Harrogate District Chamber of Commerce News

UK alert level, working safely tool & app update

19 Jun 2020 by Alice Pelliccia Cabinet Office

1) 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.

Please see the full news story here: https://bit.ly/AlertLevel

2) Working safely tool

To help employers reopen their businesses safely, we have launched a new tool to identify the most relevant guidance for your business. The guidance highlighted will help you carry out a risk assessment and make sensible adjustments to the site and workforce.


Employees can also 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 here: https://bit.ly/WorkingSafelyTool.

Please do consider sharing the following tweet from HMG North to amplify this message: https://twitter.com/HMGNorth/status/1273997964982259713

3) Next phase of Coronavirus NHS app

The government has announced the next phase of development in building an app that supports the end-to-end NHS Test and Trace service. 

Following rigorous field testing and a trial on the Isle of Wight, we have identified challenges with both our app and the Google/Apple framework. This is a problem that many countries around the world, like Singapore, are facing and in many cases only discovering them after whole population roll-out.

As a result of our work, we will now be taking forward a solution that brings together the work on our app and the Google/Apple solution. 

Please see the full news story here: https://bit.ly/CV19AppUpdate.

As ever, please do share these trackable links through your network and if you have any questions, please email our dedicated business enquiries mailbox (covid19-partnerships@cabinetoffice.gov.uk).