Due to our ongoing responsibilities regarding Covid-19 and supporting local businesses, please find below information regarding recent Covid-19 legislation and guidance changes that may affect your business, in order to prevent the further spread of Covid-19 and to avoid a local or national lockdown.
Prime Minister update from 22 September 2020
PM Boris Johnson announced several Covid-19 changes on 22 September 2020 which will affect a number of businesses including where face coverings should be worn, working from home, curfews for certain business types, displaying the NHS QR code poster, etc. An overview of the changes can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/coronavirus-covid-19-what-has-changed-22-september
The Government has placed greater importance on self-isolating for those people who have a confirmed case of Covid-19 and those that have been in close contact with a person with a confirmed case. From 28 September, those who do not self-isolate when required may be fined. Business owners who threaten self-isolating staff with redundancy if they do not come to work may also have action taken against them. Implementing and monitoring your Covid-19 Secure control measures will assist in reducing the risk of staff being required to self-isolate if a confirmed case or outbreak occurs at your business.
Information regarding self-isolation can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection
The Government has also announced that people will be supported by a payment of £500 for those on lower incomes who cannot work from home and have lost income as a result. Further information about this scheme can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-package-to-support-and-enforce-self-isolation
Since 14 September, people must not meet with other households socially in groups of more than six. This will apply indoors and outdoors, including in private homes. There are a limited number of exemptions to this including work settings. COVID-19 Secure venues, such as places of worship, restaurants and hospitality venues, can still host larger numbers in total but groups of up to 6 must not mix or form larger groups. Advice regarding meeting with others can be found at:
NHS Test and Trace
Businesses have a duty to support NHS Test and Trace. Since 18 September, it is a legal requirement for certain businesses to have a system to collect NHS Test and Trace data, and keep this for 21 days. The following venues are required to keep records for Test and Trace purposes, should they be needed:
– Hospitality, including pubs, bars, restaurants and cafés
– Leisure & Tourism, including hotels, museums, cinemas and amusement arcades
– Close contact services, including hairdressers, barbershops and beauticians
– Local authority venues, including community centres and village halls
For those types of businesses mentioned above, please find attached useful information from Dr Liz Robin, Director of Public Health for Cambridgeshire, regarding Public Health, supporting the NHS Test & Trace service and guidance on how to download a QR code poster which is required to be displayed in certain businesses.
For advice regarding supporting the NHS Test & Trace service and for a full list of businesses legally required to collect details, please see: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/maintaining-records-of-staff-customers-and-visitors-to-support-nhs-test-and-trace
NHS Covid-19 App and NHS QR code posters
On 24 September, the NHS introduced the NHS Covid-19 app. This app will assist traditional contact tracing to help notify users if they have come into contact with someone who tests positive for coronavirus. The app allows people to report symptoms, order a coronavirus test, “check-in” to venues by scanning a QR code and helps the NHS to trace individuals that have coronavirus. For further information and resources to support users of the app, and those that visit your organisation, please visit: https://www.covid19.nhs.uk/information-and-resources.html
The above mentioned businesses are also required to display an official NHS QR code poster to make it easier for people to check-in at different premises using the NHS Covid-19 App. If individuals choose to check-in at a business using the QR code poster, they do not need to log in via any other route. Fines can be issued for those that do not display their QR code.
If you have a venue outside of the categories mentioned above that is visited by members of the public and has a space where people congregate, then the NHS encourage you to create a QR code poster for the entrance to that venue. Further information about which types of businesses should display the NHS QR code poster can be found at: https://faq.covid19.nhs.uk/article/KA-01183/
Working Safely During Coronavirus
The Government has updated their Working Safely during Coronavirus guidance to incorporate details of recent legislation and guidance changes. Sector specific Working Safely during Coronavirus guidance can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19.
Covid-19 guidance changes rapidly and the latest announcements and guidance can be found at: www.gov.uk/coronavirus. Our South Cambridgeshire District Council website also provides useful information for businesses regarding Covid-19, found at: www.scambs.gov.uk.
Our Reopening the High Streets Officers are visiting businesses across South Cambridgeshire offering advice, support and guidance to those wanting to, or who have, reopened since the original lockdown. If you require assistance with reopening, please contact our Reopening the High Streets Team at: Reopening@southcambs.gov.uk.
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If you require advice regarding Covid-19 Secure control measures within your workplace, please contact our Environmental Health Team via firstname.lastname@example.org or 03450 450 063.
Trevor Nicoll | Head of Environment and Waste