Covid-19 Winter Response - Other Key Points

24 November, 2020

As well as discussing the measures put in place across our industries the following were also key and interesting points in the guidance published on November 23rd 2020, full copy can be found here:

  • The Government intends to both ramp up community testing in the New Year: as currently being trialled in certain areas, as well as offering those who have had close contact with someone who has tested positive the option to have regular tests themselves as opposed to having to isolate.
  • They have secured 350 million doses of the vaccines between now and the end of 2021. If all vaccines are given as a double dose this is the equivalent of 175 million people vaccinated by Winter 2021.
  • On the 25th of November the results of the spending review is due to be published alongside financial plans for 2021-2022.
  • Steps are to be announced shortly on the isolation period for international arrivals.
  • New legislation is being passed to give more power to Local Authorities to allow them to take swifter and effective action against businesses and premises’ that are found not to be Covid compliant.
  • Nurseries, schools and colleges have been advised not to change their Christmas holidays or to close early this term.
  • Care Homes are trialling rapid visitor testing to allow physical contact between guests and visitors.
  • Also in Care Homes legislation is being passed to restrict all but essential movement of staff between settings to reduce rates of transmission.
  • Although leisure and sporting facilities such as gyms, sports courts, leisure centres, fitness and dance studios, golf courses, swimming pools, riding centres and outdoor playgrounds can remain open in all Tiers, certain group activities and classes should not take place in Tier 3, further details on this is due.
  • As well as the early closure of 11pm applying to hospitality venues this also applies to casinos, cinemas, theatres, concert halls, museums, bowling alleys, amusement arcades, funfairs, theme parks, adventure parks and activities and bingo halls. Cinemas, theatres and concert venues are permitted to stay open beyond 11pm in order to conclude performances that start before 10pm.
  • Weddings and funerals are once again permitted to go ahead with restrictions on number of attendees. 15 people can attend ceremonies, 30 people can attend funeral ceremonies and in Tiers 1 and 2 up to 15 people can attend wedding receptions. Wedding receptions are not permitted to take place in areas that are Tier 3.
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