spaces unless in exceptional circumstances.
    • Funerals can be attended by a maximum of 30 people. Linked religious, belief-based or commemorative events, such as stone settings and ash scatterings can also continue with up to 6 people in attendance
    • Weddings and civil partnership ceremonies must only take place with up to 6 people and in exceptional circumstances

    Find out about financial support for businesses.

  • FAQs on National Lockdown Restrictions Toggle accordion content
      • Can the outdoor elements of ticketed gardens and heritage sites be open, even if the indoor parts are closed?

      Indoor attractions at venues such as botanical gardens, heritage homes and landmarks must also close, though outdoor grounds of these premises can stay open for outdoor exercise.

      • Can zoos and animal parks open?

      Animal attractions (such as zoos, safari parks, aquariums, and wildlife reserves) must close during national lockdown restrictions.

      • What does these new restrictions mean for people already on holiday?

      If you are already on holiday, you should return to your home as soon as practical.

      Accommodation businesses are allowed to host people who were staying in that accommodation immediately before the restrictions were announced and are unable to return to their main residence.

      • What purposes can hotels and accommodation providers remain open for?

      Overnight stays and holidays away from primary residences will not be allowed. This includes staying in a second home or caravan, or staying with anyone you do not live with or are in a support bubble with.

      Guest accommodation providers such as hotels, B&Bs and caravan parks may remain open for the specific reasons set out in law, where guests:

      1. Are unable to return to their main residence
      2. Use that accommodation as their main residence
      3. Need accommodation while moving house or attending a funeral
      4. Need to self-isolate as required by law
      5. Need accommodation for the purposes of their work, or children who need accommodation for the purposes of education
      6. Are elite athletes, their coach or (in the case of an elite athlete who is a child), the parent of an elite athlete, and need accommodation for the purposes of training or competition
      7. Are currently in that accommodation at the time when national restrictions come into force.
      8. Are visiting from abroad on holiday or for work purposes
      9. Are being provided accommodation to relieve homelessness
      10. is a carer for someone they live with and is seeking respite
      11. They can also open:

        • to enable voting, including an overseas election
        • as a women’s refuge or a vulnerable person’s refuge
        • for any purpose requested by the Secretary of State, or a local authority 

      Accommodation providers may keep their business open to provide accommodation to vulnerable groups including the homeless, to host blood donation sessions, or for any purpose requested by the Secretary of State, or a local authority.

      Accommodation providers are also encouraged to work cooperatively with Local Authorities to provide accommodation to vulnerable groups including the homeless during this period of national restrictions.

      • What is the definition of “work” as a reason for stays in B&B or hotels?

      Anyone who needs accommodation for the purposes of their work may stay in guest accommodation. There is no legal definition of 'work' i.e. no restriction to only allow key workers as there was during the initial national lockdown.

      • What are accommodation providers meant to do to "validate" whether a stay is for leisure or work? 

      Accommodation providers should take all reasonable steps to encourage guests to adhere to government restrictions, including informing guests of restrictions when taking bookings and communicating to all customers, including those with existing bookings, reminding them not to travel unless it is essential (such as for work purposes or attending a funeral).

      Enforcement of the law remains a matter for the police and Local Authorities.

      • What are the rules around takeaway food and drink?

      Bars, cafes and restaurants can sell food and drink via takeaway or delivery for consumption off the premises between 05:00 and 22:00.

      Alcohol sales and food and drink sales between 22:00 – 05:00 are permitted for collection if ordered in advance through a website or other on-line communication, by telephone, including orders by text message, or by post, and they do not enter the premises.

      • Can alcohol be served as part of hotel room service, and if so will it need to be served as part of a meal?  

      Food and/or drink including alcohol can be provided through room service as long as it is ordered by phone or online.

      • Can hotel lounges and lobbies stay open?

      Communal spaces such as lounges or lobbies may remain open to guests but no food or drink should be served in these spaces, people should be encouraged not to gather and social distancing should be observed.

      • Are business meetings for up to 30 people still permitted?

      Yes, they are advised against but can take place if reasonably necessary.

      • Is banqueting allowed within the business meetings rules?

      No, Private dining, banqueting and corporate hospitality remain prohibited.

      • Can venue show rounds take place?

      No, where venues are otherwise closed (hotels, restaurants etc.) they should not show prospective customers around.

      • Can filming take place?

      Yes, venues can open for the purposes of professional film and TV filming

      • Can weddings take place?

      Weddings and civil partnership ceremonies should not take place except in exceptional circumstances, for example where one of those getting married is seriously ill and not expected to recover ('deathbed wedding') or due to undergo debilitating treatment or life-changing surgery. These weddings are limited to 6 people.

      • Can public toilets remain open?

      Yes, public toilets can remain open. The definition of indoor attraction does not include toilets for visitors so toilet facilities will be able to remain open to serve visitors to the outdoor areas at botanical or other gardens; stately or historic homes; castles or other heritage sites; landmarks or sculpture parks.

      • Can anyone be furloughed or just people who have been furloughed previously?

      All employers with a UK bank account and UK PAYE schemes can claim the grant. Neither the employer nor the employee needs to have previously used the CJRS.

      • Can volunteers still work?

      Yes, volunteers and paid employees follow the same rules and have the same exemptions during the lockdown, so they can travel and stay away from home if they cannot do their work from home.

      • Can you self-isolate in a hotel before you have an operation?

      You can stay in a hotel to self-isolate as required by law.

      • Some wineries and breweries sell directly to the public – can they still do this as a food and drink business?

      Yes, these businesses may operate in line with the restrictions around the sale of food and drink. If food or drink is provided for consumption on a premises, then that premises must close. Food or drink, including alcohol, may be provided for consumption off the premises through click and collect or deliveries.

      • Can those staying in a hotel for work purposes and who are in work bubbles eat together in the hotel restaurant?

      Restaurants and bars within guest accommodation should remain closed; there are no exemptions to this in the regulations. Food and/or drink including alcohol can be provided through room service as long as it is ordered by phone or online.

      • Are hotels and other accommodation providers able to access the LRSG (Closed) grant if they remain open to accommodate individuals travelling for work purposes or other exempt purposes (e.g. domestic violence victims)?

      Yes, if a hotel or accommodation business is required to close their main business offering under LCAL 3 they will be eligible for a grant.

      So accommodation businesses are able to claim the Closed Grant even if they provide accommodation for people who are exempt from the restrictions unless providing accommodation to people with these exemptions is they primary offering. There is nothing in the Addendum FAQ that suggests that this isn’t also the case under the Closed Addendum Scheme.

  • Christmas support for wet-led pubs Toggle accordion content

    The Government has published the guidance related to the Prime Minister’s announcement that wet-led pubs will receive £1000 if they are in Tier 2,3 or 4 areas following the reviews of Tier areas on the 2nd and 16th December.

    This means that any wet-led pub that is in a Tier 2 or 3 area for any period between 2nd December and 29th December will receive the payment. Other important factors to note are:

    • A pub is defined as an establishment that is open to the general public, allows free entry other than when occasional entertainment is provided, allows drinking without requiring food to be consumed and permits drinks to be purchased at a bar. Councils are being told that they should exclude restaurants, cafés, nightclubs, hotels, snack bars, guest houses, boarding houses, sporting venues, music venues, festival sites, theatres, museums, exhibition halls, cinemas, concert halls and casinos from the payment of this grant
    • The guidance defines a wet-led pub as a pub that derives less than 50% of its income from sales of food.

    READ MORE HERE>>

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    The Government has published the guidance related to the Prime Minister’s announcement that wet-led pubs will receive £1000 if they are in Tier 2 or Tier 3 areas following the reviews of Tier areas on the 2nd and 16th December.

    This means that any wet-led pub that is in a Tier 2 or 3 area for any period between 2nd December and 29th December will receive the payment. Other important factors to note are:

    • A pub is defined as an establishment that is open to the general public, allows free entry other than when occasional entertainment is provided, allows drinking without requiring food to be consumed and permits drinks to be purchased at a bar. Councils are being told that they should exclude restaurants, cafés, nightclubs, hotels, snack bars, guest houses, boarding houses, sporting venues, music venues, festival sites, theatres, museums, exhibition halls, cinemas, concert halls and casinos from the payment of this grant
    • The guidance defines a wet-led pub as a pub that derives less than 50% of its income from sales of food.

    READ MORE HERE>>

  • England's Four Tier System Toggle accordion content

    There is a four tiered system of local COVID Alert Levels in England - set at medium, high, very high and stay at home.

    Essential and non-essential retail, including indoor and outdoor markets and car boot sales can open in tiers 1,2 and 3. All those businesses, with the exception of outdoor markets must close in tier 4.

    Leisure and sporting facilities such as gyms, sports courts and facilities, leisure centres, fitness and dance studios, golf courses, swimming pools, riding centres, outdoor playgrounds can open in tiers 1, 2 and 3, although group activities and classes should not take place at Tier 3.

    In tier 4, only outdoor leisure facilities can remain open including outdoor playgrounds, outdoor gyms, pools, sports courts and facilities, as well as golf courses, archery/driving/shooting ranges (outdoors) and outdoor riding centres. 

    Tier 1 - Local COVID Alert Level - Medium

    • All businesses and venues can continue to operate, in a COVID-Secure manner, other than those that remain closed in law, such as nightclubs
    • Hospitality businesses selling food or drink for consumption on their premises are required to:
      • provide table service only, for premises that serve alcohol
      • close between 11pm and 5am (hospitality venues in airports, ports, on transport services and in motorway service areas are exempt)
      • stop taking orders after 10pm
    • Hospitality businesses and venues selling food for consumption off the premises can continue to do so after 10pm as long as this is through delivery service, click-and-collect or drive-thru
    • Early closure (11pm) applies to casinos, cinemas, theatres, concert halls, museums, bowling alleys, amusement arcades, funfairs, theme parks, adventure parks and activities and bingo halls. Cinemas, theatres and concert halls can stay open beyond 11pm in order to conclude performances that start before 10pm
    • public attendance at outdoor and indoor events (performances and shows) is permitted, limited to whichever is lower: 50% capacity, or either 4,000 people outdoors or 1,000 people indoors
    • public attendance at spectator sport and business events can resume inside and outside, subject to social contact rules and limited to whichever is lower: 50% capacity, or either 4,000 people outdoors or 1,000 people indoors
    • places of worship remain open, but you must not attend or socialise in groups of more than 6 people while there, unless a legal exemption applies
    • Weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on numbers of attendees – 15 people can attend wedding ceremonies and receptions, 30 people can attend funeral ceremonies, and 15 people can attend linked commemorative events
    • If you live in a tier 1 area and travel to an area in a higher tier you should follow the rules for that area while you are there. Avoid travel or overnight stays other than where necessary, such as for work, education, youth services, to receive medical treatment, or because of caring responsibilities. You can travel through a tier 3 and 4 area as part of a longer journey
    • Organised indoor sport and exercise classes can continue to take place, provided the Rule of Six is followed
    • People must not meet in groups larger than 6, indoors or outdoors

    Tier 2 - Local COVID Alert Level - High

    • People must not meet with anybody outside their household or support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place
    • People must not meet in a group of more than 6 outside, including in a garden or other space
    • Pubs and bars must close, unless operating as restaurants. Hospitality venues can only serve alcohol with substantial meals
    • Hospitality businesses selling food or drink for consumption on their premises are required to:
      • provide table service only, in premises which sell alcohol
      • close between 11pm and 5am (hospitality venues in airports, ports, transport services and motorway service areas are exempt)
      • stop taking orders after 10pm
    • Hospitality businesses and venues selling food and drink for consumption off the premises can continue to do so after 10pm as long as this is through delivery service, click-and-collect or drive-through
    • Early closure (11pm) applies to casinos, cinemas, theatres, museums, bowling alleys, amusement arcades, funfairs, theme parks, adventure parks and activities, and bingo halls. Cinemas, theatres and concert halls can stay open beyond 11pm in order to conclude performances  that start before 10pm
    • Public attendance at outdoor and indoor events (performances and shows) is permitted, limited to whichever is lower: 50% capacity, or either 2,000 people outdoors or 1,000 people indoors
    • Public attendance at spectator sport and business events can resume inside and outside, subject to social contact rules and limited to whichever is lower: 50% capacity, or either 2,000 people outdoors or 1,000 people indoors
    • Places of worship remain open but you must not socialise with people from outside of your household or support bubble while you are indoors there, unless a legal exemption applies
    • Organised outdoor sport, and physical activity and exercise classes can continue
    • You can continue to travel to venues or amenities which are open, but should aim to reduce the number of journeys you make where possible
    • If you live in a tier 2 area, you must continue to follow tier 2 rules when you travel to a tier 1 area. Avoid travel to or overnight stays other than where necessary, such as for work, education, youth services, to receive medical treatment, or because of caring responsibilities.You can travel through a tier 3 and 4 area as a part of a longer journey

    Tier 3 - Local COVID Alert Level - Very High

    • People must not meet with anybody outside their household or support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place
    • People must not meet in a group of more than 6 outside, including in a garden or other space
    • Hospitality settings, such as bars (including shisha venues), pubs, cafes and restaurants are closed – they are permitted to continue sales by takeaway, click-and-collect, drive-through or delivery services.
    • Accommodation such as hotels, B&Bs, campsites, and guest houses must close. There are several exemptions, such as for those who use these venues as their main residence, and those requiring the venues where it is reasonably necessary for work or education and training
    • Indoor entertainment and tourist venues must close. This includes:
      • indoor play centres and areas, including trampolining parks and soft play
      • casinos
      • bingo halls
      • bowling alleys
      • skating rinks
      • amusement arcades and adult gaming centres
      • laser quests and escape rooms
      • cinemas, theatres and concert halls
      • snooker halls
    • indoor attractions at mostly outdoor entertainment venues must also close (indoor shops, through-ways and public toilets at such attractions can remain open). This includes indoor attractions within:
      • zoos, safari parks, and wildlife reserves
      • aquariums, visitor attractions at farms, and other animal attractions
      • model villages
      • museums, galleries and sculpture parks
      • botanical gardens, biomes or greenhouses
      • theme parks, circuses, fairgrounds and funfairs
      • visitor attractions at film studios, heritage sites such as castles and stately homes
      • landmarks including observation decks and viewing platforms
    • Leisure and sports facilities may continue to stay open, but group exercise classes (including fitness and dance) should not go ahead. Saunas and steam rooms should close
    • There should be no public attendance at spectator sport or indoor performances and large business events should not be taking place. Elite sport events may continue to take place without spectators
    • Large outdoor events (performances and shows) should not take place, with the exception of drive-in events
    • Weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on the number of attendees – 15 people can attend wedding ceremonies, wedding receptions are not allowed, 30 people can attend funeral ceremonies, 15 people can attend linked commemorative events
    • Organised outdoor sport, and physical activity and exercise classes can continue, however higher-risk contact activity should not take place
    • Organised indoor sport, physical activity and exercise classes cannot take place indoors. There are exceptions for indoor disability sport, sport for educational purposes and supervised sport and physical activity for under-18s
    • You can continue to travel to venues or amenities which are open, but should aim to reduce the number of journeys you make where possible
    • Avoid travelling to other parts of the UK, including for overnight stays other than where necessary, such as for work, education, youth services, to receive medical treatment, or because of caring responsibilities. You can travel through other areas as part of a longer journey

    Alert level posters are available for businesses to download and display HERE.

    The government postcode tracker to find out the coronavirus restrictions in a local area is now live HERE.

    READ MORE HERE

     

    Tier 4 - Local COVID Alert Level - Stay at Home

    The full list of areas moving to tier 4 has been published.

    The following areas will be moving tier from the beginning of Sunday 20 December: London (All 32 London boroughs plus City of London), Kent and Medway, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire (Bracknell Forest, Reading, Slough, Wokingham, Windsor and Maidenhead and West Berkshire), Surrey (excluding Waverley), Hastings and Rother, Havant, Gosport and Portsmouth, Hertfordshire, Essex (excluding Tendring, Uttlesford and Colchester), Central Bedfordshire, Bedford, Milton Keynes, Luton, Peterborough

    The following ‘stay at home’ guidance has been issued for tier 4.

    Businesses and venues which must close

    These include:

    • Non-essential retail, such as clothing and homeware stores, vehicle showrooms (other than for rental), betting shops, tailors, tobacco and vape shops, electronic goods and mobile phone shops, and market stalls selling non-essential goods - these venues can continue to be able to operate click-and-collect (where goods are pre-ordered and collected off the premises) and delivery services
    • Hospitality venues such as cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars and social clubs; with the exception of providing food and drink for takeaway (until 11pm), click-and-collect, drive-through or delivery
    • Accommodation such as hotels, hostels, guest houses and campsites, except for specific circumstances, such as where these act as someone’s main residence, where the person cannot return home, for homeless people, or where it is essential to stay there for work purposes
    • Leisure and sports facilities such as leisure centres and indoor gyms, indoor swimming pools, indoor tennis and basketball courts, indoor fitness and dance studios, indoor climbing walls
    • Entertainment venues such as theatres, concert halls, cinemas, museums and galleries, casinos, amusement arcades, bingo halls, bowling alleys, skating rinks, go-karting venues, indoor play and soft play centres and areas (including inflatable parks and trampolining centres), circuses, fairgrounds, funfairs, zoos and other animal attractions, water parks and theme parks
    • Indoor attractions at botanical gardens, heritage homes and landmarks must also close, though outdoor grounds of these premises can stay open
    • Personal care facilities such as hair, beauty, tanning and nail salons. Tattoo parlours, spas, massage parlours, body and skin piercing services must also close. It is also prohibited to provide these services in other people’s homes
    • Community centres and halls must close except for a limited number of exempt activities, as set out below. Libraries can also remain open to provide access to IT and digital services - for example for people who do not have it at home - and for click-and-collect services

    These businesses and places will also be permitted to be open for a small number of exempt activities, including:

    • Education and training - for schools to use sports, leisure and community facilities where that is part of their normal provision
    • Childcare purposes and supervised activities for children
    • Hosting blood donation sessions and food banks
    • To provide medical treatment
    • For elite sports persons to train and compete (in indoor and outdoor sports facilities), and professional dancers and choreographers to work (in fitness and dance studios)
    • For training and rehearsal without an audience (in theatres and concert halls)
    • For the purposes of professional film and TV filming

    Businesses and venues which can remain open

    Other businesses and venues are permitted to stay open, following COVID-19 Secure guidelines. This includes those providing essential goods and services, including:

    • Essential retail such as food shops, supermarkets, pharmacies, garden centres and Christmas tree retailers, building merchants and suppliers of building products and off-licences
    • Market stalls selling essential retail may also stay open
    • Laundrettes and dry cleaners
    • Car parks, public toilets and motorway service areas
    • Outdoor playgrounds
    • Outdoor gyms, pools, sports courts and facilities
    • Golf courses
    • Archery/driving/shooting ranges (outdoors)
    • Outdoor riding centres

    Travelling within a tier 4 area

    If people live in a tier 4 area, they must stay at home and only travel for work, education or other legally permitted reasons. If they need to travel they should stay local - meaning avoiding travelling outside of their village, town or the part of a city where they live - and look to reduce the number of journeys made overall.

    If they need to use public transport, you should follow the safer travel guidance.

    Travelling out of a tier 4 area

    People most only leave Tier 4 areas for legally permitted reasons such as travel to work where they cannot work from home, to education and for caring responsibilities. The full list of exceptions will be published in the Regulations.

    Travelling to a tier 4 area from a tier 1, 2 or 3 area

    People must not travel into a Tier 4 area from another part of the UK, other than for reasons such as travel to work where it is not possible to work from home, etc

    International travel to or from a tier 4 area

    If people are in Tier 4, they should not be travelling abroad unless it is permitted and the public health advice in the country being visited needs considering.

    For people who live outside a tier 4 area, they may still transit into or through a tier 4 area to travel abroad if they need to, but they should carefully consider whether they need to do so. In addition, the public health advice in the country being visited should be followed.

    See the rules in place at destination being visited and the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) travel advice.

    UK residents currently abroad do not need to return home immediately. However, they should check with their airline or travel operator on arrangements for returning.

    Staying away from home overnight

    People who live in tier 4 cannot leave home for holidays or stays overnight away from their main home unless permitted by law. This means that holidays in the UK and abroad are not allowed. This includes staying in a second home or caravan, or staying with anyone they do not live with or are in a support bubble with.

    People are allowed to stay overnight away from your home if they:

    • Are unable to return to their main residence
    • Need accommodation while moving house
    • Need accommodation to attend a funeral or related commemorative event
    • Require accommodation for work purposes or to provide voluntary services
    • Are a child requiring accommodation for school or care
    • Are homeless, seeking asylum or a vulnerable person seeking refuge
    • Are an elite athlete or their support staff or parent, if the athlete is under 18 and it is necessary to be outside of the home for training or competition

    People on holiday in a Tier 4 area, you should return to their home as soon as practical.

    Guest accommodation providers such as hotels, B&Bs and caravan parks may remain open for the specific reasons set out in law, including where guests are unable to return to their main residence, use that guest accommodation as their main residence, need accommodation while moving house, are self-isolating as required by law, or would otherwise be made homeless as a result of the accommodation closing. Accommodation providers are also encouraged to work cooperatively with Local Authorities to provide accommodation to vulnerable groups including the homeless in tier 4 areas.

    Also worth noting:

    • People must not leave or be outside of their home except for where they have a specific purpose, or a ‘reasonable excuse’, such as work and volunteering, essential activities such as shopping for essential items, including collecting food or drink -ordered through click-and-collect or as a takeaway, education and childcare, fulfilling legal obligations, exercise and recreation, medical reasons, communal workshop and life events.
    • In general, people must not meet with another person socially or undertake any activities with another person. However, they can exercise or meet in a public outdoor place with people they live with, their support bubble (or as part of a childcare bubble), or with one other person.
    • People can exercise or visit a public outdoor place, alone, with the people they live with, their support bubble or, when on their own, with 1 person from another household. Children under 5, and up to two carers for a person with a disability who needs continuous care are not counted towards the outdoors gatherings limit.
    • Public outdoor places include: parks, beaches, countryside accessible to the public, forests, public gardens (whether or not you pay to enter them), allotments, the grounds of a heritage site, outdoor sports courts and facilities and playgrounds.
    • Larger groups are permitted for a wedding or equivalent ceremony in exceptional circumstances, for example where one of those getting married is seriously ill and not expected to recover ('deathbed wedding') or due to undergo debilitating treatment or life-changing surgery. These weddings are limited to 6 people.
    • Funerals - up to a maximum of 30 people can take place. Wakes and other linked ceremonial events can continue in a group of up to 6.

    View the full guidance.

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    The Chancellor has announced that the furlough scheme has been extended until the end of April 2021 with the government continuing to contribute 80% towards wages. In addition, businesses will have now until the end of March to access government loan schemes. 

    A successor loan scheme has already been announced to provide support beyond March. We will share more details on the scheme when available. The government has said it will provide a further update on wider COVID-19 economic support at the Budget on 3 March. 

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    Where will people need to wear face coverings?

    HM Government are recommending that face coverings are worn in all indoor settings and this will be enforceable in law.

    Currently, you are required to wear face coverings in the following settings: 

    • shops
    • supermarkets
    • indoor shopping centres,
    • indoor transport hubs
    • on public transport
    • funeral directors
    • premises providing professional, legal or financial services
    • cinemas
    • theatres
    • bingo halls
    • concert halls
    • museums, galleries, aquariums, indoor zoos or visitor farms, or other indoor tourist, heritage or cultural sites
    • nail, beauty, hair salons and barbers - other than where necessary to remove for treatments
    • massage parlours.
    • public areas in hotels and hostels
    • places of worship
    • libraries and public reading rooms
    • community centres
    • social clubs
    • tattoo and piercing parlours
    • indoor entertainment venues (amusement arcades, funfairs, adventure activities such as laser quest, go-karting, escape rooms, heritage sites)
    • storage and distribution facilities
    • veterinary services
    • auction houses
    • casinos
    • skating rinks
    • bowling alleys
    • indoor play areas
    • exhibition halls
    • conference centres

    HM Government have now extended the recommendation of the wearing of face coverings to include:

    • Customers in private hire vehicles and taxis (from 23rd September)
    • Customers in hospitality venues must wear face coverings, except when seated at a table to eat or drink
    • Staff in hospitality and retail will now also be required to wear face coverings (from 24th September)
    • Staff working on public transport and taxi drivers will continue to be advised to wear face coverings

    People who are already exempt from the existing face covering obligations, such as because of an underlying health condition, will continue to be exempt from these new obligations.

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    NHS COVID-19 App

    The government is urging businesses to ensure they have displayed official NHS QR code posters on entry so that customers who have downloaded the new NHS COVID-19 app can use their smartphones to easily check-in, now that the NHS COVID-19 app has launched across England and Wales.

    For further information please click here

    Operators can create a QR Code and associated poster for their business that links with the app on this webpage.

    For further information about the QR Code poster, please click here

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    Public Health England have released a series of action cards that provide advice on how businesses should respond to a Covid-19 outbreak including:

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    • Reporting the outbreak to your local health protection team
    • Working with your local health protection team to respond


    There are different cards for specific types of businesses, and they have been designed to be printed or downloaded to keep on-hand in your business or organisation. The action cards relevant to a range of tourism businesses are listed below:


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    Campsites & Caravan Parks
    Entertainment & Holiday Resorts
    Hotels & Guest Accommodation
    Places of Worship
    Restaurants, Pubs Bars & Cafes
    Theaters, Cinemas & Venues
    Tourist Attractions

    For the full list of cards and more information, please click here.