daily update from John Bridge OBE DL, Chief Executive
Code of practice for the commercial property sector
The government published a code of practice last Friday to help commercial landlords and tenants map out plans for economic recovery during the coronavirus pandemic.
Developed in close collaboration between government and leaders from the sector, the code is designed to provide clarity for businesses when discussing rental payments and to encourage best practice so that every part of the chain is supported.
The code is voluntary in nature, and is relevant for all commercial leases held by businesses in any sector which have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, and represents best practice within the sector for responding to Covid-19.
New tool to help businesses identify whether they can reopen safely
To help employers reopen their businesses safely, the government have launched a new tool to identify the most relevant guidance for their business. The guidance highlighted will help individual businesses carry out a risk assessment and make sensible adjustments to the site and workforce.
Employers have the legal responsibility to protect their employees and other people on site, such as customers and visitors. This tool will help businesses to easily find out what they should do.
Employees are also able to use this guidance to check what their workplace needs to do to keep people safe.
This guidance is only for businesses that are allowed to reopen in England and can be found
UK alert level moves to Level 3
The Joint Biosecurity Centre has recommended that the COVID-19 alert level should move from Level 4 (A COVID-19 epidemic is in general circulation; transmission is high or rising exponentially) to Level 3 (A COVID-19 epidemic is in general circulation).
The Chief Medical Officers for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have reviewed the evidence and agree with this recommendation to move to Level 3 across the UK.