Cabinet Office updates
Hot off the press, please find below the update from the Cabinet Office. Over the coming days I will be working through this information so please get in touch if you have any questions, concerns or if you have any good practise to share with other businesses.
Cabinet Office Updates
1) UK alert level moves to Level 3
The Joint Biosecurity Centre has recommended that the COVID-19 alert level should move from Level 4 (A COVID-19 epidemic is in general circulation; transmission is high or rising exponentially) to Level 3 (A COVID-19 epidemic is in general circulation). The Chief Medical Officers for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have reviewed the evidence and agree with this recommendation to move to Level 3 across the UK.
2) Working safely tool
To help employers reopen their businesses safely, we have launched a new tool to identify the most relevant guidance for your business. The guidance highlighted will help you carry out a risk assessment and make sensible adjustments to the site and workforce. Employees can also use this guidance to check what their workplace needs to do to keep people safe.
This guidance is only for businesses that are allowed to reopen in England and can be found here: https://bit.ly/WorkingSafelyTool.
3) Next phase of Coronavirus NHS app
The government has announced the next phase of development in building an app that supports the end-to-end NHS Test and Trace service. Following rigorous field testing and a trial on the Isle of Wight, we have identified challenges with both our app and the Google/Apple framework. This is a problem that many countries around the world, like Singapore, are facing and in many cases only discovering them after whole population roll-out. As a result of our work, we will now be taking forward a solution that brings together the work on our app and the Google/Apple solution. Please see the full news story here: https://bit.ly/CV19AppUpdate
Discussions concerning the road closure in Penrith are ongoing. Stakeholders met today to discuss the situation and a further meeting is being held tomorrow afternoon. If you are able to provide specific details of the impact on your business (eg % change in takings) please could I ask you to email me this information. I am compiling a spreadsheet which will allow us to track the impact of both Covid-19 (year on year stats) and the road closure (week on week stats).
Tomorrow we also have a meeting with stakeholders to carry on our PR/marketing comms for the town. The ‘Welcome Back / Stay Safe / Please Respect Social Distancing’ messaging has been well received and shoppers are also happy that EDC car parks are free until the end of July. We will carry on getting the positive message out and asking people to #ShopLocal. Please like/share/comment our @DiscoverPenrith social media feeds if you are able.