More change for the public and the hospitality industry
Once again we seem to be facing a period of significant and rapid change as to what the public and the hospitality industry can and cannot do under COVID. As the weekend approaches, and in the absence of any specific regulations being made public at this stage, here is a quick review of what the Government announced on Wednesday, relevant to the hospitality industry:
These measures apply to England – but there may be different rules if you live in an area under local lockdown and you should check those rules here. If you are in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, different rules may apply.”
The full statement can be found here, and applies only to England.
When specific regulations are published we will let you know.
The COVID-19 Secure guidance referred to above has been updated to include the requirement to obtain details from at least one member of a party at your premises, albeit that the regulations containing sanctions for not doing so have yet to be published.
The guidance states as follows:
“In order to ensure that businesses are able to remain open, we are now mandating that you ask one member of every party who visit your premises to provide their contact details to assist NHS Test and Trace. You must have a system in place to ensure that you can collect that information from your customers and visitors. Check what data you need to collect and how it should be managed.
Many businesses that take bookings already have systems for recording this information – including restaurants, hotels and pubs. These existing systems may be an effective means of collecting contact details, but if such a system is not in place, this will now be required in order to be compliant with the new regulations on NHS Test and Trace. Any business that is found not to be compliant with these regulations will be subject to financial penalties. It is vital that you comply with these regulations to help keep people safe, and to keep businesses open.
Businesses must also keep records of staff working patterns for a period of 21 days to assist NHS Test and Trace contain clusters or outbreaks. Find out more about how NHS Test and Trace works.”
We recommend that you re-read the guidance to ensure you are fully up to date.
Further details to follow.