14-day quarantine for UK arrivals from Spain

The new coronavirus travel rule was announced on Saturday evening following a spike in the number of new cases in Spain last week.

It came into force five hours after it was confirmed by the government, and requires travellers returning from all parts of Spain - including the islands of Majorca, Menorca and Ibiza.

During the two weeks of quarantine, people must not go out to work, school, or public areas, or have visitors except for essential support. They should not go out to buy food if they can rely on others.

In my view this illustrates the need to introduce a traffic light system giving adequate notice of significant changes of this nature by government, as abrupt changes to quarantine measures will be yet another hammer blow for individuals and families as well as for the fragile travel and tourism industries, both here in the UK and overseas.

Businesses will now have to manage the effects of this unexpected change as returning staff have to quarantine upon their return to the UK. Support measures should be extended to help firms and their employees manage the additional uncertainty generated by this and other government decisions.

The key question we will be asking is why Spain was on the safe list on Friday, only to be taken off it on Saturday. Changes to quarantine rules must be communicated clearly by Government with as much notice as possible. Continued improvement of the test and trace programme, alongside co-ordinated checks at departure and arrival airports, could alleviate the need for many of these restrictions.

Most comprehensive flu programme in UK history will be rolled out this winter

Eligible groups are urged to get their free vaccine every year. However with COVID-19 still in circulation, this year’s campaign will be particularly vital to protect the most vulnerable and reduce the number of people needing flu treatment from the NHS.
• Expanded flu vaccination programme to protect vulnerable people and support the NHS
• Free vaccine to be made available for people aged 50 to 64 later in the year
• Households of those on the shielded patient list eligible for free flu vaccination and school programme expanded to the first year of secondary schools for the first time.

Find out more here.

NHS Test & Trace service in the workplace

The guidance on the NHS Test & Trace service for employers, businesses and workers has been updated this week. The update includes redrafting for clarity, a new section on collecting customer and visitor data for NHS Test & Trace has been added, and additional information on if a worker develops symptoms and orders a test.

The updated guidance can be found here.

Preparing to Trade with the EU from 1 January 2021

From 1 January 2021 trading arrangements with the EU are likely to be very different. Join us tomorrow at 4.00pm where Chris Willers, Managing Director of Access to Export, will share important points for exporters and those companies that import. He will also give a brief overview of the key points contained in the newly published Border Operating Model.

Click here to register.


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