The final stage of the government’s roadmap for easing coronavirus restrictions took place on the 19 July. Below you will find information on how the rules have changed for step 4.
This page also contains national guidance on COVID-secure workplaces, engaging with NHS Test & Trace, workplace testing, international travel restrictions and the government support available for businesses.
Changes from July 19
High risk settings such as nightclubs and large events are encouraged to make use of the NHS COVID Pass which allows people entry on the basis that they have either received both of their vaccinations, or shown a recent negative COVID test or proof of natural immunity.
Changes from August 16
The PM has announced the Government’s Autumn and Winter Plan to tackle an expected rise in Covid-19 infection rates. A series of restrictions could be introduced in England if the NHS comes under significant pressure. There are two plans in mind referred to as Plan A and Plan B.
The government says the current plan has five pillars in order to prevent any further restrictions from needing to be implemented:
The government says it is “possible that plan A is not sufficient to prevent unsustainable pressure on the NHS and that further measures [will be] required” though it has not set out the precise thresholds to trigger the following new measures.
Plan B would include:
The system works as follows:
It is anticipated that these new travel rules will remain in place at least until the new year.
The government’s workplace testing programme, whereby businesses could sign up to receive free lateral flow tests for their employees, is now closed.
Businesses now have the following options available to them:
The GBCC are committed to keeping businesses and charities up to date with the latest support being made available by the government to help businesses recover from the disruption caused by Covid-19.
So far, the government has announced a number of support measures including various finance and grant schemes and the extension to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. Please click the link below for a list of the government support measures announced to date.
The UK Government have issued detailed guidance for employers with certain types of premises on how to be COVID-19 Secure and safely return to, or scale up the number of employees in, the workplace.
It includes a number of detailed measures on social distancing and hygiene in the workplace. Employers must use this advice to:
For formal Government advice on being COVID-19 Secure Click Here.
The government is encouraging businesses to continue collecting customer information for the NHS Test & Trace Service which aims to trace the spread of the virus and isolate new infections. However, firms are no longer legally required to do so.
Businesses can continue to help support the NHS Test & Trace Service by::
In this webinar, chair of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) Martin Temple, around coronavirus (COVID-19) discusses how his organisation is supporting business.
In this webinar, BHSF provide advice and guidance to businesses on how to provide a Covid-secure workplace to get employees back to work.