Government & Industry Updates

We will continue to provide daily tourism updates, details of any announcements and Government updates here.

  • Latest Tourism Industry Emergency Response (TIER) updates Toggle accordion content

    UK Government waives quarantine for arrivals fully vaccinated from Europe and USA to England and confirms international cruise restart

    The UK Government has announced that passengers arriving from amber countries who have been fully vaccinated in Europe (EU Member States, European Free Trade Association countries and the European microstate countries of Andorra, Monaco and Vatican City) and the USA will not have to quarantine when entering England, as part of a range of new measures designed to reopen international travel, set out as part of the second Global Travel Taskforce checkpoint review.

    From 4am on Monday 2 August 2021, passengers who are fully vaccinated in the EU with vaccines authorised by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) or in the USA with vaccines authorised by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), or in the Swiss vaccination programme, will be able to travel to England without having to quarantine or take a day 8 test on arrival.


    Amber arrivals who have been fully vaccinated in the USA and European countries will still be required to:

    Those arriving from France should continue to follow the separate rule. If a passenger has been in France in the 10 days before arriving in England, they must quarantine for 10 days after they arrive and take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2 and on or after day 8, even if they are fully vaccinated. They must follow the advice on how to quarantine if you are not fully vaccinated.


    The UK Government has also confirmed the restart of international cruise sailings from England in line with Public Health England guidance. International cruise travel advice will be amended to encourage travellers to understand the risks associated with cruise travel and take personal responsibility for their own safety abroad. Guidance has been published for British people about taking cruise ship holidays abroad during COVID-19.

    All measures announced will be kept under review and be guided by the latest data. The UK Government will not hesitate to act should the data show that countries risk ratings have changed.

  • Details of Step 4 - from 19 July Toggle accordion content

    The UK government has published the Covid-19 Response: Summer 2021, setting out the details of Step 4 of the COVID-19 roadmap in England.

    In summary, at Step 4:

    • All remaining limits on social contact (currently 6 people or 2 households indoors, or 30 people outdoors) will be removed and there will be no more restrictions on how many people can meet in any setting, indoors or outdoors.
    • All settings will be able to open, including nightclubs. Large events, such as music concerts and sporting events can resume without any limits on attendance or social distancing requirements.
    • All restrictions on life events such as weddings, funerals, bar/bat mitzvahs and baptisms will be removed, including the remaining restrictions on the number of attendees. There will be no requirement for table service at life events, or restrictions on singing or dancing.
    • COVID-status certification will not be required in law as a condition of entry for visitors to any setting. Organisations are already able to ask visitors for proof of COVID-status, as long as they meet existing legal obligations including under equality law. The Government is providing a way for individuals to easily demonstrate their COVID-status. This can be achieved by completion of a full vaccine course, a recent negative test, or proof of natural immunity - through the NHS COVID Pass on the NHS app.
    • The legal requirements to wear a face covering will be lifted in all settings. To help reduce the spread of COVID-19, published guidance will advise that wearing a face covering will reduce your risk and the risk to others, where you come into contact with people you don’t normally meet in enclosed and crowded spaces.
    • Social distancing rules (2 metres or 1 metre with additional mitigations) will be lifted. You should continue to consider the risks of close contact with others, particularly if you are clinically extremely vulnerable or not yet fully vaccinated. Social distancing will only be required in limited circumstances: ports of entry for passengers between disembarkation and border control in order to manage the risk of Variants of Concern being transmitted between individuals; and people who are self-isolating should also continue to socially distance from others, particularly where they have had a positive test. Health and care settings will continue to maintain appropriate infection prevention and control processes as necessary and this will be continually reviewed. Guidance will be updated based on the latest clinical evidence this summer.
    • For individual settings where the risks of rapid spread are particularly acute, Directors of Public Health, in consultation with setting operators and relevant departments, will be able to advise that social distancing is put in place if necessary to control outbreaks. This should be targeted, time limited, and apply to settings characterised by enclosed and vulnerable communities such as prisons, immigration removal centres and homeless shelters.
    • It is no longer necessary for Government to instruct people to work from home. Employers can start to plan a return to workplaces.
    • Regulations that place COVID-secure requirements on businesses, including table service, and distancing between tables, will be lifted. ‘Working Safely’ guidance will be updated to provide examples of sensible precautions that employers can take to reduce risk in their workplaces. Employers should take account of this guidance in preparing the risk assessments they are already required to make under pre-pandemic health and safety rules.
    • Businesses must not require a self-isolating worker to come to work, and should make sure that workers and customers who feel unwell do not attend the setting.
    • Businesses will be encouraged to ask staff and customers to clean their hands regularly and clean surfaces that people touch regularly. The Government will provide guidance on how businesses can reduce unnecessary contact in the workplace, where it is practical. Operators will still be encouraged to use outside space where practical, and to consider the supply of fresh air to indoor spaces. Carbon dioxide (CO2) monitors could be used to help identify where a space is poorly ventilated with businesses encouraged to take steps to improve ventilation if CO2 readings are consistently high.
    • Businesses will be encouraged to display QR codes for customers to check in using the NHS COVID-19 app, to support NHS Test and Trace, although it will no longer be a legal requirement.

    Travel restrictions will continue as part of the UK Government’s plan to prevent the continued emergence of Variants of Concern.

    READ MORE HERE

  • NHS Test and Trace in the workplace Toggle accordion content

    NHS Test and Trace in the workplace guidance updated with information the Test and Trace Support Payment Scheme (England)

    If an individual is told to stay at home and self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace or the NHS COVID-19 app, they may be eligible for a payment of £500 from their local authority through the Test and Trace Support Payment Scheme. The scheme is also open to parents and guardians who have not been told to self-isolate, but who need to take time off work to care for a child who is required to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace. Individuals will need an NHS Test and Trace Account ID to apply.

    If a person has not tested positive but is identified as a close contact, their employer should call the Self-Isolation Service Hub on 020 3743 6715 to give the individual’s contact details. They will then be sent their NHS Test and Trace ID.

    Employers will need to provide the NHS Test and Trace Account ID of the person who tested positive and their name and contact details as a close contact. Individuals will not be able to claim for the Test and Trace Support Payment scheme if they have not been registered with the Self-Isolation Service Hub.

     

  • NHS Covid Pass Toggle accordion content

    The NHS COVID Pass has been rolled out for domestic use to allow people to demonstrate their COVID status (including vaccination status, test results or natural immunity).

    Businesses in England can adopt the pass as a means of entry where suitable for their venue or premises, where they can see its potential to keep their clients/customers safe.

    For proprietors of venues and events where large numbers are likely to gather and likely to mix with people from outside their households for prolonged periods, deploying the Pass is recommended.

    The Government reserve the right to mandate the use of the Pass in the future.

    At the end of September, the Government plan to make full vaccination a condition of entry to those high risk settings where large crowds gather and interact, proof of a negative test will no longer be sufficient.

  • Managing the virus in the next phase Toggle accordion content

    The five-point plan to manage the virus in the next phase

    This five point-plan, set out in the COVID-19 Response: Summer 2021 will help us to manage the risks of living with the virus on our careful and cautious pathway back to normality.

    1. Reinforce the country’s vaccine wall of defence through booster jabs and driving take up. Government will encourage vaccine take up among young adults and those yet to be vaccinated, ensure all adults have had the opportunity to receive two doses of the vaccine by mid-September, and offer booster jabs to the most vulnerable subject to final advice from the JCVI.
    2. Enable the public to make informed decisions through guidance, rather than laws. Government will reopen the remaining closed settings and remove regulations from 19 July, provide guidance for individuals, businesses, and those who are Clinically Extremely Vulnerable on the behaviours that can help to protect everyone. Government will look to operate public services in a way that supports everyone feeling safe to access them, and work with businesses to the same effect.
    3. Retain proportionate test, trace and isolate plans. Government will keep our testing system in place; continue to offer free lateral flow tests to help people manage their personal risk; maintain current domestic isolation requirements until 16 August before introducing an exemption for fully vaccinated contacts and under 18s; and maintain support for self-isolation, with practical and financial support available until the end of September.
    4. Manage risks at the border and support a global response to reduce the risk of variants emerging globally and entering the UK. Government will continue to operate a traffic-light system for international travel, reassessing the red, amber and green lists this week, and every three weeks, through the summer; remove quarantine requirements for fully vaccinated UK travellers returning from amber countries from 19 July, while retaining PCR testing crucial for identifying new variants; and accelerate global vaccination by prioritising access to vaccines in developing countries.
    5. Retain contingency measures to respond to unexpected events, while accepting that further cases, hospitalisations and deaths will occur as the country learns to live with COVID-19. Government will continue to monitor the data on a regular basis to ensure there is no danger of the NHS facing unsustainable pressure; work with local authorities and provide national support to local areas that need an enhanced response to COVID-19; and maintain contingency plans for re-imposing economic and social restrictions at a local, regional or national level if evidence suggests they are necessary to suppress or manage a dangerous variant. Such measures would only be re-introduced as a last resort to prevent unsustainable pressure on the NHS.
  • Events guidance Toggle accordion content

    Guidance has been published which is designed to assist local authorities in ensuring that events are able to go ahead safely and in accordance with what is permitted at each step of the Roadmap. 

    Events and activities that are able to commence from Step 3 include:

    • Business events such as conferences, trade shows, exhibitions, charity auctions, and private dining events such as charity or gala dinners and awards ceremonies, and corporate hospitality
    • Cinemas
    • Live performances (professional and non-professional/amateur)
    • Air shows, historical /battle re-enactments, live animal performances such as falconry displays at events, and non-elite and professional sporting events.

    All events recommencing at Step 3 will be subject to the following capacity caps:

    • 1,000 people or 50% of a venue’s capacity, whichever is lower for indoor events
    • 4,000 people or 50% of a site or venue’s capacity, whichever is lower for outdoor events

    The government has also made a special provision for large, outdoor seated venues where crowds can be safely distributed around the venue. Read the guidance for more details.

    Capacity restrictions must be adhered to at any point throughout the event. For example, a theatre can admit over 1,000 people in a single day, but no more than 1,000 people at one time. If an event runs over the course of multiple days, no more than 1,000 people should be admitted at any one time over that period. If a single venue hosts multiple different events at one time, and the attendees of each event are separated for the duration of the event (for example, a cinema with multiple screens, or an exhibition centre hosting multiple business events), the 50% capacity cap will apply to each individual event, rather than the venue.

    For those events subject to capacity caps, the caps refer to the event attendees only. Staff, workers and volunteers are covered by the work exemption so should not be counted as part of the capacity cap. This includes: 

    • contractors
    • administrators
    • delivery staff
    • operational team (such as reception, maintenance, cleaning security & stewarding and ticketing staff)
    • caterers and concession stand staff
    • presentation/production team
    • exhibitors, speakers, musicians and performers

    Catering and hospitality

    Permitted events at each step of the Spring Roadmap may provide hospitality in line with wider hospitality rules.

    • In Step 3, outdoor hospitality at events is permitted in groups of up to 30 people and indoor hospitality at events will be permitted in groups of up to 6 people, or with one other household.

    In both steps, there is a requirement for food and drink to be consumed at the table. This means:

    • if the venue sells alcohol, then all food and drink must be ordered, served and consumed at a table
    • where the sale of alcohol is not offered, customers will need to be seated when consuming food and drink, but can order and collect food and drink from a counter
    • if the venue is a cinema, theatre, concert hall or sports ground, then customers with a ticket to the event are able to collect food and drink (including alcoholic drink) to consume at their seats, rather than having to be served at a table.

    Where there is no seating available, the stall or outlet can provide a takeaway or delivery service. Takeaway food and drink cannot be consumed in the stall or outlet, or in an area adjacent to the stall or outlet, and customers should be reminded to adhere to safe social distancing when queuing for food and drink by putting up signs or introducing a one-way system that customers can follow or employing extra marshals to enforce this.

    In Step 3, indoor private dining events such as charity or gala dinners and awards ceremonies, and corporate hospitality, are permitted. COVID-19 guidance for bars, pubs and takeaway services should be followed for these events.

    Singing

    The performing arts guidance sets out how professional singing can take place in both outdoor and indoor settings. While indoor and outdoor venues cannot reopen until Step 3, professional rehearsals and streaming can still take place in theatres and concert halls.

    The performing arts guidance advises that organisers should take proactive steps to encourage audiences to support the safety of the event and discourage activities which can create aerosol such as shouting, chanting and singing along.

    For more information about business events guidance and resources, click here.

    Updated Events Guidance for Councils

    While on the subject of events, the guidance for councils on events that are able to take place has been updated to include a new section on organised sporting events. This section states:

    Organised sports participation events include but are not limited to: organised running events, organised cycle races and rides, organised walks.

    Organised sports including organised sports participation events are not subject to the capacity cap or social contact rules stated above. However, sporting events that are intended to attract spectators (including ticketed events), or events that are likely to a significant number of spectators (e.g. a major marathon) should not take place in a public space, or on private land, until Step 3.

    As with Step 1b, spectators are not permitted to attend grassroots or professional sporting events taking place on private land, other than for safeguarding reasons or for providing care or assistance to a person with disabilities participating in an organised sporting event or activity. They should maintain social distance and not mix with other households.

    This does not prevent people from viewing recreational or organised sport that is taking place in a public space (e.g. a park) at Step 1b or Step 2, in groups of up to 6 people or 2 households.

    read more here

  • Latest guidance on international travel Toggle accordion content

    The UK Government has announced that passengers arriving from amber countries who have been fully vaccinated in Europe (EU Member States, European Free Trade Association countries and the European microstate countries of Andorra, Monaco and Vatican City) and the USA will not have to quarantine when entering England, as part of a range of new measures designed to reopen international travel, set out as part of the second Global Travel Taskforce checkpoint review.

    From 4am on Monday 2 August 2021, passengers who are fully vaccinated in the EU with vaccines authorised by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) or in the USA with vaccines authorised by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), or in the Swiss vaccination programme, will be able to travel to England without having to quarantine or take a day 8 test on arrival.


    Amber arrivals who have been fully vaccinated in the USA and European countries will still be required to:

    Those arriving from France should continue to follow the separate rule. If a passenger has been in France in the 10 days before arriving in England, they must quarantine for 10 days after they arrive and take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2 and on or after day 8, even if they are fully vaccinated. They must follow the advice on how to quarantine if you are not fully vaccinated.


    The UK Government has also confirmed the restart of international cruise sailings from England in line with Public Health England guidance. International cruise travel advice will be amended to encourage travellers to understand the risks associated with cruise travel and take personal responsibility for their own safety abroad. Guidance has been published for British people about taking cruise ship holidays abroad during COVID-19.

    All measures announced will be kept under review and be guided by the latest data. The UK Government will not hesitate to act should the data show that countries risk ratings have changed.

     

    Traffic light system in place

    • Green: Arrivals must take a pre-departure test as well as a PCR test on or before day 2 of their arrival back into the UK but will not need to quarantine on return (unless they receive a positive result) or take any additional tests, halving the cost of tests on their return from holiday
    • Amber: Arrivals must quarantine for a period of ten days and take a pre-departure test, a PCR test on day 2 and day 8 with the option for Test to Release on day 5 to end self-isolation early
    • Red: Arrivals will be subject to restrictions currently in place for “red list” countries which includes a 10-day stay in a managed quarantine hotel, pre-departure testing and PCR testing on day 2 and 8
    • There is a ‘green watchlist’ category of countries most at risk of moving from ‘green’ to ‘amber’ so that people can plan journeys accordingly

    READ MORE HERE

  • Budget: Support for Tourism and Hospitality Toggle accordion content

    Reduced VAT rate for hospitality, holiday accommodation and attractions

    • The reduced 5% VAT rate has been extended for another six months until the end of September 2021, followed by a 12.5% rate for a further six months until the end of March 2022.

    read more here

    Business Rates

    • 100% businesses rates holiday until June, followed by a two-thirds discount for the rest of the year.
    • The discount is being capped at £2 million per business for properties that were required to be closed on 5 January 2021, or £105,000 per business for other eligible properties.
    • The government will legislate to ensure that the business rates relief repayments that have been made by certain businesses are deductible for corporation tax and income tax purposes.

    read more here 


    Restart Grants

    • Non-essential retail businesses will receive grants of up to £6,000 per premises.
    • Hospitality and leisure businesses will get grants of up to £18,000.

    read more here


    Additional Restrictions Grants

    • An additional £425 million of discretionary business grant funding, on top of the £1.6 billion already allocated.
    • This will be allocated on a discretionary basis by local authorities

    read more here 


    Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

    • To be extended until the end of September at the 80% rate until July
    • From July, the government will introduce an employer contribution towards the cost of unworked hours of 10% in July, 20% in August and 20% in September.

    read more here


    Self Employed Income Support Scheme

    • Those whose turnover has fallen by 30% or more will continue to receive an 80% grant, while those whose turnover has fallen by less than 30% will therefore have less need of taxpayer support and will receive a 30% grant.
    • The 4th grant will cover February to April, worth 80% of average trading profits up to £7,500.
    • A 5th grant will be available from July.

    read more here 


    Recovery Loan Scheme

    • From 6 April 2021 the Recovery Loan Scheme will provide lenders with a guarantee of 80% on eligible loans between £25,000 and £10 million
    • The scheme will be open to all businesses, including those who have already received support under the existing COVID-19 guaranteed loan schemes.

    read more here


    Extend Zoo Animals Fund

    • The government will extend the Zoo Animals Fund for a further three months until 30 June 2021.

    read more here 


    Culture Recovery Fund

    • The government will provide a further £300 million to extend the Culture Recovery Fund.

    read more here 


    National Museums and Cultural Bodies

    • The government will provide £90 million for continued support for government-sponsored National Museums and cultural bodies in England.

    read more here 

  • Extension to furlough and loan schemes until September 2021 Toggle accordion content

    In the Spring Budget, the Chancellor announced that the furlough scheme has been extended until the 30 September 2021, and the level of grant available to employers under the scheme will stay the same until 30 June 2021. 

    From 1 July 2021, the level of grant will be reduced and employers will be asked to contribute towards the cost of furloughed employees’ wages.

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  • Reporting an Outbreak - Public Health England Action Cards Toggle accordion content

    Public Health England have released a series of action cards that provide advice on how businesses should respond to a Covid-19 outbreak including:

    • Identifying an outbreak of COVID-19 (one or more confirmed case depending on the business or organisation)
    • Reporting the outbreak to your local health protection team
    • Working with your local health protection team to respond

    There are different cards for specific types of businesses, and they have been designed to be printed or downloaded to keep on-hand in your business or organisation. The action cards relevant to a range of tourism businesses are listed below:

    Arts, Heritage & Cultural Attractions
    Campsites & Caravan Parks
    Entertainment & Holiday Resorts
    Hotels & Guest Accommodation
    Places of Worship
    Restaurants, Pubs Bars & Cafes
    Theaters, Cinemas & Venues
    Tourist Attractions

    For the full list of cards and more information, please click here.