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Wales closes hospitality, leisure and non-essential retail businesses in short, sharp national lockdown

Resume of what is permitted in tiers across the UK The First Minister for Wales has announced today that, as of this Friday 23 October from 6pm, everyone must stay at home and non-essential retail, hospitality, leisure and tourism businesses will close. The closure will end on Monday 9 November. Gatherings indoors and outdoors with...

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Coronavirus: What the tier system means for UK holidays

What are the rules for England (15 October 2020)? In Tier One (Medium Alert) i.e. the areas with the lower rates of infection, the rules are similar to those that have already been in force across England.  You can holiday anywhere in England that’s also in Tier One. You can holiday with people from other...

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Taking care of your staff

As World Mental Health Day approaches (10 October 2020), research from charity Mind found that more than half of adults (60%) and over two thirds of young people (68%) said their mental health got worse during lockdown. Their research also confirms that a culture of fear and silence around mental health at work is costly...

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Camping and caravanning still tops accommodation list

Consumer tracker report from VisitBritain (Week 14) The latest UK COVID-19 Consumer Tracker Report, also available on VisitBritain.org, for Week 14, based on fieldwork from 31 August – 4 September (please note this wave took place before the ‘rule of six’ announcement). The tracker will run fortnightly until February 2021. Some highlights from the report:...

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New measures to suppress the virus and keep infections down

Prime Minister Boris Johnson made a statement on 9 September regarding new measures to suppress the virus and keep the number of infections down. What has changed for businesses in England: Rule of six: From Monday 14 September, you must not meet with people from other households socially in groups of more than six. This...

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Photocard licences – extension of expiry dates

Government has previously advised that drivers whose photocard licence or entitlement to drive expired between 1 February and 31 August 2020 would be granted a seven-month extension from the date of expiry. The EU has now agreed to increase the catchment period to 31 December 2020 and increase the extension period from 7 months to...

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DCMS Coronavirus Impact Business Survey – Wave 2

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) is undertaking a second wave of their Coronavirus Impact Survey. This is to better understand the effect of the Coronavirus outbreak on organisations in its sectors – including tourism – and what needs to be done to support businesses. The survey should take around 10-20 minutes and the...

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