key update from John Bridge OBE DL

Economic announcement today

As Chancellor Rishi Sunak prepares for another economic announcement today, we have in advance written to him outlining some of the key aspects he must address urgently:
  • Support must help businesses plan through all of 2021
  • Extension of furlough and self-employment schemes vital
  • More needed on cash flow to mitigate cost of closure
  • Take the opportunity to help those previously excluded from support.

Updated new restrictions from 5 November 

New national restrictions come into force in England from today, Thursday 5 November.

Everyone must stay at home, and may leave only for a limited set of reasons, which include:
  • For education
  • For work, if you cannot work from home
  • For exercise and recreation outdoors, with your household, support bubble or on your own with one person from another household
  • For all medical reasons, appointments and to escape injury or harm
  • To shop for food and essentials
  • To provide care for vulnerable people, or as a volunteer.

To reduce social contact, the Government has ordered certain businesses and venues to close or restrict how they provide goods and services. 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 (before 10.00pm and not including alcohol), 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 they 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 gyms, swimming pools, tennis and basketball courts, golf courses, fitness and dance studios, climbing walls, archery, driving, and shooting ranges
  • Entertainment venues such as theatres, concert halls, cinemas, museums and galleries, casinos, amusement arcades, bingo halls, bowling alleys, skating rinks, go-karting venues, soft play centres and areas, circuses, funfairs, zoos and other animal attractions, water parks, 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 peoples’ 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
  • Places of worship, apart from for the purposes of independent prayer, and service broadcasting and funerals.

Other businesses are permitted to stay open - this includes those providing essential goods or services, including: food shops, supermarkets, garden centres and certain other retailers providing essential goods and services. Essential retail should follow COVID-secure guidelines to protect customers, visitors and workers.

Full details of the guidance can be found here .

Reminder on keeping your customers, visitors and workers safe

Businesses have been working hard to put in place measures to minimise the transmission of the virus in the workplace and HSE have been checking, visiting and inspecting businesses to ensure they are COVID-secure.

From mid-June to 3 November, HSE conducted over 44,000 spot checks to businesses and organisations. Most businesses checked are following the COVID-secure workplace guidance and action has been taken where businesses have fallen short.

HSE's programme of activity has shown that social distancing is the biggest issue facing businesses, followed by cleaning regimes and management arrangements. As we move into national restrictions, if your business is permitted to stay open then please ensure you follow COVID-secure guidelines .

Information regarding Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day 2020

This year, national and local remembrance ceremonies will be closed to the public. However, there are many ways you can mark the occasion safely, either outdoors, while following social distancing guidance, online or at home. The Department for Digital, Culture. Media and Sport has a page with lots of ideas on how to mark the occasion , including printable images for colouring in and displaying in windows.

You may wish to remember those lost through conflict by marking the national two-minute silence at 11.00am on Sunday 8 November. The service is broadcast nationwide on BBC One, Sky and ITV.

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