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Preparing a vehicle for passengers

Preparing a vehicle for passengers

Government has released guidance for operators of private hire vehicles to help protect against coronavirus. This guidance may be helpful for dealers e.g. after 2 December following test drives or the return of hire vehicles, or where a vehicle has multiple drivers/occupants. Read more here.

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Importance of ventilation

Importance of ventilation

Government is stressing how good ventilation can reduce the risk of coronavirus infection by over 70%. It is important that businesses check that their ventilation systems are clean and working properly. Where businesses do not have ventilation systems, the advice is to either open windows for short, sharp bursts of 10 to 15 minutes regularly throughout...

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Changes to Guidance in England

Changes to Guidance in England

New Rules on Wearing Face Masks Customers in private hire vehicles and taxis must wear face coverings (from 23 September). Customers in hospitality venues must wear face coverings, except when seated at a table to eat or drink. Staff in hospitality and retail will now also be required to wear face coverings (from 24 September)....

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Outdoor events – the current situation and new guidance

Outdoor events – the current situation and new guidance

The LGA (Local Government Association) has published new guidance for local authorities (LAs) on staging outdoor events. Current government guidelines allow for outdoor events organised by businesses to take place, provided they have carried out a thorough risk assessment and taken all reasonable steps to mitigate the risk of viral transmission – taking into account...

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List of places to wear face coverings in England extended

List of places to wear face coverings in England extended

Government is now recommending that face coverings are worn in additional indoor settings – this will be enforceable in law (England). Currently you are required to wear face coverings in shops and indoor shopping centres, indoor transport hubs and public transport. From 8 August this will be expanded to include: public areas in hotels/hostels and guest...

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Reporting and containing outbreaks of coronavirus

Reporting and containing outbreaks of coronavirus

Government has issued new guidance for businesses and organisations on how to recognise, contain and report incidents of coronavirus (COVID-19). COVID-19 early outbreak management information has been created to make sure that people who run businesses or organisations: know how to recognise and report an incident of coronavirus (COVID-19) are aware of measures local health...

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Face masks compulsory in retail outlets

Face masks compulsory in retail outlets

From Friday 24 July, it will be mandatory for people to wear a face covering whilst in retail outlets (e.g. indoor dealerships/sales offices) in England. Face coverings in shops are already mandatory in Scotland. It is suggested retailers display signage at the entrance to the store to remind visitors of this policy and consider having...

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Eat Out to Help Out scheme

Eat Out to Help Out scheme

The Eat Out to Help Out scheme aims to incentivise customers to eat in restaurants or other eating establishment by giving them a discount which the business can then claim back from the government. The scheme is UK wide and customers will be able to see who is taking part on GOV.UK. Government has now...

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Free advice for SMEs – including legal, advertising and marketing help

Free advice for SMEs – including legal, advertising and marketing help

The Recovery Advice for Business scheme, supported by the government and hosted on the Enterprise Nation website will give small firms access to free, one-to-one advice with an expert adviser to help them through the coronavirus pandemic and to prepare for long-term recovery. The platform is now live. Advice offered will include specialist assistance from...

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More details released on Regions’ reopening schedules

More details released on Regions’ reopening schedules

Scottish caravan parks may open from 3 July and Welsh parks from 11 July Scotland – the Scottish Parliament has published a new route map for reopening, which includes the following milestones: 3 July – travel distance limit relaxed, self-catering accommodation and second homes (without shared facilities) permitted to open 6 July – outdoor hospitality...