Please find today's key government updates below:
1) Test & Trace guidance: Maintaining records of staff, customers & visitors
The easing of social and economic lockdown measures following the COVID-19 outbreak is being supported by NHS Test and Trace. Organisations in certain sectors should assist this service by keeping a temporary record of customers and visitors for 21 days, in a way that is manageable for your organisation, and assists NHS Test and Trace with requests for that data if needed. This could help contain clusters or outbreaks.
Sectors that this guidance applies to:
- Hospitality, including pubs, bars, restaurants and cafés;
- Tourism and leisure, including hotels, museums, cinemas, zoos and theme parks;
- Close contact services, including hairdressers, barbershops and tailors;
- Facilities provided by local authorities, including town halls and civic centres for events, community centres, libraries and children’s centres; and
- Places of worship, including use for events and other community activities.
Full guidance can be found here: https://bit.ly/CV19BusinessTT.
2) Restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services reopening safely
From Saturday 4th July, most of the pubs and restaurants we love will be reopening. We have shared the following tweet, which explains how pubs and restaurants will keep customers and staff safe. We would appreciate you retweeting on your own channels where possible: https://twitter.com/HMGNorth/status/1278985887968264194
The video can be downloaded and shared organically https://we.tl/t-BldgiooTZG
Hospitality safer working guidance can be found here: http://bit.ly/RestaurantsPubsNorth
3) Self-isolation lifted for lower risk countries
Passengers returning or visiting from certain destinations, which pose a reduced risk to the public health of UK citizens, including Spain and Italy, will no longer need to self-isolate when arriving in England, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps will set out today (3 July 2020).
Passengers returning to or visiting England from certain destinations including Germany, France, Spain and Italy, will no longer need to self-isolate on arrival from 10 July 2020. The FCO will set out exemptions for a number of destinations from its global advisory against ‘all but essential’ international travel, with changes coming into effect on 4 July 2020. In addition, all passengers, except those on a small list of exemptions, will still be required to provide contact information on arrival in the UK.
The full news story can be found here - https://bit.ly/SelfIsolationChanges - and further guidance will follow.
4) Employee return-to-work tool
The government has developed a tool to help employees in England easily assess if they can return to work. The tool guides employees through questions that may influence their ability to go back to work safely. Employers can share this tool with employees to aid discussion on how employees can return to work safely.
Please find out more here: https://bit.ly/employeetoolnorth
As ever, please do share these trackable links through your network and if you have any questions, please email our dedicated business enquiries mailbox (firstname.lastname@example.org).
5) Anti-littering assets
In order to reduce littering and anti-social behaviour, and encourage the public to clean up public spaces and take their rubbish home, we have developed an Anti-litter toolkit with links to updated assets.
Please also consider sharing this tweet: https://twitter.com/HMGNorth/status/1279022281747042305
6) GREAT Inspirations campaign
The GREAT Inspirations campaign celebrates some of the many UK businesses that have done extraordinary things during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The webpage is now live, and companies from across the North feature - https://bit.ly/GREATinspirationsN
We have shared a twitter thread of the companies featured across the North here: https://twitter.com/HMGNorth/status/1278294043831779329?s=20
In this link https://we.tl/t-ac6YtPiOEs you will find:
- 1 x 20 seconds – montage animation profiling a selection of the businesses to give a flavour and introduce the campaign
- 1 X social media assets to be used on twitter and Instagram for each company
Please use hashtag: #GREATInspirations
If using on Instagram, please ensure you tag the following Instagram accounts:
If using on Twitter, please ensure you tag the following Twitter accounts:
Draft tweet you can use:
Celebrating a business taking part
Twitter: Congratulations to xxx [insert business name or handle] who features in @GREATBritain #GREATInspirations campaign celebrating some of the creative businesses & their employees responding to COVID-19 in extraordinary ways. Join us in celebrating them and others - https://bit.ly GREATinspirationsN @HMGNorth