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Face Covering Exemptions and Cabinet Office Updates


Face Covering Exemptions

We would like to encourage you to support the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Lanyard Scheme.

Wearing the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower discreetly indicates to people around the wearer including staff, colleagues and health professionals that they need additional support, help or a little more time. The sunflower lanyard may also indicate that the wearer is exempt from wearing a face covering.  Since its launch in 2016, it has now been adopted globally by major airports and venues and in the UK, by many supermarkets, railway and coach stations, leisure facilities, the NHS, a number of police, fire and ambulance services, and an increasing number of small and large businesses and organisations. Please find out more at

Further information on Guidance on shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from COVID-19 can be found here


Cabinet Office Updates

There are a number of recent developments to draw attention to in this bulletin. These include:

– Eat Out to Help Out scheme: on 3 August the Government launched the Eat Out to Help Out scheme. From that date, customers get up to 50% off bills when visiting participating restaurants, pubs and cafes. The discount – which applies to all food and non-alcoholic drinks consumed on the premises – runs throughout August. Further details about the scheme are available at:

– Leadership Programmes: also on 3 August, the Government launched two new leadership programmes to help small business leaders grow their companies in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic: the Small Business Leadership Programme and the Peer Networks Programme. Details can be found at:

– Office ‘How To’ guide: a guide on returning to the office safely can be seen at:

– Shop Local Week: the UK Government has launched ‘Shop Local Week’ as part of the #EnjoySummerSafely umbrella campaign. Commencing 10 August and running until 17 August, Shop Local Week encourages people to pop out to their favourite greengrocer, bakery or florist, or any other local shop, by demonstrating how businesses are safely welcoming customers back. Please find a toolkit attached, and assets here. Please use the following link in your communications, and the hashtags #ShopLocal and #EnjoySummerSafely and tag @HMGNorth so we can share.


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