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Today’s bulletin covers (i) new restrictions in parts of northern England; (ii) requirements for venues to help enforce the rule of 6; (iii) support to prevent business evictions; (iv) changes to travel corridors; and (v) existing guidance on the NHS Test & Trace service for employers, businesses and workers.

(i) The Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) has announced the introduction from today (18 September) of new restrictions for parts of north east England, namely Northumberland, North Tyneside, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, Gateshead, South Tyneside, Sunderland and County Durham. More information is available at: https://bit.ly/3c7cIrr

Guidance for those who live, work or travel in the affected areas can be found at: https://bit.ly/3iD2WQe

DHSC has also today announced new restrictions coming into force on Tuesday 22 September affecting parts of north west England, the midlands and West Yorkshire. Further information can be found at: https://bit.ly/3mwMi7e; guidance will be published on gov.uk in due course.

A HMGNorth tweet about the restrictions coming into force on Tuesday can be seen here: https://twitter.com/HMGNorth/status/1306973640660078595

(ii) Also from today (18 September), regulations come into force to ensure that businesses comply with the rule of 6 and maintain social distancing between customers. Designated venues will also now have a legal requirement to maintain records of customer contact details and display an official NHS QR poster ahead of the NHS COVID-19 app rollout. Further information is available at: https://bit.ly/32Imn4F

Businesses can download the QR codes at gov.uk/create-coronavirus-qr-poster

(iii) On 16 September the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government announced extended support to prevent business evictions until the end of 2020. More information can be found at: https://bit.ly/33FDO4X

(iv) From 4am on Saturday 19 September, people arriving in England from Thailand and Singapore will not need to self-isolate for two weeks. See: https://bit.ly/2FLup3G

(v) Current guidance for employers on what to do if staff test positive for COVID-19 can be found at: https://bit.ly/3dysnQx

 

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