Covid-19 Update

 

 

stay home

On behalf of MPI UK & Ireland, we hope you and your families are keeping healthy during these times. The last few weeks have been challenging to see the impact that the Coronavirus outbreak has had on our businesses, communities, industry, and personal well-being. The next few weeks bring a harder challenge as we lockdown and make our social circles even smaller. Our thoughts and sympathies are extended to this entire MPI community and we want you to know that we are here for you. 

MPI prides itself on its ability to create networks and share education and this current situation does not change that. We encourage you take advantage of the virtual communities and education that we provide our members on https://u.mpiweb.org/home .

Now, more than ever, we must stand together and help one another through these unsettling times. We have already seen amazing things happening, such as hotels and convention centres converting into temporary hospitals, virtual weddings, social distancing concerts and balcony-singing. If there’s one thing we know, it’s that our industry is about people connecting with people. While we will be in isolation for at least the next few weeks, the meetings and events industry will recover and come back stronger than ever.

Stay healthy and stay strong, 
Your MPI UK & Ireland Chapter Board

TIER: COVID 19 Update 26 July 2021

 

There have been very few updates today please see an update from Wales below:

 

TOURISM ALLIANCE UPDATE – 26 JULY

 

  • Public Guidance Updated

The primary guidance to the public on coronavirus has been updated to inform people that the areas where they should take additional care in meeting other people had been expanded to include:

    • Newcastle City Council
    • North Tyneside Council
    • Northumberland County Council
    • Durham County Council
    • Gateshead Council
    • South Tyneside Council
    • Sunderland City Council
    • Darlington Borough Council
    • Hartlepool Borough Council
    • Middlesbrough Council
    • Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council
    • Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

 

However, the following areas have been removed from this list

    • Lancashire County Council
    • Blackpool Borough Council
    • Cheshire East Council
    • Cheshire West and Chester Council
    • Liverpool City Region
    • Warrington Borough Council
    • Bedford Borough Council
    • Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council
    • Bolton Council

 

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/covid-19-coronavirus-restrictions-what-you-can-and-cannot-do

 

 

  • Guidance if You Cannot Work

The guidance for people who are employed but cannot work due to coronavirus has been updated to reflect the fact that shielding in England, Scotland and Wales has stopped and the time limit for making a backdated claim has passed.

 

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-what-to-do-if-youre-employed-and-cannot-work

 

 

TIER: COVID 19 Update 8 July 2021

 

Quarantine-free travel to resume on 19 July for fully vaccinated passengers returning from amber list countries

 

Today, the Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, set out the next steps towards re-opening international travel for England, announcing that from 4am on Monday 19 July fully vaccinated UK residents returning from amber list countries will not need to quarantine:

 

  • From 19 July, arrivals who have been fully vaccinated with an NHS administered vaccine in the UK, plus 14 days, or are on a formally approved UK vaccine clinical trial, returning to England from amber list counties will no longer need to quarantine.
  • Passengers will need to provide proof of their vaccination status to carriers in advance of travel.
  • Pre-departure testing and day 2 testing measures to remain, however they will not have to take a day 8 test or self-isolate.
  • Children under the age of 18 to be exempt from quarantine on returning to England from amber countries.
  • As before, children aged 4 and under will continue to be exempt from any travel testing. Children aged 5-10 will only need to do a day 2 PCR test and 11-18 years old will need to take both a pre-departure test and a day 2 PCR test– as is the case for arrivals from green list countries. 
  • The recommendation for people to not travel to amber countries will be removed from 19 July.

 

At this stage, there will be no changes to requirements for those returning from green or red list countries – even when they are fully vaccinated, nor for unvaccinated passengers travelling from amber countries who do not have a valid exemption. People should continue to check FCDO travel advice before booking travel.

 

On inbound travel the Transport Secretary said in his statement in the House of Commons today:

 

The change I am announcing today will prioritise those vaccinated in the UK. However, as I made clear last week, we want to welcome international visitors back to the UK and are working to extend our approach to vaccinated passengers from important markets and holiday destinations later this summer, such as the United States and the European Union. I will update the House in due course on how we approach vaccinated individuals from other countries.

 

He also stressed that travel continues to be different from usual, and while some restrictions remain in place passengers should expect their experience to be different and may face longer wait times than they are used to – although the Government is making every effort to speed up queues safely. They will continue to rollout e-gates over the summer, with many already in operation across airports and more to be added over the coming months. 

 

Carriers will have a critical role in carrying out primary checks on all passengers before boarding, checking people have the right COVID-19 certification documents to ensure we can continue to safeguard against new variants. Anyone not complying with health measures could face a fine, and carriers will be required to ensure proper checks are carried out.

 

In the Q&A the Transport Secretary was asked if these new rules include the international cruise ship industry and he confirmed that these moves do include cruises from 19 July.

 

The next review of countries that fall into the red, amber and green categories will take place on 15 July and there will be two further checkpoints on 31 July to look at the system and its operation in total and then on 1 October. This doesn’t mean that countries won’t move between categories outside of these dates, the Government will continue to monitor progress throughout this time and will make changes when required.

 

Please note, these change are for England only, the devolved nations will make announcements in due course.

 

See the full announcement on gov.uk

Read the Transport Secretary’s statement made today in the House of Commons

 

TOURISM ALLIANCE UPDATE – 8 July 2021

 

  • Domestic Cruise Ships

The guidance to the domestic cruise industry has been updated to say that domestic cruise operators with a passenger COVID-19 vaccination policy in place can operate at 50% capacity, while operators without a COVID-19 vaccination policy in place can operate with up to 1,000 passengers or 50% capacity, whichever is lower. This capacity limit applies to passengers only.

 

               https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-cruise-ship-travel

 

  • Coronavirus Restrictions Updated

The main public guidance (what you can and cannot do) has been updated to remove Leicester City Council and North Tyneside Council from areas where the new variant is spreading. This means that the additional precautions for residents of these areas no longer apply. Namely that residents in named areas should take particular caution when meeting anyone outside their household or support bubble by:

    • Meet outside rather than inside where possible
    • Keep 2 metres apart from people that you do not live with (unless you have formed a support bubble with them), this includes friends and family you don’t live with
    • Minimise travel in and out of affected areas

 

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/covid-19-coronavirus-restrictions-what-you-can-and-cannot-do

TIER: COVID 19 Update 7 July 2021

 

Blackburn with Darwen travel restrictions lifted in Scotland  

Today the Public Health Minister in Scotland, Maree Todd, announced that the last remaining restriction on non-essential travel between Scotland and north west England is to be lifted. From 00:01hrs on Thursday 8 July journeys between Scotland and Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council will be permitted for any reason.  

Further details are available on the Scottish Government website  

British Airways and Virgin Atlantic will trial fast-track lanes at Heathrow airport for fully-vaccinated arrivals  

Due to start later this week, customers travelling on selected British Airways and Virgin Atlantic flights from the US, Caribbean and Europe to London Heathrow will be invited to take part in the trial to support the Government in lifting some restrictions for travellers arriving from ‘amber list’ countries. The trial will see fully vaccinated travellers of all nationalities present their Covid-19 credentials in digital or paper format to help prove vaccination status which can then be quickly and easily checked away from the border and allow safe entry to the UK. Anonymised data will be shared with the UK Government at the earliest opportunity, providing real-world insights to support the introduction of a scheme to exempt fully vaccinated passengers from self-isolation. Participants will continue to adhere to current restrictions for travellers entering from ‘amber list’ countries during the trial period. The proof-of-concept aims to support the Government to introduce exemptions for fully vaccinated travellers no later than 19 July.  

Read the full details of the trial on the British Airways website   

Other Government updates

  • Justin Addison from the UK Delegation to the OSCE speaks about the sustainable side of the recovery of the tourism industry at the Economic and Environmental Committee meeting. Details on gov.uk

TOURISM ALLIANCE CORONAVIRUS UPDATE – 7 JULY

 

  • Wedding Risk Assessment Support

People who are holding a wedding that is being attended by more than 30 guests in a venue that is not being operated in accordance with Covid Secure guidance are required to complete a risk assessment form that can be downloaded from a Gov.uk on the link below For the most part this will only apply to private venues such as people planning to have their wedding at home but there could be circumstances where this applies to a business where the person is hiring a site rather than the services of the business. Therefore it is worth noting that guidance on how the customer should complete the risk assessment form has been updated to say that if they need guidance on how to complete the risk assessment, they should call the Health and Safety Executive

 

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-how-to-safely-plan-a-wedding-or-civil-partnership-or-funeral-wake-or-commemoration

 

 

  • Demonstrating Vaccination Status

The guidance on showing that you are vaccinated through the NHS Covid Pass has been updated to say that those people that have received the single-dose Janssen vaccine will show up on the pass as having received a full course of an approved vaccination.

 

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/demonstrating-your-covid-19-status

 

 

  • Guidance On Providing Apprenticeships Updated

The guidance to businesses that have taken on apprentices has been updated:

    • To reflect the change in the return to the workplace which will apply to apprentices as part of Step 4 of the roadmap
    • With new references and links to the redundancy support service for apprentices
    • To reflect ending of flexibility permitting end-point assessment prior to functional skills qualification achievement
    • To reflect an extension of the temporary policy on suspending the requirement for Level 2 apprentices to attempt Level 2 functional skills assessment.

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-apprenticeship-programme-response/providing-apprenticeships-during-the-covid-19-pandemic

 

 

  • Transport Use

As ever, DfT has published their Thursday update on transport figures over the last week. Somewhat worryingly, the figures show that passenger number of Network Rail have decreased by about 6 percentage points over the last week and are back down below 50% of usual at around 45%. However, other forms of public transport use are stable with the Tube at around 45% or usual and bus services at around 65% of usual.

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/transport-use-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-pandemic

 

 

  • Out of School Guidance

The Department of Education has published a new guidance document for providers of activities, holiday or after-school clubs, tuition and other out-of-school settings offering provision to children. The document, COVID-19: Action for Out-of-school Settings, will apply from Step 4 and removes restrictions such;

    • keeping children in consistent groups (bubbles)
    • wearing face coverings
    • limits on parental attendance
    • restrictions on group sizes for residential visits.

 

It also includes information about updating your outbreak management plan and what to do when an individual in your setting tests positive for COVID-19.

 

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/999758/OOSS_Provider_Guidance_PDF_Step_4.pdf

 

 

  • Graduate Route Opened

Not Covid related but well worth highlighting considering the problems with recruitment at the moment is that the Home Office has opened applications for the new Graduate Immigration Route. This route provides an opportunity for international students who have been awarded their degree to stay in the UK and work, or look for work, at any skill level for 2 years, or 3 years for doctoral students. The Home Office has published a guidance document on how this route operates.

 

What will be of particular interest is that after working for 2 years, the applicant can switch to the Skilled Worker route and stay permanently if:

    • They have a job offer from a Home Office-licensed sponsor at the required skill level
    • They will be paid the relevant minimum salary threshold by your sponsor (normally £25,600 or the going rate for that particular job, whichever is higher)
    • They can speak English at the intermediate level at B1 (on the Common European Framework of Reference for languages).

 

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/998467/ho-pbs-graduate-immigration-route-guide-v6-010721.pdf

 

 

  • Package Travel Regulations Review

BEIS are starting on their review of the Package Travel Regulations and are planning to hold several workshops to gather views on particular areas that could be revised. The main areas they are are looking to cover are:

  • •             The scope of what constitutes a package
  • •             LTAs and basket-type holidays
  • •             Cancellations and refunds
  • •             Insolvency protections
  • •             Communications and information requirements

     

    Many of you will probably have already been contacted in relation to this but if you haven’t, and would like to be involved in the workshops, please let me know and I will liaise with BEIS on getting you invited to one of the workshops.

     

     

TIER: COVID 19 Update 5 July 2021

Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, set out plan to ease restrictions at step 4 of roadmap in England

The Prime Minister held a press conference today outlining more details about step 4, the final stage of the England roadmap, which is expected to start on 19 July. At step 4, the Government will remove outstanding legal restrictions on social contact, life events, and open the remaining closed settings. Guidance will be provided to the public and to businesses on how they can help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

There are 5 principles for managing COVID-19 as England learns to live with the virus:

  • Reinforce the country’s vaccine wall of defence through booster jabs and driving take up.
  • Enable the public to make informed decisions through guidance, rather than laws.
  • Retain proportionate test, trace and isolate plans in line with international comparators.
  • Manage risks at the border and support a global response to reduce the risk of variants emerging globally and entering the UK.
  • 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.

More details can be found in the COVID-19 Response: Summer 2021 (see summary below)

He also announced that the Government will work with the travel industry on removing the need for full-vaccinated people to isolate when entering the country from amber countries. The Transport Secretary is due to set out more details later this week.

A decision will be made on 12th July if this move can be made on 19th July.  

View the speech and the slides. 

‘COVID-19 Response: Summer 2021’ Published

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. The Devolved Administrations are setting out plans for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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 can choose 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. Guidance will advise that wearing a face covering will reduce personal risk and the risk to others, when coming 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. 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.
  • 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.
  • The Government will no longer instruct people to work from home. Employers can start to plan a return to workplaces.
  • 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. 

Building on the updated guidance on meeting friends and family, announced as part of step 3, the Government will provide advisory guidance on how people can manage the risks to themselves and to others, including: 

  • Meeting in well-ventilated areas where possible, such as outdoors or indoors with windows open.
  • Wearing a face covering where they come into contact with people they don’t normally meet in enclosed and crowded spaces.
  • Washing hands with soap and water or using hand sanitiser regularly throughout the day.
  • Staying at home if unwell, to reduce the risk of passing on other illnesses onto friends, family, colleagues, and others in your community.
  • Considering individual risks, such as clinical vulnerabilities and vaccination status.
  • The Government will continue to urge people to get vaccinated, and to self-isolate and get tested if they have symptoms. It will remain a legal requirement for people to self-isolate if they test positive or are told to do so by NHS Test and Trace. The public will continue to be encouraged to download and use the latest version of the NHS COVID-19 app to help reduce the spread of the virus.

The Government intends to exempt people who have been fully vaccinated from the requirement to self-isolate if they are a contact of a positive case, with a similar exemption for under 18s. Anyone who tests positive will still need to self-isolate regardless of their vaccination status.

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

The social distancing review and COVID-Status Certification review reports  have been published. These reviews, alongside other Roadmap reviews into events, have informed the approach to step 4. 

Interim scheme for foreign travel vaccine proof launches in Northern Ireland

The Department of Health in Northern Ireland has introduced interim arrangements to provide holiday makers with short-term written confirmation of full vaccination. These interim arrangements will be available for foreign travel up to and including 19 July 2021 - for people visiting countries requiring proof of double dose COVID-19 vaccination.

The interim scheme is to assist holidaymakers travelling before a full certification system goes live later this month. The full system will provide certification to an agreed UK wide format and will be fully operational when the interim arrangements expire. Further details of the full scheme will be published in the coming days. Details of how to apply for the interim scheme are available here: www.nidirect.gov.uk/interim-proof-vaccination-document 

Other Government updates

 Member news

  • UKinbound has launched a call to save inbound tourism through the creation of a Tourism Export Recovery Fund’ to help businesses wholly reliant on international visitors until the return of the market in Spring 2022 and support the UK’s economic recovery.

     

     

    Tourism Alliance Coronavirus Update – 5 July

     

    • Social Distancing Review
    • The findings of the Social Distancing review have been published. There are no recommendations attached to the review – it simply states the rationale and impacts associated with social distancing

       

      https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/999413/Social-Distancing-Review-Report.pdf 

       

      • Certification Review
      • The certification Review has also been published. The conclusion of this review is that

         

        “Having considered a wide range of evidence as part of the review, the Government has concluded that it will not mandate the use of COVID-status certification as a condition of entry for visitors to any setting at the present time.”

         

        Corrected link - https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/999408/COVID-Status-Certification-Review-Report.pdf

         

        • Events Research Programme Findings
        • The findings from phase one of the Events Research Programme have been published. There are no recommendations but instead there are six observations which are pretty much the same as they were in the draft findings that were published a week or two ago

          Observation 1:

          The variation of transmission risk factors within a venue matters as well as the differences in risk between types of venue. Outdoor spaces are generally lower risk than indoor spaces. However, all venues are different and may have indoor spaces such as toilets, food/drink concessions and corridors which can pose higher risks

          Observation 2:

          Large unstructured gatherings indoors where there is significant mixing of people in close proximity typically pose a higher risk.

                     Observation 3:

          The ERP pilots demonstrated how risk mitigation measures could be put in place to reduce and manage the risks identified for events, building on previous SAGE-EMG’s conclusions

                     Observation 4:

          Compliance with requirements to wear a face covering and socially distance was mostly high, with lower compliance observed in higher risk areas, exacerbating overall transmission risk without sufficient mitigations in place

          Observation 5:

          Pre-event lateral flow testing, questionnaire-based screening and consent to link event booking and test result data, as conditions of admittance to events, were accepted by audiences for most types of events and helped public health teams to respond to any potential outbreaks

                     Observation 6:

          It is challenging to generate robust, generalisable evidence of the transmission risk associated with particular events. Phase I pilots were necessarily limited in scale, and took place during a period of low prevalence of the virus. Further they were insufficient in scale, scope and study designs to generate any direct evidence based on transmission data. Therefore, evidence on case numbers should be treated with caution

           

                         https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/999427/Events-Research-Programme-Phase-1-findings.pdf 

           

          • Guidance For Visa Applicants And Temporary Residents Updated
          • This must be  the more revised piece of guidance. Today it has been updated again to say that the concession that has been granted to people who left the UK with valid leave before 17 March 2020 and intended to return to the UK and make an application for Indefinite or Further Permission to Stay, but were unable to do so before your leave expired because of travel restrictions related to coronavirus has been extended to 19th July 2021.

             

            This may help some foreign nationals working in the UK tourism industry who left to be with family during the pandemic and have not yet been able to return to the UK.  Further details on how to apply for this concession are available on the following link.

             

            https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-uk-visa-applicants-and-temporary-uk-residents

             

          TIER: COVID-19 update 2 July 2021

           

          New guidance to check if you need to change your Self Assessment return for SEISS

           

          New guidance has been published to help individuals find out if and when they may need to make a change to their Self Assessment tax return for SEISS payments, and how to do it.

           

          Individuals need to check their Self Assessment return if they have:

          • Already submitted their 2020 to 2021 Self Assessment tax return online
          • Claimed a Self Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) grant during 2020 or 2021

           

          HMRC may have made an adjustment to individuals returns if:

          • The amount of the SEISS payments put in the SEISS box does not match their records
          • There was no SEISS amount entered
          • A Self Employment or partnership page (SA103 or SA104) was not submitted and SEISS payments were received

           

          Individuals need to check their Self Assessment tax return to make sure any adjustments are accurate. The adjustment (and how to check it) depends on individual circumstances and how returns were submitted. See the full guidance for more information.

           

          Other updates:

           

          TIER: COVID-19 update 29 June 2021

           

          Temporary travel restrictions between Scotland and Manchester, Salford and Bolton to be lifted

          In a statement today, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced the temporary travel restriction between Scotland and Manchester, Salford and Bolton is to be lifted at midnight tonight. Restrictions will remain in place for travel between Scotland and the area of Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council. A further review of those restrictions will be undertaken over the course of this week.

          Other Government updates

          • Guidance on working in England if you are a senior executive bringing significant economic benefit to the UK has been updated so that eligible senior executives can again leave self-isolation if they are undertaking business activities which are likely to be of significant economic benefit to the UK. The senior executive must inform the government if they wish to use this exemption. They will only be able to use the exemption if they have received written permission confirming they may do so.
          • The guidance for UK visa applicants and temporary UK residents has been updated. The date until which people may apply for ‘exceptional assurance’ – when a person plans to leave the UK to return to a country on the amber or red list and is unable to do so - has been extended to 30 September 2021
          • The temporary changes to the rules on notifying an option to tax land and buildings during COVID-19 has been extended to 31 July 2021. The time limit is 90 days from the date the decision to opt was made.
          • The Rural Business Development Grant Scheme 2021 in Northern Ireland opens for applications on 1 July 2021 and closes at noon on 30 July 2021. The scheme provides a capital grant of 50% up to a value of £4,999 for rural micro businesses to bring about improvements towards recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as enhancing sustainability and providing development opportunities for rural businesses.
          • The Scottish Government has published a list of producers and venues who have received funding to support the safe return of live events at this year’s Edinburgh International Festival and Edinburgh Fringe.
          • Yesterday’s speech in the House of Commons by Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Sajid Javid has been published.

          Outbound travel news:

          • From 1 July, the UK will move onto the Hong Kong SAR government’s list of “extremely high risk” places. This means that from 1 July all passenger flights from the UK will be prohibited from landing in Hong Kong and that all passengers who have visited the UK for more than two hours in the past 21 days will be denied entry to Hong Kong ('Entry requirements' page). Read the foreign travel advice.

          Industry news

          • ITB China to take place as a physical event in Shanghai from 24-26 November 2021, with a virtual extension from 8 November until 31 December 2021. Read more.

           

          TOURISM ALLIANCE CORONAVIRUS UPDATE – 29 JUNE 

          • Jobs That Qualify for Travel Exemptions

          The Government’s guidance on jobs that qualify for an exemption from the current travel restrictions has been updated to include:

           

            • Business directors bringing significant numbers of jobs and investment to the UK

           

          The exemption covers 2 types of senior executives (where they are undertaking qualifying activities in England). These are:

            • multinational executives – executives based overseas who are part of multinational firms and visiting their UK based subsidiaries or branches
            • international executives – executives of overseas companies normally based overseas who are seeking to undertake exempt activity in England related to either:
              • making a financial investment in a UK based business
              • establishing a new business within the UK

           

          “Significant economic benefit” to the UK means that the work they are doing has a greater than 50% chance of creating or preserving at least 500 UK-based jobs in either:

            • an existing UK-based business which has at least 500 employees
            • a new UK business within 2 years of the date of their arrival in the UK

           

          The exemption only applies if the business activity requires their physical presence and cannot be done remotely or by anyone who would not need to quarantine. A person wishing to use this exemption must apply using the business, jobs and investment exemption form which available on the following link. Only individuals who have received a letter from the UK government confirming that they meet the criteria for the exemption, based on the information provided, will be able to use the exemption. This letter must be obtained before travelling to the UK and presented to Border Force officials upon arrival.

                         https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-in-england-if-you-are-a-senior-executive-bringing-significant-economic-benefit-to-the-uk

           

          • Guidance For Visa Applicants and Temporary Residents

          The Home Office has updated this guidance again to say that the date by which people can apply for 'exceptional assurance' has been further extended to 30 September 2021.

           

          This means that people who have a visa, leave or ‘exceptional assurance’ that expires before 30 September 2021 and intend to leave the UK to return to a country or territory currently listed amber or red, but cannot do so because of travel restrictions, can request additional time to stay in the UK by emailing cihassuranceteam@homeoffice.gov.uk with the following details:

           

            • full name
            • date of birth
            • nationality
            • Home Office, GWF or any other reference number
            • type of visa
            • expiry date of visa
            • reason for request
            • evidence of flight or evidence showing reason they can’t leave

           

          https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-uk-visa-applicants-and-temporary-uk-residents

           

          • Health Secretary’s Speech

          For those of you who missed it last night, here’s a link to the new Health Secretary’s speech where he states that the Government “see no reason to go beyond 19 July” with the current rules and restrictions and that this date marks “the start of an exciting new journey for our country”.

          https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/19-july-remains-our-target-date-for-ending-restrictions 

           

          • Shared Rural Network Consultation

          Not Covid related but worth being aware of is a new DCMS consultation on Shared Rural Network related to additional 4G mobile coverage to be provided in Total-Not-Spot (TNS) target intervention areas. The consultation is mainly targeted at providers of digital infrastructure services but there is a question for members of the public and interested bodies as to whether they are aware of any current or planned (next 3 years) investments in the TNS target areas on the maps in the consultation document. So it’s worth checking whether there are any TNS areas in your region. 

          https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/shared-rural-network-consultation/shared-rural-network-srn-consultation-document

          TIER: COVID-19 Update - 23 June 2021

           

          VisitEngland’s COVID-19 Consumer Sentiment Tracker

          Wave 33 of VisitEngland’s Consumer Sentiment Tracker report is now availableThe fieldwork for this was conducted between 14-18 June. In this wave we see confidence and comfort stabilise, with more people reflecting that ‘things are going to stay the same in relation to Covid’ rather than get any worse or better. Rising cases and pause in restrictions lifting may have had an impact on some of the positive indicators.

          Reporting in this wave has shifted to focus on summer (July-Sept) and autumn (Oct-Dec). Due to the tracker having run for over a year some trending has now been included. The picture seems very different to 2020, intentions to travel are up (34% intend to travel this summer compared to 22% last year) and the balance is more in favour of longer trips. A higher proportion have already booked their summer trips too.

          The question added in wave 31 (see slide 17 in document) which aims to better understand the risk of domestic trip substitution as the overseas markets open up shows that 89% of summer intenders say they would still go on their UK trip, with 5% opting to cancel and go overseas instead and a further 6% unsure.

          Other points of note from Wave 33:

          • The national mood rises slightly to 6.8/10 (6.7 last wave)
          • 32% believe that the ‘the worst has passed’ down from 35% last wave, although the proportion believing that ‘things are going to stay the same’ has risen
          • 42% of adults expect ‘normality’ by end of this year – up 2 points compared to last wave.
          • The Appetite for Risk score remains stable at 2.7/4.
          • 58% of adults anticipate taking more or the same number of overnight domestic short breaks between now and end of the year compared to normal, and 51% think they will take more or the same number of overnight domestic longer breaks in the same period.  This compares with 33% of adults with similar intent regarding overseas trips.  For domestic overnight short breaks this is an increase on last wave.
          • Confidence has remained steady this wave, with just under half (48%) confident a July trip would go ahead as planned.
          • 12% anticipate taking an overnight trip in July, with 34% planning to travel at any point during the summer (July – Sept) which is broadly stable wave-on-wave. Compared to 2020 the intent for travel during the summer period is a lot higher (up from 22% in 2020 to 34% this year).
          • Among those who are intending to take a trip this summer, 52% have reached the planning and 44% the booking stages of their trips, which is up from 50% and 41% respectively last wave.
          • The South West remains the lead region for summer trips, although for autumn trips Scotland, the North West and London are not as far behind as for summer.
          • The leading destination for the summer period is ‘traditional coastal/seaside town’ (37%). For autumn, ‘city or large town’ is most popular (34%) followed by ‘countryside or village’ (30%).
          • The accommodation types most likely to be used on overnight trips this summer are ‘hotel/motel/inn’ (36%), ‘camping/caravanning’ (36%) and ‘commercial rentals’ (35%). For autumn trips ‘private homes’ are the preference for 51%.
          • 42% of UK adults intend to take a day trip to either a ‘traditional coastal/seaside town’ and 40% to a ‘countryside/village’ destination respectively this spring or summer.  This compares with 22% intending to visit a ‘large city’.

           

          Other updates:

          • Additional support for the London Borough of Hounslow has been scaled back as the spread of COVID-19 slows. From 23 June the guidance advising people to take caution when meeting people outside their household or support bubble and minimising travel in and out of the affected areas no longer applies in Hounslow.

          • New template available for download for Employers claiming Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) for 16 or more employees.

          • Company’s House service roadmap has been updated to state that users can now upload the SH19 form and supporting documents.

          • The Welsh Government has issued travel advice for football fans for Euro 2020 advising fans the best way to show support is from home. They are advising everyone against travel overseas this summer.

           

          Tourism Alliance Coronavirus Update – 24 June

           

          • Business Support Seminar

          From those who were unable to attend the Business Support Seminar we held with UKinbound this morning, I have attached a copies of the presentations from Alexandra Marks, Chief Adjudicator at the Business Banking Resolution Service (BBRS), and Mark Supperstone from ReSolve which explain the support that both these organisations can provide for businesses.

          I’ve also attached a to a recording of the seminar which you can view or download – please note, this link will only be valid for seven days.

                          https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/EVpCiodHGn-mgxTtsZvPleZi9PpwuwGOXR8tmmpPnrlBdEZJWUoU2fJMQPqO0SFj.S56Fswp8ZMsCFk2Q

          • Updated Format For Claiming CJRS Funding

          HMRC has updated guidance to businesses that are claiming CJRS support for 16 or more people. Businesses doing this will need to download a new template, complete it and then upload it in .xlsx or .csv format in order to make a claim. Businesses that have already saved the claim forms in a different format (such as .xls or .ods),  must save them again as .xlsx or .csv files as the other formats are no longer accepted.

          Claims for CJRS support may be rejected the information in the right format.

          You can download the form in the new format on the following link.

          https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/download-a-template-if-youre-claiming-for-100-or-more-employees-through-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme

          • Safe Water Supplies When Reopening

          This is a bit of a case of “shutting the stable door once the horse has bolted”, but PHE have just published a new document that explains the risks associated with re-opening businesses which have had water standing in its water supply system for a number of months. Foremost among these risks is that legionella may have built-up in the water systems of businesses such as guest accommodation and gyms. The guidance document explains how to flush water systems safely before staff and customers use it.

          https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-for-organisations-on-supplying-safe-water-supplies

          • Updated Guidance for Visa Applicants

          The Home Office has updated their guidance for people who are in the UK but their Entry Clearance was not activated due to COVID-19 restrictions. People who entered the United Kingdom outside the 30 and 90 day window allowed by their Entry Clearance vignette due to COVID-19 impacts, and their Entry Clearance was not activated as a result, can apply to remain in the United Kingdom without having to return overseas or reapply. This can be done by sending the following information to ECActivation@homeoffice.gov.uk :

            • a photo of themself
            • a photo of their Entry Clearance vignette and passport biodata page
            • a photo of the Entry stamp in their passport
            • details of how their travel was impacted by COVID-19 regulations
            • residential address where an updated Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) can be returned

           

          An updated BRP will then be sent to the applicant with the correct conditions.

           

          https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-uk-visa-applicants-and-temporary-uk-residents

          • Updated Guidance for Businesses In Wales

          The Welsh Government has updated guidance for tourism businesses in line with recent announcements. This includes:

           

            • Wedding and civil partnership reception guidance

          The guidance for how venues hosting wedding and civil partnership receptions must operate during the COVID-19 pandemic has now been updated and published:

          https://gov.wales/guidance-weddings-and-civil-partnerships-receptions-and-celebration-events

           

            • Educational visits guidance 

          The guidance for educational visits has been updated

          https://gov.wales/operational-guidance-schools-and-settings-html

          TIER: COVID-19 Update - 22 June 2021

           

          Scotlandkeep current levels in place for the next three weeks and announce relaxations to weddings and funerals

          First Minister Nicola Sturgeon gave a statement to Parliament today confirming current levels in Scotland will remain in place for the next three weeks with a review taking place on 13 July. Some changes, such as minor relaxations to rules on events such as weddings and funerals will come into place on 28 June.

           

          It is hoped that all parts of Scotland, not currently in that level, can move to level 0 on 19 July. It is also hoped that:

          • The limits for household gatherings indoors will increase from that date,
          • Up to 200 people will be able to attend weddings and funerals.
          • The general indoor physical distancing requirement can be reduced from 2 metres to 1 metre
          • Limits on informal outdoor social gatherings, in private gardens for example, will be removed.

           

          The rules and processes currently applicable at level 0 for organised outdoor events, are expected to stay in place.

           

          If the necessary conditions on vaccination and harm reduction continue to be met, all major remaining legal COVID restrictions will be lifted on 9 August. A final assessment will be made nearer the time whether this could include the lifting of the legal requirement to physically distance indoors as well as outdoors.

           

          Changes from 28 June:  

          • suppliers and others employed at a wedding will no longer count towards the cap on attendance
          • A bride, groom and other designated persons accompanying them no longer require to wear face-coverings when walking down the aisle
          • live entertainment will be permitted at weddings
          • more than one household will be permitted to carry the coffin and/or take a cord at a funeral crematoriums and churches can relay funeral services to outside areas

           

          From 19 July:

          • celebrations of life events such as christenings, bar mitzvahs and anniversaries will be permitted to take place under similar guidelines as weddings and funerals
          • different households will be able to share a bedroom in tourist accommodation

          Some measures are expected to continue beyond Level 0 including:

          • good hand hygiene and surface cleaning
          • continued promotion of good ventilation
          • a requirement for face coverings in certain settings (e.g. public transport and retail)
          • continued compliance with Test and Protect, including self-isolation when necessary
          • an ongoing need for outbreak management capability, including active surveillance
          • a greater degree of working from home than pre COVID-19 where this is possible and appropriate based on business and employee choice

           

          The next review of restrictions will be on 13 July ahead of proposed changes commencing on 19 July. The Physical Distancing review and updated strategic framework have been published. Read the press release here.

           

          New pages advising on travel to England from another country during COVID-19

          A new page has been published sharing guidance on travel to England from another country during COVID-19. Advice covers:

          • What to do before people travel to England
          • Check the rules for the country people have come from or have travelled through
          • How to book COVID-19 tests or quarantine hotel packages for their return 
          • How to get tested and the forms to complete
          • Advice once people have arrived in and when they have left England
          • Travelling with children;
          • Travel to England from within the Common Travel Area
          • Exemptions for work, medical or compassionate reasons.

          There is also a new page advising how people who live in England can travel abroad and return during the coronavirus (COVID-19) covering similar advice.

          Other Government updates:


          TOURISM ALLIANCE CORONAVIRUS UPDATE – 22 JUNE

          • Updated Primary Guidance For Tourism And Hospitality Businesses

          The primary guidance for businesses in the tourism and hospitality sectors has been updated to take into account the changes that the Government introduced for the period 21st June – 18th July. The guidance documents for different sectors are:

          Visitor Economy

          https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/the-visitor-economy

                          Hotels And Other Guest Accommodation

                          https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/hotels-and-other-guest-accommodation

                          Heritage Locations

                          https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/heritage-locations

                          Performing Arts

                          https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/performing-arts

          • New Guidance For Travelling To And From England

          The Department for transport has published new guidance for English residents travelling overseas. The guidance covers:

            • What people need to do before they travel
            • What people need to do before they return
            • What people need to do after they return
            • Travelling with children
            • The rules regarding travelling to Ireland, the rest of the UK, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man
            • Exemptions for work, medical or compassionate reasons

           

          There is no new guidance in the document but it does consolidate existing guidance into one easily understandable document.

           

          https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-abroad-from-england-during-coronavirus-covid-19

           

                          There is also a corresponding document for inbound travellers arriving into England from other destinations.

                          https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-to-england-from-another-country-during-coronavirus-covid-19

          • Scottish Strategy Framework Update

          The First Minister has published Scotland’s Strategic Framework Update and reported to Parliament that Scotland's restrictions not being lifted next week and current restrictions will remain for the next three weeks. However, some minor changes to rules will come into force from next Monday related to wedding including staff at weddings no longer counting towards the cap on numbers, those accompanying the wedding couple down the aisle will no longer need to wear face coverings, and live entertainment at receptions will be possible - although people will still need to be seated at tables

          She hopes that the whole of Scotland will be able to be at level 0 from 19 July, with all remaining restrictions, including socially distancing indoors, being removed on 9 August.

          file:///C:/Users/KJanson/Downloads/covid-19-scotlands-strategic-framework-update-june-2021.pdf

          • What You Can And Cannot Do Guidance Updated

          A small but welcome amendment to the public guidance on what people can and cannot do with Hounslow from list of areas where there's an enhanced response to the spread of the Delta variant.

          https://www.gov.uk/guidance/covid-19-coronavirus-restrictions-what-you-can-and-cannot-do

          • Consultation On Improving broadband For Very Hard To Reach Premises

          DCMS is seeking views and experiences of the tourism sector’s broadband connectivity in rural and remote areas of the UK. In addition, DCMS would also like to receive information on both the known benefits of broadband services and the current barriers to deployment and take-up. Additional evidence, either from the UK or abroad, on technology availability, maturity, capabilities and costs, from suppliers and vendors is also welcomed. The evidence gathered will enable DCMS to assess the options available for delivering improved connectivity to areas where the costs of delivering better digital infrastructure have so far proven to be a barrier to deployment.

          This consultation closes at 11:45pm on 25 June 2021.

          https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/improving-broadband-for-very-hard-to-reach-premises

          • Consultation On Protect Duty Consultation

          The Home Office is seeking views on how the Protect Duty can make the public safer at publicly accessible locations. The consultation considers how we can work together to develop proportionate security measures to improve public security. It also considers how those responsible for publicly accessible locations are ready and prepared to take appropriate action, were a terrorist attack to happen. The Home Office is welcoming responses from anyone with an interest in, or experience of, the areas being consulted on within this consultation.

           

          This consultation closes at 11:45pm on 2 July 2021

          https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/protect-duty

          • More EU Settlement Scheme Seminars

          The Home Office has announced another series  of seminars on the EU Settlement Scheme which closes for applications on 30 June 2021, The seminars cover:

            • Who needs to apply?
            • What is Settled/Pre-Settled Status ?
            • Late applications
            • Right to Work Checks
            • Support for EU Nationals

           

          These will also be a Q&A session so you can ask any questions that you have.

          You, or your employees, can sign up to one of these session using the registration links below:

          24 June

          EU Settlement Scheme and the end of the Grace Period on the 30 June 2021 Tickets, Thu 24 Jun 2021 at 16:00 | Eventbrite

           

          28 June

          EU Settlement Scheme and the end of the Grace Period on the 30 June 2021 Tickets, Mon 28 Jun 2021 at 14:00 | Eventbrite

           

          28 June

          EU Settlement Scheme and the end of the Grace Period on the 30 June 2021 Tickets, Mon 28 Jun 2021 at 17:00 | Eventbrite

           

          29 June

          EU Settlement Scheme and the end of the Grace Period on the 30 June 2021 Tickets, Tue 29 Jun 2021 at 08:00 | Eventbrite

          TIER: COVID-19 Update - 21 June 2021

           

          TOURISM ALLIANCE CORONAVIRUS UPDATE – 21 JUNE

          • Travel Day of Action – 23rd June -  #traveldayofaction

          Trade bodies from across the aviation and travel industries are coming together for a Travel Day of Action (#traveldayofaction) on 23 June to put pressure on the UK Government to support a safe return to international travel in time for the peak summer period. This is timed to take place ahead of when the Government is expected to discuss and decide on the next steps for international travel, which is due to take effect on 28 June.

          The day of action is calling on the UK Government to:

            • Allow international travel to return safely and in a risk managed way by properly implementing the Global Travel Taskforce’s plan for a traffic-light system, by expanding the Green list in line with the evidence and making restrictions more proportionate, whilst keeping a strong red list to guard against variants.
            • Bring forward a package of tailored financial support, including extension of furlough support, recognising that the travel sector’s ability to trade and generate income is much slower than first anticipated and more gradual than for businesses in the domestic economy.

          How you can get involved

          All Tourism Alliance members are encouraged to get involved to show support for colleagues across the industry and to demonstrate how widespread the benefits of international tourism are across all sectors of the UK tourism industry. There are a range of activities taking place on the Travel Day of Action including meetings with MPs, organised lobbying and a protest outside Parliament.

          You can get involved through online and social media activity. Sharing posts on social media is a simple and effective way of getting involved in the Day of Action. We are encouraging people to:

            • Use the hashtags - #speakupfortravel and/or #traveldayofaction in your posts that day
            • Take part in a Twitterstorm at 2pm on the 23rd June using the single twitterstorm post:

          Let’s build on the great progress of the vaccination rollout and safely open up travel this summer @borisjohnson. Jobs and livelihoods depend on it. People are desperate to see friends/family overseas, make business connections & have a break #speakupfortravel #traveldayofaction

            • Post regularly– share a good handful of the social posts in this pack throughout the day. Retweet and share as many as your colleagues’ posts as possible to get more reach and social activity on the day.
            • Share photos of you supporting the day or in your shop/business premises.
            • Tell your story – share posts or videos explaining the impact travel restrictions have had on your business.
            • Change your social media banners and profile pictures to an image from the action day assets (see link below).
            • Tag your colleagues into your posts and ask them what they are doing to support the day – that will help keep the conversation going on social.
            • Make sure you have all your community Twitter tags (including your local MP’s) and social assets are saved in one place so you can easily access them on your mobile if you’re out and about. Be aware - many MPs have false accounts – so make sure you have the correct one so they see your posts!
            • Add your logo to the social media assets linked below – you can do this by using Canva – it’s a free tool and easy to use on your phone and desktop. Prepare it ahead of the day.

           

          Here’s a link to the Social Media assets that you are welcome to download and use as part of your support for #TravelDayOfAction

                          https://www.abta.com/travel-day-action-social-media-pack

          • Wedding Guidance Updated

          In line with the announcement made over the weekend the public guidance on what people can and cannot do has been updated to allow weddings to take place outside in gardens.

          Weddings or civil partnership ceremonies, wedding receptions or civil partnership celebrations may take place in COVID-Secure venues. They may also take place in venues other than COVID-Secure venues, such as in a garden of a private home. The number of people who can attend is in most cases determined by how many people a venue can safely accommodate, with social distancing measures in place, including guests of all ages and anyone working at the event.

                          https://www.gov.uk/guidance/covid-19-coronavirus-restrictions-what-you-can-and-cannot-do

          • Grant Distribution by Councils

          The latest data on how councils in England are progressing with distributing grants to businesses has been published. This data cover the period to 1 June 2021. Of particular note as ever is the ARG grants as councils only have two more months to distribute the allocations that they have received, If they do not do this, then they will not be given their share of the next tranche of £425m and tourism businesses will miss-out of any further support. So businesses do need to make sure that councils allocated their remaining funding soon.

            • On the Restart Grant, councils have distributed £2.65bn of the £3.38bn that they were allocated – so 21.5% remains to be allocated
            • On the ARG Grant, councils have distributed £1.30bn of the £1.65bn that they were allocated – so 21.3% remains to be allocated
            • On the LRSG, the councils have distributed £5.1bn of the £7.7bn that they were allocated – so 33.8% remains to be allocated
            • On the Xmas Support Payment to Pubs, councils have distributed £23m of the £24.9m that they were allocated – so 7.6% remains to be allocated

          https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-grant-funding-local-authority-payments-to-small-and-medium-businesses

          • Guidance on Pregnant Employees Amended

          The guidance to pregnant employees has been amended to remove reference to pregnant woman being considered 'clinically extremely vulnerable'.

          https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-pregnant-employees/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-pregnant-employees

           

           

           

           

          TIER: COVID-19 Update - 18 June 2021

           

          Wales announce a 4-week pause to relaxing coronavirus rules

          First Minister Mark Drakeford has announced a delay to relaxing coronavirus restrictions.  The regulations will be reviewed again on 15 July. Although there will be no substantive changes to the rules for a 4-week period, and some minor and technical amendments are being made to the coronavirus regulations to make them easier for businesses to understand and easier to apply. These include:

          • The number of people who can attend a wedding or civil partnership reception or wake, organised by a business in an indoors regulated premise, such as a hotel, will be determined by the size of the venue and a risk assessment.
          • Clarifying small grassroots music and comedy venues will be able to operate on the same basis as hospitality venues, like pubs and cafes.
          • Primary school children in the same school contact group or bubble will be able to stay overnight in a residential outdoor education centre.

          Pilot events in theatre, sport and other sectors will also continue throughout June and July.

          Read the press release.

          Northern Ireland Executive announces a 4-week delay 

          The Northern Ireland Executive has announced a delay to any further relaxations to allow further monitoring of the coronavirus situation. The Executive has agreed an indicative date of 5 July, to be reviewed on 1 July for the following:

          Theatres and concert halls

          • Reopening of seated theatres and concert halls and other such venues. Tickets must be purchased in advance of the performance. Audiences for indoor events must have allocated seating and remain seated and social distancing of 1m will be required.

          Conferences and exhibitions

          • Return of conferences and exhibitions in line with regulations.

          Home and community

          • Permit indoor gatherings in a domestic setting of ten people from no more than two households. If one household has ten members, the maximum is increased to 15 from no more than two households. (Does not include children 12 and under).
          • Permit outdoor gatherings in a domestic setting of 15 people from an unlimited number of households. (Does not include children 12 and under).
          • Remove the linked households/bubble provision.

          Outdoor gatherings

          • Permit outdoor gatherings to the maximum allowed as per risk assessment for venue across all sectors. Over 30 people must be an organised gathering and would require a risk assessment.

          Close contact services

          • Enable close contact services to open without appointments but with remaining mitigations.

          Live music

          • In licensed and unlicensed premises which provide or sell food and drink (whether or not including intoxicating liquor) for consumption on the premises, permit live music at background or ambient levels; the volume must be such to enable visitors to conduct conversation at normal loudness of speech. No dancing permitted.
          • At outdoor events permit live music and dancing, without restriction to background or ambient levels.
          • Permit live music, without restriction to background or ambient levels for rehearsal, recording or performance purposes in concert venues, theatres and other indoor venues which, for the duration of the rehearsal, recording or performance are set aside for that purpose. No dancing for audience but permitted as part of performance.
          • Permit live music, without restriction to background or ambient levels for “other indoor venues” - can include a space within larger premises – for example a function room or conference suite within a hotel. In such circumstances access to the venue must be effectively controlled and managed and the venue must be sufficiently isolated from the rest of the premises to ensure that the volume of the music in the venue does not breach ambient or background levels in other parts of the premises. No dancing for audience but permitted as part of performance.
          • Entry to performances for audiences will be by ticket only. Tickets must be purchased in advance of the performance. Audiences for indoor events must have allocated seating and must remain seated (unless using facilities).
          • Social distancing at a minimum of 1 metre will be required for live music related activity in indoor seated venues and will be advised for all outdoor events.
          • Messaging will be developed around the travel to and from such events to inform the public of the safer options.

          Education and young people

          • A restart of overnight residentials for youth services and uniformed organisations as part of the continued phased reopening of youth services to facilitate delivery of the summer youth programme as part of the continued phased reopening of youth services.

          Scotland places travel restrictions on Manchester and Salford

          Scotland has announced that travel restrictions being placed on Manchester and Salford following a rise in cases of the Delta variant. The new rules on travel between Scotland and the neighbouring north west cities comes into effect on Monday. The Manchester /Salford restrictions cover the city council areas for both cities. Restrictions have been maintained on Blackburn, Darwen and Bolton. Restrictions that were in place on Bedford and the Republic of Ireland have been removed.


          Other updates:

           

          TOURISM ALLIANCE UPDATE – 18 JUNE

          • Business Support Seminar – 24th June

          As mentioned the other day, we are working with UKinbound on business support seminar from 10:00 to 11:30am next Thursday.

           

          This will feature Alexandra Marks, Chief Adjudicator at the Business Banking Resolution Service (BBRS), who will highlight the services of this newly formed non-profit organisation which has been set up to resolve disputes between eligible SMEs and participating banks. It is a free dispute resolution service for SMEs which could be of considerable benefit to any of your members that are facing problems with their bank at the moment such as gaining or extending business loans.

           

          Also speaking is Mark Supperstone, Managing Partner at ReSolve, a boutique business advisory and investment house who will be discussing options for businesses that are in danger of closing as a result of Covid impacts. There will also be an opportunity for members raise any questions during a Q&A session.

           

          Please share the following link for registration with your members:

           

          https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMsceitrzgrGtS_gBYBEo2e3OOSZcu0tWxF

           

          • Organised Events Guidance for Councils

          DCMS has updated the guidance for councils when assess proposals for organised events. The new guidance updates and clarifies the rules around catering and hospitality for events being held prior to 19th July. The guidance is that:

          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. 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 sportsground, 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.

          At festivals, the individual vendors would be considered the restricted business, rather than the festival site as a whole. Therefore a vendor may either:

          • Sell takeaways that can be consumed elsewhere on the festival site (including alcohol if no seating is provided adjacent to the vendor, and there is no seating adjacent to the vendor which is habitually used by customers to consume food or drink served by the vendor);
          • If serving alcohol for consumption on seating at or adjacent to the vendor, provide table service; or
          • If the vendor does not serve alcohol, but is serving food or drink for consumption on seating at or adjacent to the vendor, try to enforce that customers remain seated whilst consuming the food and drink they serve.

           

          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. Events organisers must ensure in particular:

          • tables are spaced out to ensure 2m social distancing is in place or 1m with barriers between tables
          • attendees are in groups of no more than 6 people, or two households, and do not mix with any other groups at the event
          • seating is assigned and carefully controlled to ensure attendees do not mix with any other table, including approaching other tables or sitting at different tables
          • food and drink is consumed by attendees while they are seated
          • attendees wear face coverings whenever not seated at their table

           

          https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-organised-events-guidance-for-local-authorities/coronavirus-covid-19-organised-events-guidance-for-local-authorities

           

          • Kickstart Gateway Plus

          The Kickstart guidance has been updated with more information about Gateway Plus operators.  Gateway Plus is a specific type of Kickstart gateway that can help smaller organisations, such as sole traders and partnerships, apply for a Kickstart Scheme grant. Alongside the essential responsibilities of a Kickstart gateway, they will also:

            • add the young person to their organisation’s payroll
            • pay the young person’s wages on the small employer’s behalf using the funding from DWP
            • provide the employability support on the small employer’s behalf

           

          The Gateway Plus organisations are:

            • Adecco Working Ventures in Partnership with the Federation of Small Businesses
            • REED
            • Manpower Group
            • The Wirral Chamber of Commerce

           

          https://www.gov.uk/guidance/help-employers-apply-for-a-kickstart-scheme-grant-kickstart-gateway

           

          While we are on Kickstart, the Government has also published a new Prospectus for potential employeers looking to use the scheme

           

          https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/994800/kickstart-scheme-employer-prospectus.pdf

           

          • Covid Safe Coach Travel

          CPT have produced guidance for their members “Risk Based Case for using all forward facing seats on coaches” on how to undertake Covid-safe coach tours. The guidance has been developed in conjunction with public transport safety experts and been acknowledged by DfT. 

            • Vehicles should be fitted with modern ventilation systems, ideally those that are capable of purifying the air in circulation. 
            • Passengers travelling on their own should be seated singularly.
            • The seats behind the driver should not be used (although if the position of those seats are e.g. situated in a position that are a considerable distance from the driver, then this can be flexible).
            • Passengers continue to have to wear face coverings (unless medically exempt).
            • Coaches have high backed seats that form a physical barrier between passengers.
            • Individual seats can be pre – allocated to passengers prior to travel in most cases on tours and excursions. 
            • In the case of private parties, organisers can determine who travels and where they sit on the coach. 
            • Travel is often leisure based and therefore optional for passengers: e.g. they can decide to NOT travel if awaiting vaccination.
            • Face to face transaction between coach drivers and their passengers can be socially distanced.
            • The national effort to vaccinate large sections of the population is well underway which reduces travel risk overall.
            • Covid testing is widely accessible.
            • OPERATORS MUST ALWAYS USE THE RISK CASED BASE CASE FOR USING EVERY FORWARD FACING CASE IN CONJUNCTION WITH THEIR OWN COVID RISK ASSESSMENT.    

           

          • FSB Tourism Report

          As highlighted yesterday, the FSB tourism report has been published. I’ve attached a copy for your information

          • Right to Work Guidance Updated

          The Home Office has updated the Right to Work Guidance for employers which relates to the need for employers to check the status of non-uk nationals to make sure that they are legally able to work in the UK. As a result of the government’s announcement on 14 June 2021 to extend the date for the easing of lockdown restrictions and social distancing measures, the temporary COVID-19 adjusted right to work checks will now end on 31 August 2021. From 1 September 2021, employers will revert to face-to-face and physical document checks as set out in legislation and guidance. This will ensure employers have sufficient notice to put measures in place to enable face-to-face document checks.

          https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-right-to-work-checks

          • R Number and Growth Rate

          This week’s R Number and growth rate are respectively 1.2 to 1.4 and +3% to +6%. This is exactly the same as last week so, in a glass half full way, things haven’t got any worse.

                        https://www.gov.uk/guidance/the-r-value-and-growth-rate

           

           

          TIER: COVID-19 Update - 17 June 2021

           

          Funeral and commemorative event guidance updated (England)

          From 21 June, the rules on funerals and commemorative events, such as stone setting ceremonies, the scattering of ashes or a wake, will change. There will no longer be a maximum number of attendees set out in law for funerals or commemorative events. Instead, the number of attendees will be determined by how many people the venue or outdoor space can safely accommodate with social distancing measures in place. This will be based on the COVID-19 risk assessment of the venue or outdoor space, and the measures put in place to limit the spread of COVID-19.

           

          In a COVID-secure venue, where the premises are operated or used by a business, a charitable, benevolent or philanthropic institution or a public body (such as a place of worship or a hospitality venue), venues will advise organisers the maximum number of people who will be able to attend.

           

          Updated guidance for weddings and civil partnerships: receptions and celebration events in Wales

          From 7 June, Wales began the move on a phased basis into alert level 1. The numbers that can attend a wedding reception will depend on whether the reception is indoors at a regulated premises, or outdoors as a regulated event or alternatively a non-regulated gathering. Receptions can take place outdoors (for example in a private garden) taking advantage of the general rules for gatherings. These need not involve a regulated body or premise but the cap on gatherings of 30 people would apply to these circumstances.

           

          Indoor wedding receptions of up to 30 people (excluding children under 11, carers for any of the attendees or people working to deliver the event (such as waiting staff)) can take place at regulated premises such as restaurants or hotels or as a regulated event. To be regulated events, these must be organised by a business, charity or a philanthropic/benevolent society who would have a duty under Regulation 16 to conduct a risk assessment and take reasonable measures to minimise the risk of exposure to coronavirus. If the reception is organised by a private person or persons, such as the family of the couple, then this can only occur indoors where it is in a regulated business.

           

          £3 million north Wales town centres fund to open for applications

          A £3 million fund piloted by the Welsh Government in four north Wales town centres to encourage entrepreneurs to set up there is now open for expressions of interest and will open for applications next week. The fund will assist entrepreneurs to set up businesses in Bangor, Colwyn Bay, Rhyl and Wrexham. The funding will be a combination of grant funding and loans to help entrepreneurs who are starting out. The pilot aims to encourage entrepreneurs while also helping revitalise town centres which have been hit hard during the pandemic. The scheme will run for a year initially. The loan element has been developed with and will be operated by the Development Bank of Wales offering loans from £1,000 through to a maximum of £50,000. The fund will open for applications from 21 June. Read the announcement in full on Gov.Wales.

           

          New fund opens for island communities in Scotland

          Businesses and community groups located across Scotland’s inhabited islands are now able to apply for grants of up to £150,000 through the new Island Communities Fund (ICF) for projects focussed on supporting sustainable island economies and the journey towards net zero. Grant applications will be submitted through Inspiring Scotland, who will manage the fund. Applicants will be expected to put forward ‘shovel-ready’ island-based community-led projects and detail how it will contribute to a successful and sustainable future for the islands and support employment and community resilience.

          Other Government updates:

          • Further to the update to the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) guidance for Local Authorities yesterday, the guidance for businesses to check if they are eligible for the ARG grant has also been updated to clarify which sectors are eligible to receive it and encouraging Local Authorities to help sectors that remain closed or are severely impacted by the extended restrictions.
          • The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme guidance has been updated with a reminder that from 1 July 2021, the government will pay 70% of wages up to a maximum cap of £2187.50 for the hours the employee is on furlough.
          • The guidance for UK visa application and temporary UK residents has been updated to say that the date of the VAC concessions has been extended until 31 December 2021.
          • The enabling safe and effective volunteering guidance has been updated - for residential visits for children in consistent groups of up to 30 children, those attending in a work of volunteering capacity (such as supervising adults) are not counted towards the size of the group.

           

          Guidance updates for Wales

           

          Member updates

          UKinbound has launched the UKinbound Group Friendly Charter which has been developed in response to the challenges faced by tour operators and group travel organisers in securing the accommodation they need, whilst having the flexibility to respond to ever-changing global travel conditions.  Offering a set of competitive terms, the Charter allows accommodation providers to offer flexibility in good faith, provides peace of mind to tour operators and their clients, and encourages mutual collaboration to aid the industry’s recovery. Any UK accommodation providers who want to welcome groups and offer competitive terms can sign up to the Charter and be easily identified by tour operators and group travel organisers. All participating properties are required to operate a COVID-safe policy.

           

           

          TOURISM ALLIANCE Coronavirus Update – 17 JUNE

           

          • ARG Eligibility

          The guidance for ARG grants has been updated to highlight the businesses that are eligible, and this has been extended to businesses that are being impacted by the delay in moving to Step 4. The guidance now states up front that:

           

          Local councils have the freedom to determine the eligibility criteria for these grants. However, we expect the funding to help businesses that are severely impacted by the restrictions.

          Local councils are encouraged to support:

           

          • businesses from all sectors that may have been severely impacted by restrictions but are not eligible for the Restart Grant scheme, including those which do not pay business rates
          • businesses from sectors that remain closed or severely impacted by the extended restrictions, even if those businesses have already been in receipt of Restart Grants. This may include the travel and tourism sector, wedding industries, nightclubs, theatres, events industries, wholesalers, English language schools, breweries, freelance and mobile businesses including caterers, events, hair, beauty and wedding related businesses

           

          It should also be noted that there is no limit to the number of ARG grants that a business can be awarded. So businesses that have already been awarded support under the grant can apply for further support.

           

          https://www.gov.uk/guidance/check-if-youre-eligible-for-the-coronavirus-additional-restrictions-grant

           

          • FSB Tourism Report (Embargoed Until Tomorrow)

          The Federation for Small Businesses is launching a new tourism report tomorrow morning called ‘A Menu for Recovery’. This report calls on Government to develop a new hospitality and tourism strategy, overseen by a minister, to focus on the underrepresented small businesses in the sector and help lay out future support plans.

           

          The report asks Government to help small firms in the sector employ and retain skilled staff, which many businesses are struggling to do against a backdrop of Brexit and the pandemic. Cutting Employer’s National Insurance Contributions would play an important role in enabling retention and recruitment. FSB also wants to see more young people encouraged into the sector by ensuring T Levels work for small businesses by extending incentive payments for employers in England to deliver industry placements beyond July 2022.

          The business group has also called for urgent action to:

            • Extend the hospitality VAT rate reduction to 5% until March 2022, and 100% business rates relief throughout the full financial year for businesses in England. More than half (56%) of small hospitality businesses say further rates relief would support their high street.
            • Make the process easier for businesses that sell food and drink to apply to their local authority for a pavement licence, and maintain the right for pubs, cafes and restaurants to operate as a takeaway. FSB research shows 65 per cent of small hospitality and tourism businesses backed the relaxation of planning regulations, allowing them to do so.
            • Back restaurants, cafes and bars by reducing alcohol duty on beers, ciders and wines.

           

          I will send you a copy of the report tomorrow when it is released.

           

          • Group Friendly Charter

          UKinbound has just launched a  Group Friendly Charter (attached), which is designed to facilitate collaboration between accommodation providers and tour operators/group travel organisers. The Charter has been developed in response to the difficulties tour operators are facing in securing the availability they need whilst having the required flexibility to respond to ever-changing global travel conditions.  The Charter’s competitive terms will allow accommodation providers to offer tour operators and group travel organisers flexibility in good faith, provide peace of mind, and encourage collaboration to aid the industry's recovery.

           

          The benefits of the Charter is open to all UK tour operators and accommodation providers (as long as they operate a COVID-safe policy) so please do share this with your members. Accommodation providers who sign up to the Charter can be identified by the UKinbound Group Friendly Charter mark, and included in their online listings.

           

          • Home Office EU Settlement Scheme Seminars

          With the end of the grace period for the EU Settlement Scheme on 30 June 2021, the Home Office are hosting a series of sessions for businesses and EEA nationals covering:

            • Who needs to apply?
            • What is Settled/Pre-Settled Status ?
            • Late applications
            • Right to Work Checks
            • Support for EU Nationals
            • Q&A

           

          If you have EEA national employees who have not yet applied for settled status, it is important that they do so before the 30 June and that you or they sign up to one of these sessions if you have any queries about how to for this.

          21 June 2021

          EU Settlement Scheme and the end of the Grace Period on the 30 June 2021 Tickets, Mon 21 Jun 2021 at 15:00 | Eventbrite

           

          22 June 2021

          EU Settlement Scheme and the end of the Grace Period on the 30 June 2021 Tickets, Tue 22 Jun 2021 at 10:00 | Eventbrite

           

          23 June 2021

          EU Settlement Scheme and the end of the Grace Period on the 30 June 2021 Tickets, Wed 23 Jun 2021 at 13:10 | Eventbrite

           

          25 June 2021

          EU Settlement Scheme and the end of the Grace Period on the 30 June 2021 Tickets, Fri 25 Jun 2021 at 13:00 | Eventbrite

           

          29 June 2021

          EU Settlement Scheme and the end of the Grace Period on the 30 June 2021 Tickets, Tue 29 Jun 2021 at 09:30 | Eventbrite

           

          30 June 2021

          EU Settlement Scheme and the end of the Grace Period on the 30 June 2021 Tickets, Wed 30 Jun 2021 at 13:00 | Eventbrite

          TIER: COVID-19 Update - 16 June 2021

           

          Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) guidance for Local Authorities updated (England)

          As Step 4 of the roadmap out of restrictions has been delayed for up to 4 weeks the ARG guidance for Local Authorities has been updated to account for this and the spending allocation deadline extended to 30 July 2021.

           

          The guidance encourages Local Authorities to support businesses from all sectors that may have been severely impacted by restrictions but are not eligible for the Restart Grant scheme, including those outside of the business rates system.

           

          It also advises: “Following the decision to delay stage 4 of the roadmap, Local Authorities are also encouraged to focus their support on those sectors that remain closed or are severely impacted by the extended restrictions, even if those businesses have already been in receipt of Restart Grants. There is no restriction on the number of grants a business may receive.

           

          This may include but is not limited to the travel and tourism sector, including group travel, travel agents and tour operators, wedding industries, nightclubs, theatres, events industries, wholesalers, English language schools, breweries, freelance and mobile businesses (including caterers, events, hair, beauty and wedding related businesses), and other businesses that may have not received other grant funding.

           

          This list is not directive nor exhaustive, and Local Authorities should continue to issue grants at their discretion, based on local economic needs. The grant amounts given to individual businesses will be subject to subsidy allowances.”

           

           

          Eviction protection extended for businesses

          Businesses that have had to remain closed during the pandemic and are unable to pay rent on their commercial property will continue to be protected from eviction. Legislation will be introduced in this session to ringfence outstanding unpaid rent that has built up when a business has had to remain closed during the pandemic. Landlords are expected to make allowances for the ring-fenced rent arrears from these specific periods of closure due to the pandemic, and share the financial impact with their tenants. The legislation will help tenants and landlords work together to come to an agreement on how to handle the money owed – this could be done by waiving some of the total amount or agreeing a longer-term repayment plan. This agreement should be between the tenant and landlord and, if in some cases, an agreement cannot be made, the law will ensure a binding arbitration process will be put in place so that both parties can come to a formal agreement. This will be a legally binding agreement that both parties must adhere to.

          In order to ensure landlords are protected, the government has said that businesses who are able to pay rent, must do so. Tenants should start paying their rent as soon as restrictions change, and they are given the green light to open. The existing measures in place to protect commercial tenants from eviction will be extended to 25 March 2022.

          Temporary insolvency measures extended

          The Insolvency Service has announced that regulations are set to be laid that will mean restrictions on statutory demands and winding up petitions will remain for a further three months until 30 September 2021 with a view to protecting companies from creditor enforcement action where their debts relate to the pandemic.

          Other updates:

           

          TOURISM ALLIANCE CORONAVIRUS UPDATE – 16 JUNE

           

          • Planning Inspectorate Guidance Updated

          The Planning Inspectorate has updated it’s guidance on planning application in response to the Government announcement regarding the delay to Step 4. The effect of the update is to say that they are continuing to follow Government advice and most of their staff will continuing to work from home (although they are undertaking some site visits). They will wait until the Government guidance on social distancing is published, along with confirmation of the Step 4 date before changing their approach.

          https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-planning-inspectorate-guidance

          • Transport Use

          As usual, the weekly DfT figures for transport use have been published and as usual, there has been no significant increase in transport usage rates since the move to Step 3 on 17th May.

          https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/transport-use-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-pandemic

          • Support For Businesses and Employees Impacted By Coronavirus

          The Government has updated it online tools for businesses and employees to use to determine what support is available.

          For businesses, support covers:

            • Business loans
            • tax relief
            • cash grants

          https://www.gov.uk/business-coronavirus-support-finder

          For employees, support covers:

            • what to do if they’re feeling unsafe where they live, or they’re worried about someone else
            • paying bills, rent, or mortgage
            • getting food or medicine
            • being made redundant or unemployed, or not having any work if they’re self-employed
            • what to do if they’re worried about going in to work
            • self-isolating
            • having somewhere to live
            • mental health and wellbeing, including information for children

           

          https://www.gov.uk/find-coronavirus-support

          • Quarantine Guidance Updated

          The guidance on entering the country from a Red List country has been updated to state:

            • Biggin Hill Airport is now a permitted port of entry for red list arrivals.
            • Direct flights from red list countries must land in dedicated terminals at London Heathrow or Birmingham Airport.

          https://www.gov.uk/guidance/booking-and-staying-in-a-quarantine-hotel-when-you-arrive-in-england

          • Business Support Seminar – Business Banking Resolution Service

          The Tourism Alliance is working with UKinbound to provide a Business Support Seminar next Thursday (24th June). The seminar will highlight the services of the newly formed Business Banking Resolution Service (BBRS) which was only established a few months ago. The BBRS provides a free dispute resolution service for SMEs which could be of considerable benefit to many businesses that are facing problems such as gaining or extending business loans with their bank. I’ve attached a copy of short background document and FAQ on the BBRS for your information.

          Also speaking is Mark Supperstone, Managing Partner at ReSolve, a boutique business advisory and investment house who will be discussing options for businesses that are in danger of closing as a result of Covid impacts.

          The seminar is open to all  members and there will be an opportunity to raise any questions during a Q&A session.

          Event Details
          Date: 
          Thursday 24 June 2021
          Time: 10:00 – 11:30

          Link: https://www.ukinbound.org/events/business-support-webinar/ 


           

          TIER: COVID-19 Update - 15 June 2021

           

          First Minister Nicola Sturgeon gave a statement confirming there will be no change to Scottish alert levels. She mentioned the next full scheduled review of the protection levels will take place next week and this will consider whether any changes are possible from 28 June onwards – the earliest date when Scotland might move down to level 0. She signalled that it is unlikely that any part of the country will move down a level and it is more likely that restrictions will be maintained for a further three weeks from 28 June.

           

          Updated guidance for wedding and civil partnership ceremonies, receptions and celebrations 

           

          From 21 June the rules for wedding and civil partnership ceremonies; and wedding receptions and civil partnership celebrations will change. There will no longer be a maximum number cap for attendees set out in law. Instead, the number of attendees at weddings, civil partnerships and receptions will be determined by how many people the venue or space can safely accommodate with social distancing measures in place. This will be based on the COVID-19 risk assessment of the venue or outdoor space, and the measures put in place to limit the spread of COVID-19.

           

          In a COVID-secure venue, where the premises are operated or used by a business, a charitable, benevolent or philanthropic institution or a public body (such as a place of worship or a hospitality venue) venues will advise organisers the maximum number of people who will be able to attend.

           

          Some restrictions on ceremonies and receptions remain in place to enable them to take place safely. These include Step 3 requirements on table service, face coverings, social distancing, and restrictions on dancing and singing.

           

          Viewings can continue to take place with at any venue which is not required in law to remain closed, so long as appropriate COVID-19 mitigation measures are in place. This includes, for example, any restaurant or indoor visitor attraction.

           

          There is also new information available for those organising an event in venues such as private gardens or on private land. 

           

          More sports and cultural events to be included in next stage of the Events Research Programme

           

          Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden announced the final four UEFA EURO 2020 matches at Wembley and the Wimbledon Tennis Championships will go ahead with greater capacities, as part of the latest phase of the Events Research Programme (ERP).

          The next phase of the ERP will also include more sports and cultural pilots as the government plans up to 20 events that will allow audience numbers to return close to full capacity.

          As part of the programme, the UEFA EURO 2020 Round 16 match at Wembley Stadium on June 29 will stage at 50% capacity as well as the semi-finals and final in July, where 40,000 fans will be present. The Wimbledon Tennis Championships which begin on June 28, will also commence with 50% ground capacity, rising to 100% on Centre Court for the finals. Full details of capacity limits for each specific event will be set out in due course.

           

          Other Government updates

          • From 21 June, limits for out-of-school residential stays have also been increased in England, meaning that hotels and other forms of group accommodation will be able to offer residential visits for groups of up to 30 children, rather than groups of 6.

           

          TOURISM ALLIANCE UPDATE – 15 JUNE

           

          • Welcome Back Fund

          MHCLG has published a new version of the guidance on the Welcome Back fund. This is a £56m ERDF fund available to local authorities in England to support the return to high streets safely and help build back better. This builds on the £50m Reopening High Street Safely Fund (RHSSF) allocated to councils in 2020. Part of the fund will be used to provide support for coastal resorts across England to

          support areas as they prepare for a great summer to safely welcome visitors. The fund can also be used by local authorities to:

            • Boost the look and feel of their high streets by investing in street planting, parks, green spaces, and seating areas to make high streets welcoming.
            • Run publicity campaigns and prepare to hold events that will boost footfall and encourage people back into the high streets and thereby supporting local businesses.
            • Install and refresh signage and floor markings to encourage social distancing and safety.
            • Improve green spaces on high streets and town centres by planting flowers or removing graffiti

           

          Accompanying the guidance is a FAQ which provides more detail on what initiatives are eligible and how the

          https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/welcome-back-fund

          • TIC Agenda

          As I mentioned previously, the Tourism Industry Council meeting with the Minister is tomorrow at 1:30pm. DCMS has sent through the following questions that they are seeking input on:

          Step 4 Announcement 

          1. What is the impact of the delay to Step 4 on your part of the sector? 
          2. What is your key concern over the upcoming four week period?
          3. Have you already received, or are you anticipating visitor cancellations or postponements? 
          4. Do the concessions relating to weddings and out-of-school residential stays make a difference? 
          5. What are your concerns for the longer term, post summer? 

           

          Covid-19 Insight Session

          1. What measures have been the most and the least challenging for the sector to manage? (social distancing, Test & Trace, capacity caps, etc)
          2. How have consumers responded to the various measures? Have rates of adherence been high?
          3. Has the sector developed innovations beyond the government-mandated measures to make their businesses Covid-Secure? 
          4. Do you have any other views of the government and industry response to the pandemic over the past 12 months?

           

          Tourism Recovery Plan

          1. Do you have views on the content of the Plan?
          2. Are there particular commitments in the Plan on which you are interested in engaging with the team?

          If you can provide me with comments on any of these questions by noon tomorrow, I will feed them in.

          • Petition On School Trips From the EU

          The youth & educational travel sector brings over £20 billion p.a. to the UK. Bookings for next year are falling whilst demand for countries which allow ID cards, such as Ireland and Denmark, is soaring. This means that the UK risks losing its place at the top of the educational tourism market with associated impact on jobs. This will also impact the UK tourism industry in the long-run as adults tend to revisit destinations that they went to in their youth.

          Therefore, could I ask you to circulate this petition to your members to sign in order to raise awareness of the value of this market and the impact that requiring children from the EU to have passports to enter the UK will have on the UK tourism industry.

          https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/587749

          • New Lords Briefing on Tourism

          Ahead of the Lords Debate on Tourism next week (24th June), the Lords Library has produced a new tourism briefing on how the sector has been affected, and the Government’s response, including the Tourism Recovery Plan. It is worth reading this briefing as it will be one of the key documents that shapes the members of the House of Lords views on the sector. It is also worth noting that the briefing continues to use the highly inaccurate figures from ONS’s Tourism Satellite Accounts to provide an assessment of the sectors contribution to the UK economy in terms of GVA and employment. As an example, the TSA calculates that only 52% of the revenue generated by Travel Agents is related to tourism and that only 0.9% of revenue from the conference and exhibition sector is related to business tourism.

          https://lordslibrary.parliament.uk/promoting-tourism-in-the-uk/

          • Guidance on Volunteers

          DCMS says that it has revised its guidance to businesses that employ volunteers to bring it into line with the current restrictions but, reading through it, I’m struggling to see what the changes are. It may well be that they have just updated links to other guidance such as travel restrictions or CJRS. However, if you employ volunteers, it is worth reading the updated guidance to make sure that you are complying with all requirements.

                        https://www.gov.uk/guidance/enabling-safe-and-effective-volunteering-during-coronavirus-covid-19

          • Domestic Cruises

          The guidance on domestic cruises has been updated to signal that it expects to remove all capacity limits for domestic cruises on 19th July.

          Roadmap step 4

          It is expected that England will move to Step 4 on 19 July, though the data will be reviewed after 2 weeks in case the risks have reduced.

          By step 4, the government hopes to remove all legal limits on social contact. This includes lifting capacity limits for domestic cruises.

                        https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-cruise-ship-travel

          • Further Update to What You Can And Cannot Do Guidance

          There has been a further update to the pubic guidance on yesterday’s announcement that I sent you this morning. The revision provides a bit more detail to the public on the rules and restrictions relate to weddings in an outdoor environment.

           

          https://www.gov.uk/guidance/covid-19-coronavirus-restrictions-what-you-can-and-cannot-do

           

           

           

          TIER: COVID-19 Update - 14 June 2021

           

          Prime Minister, Boris Johnson’s press briefing: update on next stage of easing of Coronavirus restrictions in England

          The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson was joined by Chief Medical Officer for England, Chris Whitty, and Chief Scientific Adviser, Patrick Vallance, at a press briefing this evening. As not all of four tests for proceeding to step 4 in the UK Government roadmap have been met, step 4 openings will be delayed until July 19th, with the exception of weddings and wakes of more than 30 guests which still can go ahead with social distancing.

          The situation will be monitored daily and if after two weeks, the risk looks like it has diminished, it would be possible to move to step 4 earlier. In the meantime, pilots for sporting events, such as the Euros, and some theatre performances will continue.

          View the Prime Minister’s statement and  the slides and dataset from the briefing.

          Updated guidance on what you can  and cannot do in England

          The guidance on what you can and cannot do in England has been updated with a summary of changes from 21 June, including more information on weddings, civil partnerships and commemorative events, as follows

          From 21 June, the rules on the number of people who can attend a wedding or civil partnership ceremony, a wedding reception or civil partnership celebration, and a commemorative event following a funeral such as a wake, stone setting or ash scattering, will change. The number of people who can attend these events in a COVID-Secure venue or other venue (such as a garden of a private home) will be determined by how many people a venue can safely accommodate with social distancing measures in place, including guests of all ages and anyone working at the event.

          Some restrictions on these events will remain in place to enable them to take place safely. This includes table service requirements, face coverings, social distancing, and restrictions on dancing and singing, as at present.

          There is a little more information on these events if taking place in a private setting. The guidance on wedding and civil partnership ceremonies, receptions and celebrations is due to be updated by 15 June. The guidance on arranging or attending a funeral during the coronavirus pandemic is due to be updated by 17 June.

          Welsh Government confirms further support for businesses impacted by phased move to alert level 1

          An additional fund for businesses in Wales affected by the phased move to alert level 1, such as indoor attractions and wedding venues has been announced. Since 17 May, businesses in Wales still affected by coronavirus restrictions have been able to apply for up to £25,000 in emergency support to help meet ongoing costs until the end of June. Additional funding is now being made available to support businesses affected by the staged transition to alert level 1.

          Support will be available for businesses that have capacity for events of more than 30 people indoors or in contained spaces and to businesses that are still closed because of ongoing restrictions. Businesses will be entitled to an additional payment of between £875 and £5,000, depending on their size and circumstance, to cover the period up to the end of June.

          To receive the funding, businesses will need to have applied to the Welsh Government’s latest round of emergency funding, the deadline for which has been extended until 12pm Wednesday 16 June 2021. Those eligible will automatically receive the top-up where possible, or will be required to self-declare via an online process. Details are available on the Business Wales website: COVID-19 Economic Resilience Fund (ERF) business support – May and June 2021 eligibility checker.

          Read the press release.

          Invitation to DWP Kickstart Seminar, 15 June

          A webinar focusing specifically on the Leisure, Tourism and Hospitality sector is being held tomorrow via Microsoft Teams 15th June at 10am – 11am. The Kickstart Scheme aims to work with employers across multiple sectors, to create fully-funded, 6-month job placements that offer young people the chance to gain valuable experience and employability skills to move into sustained and long-term employment in the future.

          The webinar will cover the following topics:

          • •           What is Kickstart?
          • •           Key Criteria for Employers
          • •           Why Support Kickstart?
          • •           What does employability support cover?
          • •           Case study from Park Dean Resorts
          • •           Q & A session

            If you would like to attend this event please e-mail NATIONAL.KICKSTART@DWP.GOV.UK with the name of the attendee/s and their contact details. Please be aware this event may be oversubscribed however future events are being planned.

            Find out more about the Kickstart scheme. A video explaining the Kickstart scheme online application has been added to the advice page.

            Other government updates:

            • G7 leaders have committed to the ‘Carbis Bay Declaration’, an historic statement setting out a series of commitments to prevent any repeat of the human and economic effects of the coronavirus. The Carbis Bay declaration will be published tomorrow alongside the G7 Summit Communique.
            • Minister for Health and Social Services for Wales Eluned Morgan has published a statement encouraging people to holiday at home this year. The Welsh Government continue to ask people to only overseas for essential reasons. Read the press release.
            • The list of where surge testing and additional support has been updated. The latest list is Birmingham City Council, Blackpool Council, Cheshire East Council, Cheshire West and Chester Council, Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, and Warrington Borough Council, Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, and Staffordshire County Council.
            • The list of private providers of COVID-19 tests has been updated again.
            •  

              TOURISM ALLIANCE CORONAVIRUS UPDATE – 14 JUNE

              • Feedback On Recovery Plan and Delay
              • There is a Tourism Industry Council meeting this Wednesday at 1:30pm at which we will be discussing the Tourism Recovery Plan and the impact on the tourism industry of the Prime Minister’s announcement on the delay in moving to Step 4 in the roadmap. If you have any feedback on either of these two issues, please let me know and I will consolidate it and feed it into the meeting.

                 

                • Kickstart Guidance Video
                • The Guidance on the Kickstart Scheme has bee updated to include a link to a new video aimed at providing businesses with a walk-through on how to apply to employ someone through the scheme.

                   

                  https://www.gov.uk/guidance/apply-for-a-kickstart-scheme-grant#how-to-apply-1

                   

                  The video itself, which is well worth sending to your members, is available on the following link:

                   

                  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7sKvsT4CBMw&ab_channel=DepartmentforWorkandPensions%28DWP%29 

                   

                  • Further Support for Businesses in Wales
                  • The Welsh Economy Minister has confirmed further support for businesses impacted by phased move to alert level 1. Businesses in Wales materially affected by the phased move to alert level 1, such as indoor attractions and wedding venues, will receive £2.5 million in further support. Support will be available for businesses that have capacity for events of more than 30 people indoors or in contained spaces and to businesses that are still closed because of ongoing restrictions.

                     

                    To receive the funding, businesses will need to have applied to the Welsh Government’s latest round of emergency funding, the deadline for which has been extended until 12pm Wednesday 16 June 2021.

                    Eligible applicants will automatically receive the top-up where possible, or will be required to self-declare via a simple online process. Details are available on the Business Wales website

                     

                    https://fundchecker.businesswales.gov.wales/businesssupport

                     

                  TIER: COVID-19 update 10 June 2021

                   

                  VisitEngland COVID Consumer Sentiment Tracker

                  Wave 32 of VisitEngland’s Consumer Sentiment Tracker report is available. The fieldwork for this wave was conducted between 31 May-6 June. 

                  The results are mixed in this wave, likely a reflection of the potential 21 June restriction easing drawing closer as well as a rise in cases in hotspots linked to the more transmissible Delta variant. The ‘appetite for risk’ score remains stable on last wave, however, confidence has taken a dip (48% confident in a July holiday going ahead compared to 54% last wave). Just over a third of the adult population think that the ‘worst has passed’ regarding the Covid situation, which is a decrease on last wave. Summer intent has increased slightly, and among Summer intenders the percentage who have booked has increased from 35% to 41%.

                  The new question added last wave (see slide 16) which aims to better understand the risk of domestic trip substitution as the overseas markets open up shows that c. 90% of spring and summer intenders say they would still go on their UK trip, with c.5% opting to cancel and go overseas instead.

                  Other points of note from Wave 32:

                  • Around half of adults anticipate taking more or the same number of overnight domestic trips between now and end of the year compared to normal.  This compares with c. 30% of adults with similar intent regarding overseas trips.  These figures are largely unchanged this wave.
                  • 10% anticipate taking an overnight trip this month (June) rising to 35% during the summer (July – Sept) which is broadly stable wave-on-wave.
                  • The South West remains the lead region for spring and summer trips and although it still dominates, its share has again dipped slightly this wave, especially for spring trips.
                  • The leading destination type for spring trips is now ‘countryside or village’ (34%) just ahead of ‘traditional coastal/seaside town’ (31%).  For the summer period ‘traditional coastal/seaside town’ is most popular (36%).
                  • The accommodation types most likely to be used on overnight trips this spring are ‘camping/caravan’ (40%), hotel/motel/in (38%) and private home’ (32%).  For summer trips ‘commercial rentals’ (41%) are most popular followed closely by ‘camping/caravan’ (38%).
                  • 44% of UK adults intend to take a day trip to either a ‘countryside/village’ and 45% to a ‘traditional coastal/seaside town’ destination respectively this spring or summer.  This compares with 23% intending to visit a ‘large city’.

                   

                  Other updates:

                   

                  TOURISM ALLIANCE UPDATE – 10 JUNE

                   

                  • Overseas Visits From The UK

                  ONS has released a report on the number of UK nationals that would have travelled to Red, Amber and Green countries in a normal year, the purpose of their visits and the value of their expenditure. The report shows that UK residents would normally spend more than £1 billion in each of five main summer destinations.

                  https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/leisureandtourism/articles/redamberandgreentravellistsandoverseasvisitsfromtheuk/2021-06-10

                  • Guidance If You’ve Missed A Claim Deadline

                  HMRC has published guidance on what to do if you have missed a CJRS Deadline. If you have missed the claim deadline. For claim periods from 1 November, HMRC may accept late claims if you have (all of the following:

                    • a reasonable excuse
                    • taken reasonable care to try and claim on time
                    • claimed without delay as soon as you were able to

                   

                  You may have a reasonable excuse if for example:

                    • your partner or another close relative died shortly before the claim deadline
                    • you had an unexpected stay in hospital that prevented you from dealing with your claim
                    • you had a serious or life-threatening illness, including Coronavirus related illnesses, which prevented you from making your claim (and no one else could claim for you)
                    • a period of self-isolation prevented you from making your claim (and no one else could make the claim for you)
                    • your computer or software failed just before or while you were preparing your online claim
                    • service issues with HMRC online services prevented you from making your claim
                    • a fire, flood or theft prevented you them from making your claim
                    • postal delays that you could not have predicted prevented you from making your claim
                    • delays related to a disability you have prevented you from making your claim
                    • an HMRC error prevented you from making your claim

                   

                  If you’ve missed the claim deadline and have a reasonable excuse, you should use the service as normal. You can submit a request from the page where you choose your claim month. You should do this as soon as you’re ready to make your claim but only after the claim deadline has passed.

                   

                  https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-for-wages-through-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme

                   

                  • Coronavirus (COVID-19): EU Settlement Scheme – Guidance Update

                  The Home Office has produced new guidance for EUSS applicants in or outside the UK who have been affected by restrictions associated with coronavirus. This is particularly important if you have staff who are oversea and unable to travel back to the UK at the moment.

                  https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-eu-settlement-scheme-guidance-for-applicants

                  • Error IN NW R Number

                  The usual R Number and Growth Rate data that is published on Fridays has been updated to correct an error in the R estimate for the North West. The lower bound was incorrectly given as 1.0 rather than 1.1.

                                  https://www.gov.uk/guidance/the-r-value-and-growth-rate

                  Please note that applications have opened for VisitBritain’s Domestic Support Fund, a new initiative to kick-start the recovery of the UK business events industry. The £100,000 Domestic Support Fund is available for not-for-profit organisations and charities hosting meetings, conferences and events in the UK from 21 June to 17 December 2021. Events from 100 to 500 delegates taking place in the UK are eligible to apply, with the fund opening for bids from 9 June 2021. The financial support available is based on the number of delegates attending with up to £15,000 available for each event. 

                  Please see full press release at https://www.businessvisitsandeventspartnership.com/news/partnernews/999-visitbritain-launches-new-domestic-support-fund-to-kick-start-the-return-of-business-events-in-the-uk

                   

                   

                  TIER: COVID-19 update 9 June 2021

                   

                  Refreshed GREAT campaign launched

                  Ahead of the G7 summit this week the UK Government has launched its refreshed GREAT brand. Under the brand platform of See Things Differently, the world is invited to embrace fresh perspectives of Britain. As the tourism delivery partner for GREAT, VisitBritain will be starting to use the new GREAT tourism logo across VisitBritain channels and activity. Over the coming months, they will be evolving See Things Differently for tourism ahead of launching a new campaign in the New Year under this new brand.

                   

                  Other updates

                   

                  TOURISM ALLIANCE CORONAVIRUS UPDATE – 9 JUNE

                  • Demonstrating Covid Status

                  The DHSC guidance on how people can demonstrate their vaccination status when travelling overseas has been updated to inform travellers that they can now  request a COVID-19 vaccination status letter to be posted to them via the NHS.UK website.

                  I should be noted that it will take up to 5 working days from the date of their second dose appointment before the system is updated so they  may need to wait 5 working days before you can use this service. One a request has been made it will then take up to 5 working days for the letter to be received. Here’s the link to the website for requesting the letter:

                                   https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/covid-status-letter/

                                   And the link to the guidance on demonstrating Covid Status:

                                   https://www.gov.uk/guidance/demonstrating-your-covid-19-vaccination-status-when-travelling-abroad  

                  • Transport Use

                  Here’s DfT’s weekly figures on transport use which follow the usual patterns that have been established during the reopening:

                    • Private Vehicle use is over 100% of normal on weekends when people are getting away
                    • Network Rail usage remains below 50%
                    • Use of the Tube in London remains just under the 50% mark
                    • Bus use is around 65% of normal 

                                  https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/transport-use-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-pandemic  

                  • Tourism Recovery Plan

                  Just a quick note to say that it is expected that the Tourism Recovery Plan will be published this week so keep an eye out for it on the DCMS website 

                  https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-digital-culture-media-sport

                  of TIER: COVID-19 update 8 June 2021

                   

                  Additional measures for people living in areas of England where variants of concern are spreading fastest

                  The Government has announced additional measures across Greater Manchester (Bolton (where further measures are already in place), Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Trafford, Tameside, Wigan)  and all Lancashire County Council (Blackburn with Darwen (where further measures are already in place), Burnley (where further measures are already in place), Chorley, Fylde, Hyndburn, Lancaster, Pendle, Preston, Ribble Valley, Rossendale, South Ribble, West Lancashire, Wyre) areas.

                  There is extra guidance on steps people can take, which includes minimising travel in and out of affected areas.

                  Further measures are already in place in Bedford, Blackburn with Darwen, Bolton, Burnley, Kirklees, Leicester City, Hounslow and North Tyneside.

                  Other updates

                  • The UK Government website has been updated to reflect last week’s announcement of countries moving between the red, amber and green lists.
                  • Ministerial Directions in relation to the Event Research Programme pilot events have been published for 2020 UEFA European Football Championships, Royal Ascot Races and LV= Insurance Test: England vs New Zealand. In order for these pilot events to take place, parts of The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Steps) (England) Regulations 2021 (S.I. 2021/364) need to be disapplied by the Secretary of State for both DCMS and DHSC. This means relevant restrictions such as gathering, hospitality or the requirement to wear face masks can be disapplied at a specified premise or event and for specified periods for the purpose of research into the transmission of coronavirus in controlled environment.
                    • In October 2020, 6% of landlords had “high confidence” that their establishments would survive beyond three months. By early February 2021, that proportion had dropped to its lowest recorded level of 1% and in May 2021, the percentage passed 20%.
                    • At its peak in the November 2020 lockdown, 91% of pub and bar staff were on furlough. This number has since decreased to 55%.
                    • This compares with overall 8% to 15% of staff on furlough in all other businesses during the same period, indicating the heavier reliance of pubs and bars on the scheme.
                    • There is an increasingly downward trend of pub and bar staff on furlough since restrictions were lifted on beer gardens. Despite this, the percentage of staff that were on furlough has remained high.

                  TOURISM ALLIANCE CORONAVIRUS UPDATE – 8 JUNE

                  • Treasury Select Committee – Economic Impact of Coronavirus

                  The Treasury Select Committee held an evidence session yesterday looking at how well Government support has been able to provide a bridge for viable companies across the crisis back to recovery, and whether there will be an increase in insolvencies as the Government support withdraws. The Committee also looked at the Government’s handling of the reopening of the economy, vaccine certificates and the ban on business rental evictions. This session saw evidence presented on the impact of coronavirus on the hospitality and travel sectors by Kate Nicholls and Mark Tanzer.

                  https://parliamentlive.tv/Event/Index/f1eed1e4-d89e-41f4-b049-743be49e2950

                  • What Are The Top 5 Skills You're Recruiting For?

                  To help businesses solve the staffing crisis now impacting the tourism and hospitality sector, People 1st are asking businesses to let them know the top 5 skills that they are looking for.  The results will be used to help inform those supporting young people into job opportunities now to identify and signpost individuals that possess the top skills businesses need and to influence colleges and providers on the most important skills needed to prepare for the workplace. The  survey take only 30 seconds to complete.

                                https://www.quiz-maker.com/QJQTJOG7U

                  • Airbnb Supports Statutory Registration

                  One of the things that the Tourism Alliance has lobbied on as part of building back better is the need for a statutory registration scheme which, as well as helping ensure that businesses are operating in a safe and legal manner, would provide a mechanism to distribute information and support to businesses should another crisis such as coronavirus affect the industry. It is therefore heartening that Airbnb has changed it’s approach and is now supporting statutory registration with the publication of a new paper on this issue.

                  https://www.airbnb.co.uk/d/ukwhitepaper?_set_bev_on_new_domain=1618329609_Bn0p8I7jATpkmUjD

                  TIER: COVID-19 update 7 June 2021

                   

                  Updated guidance for Wales

                  Following the announcement on Friday that Wales would move to Alert level 1 from today, 7 June, the following guidance has been updated:

                  Amendment to the Health Protection (Coronavirus, International Travel) (Wales) Regulations 2021

                  The health protection regulations in Wales have been amended with changes coming into force from 04:00 on 8 June 2021, meaning that in line with England, Scotland and Northern Ireland, Portugal will move from the green list to the amber list and Afghanistan, Bahrain, Costa Rica, Egypt, Sri Lanka, Sudan and Trinidad and Tobago will move from the amber to the red list.

                  Other updates

                   

                   

                  TOURISM ALLIANCE CORONAVIRUS UPDATE – 7 JUNE

                  • New Entry Restrictions for France

                  The travel advice for France has been updated to take into account of new testing requirements that the French Government are introducing on 9th June for people travelling from the UK. From this date, people will be able to take a PCR test within 72 hours of departure, or an antigen test within 48 hours of departure. There will be random antigen testing for unvaccinated arrivals.

                  Those that are fully vaccinated will need to have proof of a negative PCR test within 72 hours of departure, or an antigen test within 48 hours of departure. However, they will not need to justify an essential reason for travel or to self-isolate on arrival. The French Government recognises the following vaccines: Pfizer, Moderna, Oxford/AstraZeneca, and Johnson & Johnson (the vaccines recognised by the European Medical Agency).

                  “Fully vaccinated” is defined by the completion of a vaccination schedule, specifically:

                  • 2 weeks after the second dose of Pfizer, Moderna, Oxford/AstraZeneca
                  • 4 weeks after the single and only dose of Johnson & Johnson
                  • 2 weeks after the single dose of any of the above vaccines if you have previously tested positive for COVID-19

                   

                  Children under the age of 18 years old, who are travelling with fully vaccinated adults, will be exempt from requirements to self-isolate and provide an essential reason for travel, regardless of whether the minor has been vaccinated or not.

                  https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/france/entry-requirements

                   

                  • Travel Industry Day of Action

                  Trade bodies from across the aviation and travel industries are coming together for a travel industry day of action (#traveldayofaction) on 23 June to put pressure on the UK Government to support a safe return to international travel in time for the peak summer period.

                   

                  The day of action will be calling on the UK Government to:

                    • Allow international travel to return safely and in a risk managed way by properly implementing the Global Travel Taskforce’s plan.
                    • Bring forward a package of tailored financial support to recognise that the unlocking of international travel, and hence businesses’ ability to trade and generate income, will be much slower than first anticipated, and more gradual than for businesses in the domestic economy.

                   

                  https://www.abta.com/news/travel-industry-day-action-planned-wednesday-23-june-2021

                   

                  • West End Footfall

                  Here’s a copy of the latest footfall report from the New West End Company with the data for last week (week commencing 31st May) which highlights the impact the having few international visitors and a cautious domestic market is having on the London retail industry.

                   

                  The key points are:

                    • Footfall was up 11% week-on-week and up 423% year-on-year which is good
                    • However it was down 44% compared with 2019
                    • And YTD footfall was down 73% compared with the same period in 2019

                   

                  NWE Week 22
                  • Debates In Parliament

                  There are a number of tourism related debates in parliament this week to be aware of

                   

                    • 8th June - 11:00am until 11:30am
                      • Social distancing restrictions and support for the night-time economy

                  Westminster Hall Debate supported by Lloyd Russell-Moyle MP (Brighton Kemptown)

                    • 8th June – after 12noon
                      • Role destination management organisations can have supporting the recovery of the visitor economy from the impact of COVID-19

                  Lords Oral Questions supported by Lord Ravensdale

                    • 10th June – after 9:30am
                      • Support for the Aviation, Travel and Tourism Industries

                  General Debate in the Commons

                   

                  TIC UPDATE – 07.06.2021

                  Recent Government announcements:

                   

                  EU Settlement Scheme - deadline 30th June 

                  The deadline for applications to be made to the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) is 30th June. All EU, EEA and Swiss citizens and their family members who were resident in the UK by 31 December 2020, should apply without delay at www.gov.uk/eusettlementscheme so that they can continue to work, study, and access free healthcare and benefits in the UK after 30 June 2021.

                   

                  DEFRA Case Study Request - deadline 10th June

                  DEFRA is looking for a selection of case studies (a maximum of one page of A4) that can be used to showcase projects that are having a positive impact on the environment for the 3rd 25 Year Environment Plan (YEP) annual progress report, due for publication in July. Please see more information on what they are looking for below. Please send submissions to harriet.hoffler@dcms.gov.uk. The goals of the YEP are: 

                  • Clean air
                  • Clean and plentiful water
                  • Thriving plants and wildlife
                  • Reducing the risks of harm from environmental hazards
                  • Using resources from nature more sustainably and efficiently
                  • Enhancing beauty, heritage and engagement with the natural environment
                  • Mitigating and adapting to climate change
                  • Minimising waste
                  • Managing exposure to chemicals
                  • Enhancing biosecurity

                   

                  What type of case studies are of interest?

                  Examples of projects that have had a tangible positive impact on the environment, particularly if this can be quantified, and demonstrates the potential or realised contribution a project has made towards achieving any of the goals or cross-cutting themes of the 25 YEP and over what timeframes.  

                   

                  How best should case studies be presented?

                  The case study should be written as narrative text, telling an impactful story that captures the following:

                  •  The title of the project, name of the organisations leading/supporting delivery of the project, and any funding agreed and publicly known.
                  • How the project is helping to address an environmental problem for at least one of the goals or cross-cutting areas of the plan.
                  • The long-term ambitions for the project and how it aims to help address the problem, with time bound long-term targets, where known.
                  • The progress that has been made on the project to date, in particular since April 2020, including any key lessons learnt from the process.
                  • Realised positive impacts of the project on the environment from the progress made to date, where known.
                  • Future plans for the project, with a specific focus on priorities for delivery over the next year (until March 2022).
                  • Potential positive impacts of the project on the environment, and over what timeframes.
                  • Contact details for any follow-up questions on the case study.
                  • A couple of eye-catching images, or illustrations to complement the narrative text.

                   

                  What is the maximum page length for a case study?

                  A maximum of one page of A4, Arial (Body) Font size 12 narrative text (excluding any images, illustrations)

                   

                  Can more than one case study be submitted?

                  Yes, you can submit as many case studies as you like, although bearing in mind that we will be looking for representative projects across all 25 YEP goals and cross-cutting themes. 

                    

                  What happens after a case study is submitted?

                  We will review the case study, and get in touch with case study authors should there be any questions, or suggestions to help sharpen up the narrative.

                  We will let you know whether your case study will be included in the final report. We really appreciate you submitting case studies for our consideration.

                   

                  Will all case studies be published in the progress report?

                  As many case studies as possible will be incorporated into the report. We will include a set of case studies that best represent progress towards achieving the goals, taking into account the page length for the final report. Whether or not case studies are published, they will be kept on file for potential use in future publications.

                   

                  TIER: COVID-19 update 28 May 2021

                   

                  Changes in guidance for travelling to Northern Ireland from within the Common Travel Area

                  The requirement for people to self-isolate if travelling to Northern Ireland from within Common Travel Area has been removed. People who are travelling from within the Common Travel Area and staying overnight in Northern Ireland, should take a rapid lateral flow device test (LFD) before they begin their journey and they should only travel if the test is negative. They should also take an LFD test on days two and eight of their stay. People should not travel to Northern Ireland if they have COVID-19 symptoms, or have received a positive COVID-19 result. View the current guidance.

                  Scotland Protection levels update

                  Glasgow will move to Level 2 from 5 June as long as key indicators remain stable or fall - the First Minister intends to confirm any decision to Parliament no later than Wednesday of next week. Further funding has been made available to Glasgow City Council to provide additional support for businesses in hospitality and leisure in Glasgow, with grants ranging from £250 to £750 per week.

                  Other areas of concern across Scotland continue to be monitored closely, including Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire and Clackmannanshire. These areas will remain in Level 2 for now, although public health efforts will be intensified to tackle the increased prevalence.

                  Travel restrictions between Scotland, the Republic of Ireland and certain local authority areas in England will remain in place.

                  Mainland Scotland is currently due to move from Level 2 to Level 1 on 7 June. The First Minister said she is planning to confirm on Tuesday to Parliament whether that move will take place. Read the press release.

                  COVID-19 airport and ground operations funding in England - May 2021 release

                  Information on the May 2021 competition for the Airport and Ground Operations Support Scheme (AGOSS) has been published. To be eligible for Airport and Ground Operations Support Scheme (AGOSS) funding, your company must:

                  1. Be either a:

                  • commercial airport situated within England with a valid commercial licence from no later than 3 March 2021 that operated at least 12 scheduled commercial passenger flights in 2019
                  • ground handling company providing, as your primary function, any of the handling service listed in EU Directive 96/67/EC directly to an airport user for scheduled commercial flights at a commercial airport in England, for a site or sites located in England

                    2. Have received, for your eligible site or sites in England, a business rates bill from your relevant local authority for the 2021 to 2022 financial year

                    3. Demonstrate a forecasted COVID-19 loss for the 6 months to 30 September 2021

                    The closing date for applications is 20 June 2021. Find out what the funding can be used for and how to apply.

                    New £3 million fund to help Scottish tourism industry rebuild announced

                    Tourism organisations will be able to apply for funding to promote key visitor destinations in a responsible and sustainable way, helping the sector to recover from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Administered by VisitScotland, the £3 million Destination and Sector Marketing Fund will support eligible groups develop visitor marketing campaigns that position Scotland as a year-round destination to the UK and Irish markets. The fund opens for applications on 1 June and will be split into three tiers: City Region Award Programme (with awards on offer between £50k and £100k); Regional Destination Organisations and Pan Scotland Sector Groups (with awards between £40k and £80k); and Local Destination Organisations, Marketing Groups and non-Pan Scotland Sector Groups (with awards between £10k and £20k). Read the press release

                    Next phase of Northern Ireland Tourism Recovery Plan launched

                    Phase two of the Northern Ireland Tourism Recovery Action Plan has been launched, The phase two actions are broken down into eight themes aimed at assisting in the long-term recovery and sustainable growth of the tourism industry, as follows: 1. Business Continuity, 2. Creating Consumer Confidence, 3. Stimulating Consumer Demand, 4. Safeguarding Connectivity, 5. Enhancing the Competitiveness of the Region, 6. Enhancing the Capability of Businesses, 7. Enhancing the Skills of the Workforce, 8. Creating a Supportive Policy Environment.

                    The full action plan is available on the Department's website.

                    Other Government updates

                  • The Welsh Government and the Football Association of Wales (FAW) are urging fans to stay at home rather than travelling abroad to watch Euro 2021

                    VisitEngland Consumer Sentiment survey – latest wave

                    Wave 31 of VisitEngland’s Consumer Sentiment Tracker report is now live.  The fieldwork for this was conducted last week between 17 – 21 May when we had the twin forces of lockdown restrictions easing coupled with the spread of the more transmissible Indian variant making the news headlines. After a period of seeing the proportions believing the “worst has passed” steadily climbing (to 48% last wave), it has now significantly fallen to 39%.  We also have a significant rise in the proportion feeling “the worst is still to come” which is up 8 percentage points to 20% of UK adults. Trip intent this spring and summer remains largely static at 13% and 34% respectively.

                    On a more positive note, the Appetite for Risk shows evidence of normalising, with activities such as “eating at a restaurant” and “visiting a busy city centre” exhibiting gains for the fourth wave in a row. 

                    Other points of note from Wave 31:

                  • 43% of adults expect ‘normality’ by end of this year – down 4 points compared to last wave.
                  • Around half of adults anticipate taking more or the same number of overnight domestic trips between now and end of the year compared to normal.  This compares with c. 30% of adults with similar intent regarding overseas trips.  These figures are largely unchanged this wave.
                  • Confidence continues to improve slowly with the majority (54%) confident a domestic trip booked for July would go ahead as planned.
                  • 13% anticipate taking an overnight trip between now and the end of June, rising to 34% during the summer (July – Sept) which is broadly stable wave-on-wave.
                  • Among those who are intending to take a trip this summer, 42% have reached the planning and 35% the booking stages of their trips, which is up from 37% and 29% respectively last wave.
                  • The accommodation types most likely to be used on overnight trips this spring are ‘camping/caravan’ (41%), ‘hotel/motel/inn’ (38%), a private home’ (35%) and ‘commercial rentals’ (e.g. holiday cottages) on 34%.  Commercial rentals account for a higher share for summer trips, where they narrowly lead on 40%.
                  • 46% of UK adults intend to take a day trip to a ‘traditional coastal/seaside town’ destination this spring or summer, followed by 44% opting to venture into the “countryside or village’.  This compares with 26% intending to visit a ‘large city’.

                     

                    TOURISM ALLIANCE CORONAVIRUS UPDATE – 28 May 2021

                    • Airport and Ground Operations Support Scheme (AGOSS)
                    • The Government has published the May application round of the AGOSS. To be eligible, you need to be:

                        • A commercial airport situated within England with a valid commercial licence from no later than 3 March 2021 that operated at least 12 scheduled commercial passenger flights in 2019
                        • A ground handling company providing, as your primary function, any of the handling service listed in EU Directive 96/67/EC directly to an airport user for scheduled commercial flights at a commercial airport in England, for a site or sites located in England
                        • Have received, for your eligible site or sites in England, a business rates bill from your relevant local authority for the 2021 to 2022 financial year
                        • Demonstrate a forecasted COVID-19 loss for the 6 months to 30 September 2021
                        •  

                          https://www.gov.uk/guidance/applying-for-covid-19-airport-and-ground-operations-funding

                           

                           

                          • Clarification On Staying Overnight
                          • The public guidance associated with Step 3 has been updated to provide clarification on the ability of people to stay overnight in paid accommodation or with friends. The guidance now reads: 

                              • You may stay overnight in holiday accommodation in groups of up to 6, or larger groups if everyone present is from 2 households (each household can include a support bubble, if eligible) unless a legal exemption applies.
                              • You can also stay overnight with friends and family in their homes in groups of up to 6, or larger groups if everyone present is from 2 households (including support bubbles).
                              •  https://www.gov.uk/guidance/covid-19-coronavirus-restrictions-what-you-can-and-cannot-do 

                                 

                                • Northern Ireland Travel Advice
                                • The Northern Ireland Executive has simplified it’s advice when travelling to NI from within the Common Travel Area. There are no restrictions on the reason for travel, the exemptions and guidance to self-isolate has been removed, although the guidance on self-administered lateral flow tests before departure remains. This means that anybody from within CTA can travel to NI for leisure without being advised to self-isolate which is welcome news. The new guidance is:

                                   

                                  Travelling to NI from within the Common Travel Area

                                    • If you're travelling from within the Common Travel Area and staying overnight in Northern Ireland, you should take a rapid lateral flow device test (LFD) before you begin your journey.
                                    • You should only travel if the test is negative.
                                    • You should also take an LFD test on days two and eight of your stay.
                                    • You should not travel to Northern Ireland if you have COVID-19 symptoms, or have received a positive COVID-19 result.
                                    •  

                                      https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/coronavirus-covid-19-travelling-within-common-travel-area 

                                       

                                      • EU Settlement Scheme – 30 Days Left
                                      • The Home Office is advising businesses that after the May Bank Holiday, there will only be 30 days before the deadline of 30 June 2021 for applications to be made to the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS).

                                         

                                        It is therefore important that all businesses check with their EU, EEA and Swiss employees who were resident in the UK by 31 December 2020, to make sure that they have already applied or will do so before the deadline so that this doesn’t impact on staffing.

                                         

                                        Businesses will not need to carry out retrospective Right to Work Checks on existing employees after the 30 June 2021 deadline. However, from 1 July, new EU, EEA and Swiss employees that you hire will need to demonstrate their right to work either with the pre-settled or settled status, or with a visa under the points-based immigration system. These Right to Work Checks can predominantly be conducted digitally for EU, EEA and Swiss citizens.

                                         

                                        www.gov.uk/eusettlementscheme

                                         

                                        • R Number And Growth Rate
                                        • As usual, we end the week with the latest R Number and Growth Rate Figures. This week they are, respectively, 1.0 to 1.1 and 0% to +3%. This is the first time since 15th January that the R Number has been greater than 1 and that the Growth Rate has been positive since 15th January. If this continues over the forthcoming weeks, it will increase pressure on Government to either delay Step 4 or to retain certain restrictions such as social distancing and group size while moving to Step 4.

                                           

                                          https://www.gov.uk/guidance/the-r-value-and-growth-rate

                                           

                                           

                                        TIER: COVID-19 update 27 May 2021

                                         

                                        Health Secretary Matt Hancock and Dr Jenny Harries held a press briefing this evening they shared the latest data, an update on the India variant and vaccines. During the Q&A it was asked whether 21 June was in the balance. Dr Jenny Harries said that it was on the cusp - it is not yet clear whether the increase in cases is due to variant cases taking off or due to the fact that they are actively detecting cases as a result of surge testing, etc. You can watch the briefing here.

                                         

                                        Visitors holidaying in Wales asked to take and pack lateral flow tests

                                         

                                        As Wales’ tourism sector prepares for late Spring bank holiday weekend and the start of the summer season, the First Minister is urging travellers from all over the UK, especially the 8 hotspot areas in England, to use and pack lateral flow testing kits if they are coming to Wales.

                                         

                                         

                                        TOURISM ALLIANCE CORONAVIRUS UPDATE – 27 MAY

                                         

                                        • New CJRS Form

                                        A new template has been developed for businesses that have between 16 and 99 people on furlough. If you’re claiming for 16 to 99 employees on or after 27 May 2021, you’ll need to use this template to upload a file containing the following information for each employee:

                                        • full name
                                        • National Insurance number (or payroll reference number if you do not have this)
                                        • payroll reference number (sometimes called a pay identify or staff number)
                                        • furlough start and end date (using the format DD/MM/YYYY)
                                        • full amount claimed (pounds and pence)
                                        • normal hours (using decimals, for example 7.5)
                                        • actual hours worked (using decimals)
                                        • furloughed hours (using decimals)
                                        • if they have returned from statutory leave and you then put them on furlough

                                                        https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/download-a-template-if-youre-claiming-for-16-to-99-employees-through-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme

                                        • Correcting CJRS Claims

                                        Staying with CJRS, there is an update to the guidance on paying back grants with information on how to correct overclaims. The steps to follow are:

                                          • Work out your claim amount as normal. If you submit using a file, do not provide details of the overclaim in that month’s claim file. The file should show the amount of the claim for the employees being claimed for without any offset for the overclaim.
                                          • Work out your overclaim amount.
                                          • Deduct the amount you’ve overclaimed (step 2) from your claim amount (step 1).
                                          • Enter the result in the ‘claim amount’ box on your claim form.
                                          • Enter the amount you’ve overclaimed in the ‘overclaim’ box on your claim form.

                                         

                                        https://www.gov.uk/guidance/pay-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme-grants-back#how-to-correct-overclaims-in-your-next-claim

                                         

                                        • DCMS GVA Assessments

                                        DCMS has published monthly assessments of the GVA of sectors under it’s responsibility. The key outtakes are that compared to January 2019:

                                          • The creative sector output is at 94%
                                          • The cultural sector output is at 85%
                                          • The tourism industry output is at 63%

                                        https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/dcms-sectors-economic-estimates-monthly-gva-to-march-2021

                                         

                                        • Passenger Arrivals into the UK

                                        ONS has published an analysis of passenger arrivals on a weekly basis which shows that for the year to the end of March, arrivals into the UK were 89% down on the previous year. In addition, arrivals by sea were down 71% and arrivals by rail were down by 75%

                                         

                                        https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/statistics-relating-to-passenger-arrivals-since-the-covid-19-outbreak-may-2021/statistics-relating-to-passenger-arrivals-since-the-covid-19-outbreak-may-2021

                                        TIER: COVID-19 update 26 May 2021

                                         

                                        Residents of Wales can apply for a COVID-19 vaccination certificate for urgent international travel

                                        The Welsh Government has announced residents of Wales can apply for a certificate of vaccination for urgent international travel. The certificate allows them to demonstrate they have received the full course of a COVID-19 vaccine.

                                        People living in Wales can request a certificate only if:

                                        • they have had both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine (they should wait 5 days after their second dose before requesting it)
                                        • they urgently need to travel to a country which requires vaccine certification
                                        • they are not able to either quarantine or provide tests to meet country entry requirements

                                        Other government updates:

                                        • The guidance for if you’re in an area in England where the new COVID-19 variant is spreading has been to say that people shouldminimise travel in and out of affected areas’. It previously people should ‘avoid travelling in and out of affected areas unless it is essential, for example for work (if you cannot work from home) or education’.
                                        • First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has outlined priorities for Government to Parliament today. In her speech, the First Minister said that the Government would continue its support for specific business sectors such as food and tourism. Read the press release
                                        • The government and the Association of British Insurers (ABI) have announced that the temporary Trade Credit Reinsurance (TCR) scheme will close on 30 June as planned. Read the press release.
                                        • An open consultation has been published which proposes to update the legislation underpinning Operation Brock. It is proposed to remove the provisions relating to the end of the EU Exit transition period and COVID-19 that are no longer needed and the ‘sunset clauses’ that mean the legislation will expire on 31 October 2021. This consultation closes at 11:45pm on 20 June 2021.
                                        • The list of private providers of coronavirus testing has been updated.

                                         

                                        TOURISM ALLIANCE CORONAVIRUS UPDATE – 26 May 2021

                                         

                                        • Date for Home Office Immigration Briefing

                                        The Home Office has been in touch to say that there has been a problem with the booking link that they sent through for the 14th June SME briefing session on the new Immigration Strategy and EU Settlement Scheme that I sent round last week. As such, they have sent a new link for you and your member to use to book this event.

                                        https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-points-based-immigration-and-eu-settlement-scheme-sme-stakeholders-tickets-155775405431 

                                        • Employment Survey

                                        Thank you to everyone that has sent out and completed the Employment Survey that I send out last Thursday. I’ve received over 400 responses so far which is excellent but we could always do with a few more so can I ask everyone to send out a reminder to members so that we can get above 500 responses by Friday.

                                         

                                        Here is the link to the survey for those that missed it last time.

                                        https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/9NBT6XX

                                         

                                        • Transport Figures

                                        The DfT figures for transport use over the last week have been published and these are interesting as the cover the first week of Step 3 and the easing of restrictions. While there has been  an increase of a few percent in the use of public transport, the move to Step 3 has not produced a step-change in transport use. For example, in the week before Step 3, bus services operated at 59.5% capacity, while the week afterwards they were at 62.5% capacity. The change in national rail usage was even lower, with services operating at 42% capacity the week before Step 3 and at 42.5% capacity the week afterwards. 

                                         

                                        https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/transport-use-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-pandemic

                                         

                                        • Travel Behaviour Tracker

                                        Staying with travel and transport, DfT have also published the 4th Wave of their “All Change?” research on travel behaviour. While this research is someone out-of-date as it is based on surveys undertake in Feb/March there is a wealth of interesting information on people’s transport use and expectations regarding domestic and overseas travel. For example:

                                          • 29% of people said that they were less likely to use air transport in future
                                          • 33% of people said that they were less likely to go on a cruise ship in future
                                          • 24% of people said that they would wait 12 months from restrictions ending before going on an overseas holiday

                                         

                                        https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-travel-behaviour-during-the-lockdown 

                                         

                                        • ONS Wellbeing Survey

                                        The Office for National Statistics has published it’s latest data on wellbeing and happiness, which has some interesting implications for tourism. Two of the key points are:

                                          • People working from home are generally less happy and more lonely than people who are going into work
                                          • People who are working from home are more likely to feel uncomfortable about leaving home

                                         

                                        So having employees return to the office would increase their happiness and make them more likely to undertake activity that would support the tourism and hospitality sector. 

                                        https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/wellbeing/bulletins/coronavirusandcontributorstosubnationalwellbeing/januarytomarch2021 

                                        • Trade Credit Reinsurance Scheme to End

                                        The Government has announced that the Trade Credit Reinsurance scheme will end as planned on 30th June. Under this scheme, eligible insurers were provided with a government-backed reinsurance agreement, covering insurance offered on business transactions within the UK and overseas. The scheme is ending because insurers have told the Government that they longer require the scheme as they will take back full underwriting control.

                                         

                                        https://www.gov.uk/government/news/update-on-the-trade-credit-reinsurance-scheme

                                         

                                         

                                         

                                        TIER: COVID-19 update 25 May 2021

                                         

                                        Updated guidance for areas affected by variant outbreaks

                                        The what you can and cannot do page on GOV.UK has been updated to provide advice about travelling in areas affected by variant outbreaks.

                                        • Bedford Borough Council
                                        • Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council
                                        • Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council
                                        • Burnley Borough Council
                                        • Kirklees Council
                                        • Leicester City Council
                                        • London Borough of Hounslow
                                        • North Tyneside Council

                                           

                                          In the areas listed above, wherever possible, people should try to:

                                        • meet outside rather than inside where possible
                                        • keep 2 metres apart from people that you don’t live with (unless you have formed a support bubble with them), this includes friends and family you don’t live with
                                        • avoid travelling in and out of affected areas unless it is essential, for example for work (if you cannot work from home) or education.

                                         

                                        Other updates

                                         

                                        TOURISM ALLIANCE CORONAVIRUS UPDATE – 25 May 2021

                                        • Guidance for Areas with Indian Variant

                                        This has sparked considerable political debate as to whether this equates to a de facto regional lockdown and many tourism businesses are uncertain as to what they should do if they have bookings from customers from these areas. We are seeking clarification on the situation but, at the moment, it businesses should treat the situation as similar to when areas were in Tier 3 last year – ie., that this is guidance rather than a legal requirement and businesses should adopt best practice with existing bookings in terms of postponements and cancellations.

                                         

                                         

                                        • Feedback for DCMS

                                        With the move to Step 3 last week, DCMS has asked for feedback gather feedback from tourism businesses on the following issues.

                                          • Step 3 domestic reopening – how are businesses performing and what issues have arisen
                                          • Step 3 international reopening – how are businesses performing and what needs to happen now
                                          • Step 4  - what issues remain unresolved in the lead-up to Step 4

                                         

                                        DXCMS has asked for feedback on these issues by Friday, so if you can send me any comments by close of play on Thursday, I will collate these and feed them through.

                                          

                                        • IPS Figures for 2020

                                        ONS has published the final International passenger Survey figures for 2020. The headline stats are:

                                          • Overseas residents made 11.1 million visits to the UK in 2020; this was 73% fewer than in 2019 as travel reduced because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
                                          • Overseas residents spent £6.2 billion on their visits to the UK in 2020; this was 78% less than in 2019.
                                          • UK residents made 23.8 million visits abroad in 2020, which was 74% fewer than the previous year because of the coronavirus pandemic.
                                          • UK residents spent £13.8 billion on visits abroad in 2020; this was 78% less than in 2019.

                                         

                                        On the inbound side, the 78% reduction in expenditure equates for a loss of £22.3bn for the UK economy. This, in turn, equates to around 370,000 jobs that have been put at risk. In addition, the 78% decline in outbound expenditure equates to a loss on a further £25bn to businesses in the UK such as tour operators, travel agents and transport operators which puts a further 700,000 jobs at risk.

                                         

                                        https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/leisureandtourism/articles/overseastravelandtourism2020/2021-05-24

                                         

                                        • Business Impacts of Coronavirus

                                        ONS has produced new regional data on the impact of restrictions on businesses up until the beginning of Step 3. The data, as usual, shows that tourism/hospitality is the most impacted sector of the economy but there are quite marked regional differences. For example, the East Midlands had 79% of hospitality businesses operating between 4-16th May, while only 24% of hospitality businesses in the West Midlands were operating during this period. On a UK-wide basis 66% of hospitality businesses were operating compared with 83% of all businesses.

                                         

                                        Similarly, 68% of hospitality businesses report a decline in revenue which is twice the percentage of UK businesses as a whole (34%) that report a decrease in turnover. These are regional variations within these figures as well with only 56% of hospitality businesses in the South West reporting a decline in revenue compared to 72& in the South East.

                                         

                                        https://www.ons.gov.uk/businessindustryandtrade/business/businessservices/articles/businessinsightsandimpactontheukandsubnationaleconomy/may2021

                                         

                                         

                                        TIER: COVID-19 update 24 May 2021

                                         

                                        We hope that you are well. Please see today’s updates below. I also wanted to let you know that tomorrow will be Alex Brown’s last day at DCMS as she will be taking up a new role in DfT as Head of Testing for International Travel. Whilst this is a sad loss for the TIER group it is great to that she will still be working closely with the tourism sector in her new role. I know you will all join me in thanking for her for her dedication, hard work and tireless support over the past couple of years and in wishing her well for the future.

                                         

                                        Feedback following England’s move to Step 3

                                        Following England’s move last week to step 3 on the UK Government roadmap, DCMS is gathering feedback from tourism and leisure stakeholders on how it is going so far. At your earliest convenience, it would be great to receive your thoughts on:

                                         

                                        • Step 3 domestic reopening 
                                        • Step 3 international reopening
                                        • Step 4 and any remaining concerns  

                                         

                                        Please send any feedback to Bethan Smyth from DCMS via email: Bethan.smyth@dcms.gov.ukand copy in tier@visitbritain.org.

                                         
                                        Responses welcome for the Home Office’s Protect Duty Consultation

                                        The Home Office is seeking views from venues, organisations, businesses, local authorities, public authorities and individuals who own or operate at publicly accessible locations or others that a ‘Protect Duty’ would potentially affect on how the Protect Duty can make the public safer at publicly accessible locations. The consultation, which is live and closes on 2nd July, considers how to develop proportionate security measures to improve public security and how those responsible for publicly accessible locations are ready and prepared to take appropriate action, were a terrorist attack to happen.

                                         

                                        You can find more information on the consultation, as well as what constitutes a publicly accessible location here

                                        Other updates

                                        • The guidance for food businesses has been updated to confirm that guidelines including social distancing requirements are still in place after 17 May.

                                        TIER: COVID-19 update 21 May 2021

                                         

                                        Northern IrelandExecutive confirms relaxation of COVID restrictions and announces green list countries

                                        The Northern Ireland Executive has confirmed that certain restrictions will be eased from Monday 24 May. The summary of the relaxations agreed are:

                                         

                                        • Allow indoor visits in domestic settings, up to 6 people from no more than 2 households. This can be more if household has more than 6, but not more than 10. Overnight stays permitted.
                                        • Indoor visitor attractions can reopen, this includes amusement arcades, bingo halls, museums, galleries and cinemas. All contact details must be taken and retained.
                                        • Reopen the remainder of travel and tourism. All contact details must be taken and retained. Rooms/accommodation area booking in line with the permission re: indoor domestic settings/bubbles. Shared facilities will reopen, as well as meeting rooms – capacity will be to risk assessment maximum.
                                        • Post wedding and civil partnership receptions permitted. No restrictions on the top table, one dance permitted for the couple. 
                                        • Reopen unlicensed and licensed premises indoors with mitigations. 6 people from unlimited households. More will be permitted per table, if all are from one household, to a maximum of 10. Table service only, and all contact details must be recorded and retained. No dancing or live music.
                                        • Other hospitality events, for example gala dinners, functions, ticketed or not can take place.  These are subject to other indoor hospitality requirements e.g. table seating, contact details, music etc.
                                        • For conference facilities in the tourism sector – the closure will be removed from the Regulations to allow use for other purposes to risk assessment capacity.
                                        • Increase numbers permitted for indoor gatherings (non-domestic). Subject to risk assessment per venue. Outdoor gatherings capacity increased to 500, or capped at risk assessment level if lower.

                                        Read the full press release for more information.

                                         

                                        The Executive has also agreed that from 24 May, the following countries will be added to a green list for international travel, meaning no isolation will be required upon return to Northern Ireland:

                                        • Portugal including the Azores and Madeira, Australia, Iceland, New Zealand, Faroe Islands, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, Gibraltar, Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha, Brunei, Falkland Islands, Israel and Jerusalem, Singapore.

                                        Travellers will be required to take a PCR test on day 2 after arrival.  This must be booked prior to travel. Travellers from Portugal, Israel and Jerusalem, and Singapore are also asked to take an additional free PCR test on day 8.

                                         

                                        Find out more information here.


                                        Update to levels and travel restrictions in Scotland

                                        Following last week’s announcement, Moray will change protection level to Level 2 at midnight tonight (21 May). Glasgow will remain at Level 3 for at least another week. East Renfrewshire will remain at Level 2.

                                         

                                        Travel from Scotland to Bedford, Bolton and Blackburn with Darwen will be restricted from 00:01 on Monday 24 May due to prevalence of coronavirus in these areas. This will be reviewed in a week along with the other measures announced today.

                                         

                                        People can travel freely throughout most of Scotland and between most of Scotland and the rest of the UK, other than to, or from, Glasgow.

                                         

                                        Find out more information here.

                                         

                                        Other updates

                                        • Applications for the Economic Resilience Fund (ERF) Business Support (Wales) will open on 24 May and close at 17.00 on 7 June 2021. The ERF will provide support in the form of cash grants for businesses, social enterprises and charities and associated supply chain businesses that have experienced a material negative impact as a result of ongoing COVID-19 restrictions. The grants will help meet operating costs (excluding staff wages) for the period 1 May 2021 to 30 June 2021. Review the criteria and check eligibility here.

                                         

                                        TIER: COVID-19 update 19 May 2021

                                         

                                        This evening Health Secretary Matt Hancock led the press briefing, joined by Jonathan Van Tam and Jenny Harries. He outlined that due to hospitalisations and deaths remaining low, Step 3 had been possible but to move to Step 4 the four tests that were set out in the road map must be met and the final decision on this will be announced on 14 June.  He also said the early data suggests that the Indian variant does transmit more easily, but they have increasing confidence that the vaccine works against it.

                                         

                                        During the Q+A a journalist from The Sun asked about travel, Matt Hancock said that they have been clear that people should not be travelling to Amber or Red list countries on holiday, people should only go to Amber or Red list countries for exceptional circumstances. People who return from Amber countries need to go through the testing regime and quarantine for 10 days.  He also said that 30,000 home visits have been carried out in the last week to check on people returning from Amber countries. Watch the full briefing here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w51l9BF6V1M

                                         

                                        COVID-19 vaccination status scheme launches (Scotland)

                                        A service that allows people travelling abroad to access their record of vaccination status has launched in Scotland. Only people planning to travel to a country or territory where a record of vaccination status is needed as an entry requirement should download the record or request it, either on the NHS Inform patient portal or in the post.

                                         

                                        Read the press release here.

                                         

                                        Other updates

                                         

                                        TOURISM ALLIANCE UPDATE – 19 May 2021

                                         

                                        • Guidance for Temporary Residents Unable To return To The UK

                                        The Home Office has updated it’s guidance to say that that people who left the UK with valid leave before 17 March 2020 and intended to return to the UK and intended to make an application for Indefinite or Further Permission to Stay, but are unable to do so before their leave expired because of travel restrictions, now have until the 21st June 2021 to do this.

                                         

                                        https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-uk-visa-applicants-and-temporary-uk-residents

                                         

                                        • Jobs that Qualify For Travel Exemptions

                                        The list of occupations that are exempt from travel restrictions has been amended to remove seafarers working on cruise ships from the exemption list for red list countries.

                                         

                                        https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-travellers-exempt-from-uk-border-rules

                                         

                                        • Resource Support for Businesses Updated

                                        The Government’s resource support site has been revised to:

                                          • Include an updated webinar on the SEISS Fourth Grant
                                          • Include an updated webinar on the Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme.
                                          • Include a new YouTube video for the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme

                                         

                                        https://www.gov.uk/guidance/help-and-support-if-your-business-is-affected-by-coronavirus-covid-19

                                         

                                        • Transport Use Figures

                                        DFT’s transport new figures are out and cover the period up to and including 17th May. The figures for 17th May don’t show any noticeable change which isn’t too surprising for a Monday. Next week’s results will be far more instructive as to changing behaviour from the move to Step 3 as they will cover the first weekend under Step 3.

                                         

                                        https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/transport-use-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-pandemic

                                         

                                         

                                         

                                         

                                        TIER: COVID-19 update 18 May 2021

                                         

                                        Updates to the performing arts guidance

                                        The working safely during coronavirus guidance on performing arts has been updated for Step 3 of the roadmap (from 17 May). Key information includes;

                                        • Indoor and outdoor performing arts venues such as theatres, concert halls, cinemas and dedicated grassroots music venues can open to the public.
                                        • Performance events with an audience are permitted, indoors and outdoors.
                                          • Events permitted in Step 3 (which include live performances) should follow all COVID-secure guidance, adhere to all legal requirements, and take all reasonable action to mitigate risk to public health.
                                          • Capacity caps apply to both indoor events (up to 1,000 people or 50% of a site or venue’s capacity, whichever is lower) and outdoor events (up to 4,000 people or 50% of a site or venue’s capacity, whichever is lower. Different capacity caps apply to larger venues and events.
                                          • Find out more information in the sections on changes to operations and meetings and events, and in the organised events guidance for local authorities.

                                        Read the full performing arts guidance here.

                                         

                                        Other updates

                                        • The online consultation for night flights restrictions at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted airports beyond 2024, plus national night flight policy has been extended to 11.59pm on Friday 3 September 2021. More information on the consultation and details on how to respond are available on GOV.UK.
                                        • New information has been added to the page on telling HMRC and paying back a SEISS grant, explaining when and how to tell HMRC about a tax return amendment if it affects your eligibility or grant amount. Links to more information on penalties and how HMRC can recover overpaid grants have also been added. (More info on TA update)

                                         

                                        TOURISM ALLIANCE CORONAVIRUS UPDATE – 18 May 2021

                                         

                                        • Paying Back SEISS

                                        HMRC has updated it’s guidance to explain when and how to tell them about a tax return amendment if it affects your eligibility or grant amount. Specifically, you must tell them if there is an amendment to any of your tax returns on or after 3 March 2021 which either:

                                          • lowers the amount of fourth grant you’re eligible for
                                          • causes you to no longer be eligible for the fourth grant

                                        If your return has been amended before claiming your grant, you must tell them within 90 days of receiving your grant.

                                        If your return has been amended after receiving your grant, you must tell them within 90 days of making the amendment.

                                         

                                        https://www.gov.uk/guidance/tell-hmrc-and-pay-the-self-employment-income-support-scheme-grant-back

                                         

                                        • Domestic Cruise Ship Guidance Updated

                                        The guidance has been updated to bring it into line with Step 3, meaning that Domestic cruises are now permitted in England. However, Domestic cruises can only operate with up to 1,000 passengers or 50% capacity (whichever is lower). Social distancing and social mixing rules still apply groups of more than 6 people or 2 households are not allowed to mix indoors.

                                         

                                        https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-cruise-ship-travel

                                         

                                         

                                        • Let’s Do London: Tourism Recovery Campaign Briefing by London & Partners – 26 May

                                        Last week I sent you information about the new £6m Let’s Do London campaign. Following on from this, London and partners is holding a briefing on the campaign at 11am – 12noon next Wednesday (26 May). At the briefing they will be:

                                          • Explaining how this campaign ties in with London & Partners’ new strategy and its place in the broader context of London’s recovery from the pandemic.
                                          • Providing insight into London’s key audiences, including their motivations and barriers to travel.
                                          • Explaining how to get involved in the recovery campaign and how best to use the Let’s Do London campaign toolkit and assets.

                                         

                                        You can find out more about the briefing and register using the following link 

                                         

                                         https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/lets-do-london-tourism-recovery-campaign-briefing-by-london-partners-tickets-153631256223

                                         

                                         

                                        • VisitEngland Domestic Consumer Sentiment Tracker

                                        VisitEngland has published the results of wave 30 of its consumer sentiment tracker, which is based on fieldwork conducted between 4-9 May. While there are some positive gains in sentiment, there is no substantial bounce in trip intent. The good news is that almost half of the adult population now thinks the ‘worst has passed’ regarding the Covid situation (cf 38% last time), but this is tempered by only 61% of people think that a domestic holiday booked for August will actually go ahead.

                                         

                                        Other points of note from Wave 30:

                                        • The national mood is unchanged at 6.7/10
                                        • Only 12% now believe the ‘worst is still to come’ (down from 18%).
                                        • 47% of adults expect ‘normality’ by end of this year – up 2 points compared to last wave.
                                        • The Appetite for Risk score climbs to 2.7/4.
                                        • Around half of adults anticipate taking more or the same number of overnight domestic trips between now and end of the year compared to normal.  This compares with c. 30% of adults with similar intent regarding overseas trips.  These figures are largely unchanged this wave.
                                        • 14% anticipate taking an overnight trip this spring (Apr – June) rising to 32% during the summer (July – Sept) which is broadly stable wave-on-wave.
                                        • Among those who are intending to take a trip this summer, 37% have reached the planning and 29% the booking stages of their trips, which is up from 33% and 26% respectively last wave.
                                        • The South West remains the lead region for spring and summer trips and although it still dominates, its share has dipped slightly this wave, especially for spring trips.
                                        • The leading destination type for spring trips is ‘traditional coastal/seaside town’ (33%) narrowly ahead of ‘countryside or village’ (29%).  The pattern is similar for the summer period.
                                        • The accommodation types most likely to be used on overnight trips this spring are ‘camping/caravan’ (41%), private home’ (38%) ‘commercial rentals’ (e.g. holiday cottages) on 36% and ‘Hotel/motel/inn’ (also 36%).  Again, we see a broadly similar pattern for summer trips.
                                        • 44% of UK adults intend to take a day trip to either a ‘countryside/village’ or ‘traditional coastal/seaside town’ destination respectively this spring or summer.  This compares with 25% intending to visit a ‘large city’.

                                         

                                        https://www.visitbritain.org/sites/default/files/vb-corporate/covid-19_consumer_tracker_wave_30_final.pdf

                                         

                                         

                                         

                                        TIER: COVID-19 update 17 May 2021

                                         

                                        Health Secretary Matt Hancock today gave a statement in the House of Commons on COVID-19. He updated that second doses will be offered 8 weeks after the first jab for over 50s instead of after 12 weeks, and spoke about the surge testing taking place in Bolton. He also announced that those aged 37 and over can come forward for their vaccine from tomorrow. The statement is available to watch here.

                                        Updates to the providers of grassroots sport and sports facilities guidance

                                        The working safely during coronavirus guidance on grassroots sport and sports facilities has been updated for Step 3 of the roadmap (from 17 May). Key information includes;

                                         

                                        Outdoor sport facilities

                                        • Outdoor sport facilities can open to the public. This applies to all outdoor sport facilities, including outdoor gyms, swimming pools, courts, pitches, golf courses (including mini-golf), water sports venues, climbing walls, driving and shooting ranges, riding arenas at riding centres and archery venues. Outdoor skating rinks and outdoor trampolining parks can open to the public, and from 17 May can open indoor areas and facilities.
                                        • Changing rooms can open but their use should be discouraged. You should inform customers that these are areas of increased risk, that they should shower and change at home where possible, and, if they do need to use changing rooms, they should minimise time spent inside. You should ensure that social distancing can be maintained and customers are aware that they must adhere to legal gathering limits. You can find more information in the section on changing rooms and showers.
                                        • Adults and children can take part in outdoor sport with any number of participants, where it is formally organised (for example, by a national governing body, business or charity) and follow measures including COVID-secure guidance. This applies to organised outdoor (individual and team) sports, outdoor exercise classes, organised sports participation events and outdoor licensed physical activity. Additional measures apply to some higher-risk activities, such as limits on contact in contact combat sports and some team sports. You can find more information in the guidance for safe provision of grassroots sport, or from the relevant sport’s national governing body.
                                        • When not taking part in organised sport, people using your facility must adhere to the rules on social contact. People can meet outdoors in groups of up to 30. In indoor areas, people can gather in groups of up to 6 people, or 2 households/bubbles.
                                        • You can find more information on these measures in the section on changes to operations.


                                        Indoor sport facilities

                                        • Indoor sport facilities can open to the public. This applies to most indoor sport and physical activity facilities, including gyms and leisure centres, sport courts and pitches, dance studios and fitness studios, climbing walls and climbing wall centres, multi-sport facilities (including driving ranges, archery venues and indoor riding centres) and swimming pools. Indoor skating rinks and trampoline parks can open to the public from 17 May.
                                        • Saunas and steam rooms can open to the public from 17 May. Restrictions apply to how these services operate. You can find more information in the section on managing sport facility amenities.
                                        • Capacity limits (100sqft per person) apply to indoor sport facilities, and you must provide adequate ventilation where people are in enclosed spaces. This can be natural ventilation (opening windows, doors and vents), mechanical ventilation (fans and ducts), or a combination of both. You can find more information in the section on ventilation.
                                        • Changing rooms can open but their use should be discouraged. You should inform customers that these are areas of increased risk of transmission, that they should shower and change at home where possible and, if they do need to use changing rooms, they should minimise time spent inside. Customers using changing rooms must adhere to gathering limits and should be able to maintain social distancing while using the facilities. You can find more information in the section on changing rooms and showers.
                                        • Organised indoor sport for adults and children can take place with any number of participants, where it is formally organised (for example, by a national governing body, business or charity) and follows measures including COVID-secure guidance. This applies to organised indoor (individual and team) sports, contact combat sports, indoor exercise classes and organised sport participation events. Additional measures apply to some higher-risk activities, such as limits on contact in contact combat sports and some team sports. You can find more information in the guidance for safe provision of grassroots sport, or from the relevant sport’s national governing body.
                                        • Children can take part in indoor childcare and supervised activities, including sport and physical activity (such as community sport clubs), with any number of participants.
                                        • Informal or self-organised sport can only take place within the rules on social contact - in groups of up to 6 people, or a group of 2 households/bubbles.
                                        • When not taking part in organised sport, people using sport facilities must adhere to the rules on social contact. In indoor areas, people can gather in groups of up to 6 people, or 2 households/bubbles. In outdoor areas, people can meet in groups of up to 30.
                                        • You can find more information on these measures in the section on changes to operations.

                                           

                                          Spectators

                                          • From 17 May, spectators are permitted at grassroots sport events, but capacity limits apply.
                                          • Indoor grassroots sport events can take place with up to 1,000 people or 50% of a site or venue’s capacity (whichever is lower). Organisers should ensure that events taking place in indoor sports facilities adhere to their existing capacity limit based on ventilation requirements. This means that a minimum of 100sqft per person should be provided to all people in the venue (excluding venue and event staff). You can find more information in the section on ventilation.
                                          • Outdoor grassroots sport events can take place with up to 1,000 people or 50% of a site or venue’s capacity (whichever is lower).
                                          • These capacity limits apply to participants in the event (and relevant coaches and officials) as well as spectators. They do not apply to staff working or volunteering at the venue.
                                          • This applies to all types of events except organised sports participation events, where the capacity limit applies to spectators only (i.e. participants and officials are not counted towards the total).
                                          • Spectators must adhere to legal gathering limits.
                                            - Outdoors, spectators can gather in groups of up to 30. Gatherings of more than 30 people remain illegal (unless an exemption applies).
                                            - Indoors, unless an exemption applies, spectators can only gather in groups of up to 6 people, or as a group of two households. A group made up of 2 households can include more than 6 people, but only where all members of the group are from the same 2 households (and each household can include an existing 
                                            support bubble, if eligible).

                                            More detailed advice on how to take part in sport and physical activity can be found in the grassroots sport guidance for the public and sport providers and the guidance for safe provision of grassroots sport (including team sport, contact combat sport and organised sport events).

                                             

                                            UK Government publishes the Passenger COVID-19 Charter

                                            The government has today published the Passenger COVID-19 Charter. This document brings together all guidance on rights, responsibilities, and reasonable expectations regarding international travel whilst COVID-19 measures remain in place. Please note that this is not new policy and does not place any further burden on transport and travel providers.

                                             

                                            The Passenger COVID-19 Charter will support industry by bringing clarity to consumers through a trusted source in a clear and accessible format. To support stakeholder's communications, DfT has developed a summary of the Passenger Covid-19 Charter and a digital checklist for passengers to use when planning travel.

                                             

                                            Read the press release for more information.


                                            Glasgow Local Restrictions Grant

                                            In response to the decision for Glasgow to remain at Level 3, the Glasgow Local Restrictions Grant will provide grants to specific businesses that are impacted by the decision made in response to rates of COVID-19.

                                             

                                            This fund will provide grants of up to £750, depending on Rateable Value, to cover a weekly period, to specific businesses that previously received financial support through the Strategic Framework Business Fund or the Small Accommodation Providers Paying Council Tax Support Fund.

                                             

                                            This fund provides further financial support of:

                                          • up to £750 of support to those sectors in Glasgow that remain closed in Protection Level 3 but which will be permitted to open or subject to less stringent restrictions elsewhere in Scotland from Monday 17 May 2021 in accordance with the roadmap.
                                          • up to £500 of support to the hospitality and tourism sector in Glasgow in recognition of the impact travel restrictions will have as only permitted travel in and out of the council area will be in force from 17 May 2021. It provides support to accommodation businesses that are otherwise ineligible for support at Protection Level 3.
                                          • Retail and sectors closed by law elsewhere in Scotland at Level 2 are not eligible for this additional support.

                                            Grants will be processed by 21 May to eligible businesses and will be paid automatically to eligible businesses, there is no application process for this fund.

                                             

                                            Find out more on eligibility and the amounts available here.

                                            VisitEngland domestic consumer sentiment tracker

                                            The results of wave 30 of the consumer sentiment tracker are available on the VisitEngland website. The fieldwork for this wave was conducted between 4-9 May. There are some positive gains in sentiment but no substantial bounce in trip intent just yet. The ‘appetite for risk’ score continues to rise, confidence is building (despite a 1 point fall for June trips), bookings are climbing (albeit slowly) and almost half of the adult population now thinks the ‘worst has passed’ regarding the Covid situation.  There are also stronger signals that vaccinations may be having a positive impact on the likelihood to take spring or summer trips.

                                             

                                            From a new question for this wave (on slide 16), asked to better understand the risk of domestic trip substitution as the overseas markets open up, over 90% of spring and summer intenders say they would still go on their UK trip, with just a couple of percent opting to cancel and go overseas instead.

                                             

                                            Other points of note from Wave 30:

                                            • The national mood is unchanged at 6.7/10
                                            • Only 12% now believe the ‘worst is still to come’ (down from 18%).
                                            • 47% of adults expect ‘normality’ by end of this year – up 2 points compared to last wave.
                                            • The Appetite for Risk score climbs to 2.7/4.
                                            • Around half of adults anticipate taking more or the same number of overnight domestic trips between now and end of the year compared to normal.  This compares with c. 30% of adults with similar intent regarding overseas trips.  These figures are largely unchanged this wave.
                                            • Confidence continues to improve, with the majority (55%) now confident a July trip would go ahead as planned.
                                            • 14% anticipate taking an overnight trip this spring (Apr – June) rising to 32% during the summer (July – Sept) which is broadly stable wave-on-wave.
                                            • Among those who are intending to take a trip this summer, 37% have reached the planning and 29% the booking stages of their trips, which is up from 33% and 26% respectively last wave.
                                            • The South West remains the lead region for spring and summer trips and although it still dominates, its share has dipped slightly this wave, especially for spring trips.
                                            • The leading destination type for spring trips is ‘traditional coastal/seaside town’ (33%) narrowly ahead of ‘countryside or village’ (29%).  The pattern is similar for the summer period.
                                            • The accommodation types most likely to be used on overnight trips this spring are ‘camping/caravan’ (41%), private home’ (38%) ‘commercial rentals’ (e.g. holiday cottages) on 36% and ‘Hotel/motel/inn’ (also 36%).  Again, we see a broadly similar pattern for summer trips.
                                            • 44% of UK adults intend to take a day trip to either a ‘countryside/village’ or ‘traditional coastal/seaside town’ destination respectively this spring or summer.  This compares with 25% intending to visit a ‘large city’.

                                         

                                        Other updates

                                        The following pages have been updated in line with the move to Step 3 of the roadmap:

                                         

                                        TOURISM ALLIANCE CORONAVIRUS UPDATE – 17 May 2021

                                        • Revised Guidance for Lounges

                                        DCMS has received Cabinet Office approval to change the guidance for lounge areas in accommodation properties. The guidance now reads:

                                         

                                        If you wish to provide food and drink to customers in a lounge - for example, if a hotel lounge is used to serve pre-dinner drinks as part of a meal - the lounge must be operated as a hospitality area and follow the requirements for hospitality venues. This includes ensuring that customers are seated while eating and drinking, and providing table service if your venue serves alcohol. 

                                         

                                        • Covid Travel Charter

                                        To coincide with the easing of international travel restrictions, DfT have launched a Covid Travel Charter to inform the public of their rights, responsibilities and reasonable expectations regarding international travel whilst COVID-19 measures remain in place. The key components of the Charter are:

                                          • When making a booking check the terms and conditions to understand the impact if your plans change, such as in response to changes in restrictions or travel guidance.
                                          • Make sure you have travel insurance at the time of booking, that is suitable for your needs and travel plans, for both international and domestic travel. Please make sure you read and understand the terms and conditions of any travel insurance and check with the provider if you have any questions or concerns.
                                          • If your plans or circumstances change, in the first instance you should discuss any concerns with your travel provider (the organisation you booked with, for example if you booked a package holiday, you should speak to the company you booked it through) as soon as possible, to consider available options.
                                          • Additional checks are to be expected when travelling and you should allow for extra time during your journey for these.
                                          • You are responsible for making sure you have all the correct documentation ready for your journey. Guidance, advice and information about travelling, including entry requirements for the country you are travelling to, may be updated ahead of your travel dates. It is your responsibility to make sure you are regularly checking relevant information ahead of your trip. Rules and restrictions may be different in different parts of the UK (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales) and so you should check the relevant guidance for the country you are in.
                                          • You may not be entitled to a refund, but you should speak to your travel provider to discuss options for amending your travel dates or destination, as soon as possible, in the event that:
                                            • the restrictions in the countries you are travelling to change
                                            • the rating under the government’s traffic light category changes for the country you are travelling to
                                            • any other COVID-19 restrictions changes affect your travel plans

                                         

                                        https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/passenger-covid-19-charter/passenger-covid-19-charter

                                         

                                        • Travel Guidance Updated

                                        The main travel guidance document for people travelling overseas has also been updated.  There are four sections to this guidance:

                                          • What to do before you travel overseas
                                          • What to do while you are overseas
                                          • What to do in preparation for returning
                                          • What to do when you arrive

                                         

                                        https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus

                                         

                                        • Guidance on Quarantining Updated

                                        Further, the guidance on restrictions on travel into the country from Red list countries and the process for booking a quarantine hotel if you are, has been updated in light of the introduction of the traffic light system that was introduced earlier today. The guidance is essentially the same as previously as it’s  wording that’s changed – but it’s worth noting the update in case you get queries.

                                         

                                                        https://www.gov.uk/guidance/booking-and-staying-in-a-quarantine-hotel-when-you-arrive-in-england

                                         

                                                        Similarly, the guidance for people entering England from an Amber country has been updated and is applicable to both overseas visitors arriving into the country and UK national returning to England.

                                         

                                                        https://www.gov.uk/guidance/how-to-quarantine-when-you-arrive-in-england

                                         

                                        • Step 3 Posters

                                        The Government has published posters that explain the main rules and restrictions associated with today’s move to Step 3. These posters are an excellent resource for making sure staff and customers are aware of the rules - they can also be added to websites or attached to booking confirmations so that customers know what to expect during this phase prior to arrival.

                                         

                                        https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/986738/COVID-19_Roadmap_Posters_STEP_3_2021_digi.pdf

                                         

                                        • Updated Guidance On What You Can And Cannot Do

                                        With the move to Step 3 today, the Government has updated the “What You Can and Cannot Do” guidance for the public to explain the changes. While there is nothing new or different in this to the guidance that has been provided to business, it is worth noting that this guidance now contains a new section providing guidance to people in areas where there is concern regarding the new variant that was first discovered in India. This section reads:

                                         

                                        Be careful: a new COVID-19 variant is spreading in some parts of England

                                        The areas in which the new COVID-19 variant is spreading fastest are:

                                         

                                        Given the increased risk of transmitting COVID-19, you should take particular caution when meeting anyone outside your household or support bubble. This will keep yourself and others safe. In particular, wherever possible, you should try to:

                                        • Meet outside rather than inside where possible
                                        • Try to keep 2 metres apart from people that you don’t live with (unless you have formed a support bubble with them), this includes friends and family you don’t live with
                                        • Get tested twice a week for free and isolate if you are positive
                                        • Continue to work from home if you can
                                        • Get vaccinated when you are offered it, and encourage others to do so as well

                                         

                                        You should get tested for COVID-19, this includes:

                                         

                                        You should self-isolate immediately if you have symptoms or a positive test result for COVID-19. There is financial support if you’re off work because of coronavirus.

                                        In addition, you should try to avoid travelling in and out of your local area unless it is essential, for example for work or education.

                                         

                                        https://www.gov.uk/guidance/covid-19-coronavirus-restrictions-what-you-can-and-cannot-do

                                         

                                        • Test and Trace in the Workplace Guidance Updated

                                        In line with the increased concern regarding the Indian virus, the guidance for businesses on undertaking Test and Trace in the Workplace has been updated to link with the guidance above.

                                         

                                                        https://www.gov.uk/guidance/nhs-test-and-trace-workplace-guidance

                                         

                                        • WOTTOS Endorsement Scheme

                                        While we are talking about workplace testing, DHSC has introduced the We Offer Testing to our Staff (WOTTOS) endorsement scheme.  This is a free voluntary promotional scheme for firms who are participating in the government’s free coronavirus workplace testing programme and offer regular twice weekly testing to their staff. 

                                                       

                                        Under the scheme, businesses that signed-up to the workplace testing programme before 12th April can download and use promotional materials that are available on the ordering platform where businesses orders their NHS Test and Trace workplace tests. In future, promotional material will be printed by DHSC and sent to organisations who are participating in the scheme.

                                         

                                                        https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/we-offer-testing-to-our-staff-wottos-endorsement-scheme/we-offer-testing-to-our-staff-wottos-endorsement-scheme

                                         

                                        • Volunteering Guidance Updated

                                        The guidance on volunteers has been updated in line with the move to Step 3. The main points are:

                                          • While volunteering, people can meet in groups of any size from different households, indoors or outdoors. Indoor venues should allow for social distancing to be maintained and have adequate ventilation.
                                          • Volunteers can also meet in groups for activities necessary for their volunteering, including recruitment and training. This does not include meeting in person as part of a social activity.
                                          • Volunteers who meet in groups or with others from outside their household or support bubble should be especially careful to follow social distancing guidance, or COVID-secure guidelines if volunteering in a workplace.

                                         

                                        https://www.gov.uk/guidance/enabling-safe-and-effective-volunteering-during-coronavirus-covid-19

                                         

                                        TIER: COVID-19 update 14 May 2021

                                         

                                        The Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Professor Chris Whitty tonight provided an update on COVID-19 re: the ‘Indian variant’ - B.1.617.2. The Prime Minister updated on clusters of the B.1.617.2 strain including in Bolton and Blackburn. The Prime Minister’s full statement can be accessed here

                                         

                                         

                                        The heritage locations guidancehas been updated for Step 3 of the roadmap (from 17 May). Please see some key information below;

                                         

                                        From 17 May, the following will apply.

                                         

                                        Heritage locations can open to the public.

                                        • This applies to indoor and outdoor heritage locations including stately and historic homes and castles, historic parks, gardens, landscapes, ruins and monuments. Locations can open indoor and outdoor facilities, including visitor centres.
                                        • Guests can visit these locations in line with the legal gathering limits. Outdoors, people can only gather in groups of up to 30 people (unless an exemption applies). Indoors, people can only meet in groups of up to 6 people, or as a group of 2 households/bubbles (unless an exemption applies). Social distancing should be maintained between people who do not live together or share a bubble.

                                         

                                        Indoor and outdoor activities and guided tours are permitted, but must operate within the legal gathering limits.

                                        • Activities and tours can be provided for a single permitted group of visitors (up to 30 people outdoors, or up to 6 people or 2 households/bubbles indoors, unless exemptions apply).
                                        • Activities and tours can also be provided for multiple groups, provided that the organiser takes the required precautions and groups are kept separate throughout the activity or tour. Each group must adhere to the legal gathering limits (up to 30 people outdoors, or up to 6 people or 2 households/bubbles indoors, unless exemptions apply).

                                         

                                        The rules on meetings and events will change:

                                        • Indoor and outdoor events can take place, with COVID-secure measures and capacity limits in place. This includes business events such as conferences, trade shows, exhibitions, charity auctions, private dining events such as charity or gala dinners and awards ceremonies, and corporate hospitality. Events permitted from Step 3 should follow all COVID-secure guidance, adhere to all legal requirements, and take all reasonable action to mitigate risk to public health. Capacity restrictions will apply to both indoor and outdoor events. Further guidance can be found in the section on meetings and events, the guidance for visitor economy settings and the organised events guidance for local authorities.
                                        • In-person meetings can take place when reasonably necessary. However, businesses should not hold meetings for the purposes of gathering staff if they are not necessary. Business show-rounds, viewings and site visits can take place at heritage locations. You can find more information in the section on meetings and events and the guidance for visitor economy settings.
                                        • Weddings/civil partnerships, funerals and other life events can take place, however restrictions will apply to some types of event. Wedding show-rounds, viewings and site visits can take place at heritage locations. You should check the guidance on wedding and civil partnership receptions and celebrations and funerals and ensure you follow any relevant measures. You can find more information in the section on meetings and events.

                                        Hospitality:

                                        Visitor attractions and recreational venues:

                                        For more detail please see the full guidance which also includes information on managing operations and managing visitors.

                                         


                                        Northern Ireland Executive announce relaxations and guidance on travel within the Common Travel Area

                                        In a statement published yesterday, the Northern Ireland Executive has signalled a further set of relaxations. In relation to their previous decisions, which come into place on 24 May, subject to a review on the 20 May, they have decided the following:

                                        • The 6 people from two households has been amended to 6 people (from any number of households) for indoor hospitality. If only one household the maximum is 10.
                                        • For the remainder of tourist accommodation:
                                        • shared facilities are able to open
                                        • meeting rooms can reopen (capacity based on risk assessment)
                                        • Receptions for weddings/funerals are able to go ahead – no restrictions on top table, maximum of 10 at tables (no household restriction), one dance for the couple and background music only.
                                        • Dinners and other functions are permitted from 24 May subject to risk assessment on numbers and conference facilities are able to open from 24 May for use for activities other than conferences and exhibitions.
                                        • Indoor attractions – contact details must be taken and retained but capacity based on risk assessment.
                                        • Indoor gatherings (not domestic) – numbers permitted based on risk assessment, but where the gathering is for more than 15 people it must be an organised gathering with a risk assessment.
                                        • Visits indoors in domestic settings will be allowed. 6 people from no more than 2 households. Does not include children under 12.  Can be more if household has more than 6, but not more than 10. Overnight stays are permitted.
                                        • Outdoor gatherings – Maximum of 500 or as per risk assessment (whichever is the lower). Any gathering of over 30 people outdoors must be an organised gathering and will require a risk assessment.
                                        • The ‘Stay Local’ message will be removed and the focus will be on behaviour of people.
                                        • From 21 June the Executive has agreed to remove the restriction on audiences in seated theatres and concert halls and other venues and to the return of conferences and exhibitions. These decisions will be subject to review in June. 

                                          In relation to travel within the CTA, which is currently subject to advice and guidance, the Executive has decided to remove the essential travel reasons requirement and retain the guidance on self-isolation and add two new exemptions to this:

                                        • visits to family and friends;
                                        • those who have completed mandatory managed quarantine on arrival at a point of entry elsewhere in the CTA and travelled directly to NI.
                                        • Those exempt from self-isolation will be asked in guidance to take a pre-departure LFD test, and LFD tests and days 2 and 8 post arrival in NI.

                                          If people are arriving into Northern Ireland from within the Common Travel Area and they plan to remain here for at least 24 hours, public health advice is that they should self-isolate upon arrival for 10 days, unless they are exempt.

                                          Read the full statement
                                          here.


                                          Wales moves to alert level 2

                                          First Minister Mark Drakeford announced today that Wales will move into alert level 2 on Monday 17 May. The changes to the coronavirus restrictions, which will come into force from Monday 17 May include:

                                        • Indoor hospitality can re-open – 6 people from up to 6 households (not including children under 11) can book.
                                        • All holiday accommodation can re-open fully.
                                        • Entertainment venues, including cinemas, bingo halls, bowling alleys, indoor-play centres and areas, casinos, amusement arcades, and theatres can re-open. Cinemas, theatres concert halls and sports grounds can sell food and drink as long as it is consumed in a seated area for watching the performance.
                                        • Indoor visitor attractions, including museums and galleries can re-open.
                                        • Up to 30 people can take part in organised indoor activities and up to 50 people in organised outdoor activities. This includes wedding receptions and wakes.

                                        • New international travel rules for Wales

                                          International travel will restart for people in Wales from Monday 17 May, the Welsh Government has confirmed today. As part of changes to Wales’ coronavirus regulations, people living in Wales will be able to travel to some overseas destinations without the need to quarantine on their return.

                                           

                                          A traffic lights system, aligned with England and Scotland, will be introduced. Countries will be classified as green, amber and red, depending on their rates of coronavirus.

                                          Mandatory quarantine is in place for all people returning to the UK from countries on the amber and red lists. All people returning from overseas travel must have a PCR test.

                                           

                                          Under the international travel rules:

                                        • People arriving from green-list countries are not required to quarantine on their return to Wales, but they must book and pay for a mandatory PCR test on or before day two of their return. All travellers and members of their household will also be reminded about the availability of additional lateral flow tests to continue to monitor their health.
                                        • People arriving from amber-list countries are required to quarantine for 10 days at home on their return. This is a legal requirement. They are also required to book and pay for mandatory PCR tests on day 2 and on day 8. Wales does not operate a test-to-release scheme where an additional test can be taken on day 5 to reduce the period of quarantine.
                                        • People arriving from countries on the red list are required to quarantine for a full 10 days on arrival in the UK at a designated UK port in a government-managed facility – a ‘covid hotel’ – at their own cost, starting from £1,750 per person. All UK entry points for arrivals from red-list countries are in England and Scotland, which means Welsh residents returning from those countries will need to quarantine outside Wales. Travellers are also required to book and pay for mandatory PCR tests on day 2 and day 8.
                                        • From Monday 24 May, a paper-based vaccination status will be available for people in Wales who have had 2 doses of vaccination and need to urgently travel to a country that requires covid vaccination proof.



                                          Glasgow and Moray to remain in level 3, financial support announced

                                          First Minister Nicola Sturgeon confirmed today that due to rising case numbers of COVID-19, Glasgow and Moray will remain at level 3 for another week.

                                           

                                          In response, the Moray Local Restrictions Grant will provide grants to specific businesses in Moray that are impacted by the decision. This fund will provide grants of up to £1,500, depending on Rateable Value, to cover up to a two-week period, to specific businesses that previously received financial support through the Strategic Framework Business Fund or the Small Accommodation Providers Paying Council Tax Support Fund.

                                           

                                          This fund provides further financial support of:

                                        • Up to £1,500 of support to those sectors in Moray that remain closed in Protection Level 3 but which will be permitted to open or subject to less stringent restrictions elsewhere in Scotland from Monday 17 May 2021 in accordance with the Scottish Government’s Routemap.
                                        • Up to £1,000 of support to the hospitality and tourism sector in Moray in recognition of the impact travel restrictions will have as only permitted travel in and out of the council area will be in force from 17 May. It provides support to accommodation businesses that are otherwise ineligible for support at Protection Level 3.
                                        • Grants will be processed by 21 May to eligible businesses and will be paid automatically to eligible businesses, there is no application process for this fund.

                                          Find out more on eligibility and the amounts available here. Information for local authorities is available here.



                                          Other updates

                                        • Following the Transport Secretary’s announcement that international travel can gradually resume from 17 May, please see the Stakeholder Toolkit to support your communications at https://extranet.dft.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/International-Travel-Toolkit-May-2021.pdf. Contents include: digital assets, key messages, and example vaccine and testing documentation. Other sources of information which may be of use are listed below:
                                        • Updated Stakeholder Extranet page with links to key assets
                                        • Travel abroad: step by step
                                        • Red, amber and green list rules for entering England

                                        Please send any queries to internationaltravelresponse@dft.gov.uk.

                                        • Guidance for managers of venues that host wedding ceremonies, civil partnerships and receptions has been published on GOV.UK.
                                        • The Freelancer Fund in Wales will open for applications at midday on Monday 17 May. The fund supports freelancers in the arts, creative industries, arts and heritage, events, culture and heritage. The fund will also support freelancers who work in events that have been significantly impacted by the pandemic, including those working in weddings and corporate events, but not sport events. To find out more and to check eligibility, visit Business Wales COVID-19 support for business at midday on Monday 17 May 2021.

                                         

                                        Tourism Alliance Coronavirus Update – 13 May

                                         

                                        • Test and Trace – Outdoor Events

                                        DCMS and DoH have produced the following guidance on the application of Test and Trace to Outdoor Events

                                         

                                        Many outdoor events are not currently included in the scope of the Collection of Contact Details Regulations (Test & Trace), unless taking place at a venue specifically listed in the Regulations, and as such are not required to display an official NHS QR code or ask customers and visitors for their contact details. These include, for example, agricultural shows, funfairs, fetes, flower shows, literary fairs, festivals and car boot sales.  

                                         

                                        Event organisers may still wish to support test and trace by asking visitors for their contact details and displaying an official NHS QR code, but they are not required to do so. 

                                         

                                        Any eat-in hospitality venues within these events (even if outdoors) are in scope of the Regulations and are required to request that all customers and visitors either scan the official NHS QR code or provide contact details, and must refuse entry to anyone that chooses not to do so. This applies to the area of the hospitality venue only – it does not change the requirements for the wider event premises.  

                                         

                                        A full list of venues which are in scope of the Regulations and must display an official NHS QR code and request customer, visitor, and staff contact details can be found here. 

                                         

                                         

                                        • Lounges Clarification

                                        I’ve had a number of queries regarding the primary guidance for Hotel and Other Accommodation with regard to lounges. The new updated guidance for Step 3 states that:

                                         

                                        Communal spaces such as lounges or lobbies may remain open to guests, but no food or drink should be served. People should be encouraged not to gather in these spaces, and to observe social distancing at all times.

                                         

                                        I have raised this issue with DCMS and am awaiting clarification, but it would seem that the guidance hasn’t properly differentiated between communal lounges such as those in B&Bs where all the seating is together and lounge bars in hotels where the seating and function are more akin to restaurant or pub settings and should follow that guidance. I will let you know when I get clarification on this.

                                         

                                         

                                        • Proving Vaccination Status

                                        The guidance on how people prove their vaccination status when travelling overseas has been updated to say people who do not have access to the NHS smartphone app and have to call the NHS helpline on 119 and ask for a letter that confirms their status should expect to wait 7 working days for the letter to arrive.

                                         

                                        https://www.gov.uk/guidance/demonstrating-your-covid-19-vaccination-status-when-travelling-abroad

                                         

                                         

                                        • CMA Letter on to Package Travel Industry

                                        You will have seen on the news that the CMA has written to the package Travel Industry ahead of Monday’s reopening of international travel to remind businesses of the need to comply with the requirements of the Package Travel Regulations. Please note that these requirements also apply to the domestic tourism industry were products are sold that combine two of  accommodation, transport, car hire and “other tourism services” as a package or a linked travel arrangement. If you have any queries about what constitutes a Package or Linked Travel Arrangement, just let me know.

                                         

                                        Here is a copy of the CMA letter

                                         

                                        https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/985949/Open_letter_to_package_travel_companies_May_2021_HV_edit.pdf

                                         

                                         ONS Economic Activity Survey

                                        ONS has published the results of this week’s economic activity survey which includes data on restaurant bookings. This week’s results are:

                                          • In the week to Monday 10 May 2021, the average estimate for UK seated diner reservations was 60% of the level seen in the equivalent week of 2019.
                                          • However, this is 5% down on the previous week
                                          • In London bookings decreased by 3%  to 34%
                                          • By contrast, in Manchester there was a 10% increase to 102% of the 2019 level

                                         

                                        https://www.ons.gov.uk/economy/economicoutputandproductivity/output/bulletins/economicactivityandsocialchangeintheukrealtimeindicators/13may2021

                                         

                                        TIER: COVID-19 update 12 May 2021

                                         

                                        Updates for Wales

                                        The First Minister today confirmed that up to six people from six different households will be able to meet in indoor regulated settings, such as cafes and pubs, when they open from May 17.

                                        Further support for Welsh businesses

                                        Businesses in Wales still affected by coronavirus restrictions will be able to claim up to £25,000 more in support to help meet ongoing costs. This latest support package will help those businesses, which remain affected by restrictions, to meet ongoing costs through to the end of June as they prepare for re-opening and more normal trading conditions.

                                        Businesses that stand to benefit include:

                                        • nightclubs and late entertainment venues
                                        • events and conference venues not covered by the Welsh Government’s Cultural Recovery Fund (CRF)
                                        • hospitality and leisure businesses, including restaurants, pubs and cafes
                                        • supply chain business, which have been materially impacted by restrictions.

                                         

                                        An eligibility checker will open on the Business Wales website at midday on 17 May so businesses can find out how much support they are likely to be entitled to and how to apply. Businesses will be able to submit applications by the end of the month and they will receive between £2,500 and £25,000 depending on their circumstances. Funding will be calculated based on the size of the business and the type of restrictions they are under.

                                        Other updates:

                                        • The Prime Minister has announced that the Government will launch a full independent inquiry in to the Government’s handling of coronavirus – starting in Spring 2022.
                                        • Apprenticeship guidance updated to say that from 17 May all apprentices in higher education can return to in-person teaching and learning.

                                         

                                        TOURISM ALLIANCE UPDATE – 12 May 2021

                                         

                                        • Tourism and GDP

                                        With the GDP figures for March being published today, there was the opportunity to compare tourism to other sectors of the UK economy. The key figures are:

                                          • UK GDP rose 2.1% in March
                                          • Manufacturing rose by 1.9%
                                          • The Service Sector rose by 1.9%
                                          • Accommodation and Food Services sector’s contribution to growth was - 0.2%

                                         

                                        https://www.ons.gov.uk/economy/grossdomesticproductgdp/articles/coronavirusandtheimpactonoutputintheukeconomy/march2021

                                        • Right to Work Checks

                                        With many tourism businesses planning to reopen next week and many people reporting labour shortages, it is important to note that the Government’s guidance on the requirements for businesses to check applicants right to work in the UK are about to change. From 20 June 2021, the temporary COVID-19 relaxation of the right to work checks will end and employers will have to go back to face to face and physical document checks as set out in legislation and guidance.

                                        https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-right-to-work-checks

                                        • Test and Trace Payment Support Eligibility

                                        The guidance on the eligibility criteria for the £500 Test and trace payment has been updated to provide clarity. Typically people have to receive a benefit such as Universal Credit, Working Tax Credit or Housing benefit but people not receiving a qualifying benefit may be able to apply if they:

                                          • Meet the other criteria
                                          • Are on a low income
                                          • Will face financial hardship as a result of self-isolating

                                         

                                        Councils will tell applicants what counts as low income and financial hardship, and whether they eligible.

                                        https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/test-and-trace-support-payment-scheme-claiming-financial-support/claiming-financial-support-under-the-test-and-trace-support-payment-scheme

                                        • Transport Use

                                        The latest DfT figures are out and show that there has been no change in the use of publish transport since England moved to Step 2 on 12th March with national rail use at around 37% and bus use being around 60%. In London, tube use remain less than 40% of usual. It will be interesting to see how much this changes next week.

                                         

                                        https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/transport-use-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-pandemic

                                         

                                        • Changes to restrictions in Scotland

                                        The First Minister has confirmed that from 17 May.

                                          • Up to six people from three households will be able to meet in each other’s homes or gardens without physical distancing
                                          • Up to six people from three households will be able to meet indoors in places such as pubs, cafes and restaurants, while up to eight people from eight households will be able to meet outdoors
                                          • Pubs and restaurants will be able to serve alcohol indoors until 10:30pm in two-hour booked slots
                                          • Venues including cinemas, theatres, concert halls, music venues, comedy clubs, amusement arcades, casinos, snooker halls and bingo halls will be able to reopen
                                          • Events will resume with a maximum capacity of 100 people indoors, 250 outdoors where there is unrestricted standing and 500 for events with seating. Organisers will be allowed to apply to hold bigger events
                                          • Outdoor contact sports and indoor group exercise classes will be able to restart
                                          • Amateur performing arts groups will be able to perform outdoors

                                        https://www.gov.scot/news/next-steps-out-of-lockdown/

                                        • International travel into Scotland

                                        From 17 May, Scotland will move to a traffic light system that, at present, mirrors the England traffic light system

                                          • Anyone entering Scotland from a red list country will be required to isolate in a managed isolation hotel for 10 days. The red list countries includes Turkey, the Maldives and Nepal, which were added to the England red list today.
                                          • Entering Scotland from an amber list country will require self-isolation at home for 10 days, with two tests taken within that period.
                                          • Entering Scotland from a green list country will require a PCR test to be taken after arrival, but there will be no requirement to self-isolate.
                                          • Countries on the green list are: Australia, Brunei, Falkland Islands, Faroe Islands, Gibraltar, Iceland, Israel, New Zealand, Portugal, Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha, Singapore, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands.

                                         

                                        TIER: COVID-19 update 11 May 2021

                                         

                                        Changes to restrictions in Scotland 

                                        In her statement today, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon confirmed that all of mainland Scotland, with the exception of Moray which will be decided by the end of this week, will move to Level 2 on 17 May.

                                        This means that on 17 May:

                                        • Up to six people from three households will be able to meet in each other’s homes or gardens without physical distancing
                                        • Up to six people from three households will be able to meet indoors in places such as pubs, cafes and restaurants, while up to eight people from eight households will be able to meet outdoors
                                        • Pubs and restaurants will be able to serve alcohol indoors until 10:30pm in two-hour booked slots
                                        • Venues including cinemas, theatres, concert halls, music venues, comedy clubs, amusement arcades, casinos, snooker halls and bingo halls will be able to reopen
                                        • Events will resume with a maximum capacity of 100 people indoors, 250 outdoors where there is unrestricted standing and 500 for events with seating. Organisers will be allowed to apply to hold bigger events
                                        • Outdoor contact sports and indoor group exercise classes will be able to restart
                                        • Amateur performing arts groups will be able to perform outdoors

                                        Also on 17 May, the following areas will move to Level 1: The Western Isles, Shetland, Orkney, all islands in the Highlands (except for Skye), the Inner Hebrides islands in Argyll, including Islay, Jura and Mull.

                                        Find out more information and read the updated what you can and cannot do page here.

                                        International travel into Scotland

                                        From 17 May, Scotland will move to a traffic light system, informed by risk assessments prepared by the Joint Biosecurity Centre. The system will categorise countries as red, amber or green.

                                        • Anyone entering Scotland from a red list country will be required to isolate in a managed isolation hotel for 10 days. Due to changes coming into force from tomorrow, these red list countries will include Turkey, the Maldives and Nepal.
                                        • Entering Scotland from an amber list country will require self-isolation at home for 10 days, with two tests taken within that period.
                                        • Entering Scotland from a green list country will require a PCR test to be taken after arrival, but there will be no requirement to self-isolate. The green list will initially be the same as that in place for England but will be subject to review based on Scotland’s specific needs.
                                          • Countries on the green list are: Australia, Brunei, Falkland Islands, Faroe Islands, Gibraltar, Iceland, Israel, New Zealand, Portugal, Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha, Singapore, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands.

                                        Find out more information.


                                        Updates to the hotels and other guest accommodation guidance

                                        The hotels and other guest accommodation guidancehas been updated to include measures that will apply from Step 3 from 17 May in England. Please see a summary of the changes below, see the full guidance for more detail.

                                        Business operations

                                        • All guest accommodation can open for leisure stays. This includes hotels, hostels, B&Bs and other types of accommodation that rely on sharing facilities (including kitchens, sleeping areas, bathrooms and indoor communal areas such as lounges, sitting areas, and any lifts, staircases or internal corridors used to access the accommodation). More information on how to operate shared facilities is available in the section on changes to facilities and services.
                                        • Overnight stays in guest accommodation are restricted to groups of up to 6 people or 2 households/bubbles. People should stay socially distanced from anyone they do not live with or share a bubble with.
                                        • Where reasonably necessary, there is an exemption to the social contact limits for residential visits organised by schools, colleges, further education and higher education providers for educational or educational training purposes. See the full guidance for more information on educational bubbles. More information is also available in the guidance for schoolsfurther education colleges and providers and higher education providers.
                                        • Residential trips for out-of-school settings, such as youth groups and children’s extra-curricular clubs, should be restricted to groups of up to 6 people or 2 households/support or childcare bubbles, including supervising adults. More information is available in the guidance for out-of-school settings.
                                        • All guest accommodation can open permitted businesses and services on-site for access by guests and by the general public, including where the entrance is within the guest accommodation. This includes indoor and outdoor sport facilities (such as swimming pools and gyms), spas and personal care facilities (such as hair, beauty, and massage services), and retail facilities. Saunas and steam rooms can reopen. Also check the guidance for sport facilitiesclose contact services and retail shops, stores and branches to ensure the relevant requirements are adhered to. See the section on hospitality in the hotel guidance and the guidance for restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services for other relevant measures.
                                          • Food and/or drink (including alcohol) can be provided through room service.
                                          • Communal spaces such as lounges or lobbies may remain open to guests but no food or drink should be served in these spaces, people should not be encouraged to gather and social distancing should be observed.
                                          • Indoor entertainment is permitted. This includes venues such as theatres, cinemas and concert halls, and performance/screening areas within the premises of another venue such as a pub, hotel or holiday park.
                                          • More information on these measures is available in the sections on changes to operationschanges to facilities and services and hospitality.
                                        • For existing bookings, if guests are not able to take a planned holiday due to coronavirus restrictions, accommodation providers should give guests a chance to cancel their bookings. If a booking is cancelled, either by the guest or the provider, we encourage accommodation providers to offer alternative dates if this can be agreed with the customer. If this cannot be arranged, we expect businesses to provide a refund depending on the terms of the booking contract.

                                        Business meetings and events

                                        • Permitted venues (including guest accommodation) can hire out function and event spaces for essential work, education and training, where these events cannot reasonably be conducted remotely.
                                        • Permitted venues (including guest accommodation) can host business meeting/event show-rounds, viewings and site visits for the purpose of viewing the venue for a future booking.
                                        • Indoor and outdoor business events can take place. This includes conferences, trade shows, exhibitions, charity auctions, private dining events such as charity or gala dinners and awards ceremonies, and corporate hospitality.
                                        • More information is available in the section on meetings and events and the guidance for visitor economy settings.

                                        Other updates

                                        • How to quarantine when you arrive in England has been updated to include the ability of amber and green arrivals to travel to a test site for their day 2 and day 8 tests.
                                        • The Welsh Government has announced a proposed list of pilot events to take place over the forthcoming weeks. Cardiff’s Eid at the Castle celebration and Tafwyl have been confirmed for this week, with other proposed events in discussion. Read the announcement.

                                         

                                        TOURISM ALLIANCE CORONAVIRUS UPDATE – 11 May 2021

                                         

                                        • Primary Guidance for Hotels and Other Accommodation Updated

                                        The Working Safely during Coronavirus Guidance for accommodation businesses has now been updated to include the rules and restrictions that apply for Step 3. The main points are:

                                          • Overnight stays in guest accommodation are restricted to groups of up to 6 people or 2 households/bubbles
                                          • Where reasonably necessary, there is an exemption to the social contact limits for residential visits organised by schools, colleges, further education and higher education providers for educational or educational training purposes
                                          • Residential trips for out-of-school settings, such as youth groups and children’s extra-curricular clubs, should be restricted to groups of up to 6 people or 2 households/support or childcare bubbles, including supervising adults.
                                          • All guest accommodation can open permitted businesses and services on-site for access by guests and by the general public, including where the entrance is within the guest accommodation.
                                          • Indoor and outdoor business events can take place. This includes conferences, trade shows, exhibitions, charity auctions, private dining events such as charity or gala dinners and awards ceremonies, and corporate hospitality.
                                          • There will be no restrictions on domestic travel

                                         

                                        https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/hotels-and-other-guest-accommodation

                                         

                                        • Test and Trace Guidance Updated

                                        The guidance on Test and Trace requirements for businesses has been updated to include further detail related to the move to Step 3 next week. While there is nothing particularly new in the guidance it is worth noting the businesses that are in scope – and therefore the businesses that are out of scope (such as outdoor attractions and events).

                                         

                                        Hospitality businesses in scope (which need to make all reasonable efforts to refuse entry to people who do not provide their details):

                                          • restaurants, including restaurants and dining rooms in hotels or members’ clubs
                                          • cafes, including workplace canteens
                                          • bars, including bars in hotels or members’ clubs
                                          • public houses

                                         

                                        Leisure and tourism businesses in scope (which do NOT need to make all reasonable efforts to refuse entry to people who do not provide their details): :

                                          • amusement arcades
                                          • betting shops and bingo halls
                                          • casinos
                                          • cinema
                                          • clubs providing team sporting activities
                                          • concert venues
                                          • facilities for use by elite and professional sportspeople (including sports stadia)
                                          • heritage locations and attractions open to the public (including castles, stately homes and other historic houses)
                                          • hotels and other guest accommodation provided on a commercial basis, including in bed and breakfast accommodation, boats, campsites, caravans, chalets, guest houses, holiday parks, hostels, motels, pubs, sleeper trains and yurts
                                          • indoor sport and leisure centres, including gyms
                                          • outdoor swimming pools and lidos
                                          • museums and galleries
                                          • theatres

                                                        https://www.gov.uk/guidance/maintaining-records-of-staff-customers-and-visitors-to-support-nhs-test-and-trace

                                        • Quarantine Guidance Update

                                        The guidance on quarantining on arrival into England has been updated regarding day 2 and day 8 tests. The guidance now states that tests may be taken in your own accommodation, or at a test site if you have only been in amber or green list countries in the 10 days before your arrival to England.

                                        https://www.gov.uk/guidance/how-to-quarantine-when-you-arrive-in-england#testing-in-quarantine

                                         

                                        • Demonstrating vaccine Status When Travelling Abroad

                                        The guidance has been updated to reflect that you must wait at least 5 working days after you’ve completed your course of the vaccine before asking for a letter confirming your vaccination status to be posted to you. The letter can take up to 5 working days to reach you. It will be sent automatically to the address registered with your GP.

                                                      https://www.gov.uk/guidance/demonstrating-your-covid-19-vaccination-status-when-travelling-abroad

                                        • Traffic Light Methodology

                                        The Government has updated the document in which it outlines it methodology on how it assigned different countries to Green, Amber and Red categories by including a link to more information on Variants of Concern and Variants Under Investigation.

                                        https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-risk-assessment-methodology-to-inform-international-travel-traffic-light-system/risk-assessment-methodology-to-inform-international-travel-traffic-light-system

                                        How this was applied to the different countries can be seen on this link

                                        https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/data-informing-international-travel-traffic-light-risk-assessments/risk-assessment-methodology-data

                                         

                                         

                                        TIER: COVID-19 update 10 May 2021

                                         

                                        Today the UK COVID-19 alert level was reduced from level 4 to level 3 following a joint statement by the UK Chief Medical Officers (CMOs) recommending this change.

                                         

                                        This afternoon the Prime Minister held a press briefing confirming England will move to Step 3 on 17 May. He outlined the measures that will change from that date. See changes below. The Prime Minister also said that subject to the impact of these relaxations on the data, we are on track to move to Step 4 on 21 June.

                                         

                                        The what you can and cannot do guidance  for England has been updated with measure that will change from 17 May. 

                                         

                                        • Gathering limits will be eased. Outdoor gatherings will be limited to 30 people and indoor gatherings will be limited to 6 people or 2 households (each household can include a support bubble, if eligible).
                                        • Indoor entertainment and attractions will be permitted to open with COVID-secure measures in place including cinemas, theatres, concert halls, bowling alleys, casinos, amusement arcades, museums and children’s indoor play areas. 
                                        • People will be able to attend indoor and outdoor events including live performances, sporting events and business events. Attendance at these events will be capped according to venue type, and attendees should follow the COVID-secure measures set out by those venues.
                                        • Indoor hospitality venues such as restaurants, pubs, bars and cafes can reopen.
                                        • Organised indoor sport will be able to take place for all (this includes gym classes). This must be organised by a business, charity or public body and the organiser must take reasonable measures to reduce the risk of transmission.
                                        • All holiday accommodation will be open (including hotels and B&Bs). This can be used by groups of up to 6 or 2 households (each household can include a support bubble, if eligible).
                                        • Funeral attendance will no longer be limited to 30 people, but will be determined by how many people the COVID-secure venue can safely accommodate with social distancing. Limits at weddings, wakes and other commemorative events will be increased to 30 people. Other significant life events, such as bar/bat mitzvahs and christenings, will also be able to take place with 30 people.
                                        • There will no longer be a legal restriction or permitted reason required to travel internationally. There will be a traffic light system for international travel, and you must follow the rules when returning to England depending on whether you return from a red, amber or green list country.
                                        • New guidance on meeting friends and family will emphasise personal responsibility rather than government rules.

                                         

                                        Other updates

                                         

                                         

                                        TOURISM ALLIANCE CORONAVIRUS UPDATE – 10th May

                                         

                                        • Confirmation of Move to Step 3

                                        The Prime Minister has confirmed that England will move to Step 3 on 17th May as planned. As detailed previously in the roadmap this means:

                                          • Indoor hospitality can reopen
                                          • Indoor attractions can reopen
                                          • Indoor entertainment can resume, including cinemas, museums, and children’s play areas.
                                          • Up to 6 people or 2 households will be able to meet indoors and up to 30 people outdoors.
                                          • All remaining outdoor entertainment can reopen, such as outdoor cinemas and performances
                                          • Some larger events will be able to take place, including conferences, theatre and concert performances, and sports events. (although restrictions on the number of attendees will remain)
                                          • Up to 30 people will be able to attend weddings, receptions, and commemorative events

                                         

                                        There will be a significant amount of business guidance that will be updated in the next few days to reflect the move to Step 3. One of the core guidance documents is the primary Working Safely During Coronavirus guidance for Hotels and other accommodation. Speaking to DCMS this morning, they are hoping that this guidance will be published tomorrow or Wednesday.

                                         

                                        https://www.gov.uk/government/news/further-easing-of-covid-restrictions-confirmed-for-17-may

                                         

                                        • Coronavirus Restrictions: What You Can And Cannot Do

                                        One of the main Guidance documents for the public has been updated in line with the Prime Minister’s Announcement.  The main changes are:

                                          • Gathering limits will be eased. Outdoor gatherings will be limited to 30 people and indoor gatherings will be limited to 6 people or 2 households (each household can include a support bubble, if eligible).
                                          • New guidance on meeting friends and family will emphasise personal responsibility rather than government rules. Instead of instructing you to stay 2m apart from anyone you don’t live with, you will be encouraged to exercise caution and consider the guidance on risks associated with COVID-19 and actions you can take to help keep you and your loved ones safe. Remember that the risks of close contact may be greater for some people than others and in some settings and circumstances, there will be specific guidance that you will need to follow even when you are with friends and family.
                                          • Indoor entertainment and attractions such as cinemas, theatres, concert halls, bowling alleys, casinos, amusement arcades, museums and children’s indoor play areas will be permitted to open with COVID-secure measures in place.
                                          • People will be able to attend indoor and outdoor events, including live performances, sporting events and business events. Attendance at these events will be capped according to venue type, and attendees should follow the COVID-secure measures set out by those venues.
                                          • Indoor hospitality venues such as restaurants, pubs, bars and cafes can reopen.
                                          • Organised indoor sport will be able to take place for all (this includes gym classes). This must be organised by a business, charity or public body and the organiser must take reasonable measures to reduce the risk of transmission.
                                          • All holiday accommodation will be open (including hotels and B&Bs). This can be used by groups of up to 6 or 2 households (each household can include a support bubble, if eligible).
                                          • Limits at weddings, wakes and other commemorative events will be increased to 30 people. Other significant life events, such as bar/bat mitzvahs and christenings, will also be able to take place with 30 people.
                                          • There will no longer be a legal restriction or permitted reason required to travel internationally. There will be a traffic light system for international travel, and you must follow the rules when returning to England depending on whether you return from a red, amber or green list country.

                                         

                                        https://www.gov.uk/guidance/covid-19-coronavirus-restrictions-what-you-can-and-cannot-do

                                         

                                        • Move to Level 3

                                        To facilitate the move to Step 3 on 17th May, the UK Chief Medical Officers and NHS England National Medical Director agree that the UK alert level should move from level 4 to level 3.

                                         

                                        https://www.gov.uk/government/news/covid-19-alert-level-update-from-the-uk-chief-medical-officers-10-may-2021

                                         

                                        • Let’s Do London Launched

                                        The London Mayor has launched a new £6m Let's Do London campaign. This is a year-long campaign bringing together London’s leading hospitality, culture and retail organisations to attract Londoners and visitors from across the UK back to the capital and support jobs. The campaign will include a major advertising push supported by TfL, alongside new content on the Visit London website outlining all the campaign has to offer to Londoners and visitors to the capital. The campaign has been developed through a recovery committee co-chaired by Kate Nicholls and Bernard Donoghue and aims to address the significant issues faced by the London tourism industry through very low inbound tourism, domestic tourists favouring rural and seaside destinations and many businesses not planning to have workers return to the office for some considerable time.


                                         

                                        • Transport Secretary’s Statement to Parliament

                                        The Transport Secretary has published a statement to parliament on the re-opening of international travel on 17th May which restates the traffic light system, but he says that with the roll-out of vaccine programmes increasing overseas, he is hopeful of adding more countries to the green list  as the summer progresses. However, he cautions that this will be done slowly, and green list countries will be placed on a “watchlist” if we start to have concerns.

                                         

                                        https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/transport-secretarys-statement-on-coronavirus-friday-7-may-2021

                                         

                                        • HMRC Webinar on the SEISS

                                        HMRC have updated their guidance on support for businesses by adding a catch-up  webinar on the fourth grant of the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS). The webinar discusses the aim of the scheme, who can apply, how much you may be entitled to, how to claim the fourth grant, and what happens after you have claimed.

                                         

                                        https://www.gov.uk/guidance/help-and-support-if-your-business-is-affected-by-coronavirus-covid-19

                                         

                                        TIER: COVID-19 update 6 May

                                         

                                        Updates to Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

                                        • Claims for furlough days in April 2021 must be made by 14 May 2021.
                                        • The 11th release of Official Statistics on CJRS is available. This release provides analysis of claims for periods up to 31 March 2021. The data used includes claims submitted to HMRC by 14 April 2021.

                                        (see more details on Tourism Alliance Update)

                                         

                                        Other updates

                                         

                                        Member updates

                                        ALVA has shared their latest visitor sentiment research, please see report attached.  

                                         

                                        Top-line take outs include:

                                        • Since early March there has been a further very strong positive shift in appetite for visiting attractions when they re-open. In particular, much of the large ‘stubbornly cautious’ segment are now at least beginning to consider visiting
                                        • With visit appetite now way higher than at the point when attractions re-opened in 2020, we might expect higher demand than last year – particularly once the ‘wait and see’ segment are reassured on safety
                                        • Although still lower among those aged 55 or over, visit appetite has grown significantly across all age groups since early March and regional differences have disappeared
                                        • However, even with the perceived success of the vaccine rollout and continued declining infection rates, there is a lingering nervousness about the visit attraction experience when returning to visit – particularly around crowds and distancing
                                        • Three-quarters of the attractions-visiting public are not yet ready to remove Covid-19 safety measures, again especially those focussed on distancing
                                        • Once vaccines have been fully rolled out to the population, there is notable support for some form of ‘proof of vaccination or exemption’ to gain entry to attractions, particularly indoor venues
                                        • 80% of the attractions-visiting public in London would now use public transport to visit attractions

                                         

                                        TOURISM ALLIANCE CORONAVIRUS UPDATE – 6 May 2021

                                        • ONS Economic Indicators

                                        The latest findings from ONS’s economic indicator series estimates that UK seated diner reservations on Saturday 1 May 2021 were at 71% of the level seen on the same Saturday of 2019, up 9 percentage points from the equivalent figure in the previous week. This follows the reopening of restaurants, cafés and bars in Scotland and Wales on 26 April 2021, and Northern Ireland on 30 April 2021.

                                         

                                        Estimates for Manchester and London on Saturday 1 May 2021 had increased by 7 and 2 percentage points from the previous week to 90% and 43% of the levels seen on the equivalent Saturday of 2019, respectively. These slight increases follow the notable rise in estimates seen for Manchester and London since outdoor dining re-opened in England on 12 April 2021

                                        https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/healthandsocialcare/conditionsanddiseases/bulletins/coronavirustheukeconomyandsocietyfasterindicators/6may2021

                                         

                                        • CJRS Statistics Updated

                                        HMRC’s has produced the latest update of it ongoing analysis of the CJRS. The latest release cover the period up to 31st March 2021, so before Step 2 and therefore do not give an accurate picture of the current situation. Nevertheless, the analysis does show, yet again, that up until that during Step 1 of the roadmap, the tourism and hospitality continued to be the sector most impacted by coronavirus. The main findings were that, as of 31st March:

                                          • 4.2 million people were on furlough
                                          • This represents 14% of positions eligible for Furlough – a decrease from 16% at the end of February
                                          • The ten industry groups with the highest take up rates at 31 March 2021 are air passenger transport, hotels and similar accommodation, holiday and short-stay accommodation, beverage serving activities, photographic activities, travel agency and tour operator activities, gambling and betting activities, sports activities, amusement and recreation activities, and other personal service activities
                                          • 1.06 million people in the Accommodation and Food Service sector were on furlough, down from 1.19m the previous month
                                          • The 1.06m people on furlough in Accommodation and Food Service represent a quarter of all people on furlough
                                          • Within this, pubs and bars had 78% of staff on furlough, down from 92% the previous month
                                          • 70% of people in the accommodation industry were on furlough, down from 75% the previous month

                                         

                                        https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/coronavirus-job-retention-scheme-statistics-6-may-2021/coronavirus-job-retention-scheme-statistics-6-may-2021#employments-on-furlough-over-time-by-industry

                                         

                                        • CJRS Guidance Update

                                        Speaking of the CJRS, there has been an amendment to the CJRS guidance to remind businesses that claims for furlough days in April 2021 must be made by 14 May 2021.

                                        https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-for-wage-costs-through-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme

                                         

                                        • G20 Tourism Ministers Meeting

                                        The G20 Tourism Ministers met to discuss and build consensus around policy priorities and guidelines to support the sustainable and resilient recovery of travel and tourism and its contribution to global growth. Here’s a link to the communique from the meeting where endorse the G20 Rome Guidelines for the Future of Tourism and commit to take action in seven key interrelated policy areas:

                                          • Safe mobility: developing confidence in safe international mobility, enabling us to support, complement and coordinate with safe international mobility initiatives
                                          • Crisis management: minimising the impact of future crises affecting tourism
                                          • Resilience: securing a robust and stable tourism sector in uncertain times
                                          • Inclusiveness: widening community engagement and benefits from tourism
                                          • Green transformation: managing tourism to sustain global and local environments
                                          • Digital transition: enabling all tourism stakeholders to benefit fully from digital opportunities
                                          • Investment and infrastructure: focusing resources on a sustainable future for tourism.
                                          •  

                                        https://www.g20.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/Communique_final.pdf

                                         

                                                        And if you are wondering what the G20 Rome Guidelines for the Future of Tourism are, here’s a link to that document.

                                                       

                                        https://www.g20.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/G20-Rome-guidelines-for-the-future-of-tourism_OECD-report-to-G20-TWG_CLEAN-COVER.pdf

                                         TIER: COVID-19 update 5 May

                                         

                                        G7 leaders meet to plan for the safe return to international travel

                                        Transport Secretary Grant Shapps joined a G7 leaders meeting to identify common goals and principles that will help develop globally recognised standards for when international travel reopens. This includes best practices for sharing scientific data and promoting coordination on universally recognised travel certificates.

                                        At today’s meeting, the Secretary of State also outlined the 
                                        UK government’s approach to reopening international travel through the recommendations of the Global Travel Taskforce report. Published last month, the report sets out a framework to restart international travel from 17 May at the earliest through the introduction of a traffic light system.

                                         

                                        Test & Trace: Contact Details Briefing session 

                                         

                                        As we move towards Step 3 of the Prime Minister’s roadmap out of lockdown, many venues across our sectors will be preparing to re-open, some of which will be required to follow the updated guidance and regulations on capturing contact details by asking all customers and visitors to check-in to their venues upon arrival. The check-in process will allow individuals to be notified and receive public health advice as quickly as possible. This will play an important part in protecting public health and reducing transmission of COVID-19. 

                                         

                                        Ahead of 17 May, the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) are hosting a briefing session to outline the venue check-in process, on Thursday 6 May, 14:30-15:15 or Tuesday 11 May, 15:30-16:15

                                        During the session, DHSC will provide details on what the regulations mean; the supporting materials available, including posters and guidance sheets and an opportunity to ask questions to DHSC. 

                                        There is no registration link, please join at the time of the meeting via these links:

                                        Thursday 6 May, 14:30-15:15 Meeting Link 

                                        Tuesday 11 May, 15:30-16:15 Meeting Link 

                                        Other Government updates

                                         

                                        TOURISM ALLIANCE CORONAVIRUS – 5 May

                                         

                                        • Distribution of ARG Funding

                                        The latest figures on the distribution of ARG funding have been released by BEIS and show that there are still a significant number of councils in tourism areas that are not getting this funding to businesses quickly enough. The new figures are to the end of March, so they are about five weeks in arrears, but even so there are some councils that have barely started distributing this funding to business. Some examples are:

                                         

                                          • Stratford upon Avon has only distributed £74k of the £3.8m that they have received (just 2%) – this is the same as they reported as having distributed in February so they haven’t distributed anything during March
                                          • Southampton has only distributed £216k of the £7.3m that they have received (just 3%) – they reported distributing £207k at the end of February so they only managed to distribute £9k during March
                                          • Kingston Upon Thames has now distributed £659k  (up from £137k last month) but this is still just  13% of what they have received
                                          • Southend has distributed just £12.6k to six businesses since November 2020 – this is just 0.2% of the £5.1m that they have received.

                                         

                                        Bear in mind that to be eligible for the next tranche of ARG funding, councils have to distribute this funding by 30 June - so they now have less than two months to do this.

                                         

                                        It is worth businesses that have applied for ARG funding checking the distribution figures for their council to ensure that they are not dragging their feet on providing businesses with much needed support.

                                         

                                        https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-grant-funding-local-authority-payments-to-small-and-medium-businesses

                                         

                                        • West End Footfall

                                        The New West End Company is undertaking a daily survey of footfall in London’s main shopping area. With the May Bank Holiday I thought it would be worthwhile to share the results. For the week covering the Bank Holiday, footfall was down 56% compared with 2019 and, more worryingly, was down 9% on the previous week. In terms of the year so far, footfall is down 79% compared with the same period in 2019.

                                         

                                        • Transport Use

                                        DFT has released it’s weekly update on transport usage which suggests that public transport use continues to remain static with use of rail being only about a third of normal, while bus use remains at about 60%. The one change is in the use of the Tube in London which reached 45% of normal over the bank Holiday weekend – which is the highest level since before the start of coronavirus last year which is a welcome sign.

                                         

                                        https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/transport-use-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-pandemic

                                         

                                         

                                        TIC Update 05.05.21

                                         

                                        G20 Tourism Ministers meeting

                                        G20 Tourism Ministers met yesterday to discuss and build consensus around policy priorities and guidelines to support the sustainable and resilient recovery of travel and tourism and its contribution to global growth. All the adopted documents can be accessed here. See also the Italian G20 Presidency Twitter account and the Minister’s tweet here.

                                         

                                        Levelling Up Fund Appraisal Guidance 

                                        MHCLG has produced its appraisal guidance for Levelling Up Fund for Great Britain and Northern Ireland. The Levelling Up Fund will directly support communities across the UK, making available up to £4.8 billion up to 2024-25 for capital investment in local infrastructure. It will be allocated competitively and open to all local areas across the UK.

                                        Bidders must submit their application in full with all supporting documentation to the following email address levellingupfund@communities.gov.uk by noon 18 June 2021

                                         

                                        Other updates

                                         

                                         

                                        TIER: COVID-19 update 30 April

                                         

                                        Coronavirus restrictions relaxations confirmed in Wales
                                        The Welsh Government has confirmed changes to the coronavirus restrictions in Wales from Monday 3 May in line with the First Minister’s announcement last week of potential further easing of the rules. Read more here.

                                        Apply for the Large NAV Business Grant Scheme in Northern Ireland
                                        Eligible business are encouraged to apply for the Large NAV Business Grant Scheme before the deadline. The scheme will provide financial support to businesses occupying large commercial premises with a Net Annual Value (NAV) of over £51,000 and which also qualified for the 12 months rates holiday.

                                        The online portal will close for applications at 11.59pm on Wednesday 5 May. Check eligibility and apply here.

                                        Daily TIER updates will resume after the bank holiday on Tuesday 4 May, unless there is an important update that needs sharing.

                                         

                                        TOURISM ALLIANCE CORONAVIRUS UPDATE – 30 APRIL

                                         

                                        • ONS Social Impacts Research

                                        The latest social impact research has been published by ONS. The key points of interest from this are:

                                          • Following the easing of lockdown restrictions, 33% of adults left home this week to meet others in a public place compared to just 26% last week
                                          • 15% of people left home to undertake leisure activities compared to 12% last week
                                          • 85% of people are maintaining social distancing when they meet with others
                                          • 55% of people are still worried about the impact of coronavirus on their lives

                                         

                                        https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/healthandsocialcare/healthandwellbeing/bulletins/coronavirusandthesocialimpactsongreatbritain/30april2021

                                         

                                        • Trace and Trace Workplace Guidance

                                        The Department of health has updated its workplace trace and trace guidance by removing the action cards that it had produced for use in different business types. It’s uncertain as to whether they will be producing a new set of action cards but in the meantime it is worth advising businesses that it they are using the existing action cards, these are now out-of-date and should be removed. If businesses need further guidance on what to do if they, or someone they employ, is contacted by NHS Test and Trace, this information is available on the following link.

                                         

                                        https://www.gov.uk/guidance/nhs-test-and-trace-workplace-guidance

                                         

                                        • BVA BDRC Recovery Tracker

                                        I’ve attached the latest copy of the BVA BDRC clearsight recovery tracker that was published today. Some of the key findings are:

                                          • Optimism seems to have stalled as the percentage of people that think the worst is over has remained at 38-40% for the last two months
                                          • Only 6% of people used a train in April – while this is up significantly since lockdown, it is still only about a third of normal usage
                                          • Between 30-40% of people are comfortable taking public transport compared to 70-75% pre covid
                                          • While holiday booking levels have increased in April, they remain historically low with only 2.1% of the popn booking a UK holiday in the last month
                                          • The percentage of people booking flights and overseas holidays is extremely low at just half a percent.
                                          • People want self-catering accommodation with 65% of people saying they feel comfortable with this compared to just 51% feeling comfortable staying in a hotel
                                          • 60% of people feel comfortable about taking a holiday in the UK compared to just 31% saying that they are comfortable taking an overseas holiday
                                          • The number of people going to outdoor attractions is at it’s highest level since October
                                          • 60% of people feel comfortable at an outdoor attractions while only about 40% of people feel comfortable about visiting an indoor attraction

                                         

                                        • VisitEngland Consumer Sentiment Tracker

                                        VisitEngland has released to results of their latest consumer sentiment tracker which covers 19-23 April.  Intent to travel has not changed much, with 15% of UK adults anticipating an overnight domestic trip this spring and 34% this summer (versus 14% and 35% last wave), although booking behaviour for summer trips continues to move (slowly) in the right direction, with 26% now claiming to have booked their trip (up from 22%).  Also positively, we’re continuing to see the likelihood to take day trips showing signs of growth, with almost a quarter of adults saying they intend to take one during the next two weeks, led by visits to countryside/village destinations.

                                          • The national mood is up 0.1 point to 6.7/10
                                          • 45% of adults expect ‘normality’ by end of this year – up 1 point compared to last wave.
                                          • Around half of adults anticipate taking more or the same number of overnight domestic trips between now and end of the year compared to normal.  This compares with c. 30% of adults with similar intent regarding overseas trips.
                                          • Confidence is up significantly, with 44% fairly/very confident a trip booked for this June could proceed as planned (climbing 6 points)
                                          • 15% anticipate taking an overnight trip this spring (Apr – June) rising to 34% during the summer (July – Sept) which is stable wave-on-wave.
                                          • Among those who are intending to take a trip this summer, 33% have reached the planning and 26% the booking stages of their trips, which is up from 29% and 22% respectively last wave.
                                          • The leading destination type for spring trips is ‘countryside or village’ (29%) narrowly ahead of ‘traditional coastal/seaside town’ (28%).  The pattern is similar for the summer period.
                                          • The accommodation types most likely to be used on overnight trips this spring are ‘commercial rentals’ (e.g. holiday cottages) on 40%, ‘camping/caravan’ (also 40%), a ‘private home’ (38%) and ‘Hotel/motel/inn’ (37%). 

                                         

                                        https://www.visitbritain.org/covid-19-consumer-sentiment-tracker

                                         

                                        • Latest R Number and Growth Rate

                                        Lastly, the latest R number and Growth rate for England are, respectively, 0.8 to 1.1 and -4% to -1%. While this is pretty must the same as last week, it is the first time that the top of the R Number range has been above 1.0 since 29 January which is a slight concern.

                                        TIER: Update 29 April

                                         

                                        Government updates:

                                         

                                        VisitEngland consumer sentiment tracker

                                        The results of wave 29 of the consumer sentiment tracker are available on the VisitEngland website. The fieldwork for this wave was conducted between 19-23 April.  Intent to travel has not changed much, with 15% of UK adults anticipating an overnight domestic trip this spring and 34% this summer (versus 14% and 35% last wave), although booking behaviour for summer trips continues to move (slowly) in the right direction, with 26% now claiming to have booked their trip (up from 22%).  Also positively, we’re continuing to see the likelihood to take day trips showing signs of growth, with almost a quarter of adults saying they intend to take one during the next two weeks, led by visits to countryside/village destinations.

                                         

                                        Other points of note from Wave 29:

                                        • The national mood is up 0.1 point to 6.7/10
                                        • Virtually the same proportion consider the ‘worst is still to come’ compared to Wave 28 (18%).
                                        • 45% of adults expect ‘normality’ by end of this year – up 1 point compared to last wave.
                                        • The Appetite for Risk score climbs to 2.6/4.
                                        • Around half of adults anticipate taking more or the same number of overnight domestic trips between now and end of the year compared to normal.  This compares with c. 30% of adults with similar intent regarding overseas trips.
                                        • Confidence is up significantly, with 44% fairly/very confident a trip booked for this June could proceed as planned (climbing 6 points)
                                        • 15% anticipate taking an overnight trip this spring (Apr – June) rising to 34% during the summer (July – Sept) which is stable wave-on-wave.
                                        • Among those who are intending to take a trip this summer, 33% have reached the planning and 26% the booking stages of their trips, which is up from 29% and 22% respectively last wave.
                                        • The South West remains the lead region for spring and summer trips, being the location of choice for a quarter of intenders.
                                        • The leading destination type for spring trips is ‘countryside or village’ (29%) narrowly ahead of ‘traditional coastal/seaside town’ (28%).  The pattern is similar for the summer period.
                                        • The accommodation types most likely to be used on overnight trips this spring are ‘commercial rentals’ (e.g. holiday cottages) on 40%, ‘camping/caravan’ (also 40%), a ‘private home’ (38%) and ‘Hotel/motel/inn’ (37%).  Again, we see a very similar pattern for summer trips.
                                        • 45% of UK adults intend to take a day trip to a ‘countryside or village’ destination later this spring or summer and 44% to a ‘traditional coastal/seaside town’.  This compares with 25% intending to visit a ‘large city’.

                                         

                                        TOURISM ALLIANCE UPDATE – 29 APRIL

                                        Economic Impact of Coronavirus

                                        The latest instalment of ONS’s ongoing survey of economic indicators has been published. Some of the main findings of interest to the sector are:

                                        • On Saturday 24 April 2021, estimates for UK seated diner reservations were at 62% of the level seen on the equivalent Saturday of 2019 - an increase of 2% from the previous week
                                        • The percentage of people dining out in London and Manchester fell by 3% and 2% to 41% and 83% respectively
                                        • While credit and debit card expenditure is tracking at 98% of normal, spending on social activities that includes hospitality and tourism is only 71% or normal.
                                        • 58% of people are travelling to work – a 3% increase from last week
                                        • The percentage of adults that travelled to undertake non-essential shopping this week increased from 20% to 28%
                                        • Interestingly, the number of job adverts in travel and tourism is at the same level it was in 2019

                                         

                                        https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/healthandsocialcare/conditionsanddiseases/bulletins/coronavirustheukeconomyandsocietyfasterindicators/29april2021#uk-spending-on-debit-and-credit-cards

                                         

                                        Updated Business Support Guidance

                                        HMRC’s business support guidance has been updated to include a revised video explaining Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme

                                         

                                        https://www.gov.uk/guidance/help-and-support-if-your-business-is-affected-by-coronavirus-covid-19

                                         

                                        Guidance on Facilities

                                        With the May Bank Holiday almost here and some businesses using this as their reopening date, I’ve been getting a number of queries related to the use of facilities. It’s worth going through the Visitor Economy guidance and the Hotel and other accommodation guidance in this regard as it is import to remember that although holiday parks, camping grounds and self-catering complexes are able to open, some of their facilities will not be able to be made available to customers. This includes facilities such as saunas and steam rooms, indoor play and recreation facilities like soft play areas for kids, and indoor waterparks.

                                         

                                        https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/the-visitor-economy

                                         

                                         

                                         

                                         

                                        TIER: COVID-19 update 27 April

                                         

                                        Check In Scotland launches


                                        A new digital service to support businesses in collecting contact details for contact tracing purposes, Check in Scotland, is now available in participating venues. Businesses that can use Check in Scotland include:

                                        • pubs, bars, restaurants and cafes
                                        • tourism and leisure businesses, such as theme parks, museums and cinemas
                                        • close contact services, including hairdressers, barbers, beauticians, tattooists, sports and massage therapists
                                        • services run by local councils, such as libraries, leisure centres and registration offices

                                        Find out more information.

                                        Other updates

                                        • A statement of support was issued yesterday by members of the live events and music industry for COVID status certification to enable the safe reopening of events from Step 4 of the government roadmap. 

                                         

                                        TOURISM ALLIANCE UPDATE – 27 APRIL

                                         

                                        • Reporting Self-Isolation Payments

                                        HMRC has published guidance for the self-employed and employees on how to report coronavirus self-isolation support payments on their Self Assessment tax return. This relates to the £500 payment they are entitled to under the Trace and Trace Support payment Scheme in England and the it’s equivalents in Scotland and Wales.

                                                        For those that are self-employed or a partner in a trading partnership:  

                                          • If your relevant trading profits for tax year 2020 to 2021 total £6,475 or more, you’ll pay Class 2 National Insurance contributions.
                                          • If your profits are £9,501 or more, you’ll also pay Class 4 National Insurance contributions.

                                        Relevant profits include trading profits from all of your self-employments and partnerships.

                                        When calculating your relevant profits, you must include the total of your self-isolation support payments.

                                          • If your total relevant profits for tax year 2020 to 2021 are below £6,475, you do not need to make any adjustments to your profits for the Class 2 National Insurance contributions exemption.
                                          • If your total relevant profits for tax year 2020 to 2021 are £6,475  or more, you may have to make an adjustment for the Class 2 or Class 4 National Insurance contributions exemption. You should enter the amount of the self-isolation support scheme payments received in the ‘Adjustment to profits chargeable to Class 4 National Insurance contributions’ box on either your self-employed pages or partnership pages.

                                         

                                        https://www.gov.uk/guidance/how-to-reportself-isolation-support-payments

                                        • Airlines Fined For Passengers Without Correct Paperwork

                                        The Department for Transport has issue a press release stating that, since 11th February, the CAA has issued 630 fines to airlines for carrying passengers without the right documents. Carriers are legally required to ensure that all passengers arriving in the UK have;

                                          • proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 3 days before departure
                                          • a completed passenger locator form, including the correct test booking reference number for managed quarantine or mandatory testing

                                        https://www.gov.uk/government/news/630-fines-issued-to-airlines-carrying-passengers-with-incorrect-paperwork

                                        • Test And Trace Update

                                        The DoH Test and Trace guidance has been updated to inform people that there are actually two different NHS Test and Trace portals, if you are contracted, you will be directed to sign into one or other of these. The two portals are

                                         

                                        This is worth knowing to prevent people thinking that a text from Test and Trace may be a scam because it directs people to a different website than one that a colleague may be directed to.

                                        https://www.gov.uk/guidance/nhs-test-and-trace-how-it-works

                                        • Event Research Programme Update

                                        The Events Research Programme has been updated so as to disapply the relevant parts of The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Steps) (England) Regulations 2021 (S.I. 2021/364) to the Good Business Festival and Circus Nightclub in Liverpool and to the Sefton Park Pilot Musical Event in order that these events can take.

                                        https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/event-research-programme-ministerial-directions

                                        • Social Impacts of Coronavirus

                                        ONS has published another report on the social impacts of coronavirus which provides useful insights  on customer behaviour for businesses and destinations that have either reopened or are looking to reopen on 17th May. Among the findings are:

                                          • Households with children most frequently reported they were worried or very worried about the effect of the coronavirus pandemic on their lives, especially in London 
                                          • Adults belonging to households with children, and adults in two person households where one person was aged over 65 years were the groups who most frequently reported that they were worried or very worried about the effect of the coronavirus
                                          • Most adults across all household types in Great Britain reported they had left their home in the past seven days 
                                          • 70% of workers in London were working at home in the last lockdown
                                          • Adults in two person households under 65 years consistently reported being able to save money in the next 12 months, above the national average in all periods, and households with children were least likely to report being able to save. 
                                          • Single adults aged 16 years to 64 years are least likely to think life will return to normal in less than a year

                                         

                                        https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/healthandsocialcare/healthandwellbeing/bulletins/coronavirusandthesocialimpactsonhouseholdsinsubnationalareasingreatbritain/2020and2021

                                         

                                         

                                        TIER: COVID-19 update 26 April

                                         

                                        Northern Ireland extend payments to businesses under two COVID business support schemes

                                        The Northern Ireland Executive has announced the extension of payments to businesses under the COVID Restrictions Business Support Scheme (CRBSS), Part A and Part B, and the Large Hospitality and Tourism Business Support Scheme (LHTBSS). Both payments will continue up until 23 May for those businesses who remain eligible. Top-up payments will automatically be issued to eligible businesses under both schemes in line with ongoing restrictions.

                                        Other government updates:

                                         

                                        TOURISM ALLIANCE CORONAVIRUS UPDATE – 26 APRIL

                                        • Coronavirus Restrictions

                                        The guidance on Coronavirus restrictions has been updated to include a new section on travel to and from Scotland in order to take account of the changes that come into play today. In case you were wondering, there are now no restrictions on entering or leaving Scotland as long as you are travelling within the UK or Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man. Non-essential travel between Scotland and the Republic of Ireland remains restricted under Scottish law, but the restriction will be kept under review. Under the restrictions it is illegal to travel between Scotland and the Republic of Ireland unless you have a reasonable excuse and travelling for a holiday is not a reasonable excuse.

                                         

                                        https://www.gov.uk/guidance/covid-19-coronavirus-restrictions-what-you-can-and-cannot-do

                                         

                                        • Coronavirus And The Outdoors

                                        ONS has published research on trends in the types of outdoor activity that people have been undertaking over the last year which will be of interest to outdoor attractions and destinations. The research has found that:

                                          • The percentage of people visiting an outdoor attraction has stayed at around 10% over the first two weeks of Step 2
                                          • Visits to parks are above normal levels for this time of year
                                          • The level of exercise that people do declines when we come out of lockdown

                                         

                                        https://www.ons.gov.uk/economy/environmentalaccounts/articles/howhaslockdownchangedourrelationshipwithnature/2021-04-26

                                         

                                        • Payments for NI Businesses

                                        The Northern Ireland Executive has announced the extension of payments to businesses under the COVID Restrictions Business Support Scheme (CRBSS), Part A and Part B, and the Large Hospitality and Tourism Business Support Scheme (LHTBSS)  until 23 May for those businesses who remain eligible. Top-up payments will automatically be issued to eligible businesses under both schemes in line with ongoing restrictions.

                                         

                                        https://www.economy-ni.gov.uk/news/dodds-announces-payments-be-extended-under-two-business-support-schemes

                                        • Resilient Firms

                                        ONS has produced a regression analysis to indicate which industries and firms were most resilient to coronavirus in terms of turnover. Unsurprisingly, the analysis should that tourism relates businesses were the least resilient. Here’s a link to the data tables that you can download

                                         

                                        https://www.ons.gov.uk/businessindustryandtrade/business/activitysizeandlocation/datasets/industriesandfirmswhereturnoverwasresilientduringthecoronaviruscovid19pandemicfirmlevelregressiontables

                                        TIER: COVID-19 update 23 April

                                        Further relaxations in Wales

                                        In his statement today, the First Minister for Wales Mark Drakeford confirmed further relaxations that will take place from Monday 26 April in addition to those announced earlier this week. Outdoor attractions, including outdoor swimming pools, funfairs and theme parks, will be allowed to reopen, while outdoor hospitality can also resume, including at cafes, pubs and restaurants.

                                        Organised outdoor activities for up to 30 people will be able to take place and weddings receptions can begin again outdoors for up to 30 people.

                                        He also announced further relaxations from 3 May. This includes:

                                        • Gyms, leisure centres and fitness facilities being able to reopen
                                        • People will be able to form extended households with one other household.

                                        This means Wales will have completed the move to Alert Level 3 by Monday 3 May.

                                        He also announced today that preparations will be made enabling an incoming Government after the Senedd elections to move to alert level two on Monday 17 May. This will be subject to the public health conditions closer to the time.  

                                        Alert level two includes the following changes:

                                        • Indoor hospitality can reopen 
                                        • Remainder of holiday accommodation can open (e.g. campsites with shared facilities) to members of single households or extended households
                                        • Entertainment venues can open, including cinemas, bingo halls, bowling alleys, indoor play centres and areas, casinos, and amusement arcades
                                        • Indoor visitor attractions can open, including museums, galleries, educational and heritage attractions, and heritage sites such as stately homes
                                        • The rule of four applies for gatherings in regulated premises like a café (up to 4 people from 4 households) or a single household if more than 4 people.
                                        • The rule of six continues outdoors. Meeting indoors in private homes will still be limited to the extended household only (exclusive bubble).
                                        • The limits on organised activities increases to 30 indoors and 50 outdoors.
                                        • Wedding receptions can take place indoors in regulated premises for up to 30 people.

                                        Domestic cruises guidance

                                        Guidance on domestic cruises for passengers from England has been published.

                                        Roadmap step 3 – no earlier than 17 May

                                        • Domestic cruises will be permitted in England under step 3 of the roadmap out of lockdown
                                        • Domestic cruises will be able to operate with up to 1,000 people or 50% capacity, whichever is lower. This capacity limit applies to passengers only.
                                        • COVID-secure guidance will continue to apply. Groups of more than 6 people or 2 households will not be allowed to mix indoors – whether or not they originally booked in the same group.

                                        Roadmap step 4 – no earlier than 21 June

                                        • By step 4, the government hopes to remove all legal limits on social contact. This includes lifting capacity limits for domestic cruises.

                                        Domestic cruises depart from and return to UK ports. They may operate beyond UK waters, but are currently restricted to UK port calls and carrying residents from the UK and the Common Travel Area (Jersey, Guernsey, Isle of Man and Ireland) only.

                                         

                                        Other Government COVID updates:

                                        • Bristol Airport has been listed as an approved port of entry for passengers travelling to England from a country on the banned travel list.
                                        • The list of jobs that qualify for exemptions from quarantine, passenger locator form or COVID testing requirements has been updated. Nurses from red list countries coming to take up NHS employment have been added to exempt jobs list. The exemption does not cover nurses already employed by the NHS or nurses returning from abroad for any other reason (for example, holiday or visiting family). Guidance has been published on quarantine arrangements for exempt nurses arriving from overseas.
                                        • An update has been published to guidance on booking and staying in a quarantine hotel regarding unaccompanied minors. Advice states that if a parent or guardian cannot travel with their child, they will need to request a specific exemption from the Department for Health and Social Care for the child to travel alone and that exemptions will only be provided in exceptional circumstances.

                                         

                                        Other government news:

                                        • The government’s vision, strategic priorities and forward programme of work to support the General Aviation sector has been published.
                                        • Please be aware of a fraudulent letter sent to businesses using a Business, Energy & Industry Strategy (BEIS) letterhead. The letter instructs the business to share contact details and purchase air purifiers, an example is attached. This is incorrect and an illegitimate letter. Anyone who has received this letter should report it to Action Fraud.


                                         

                                         

                                        TOURISM ALLIANCE CORONAVIRUS UPDATE – 23 APRIL

                                         

                                        • Welcome Back Fund Q&A

                                        On 16th April the Government published the guidance on the Welcome back Fund – this is a £56m fund to support the return to high streets safely and it builds on the £50m Reopening High Street Safely Fund (RHSSF) which was allocated to councils in 2020. This fund is much the same as the previous one in that it is aimed at enabling local authorities to put in place additional measures to create and promote a safe environment for local trade and tourism, particularly in high streets as the economy reopens. However, there are important differences in that it be used to upgrade the local environment and to run campaigns and events as well as just provide safety and social distancing measures.

                                         

                                        Part of the fund will be used to provide support for coastal resorts across England to support areas as they prepare for a great summer to safely welcome holiday makers in the coming months. It can also be used to:

                                          • Boost the look and feel of their high streets by investing in street planting, parks, green spaces, and seating areas to make high streets welcoming.
                                          • Run publicity campaigns and prepare to hold events that will boost footfall and encourage people back into the high streets and thereby supporting local businesses.
                                          • Install and refresh signage and floor markings to encourage social distancing and safety.
                                          • Improve green spaces on high streets and town centres by planting flowers or removing graffiti.

                                         

                                        The Q&A provides considerable detail as to what type of initiatives are eligible for this new funding

                                         

                                        https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/welcome-back-fund

                                         

                                        • Wales Announces Further steps in Reopening

                                        The first Minister has confirmed outdoor hospitality, including at cafes, pubs and restaurants, will be allowed to reopen from Monday 26th April. This will mean will mean:

                                        •            Outdoor swimming pools and outdoor visitor attractions, including funfairs, amusement parks and theme parks can reopen.


                                        Preparations are also being made to move to alert level two on Monday 17 May subject to the public health conditions closer to the time. 

                                         

                                        https://gov.wales/further-coronavirus-restriction-relaxations-brought-forward

                                         

                                        TIER: COVID-19 update 22 April

                                         

                                        Application portal open for the fourth Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) grant

                                        The online service to apply for the fourth Self-Employment Income Support Scheme grant is now live. To be eligible for the fourth grant, those applying must be a self-employed individual or a member of a partnership. They cannot claim the grant if they trade through a limited company or a trust.

                                        They must have traded in both tax years:

                                        • 2019 to 2020 and submitted their tax return on or before 2 March 2021
                                        • 2020 to 2021


                                        They must either:

                                        • be currently trading but are impacted by reduced demand due to coronavirus
                                        • have been trading but are temporarily unable to do so due to coronavirus


                                        They must also declare that they:

                                        • intend to continue to trade
                                        • reasonably believe there will be a significant reduction in their trading profits

                                        People must make their claim for the fourth grant on or before 1 June 2021.

                                        Find out more information on the scheme here and check the eligibility criteria before making a claim. 


                                        ONS publish latest research on economic impact of Coronavirus

                                        On Saturday 17 April 2021, estimates for UK seated diner reservations were at 60% of the level seen on the equivalent Saturday of 2019. This is a decrease of 19 percentage points from Monday 12 April 2021, the day that pubs and restaurants were first allowed to reopen for outdoor dining, when the figure was at 79% of the level seen on the equivalent Monday of 2019. Figures for London and Manchester on Saturday 17 April 2021 were 44% and 85% of the levels seen on the equivalent Saturday of 2019, respectively.

                                        Read the research here.

                                        Other updates


                                        TOURISM ALLIANCE CORONAVIRUS UPDATE – 22 APRIL

                                        • Eligibility for CJRS Payments Updated

                                        HMRC has added a new section to it’s guidance on who is eligible for furlough payments that relates to contractors engaged with the public sector, or by a medium or large-sized organisation, in scope of off-payroll working (IR35) rules. This could include situations where a council-run DMO has contracted staff from the private sector as well as contracted employees within the private sector. In this situation, if a client organisation wants to furlough a contractor in scope of the off-payroll working rules, they must confirm this with both the contractor’s PSC and the fee-payer ,as set out in the off-payroll working rules (usually the agency paying the contractor’s PSC). It should be formally agreed between these parties that the contractor will do no work for the client organisation during the hours they’re furloughed.

                                        https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/individuals-you-can-claim-for-who-are-not-employees/individuals-you-can-claim-for-who-are-not-employees#contractors-engaged-with-the-public-sector-or-by-a-medium-or-large-sized-organisation-in-scope-of-off-payroll-working-ir35-rules

                                        While we are on the subject of eligibility for furlough, the guidance for businesses has been updated to state that employees are eligible for the grant and can be furloughed, if they are unable to work, including from home or working reduced hours because they are clinically extremely vulnerable, or at the highest risk of severe illness from coronavirus. These employees remain eligible for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme even whilst shielding guidance is not in place. It’s up to employers to decide if they will furlough these employees. An employer does not need to be facing a wider reduction in demand or be closed to be eligible to claim for these employees.

                                        https://www.gov.uk/guidance/check-which-employees-you-can-put-on-furlough-to-use-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme

                                        • Companies House Guidance Updated

                                        Companies House has updated it’s guidance to businesses. You can use a same day service to electronically file a change of company name, or incorporate a company (software filing only) but you must apply before 11am for changes to be made the that day. However, all other same day services have been suspended until further notice.

                                         

                                        https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-guidance-for-companies-house-customers-employees-and-suppliers#same-day-services

                                         

                                        • SEISS Repayment Guidance Updated

                                        HMRC has updated the guidance for self-employed people on what they need to do if they need to pay back some or all of their SEISS grant. The update relates to any amendment tax returns on or after 3 March 2021 which either:

                                          • lowers the amount you’re eligible for
                                          • causes you to no longer be eligible

                                         

                                        The requirement is that, if the grant amount you’re eligible for is lowered by over £100:

                                          • You must tell HMRC within 90 days of receiving your grant, if you amend your return before claiming your grant
                                          • You must tell HMRC within 90 days of making the amendment, if you amend your return after receiving your grant

                                         

                                        Failure to inform HMRC could lead to the payment of a penalty

                                                      The guidance on this will be updated again by mid May 2021 to explain:

                                          • how to tell HMRC about your amendment
                                          • how HMRC will tell you about how much you may need to pay back
                                          • how to pay the grant back
                                          • what to do if you’re not sure whether your amount of grant has changed by more than £100

                                         

                                        https://www.gov.uk/guidance/tell-hmrc-and-pay-the-self-employment-income-support-scheme-grant-back

                                        Speaking of the SEISS grants, the online service for claiming the fourth payment has now gone live on the following link - https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-a-grant-through-the-self-employment-income-support-scheme

                                        EIF Update

                                        Unwrapping the UK’s new interim festival guidance. 

                                        Monday 26th April 2-3pm. Streamed live via AIF and AFO Facebook pages, links here- https://www.facebook.com/aiforguk/videos/488809775648705,  https://www.facebook.com/AssociationFestivalOrganisers/videos/3957885957599716

                                        A coalition of UK festival industry bodies including AIF, AFO, LIVE, EIF and Attitude is Everything recently published a new interim guidance briefing note to provide support and strategic direction for festival organisers in the planning of festivals until the results of the Government’s Events Research Programme (ERP) and reviews on social distancing and Covid-Status Certification later this summer.

                                        In this free session, the authors of the guidance and several industry practitioners who contributed to it will walk through the purpose of the new briefing note and answer questions.

                                        Speakers: 

                                        Emma Parkinson (Coventry University)

                                        Jennifer Mackley (Mackley Projects and Events Ltd).

                                        Zac Fox (Kilimanjaro Live) 

                                        Dan Craig (Superstruct Entertainment) 

                                        Judy Bec (Boomtown Fair) 

                                        Clare Goodchild (Organise Chaos Ltd) 

                                        Matthew Phipps (TLT Solicitors)  

                                         

                                         

                                        TIER: COVID-19 update 21 April

                                         

                                        UK moves to level 4 ‘do not travel’ in US travel advisories

                                        On 20 April the US Government changed the advice on travel to the UK to be level 4 ‘do not travel’. The advice says “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for the United Kingdom due to COVID-19, indicating a very high level of COVID-19 in the country".

                                        This is in line with their changes to advice for many other countries as well. We will share any further updates on this when they are available.

                                        Other updates:

                                        Other news:

                                        • The DCMS Digital Infrastructure team has launched a consultation to gather business and consumer views and experiences of broadband connectivity in rural and remote areas of the UK. They are also interested in hearing about the benefits broadband brings, and any barriers to deployment and take-up of broadband. The consultation closes on 11th June 2021, and is available here.
                                        • Reminder of the New Plan for Immigration consultation, you can submit evidence until 6 May, this includes the opportunity to submit your views on the Electronic Travel Authorisation scheme.

                                         

                                        TOURISM ALLIANCE CORONAVIRUS UPDATE – 21 APRIL

                                         

                                        • DMO Review Seminar

                                        Not Coronavirus related but I’ve now loaded the DMO seminar onto youtube. So it you would like to view it, here is the link

                                         

                                        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5OZWbBxOlU4

                                         

                                        • DCMS Q&A Update

                                        I’ve attached a copy of the new DCMS Q&A update. The only new question that seems to be answered over last week is:

                                         

                                          1.  

                                            • BEIS Coronavirus Fraud
                                            • A number of businesses have received a fraudulent letter purporting to be from BEIS (see attached image) stating that they need to purchase air purifiers as part of the requirements for reopening customers.  The department has sent out a tweet stating that this is a scam and that businesses receiving such a letter should report this to Action Fraud

                                               

                                              https://twitter.com/beisgovuk/status/1384458801764392963?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Etweet

                                               

                                              • Exemptions From Managed Quarantine
                                              • The DoH issues guidance yesterday, and updated it today, on exempting people from managed quarantine (ie hotel quarantine) for medical or compassionate reasons. For medical reasons. The kinds of medical conditions and supporting evidence that may be considered to require an exemption from managed quarantine might be:

                                                 

                                                  • A debilitating breathing difficulty where regular physiotherapy is necessary to support the lungs, or daily access to oxygen or a nebuliser might be required, and a physiotherapist or consultant advises it is not possible to manage in a managed quarantine facility
                                                  • A severe mental health condition where a psychiatrist (for example) advises it would not be possible to maintain stability within a managed quarantine facility and emergency treatment may be required
                                                  • Severe cognitive disability that makes it unlikely an individual may be able to maintain personal hygiene and may become distressed if left alone, on the advice of a registered healthcare professional of suitable clinical expertise
                                                  •  

                                                    Where the exemption is for a young person under the age of 18 who is travelling with a parent/guardian or carer, an exemption may also be given to the person accompanying them if either:

                                                      • there is no means of alternative care evidenced for that minor in the home environment
                                                      • the individual is physically unable to care for themselves and is travelling with a carer, there is evidence that there is no alternative provision, and it is advised that it is essential for that carer to quarantine with the individual
                                                      •  

                                                        However, if a medically exempt individual is a minor, and travelling with more than one parent, or a larger household, only one parent/guardian/appropriate adult will be permitted an exemption and the rest of the household will be required to enter managed quarantine.

                                                         

                                                        In terms of compassionate exemptions, these will only be granted in extremely limited circumstances, where it is not possible to accommodate a visit to a severely ill or dying relative or member of their household from within managed quarantine.

                                                         

                                                        https://www.gov.uk/guidance/exemptions-from-managed-quarantine-for-medical-and-compassionate-reasons

                                                         

                                                        • Transport Use
                                                        • DFT have published the first week’s data on transport use since the “Stay at Home” restrictions have ended and people are now able to visit non-essential retailers, tourism destinations and outdoor attractions for leisure and tourism purposes. The figures show an increase in activity but, apart from private vehicle use, are nowhere near normal. While private vehicle use was around 90% of normal from the 12th – 18th April, National Rail increased from 27% to 34% of normal and bus travel in England struggled to get much over 50% of normal. In London, the tube remains low at around 35% of normal. So while there has been an increase in people getting out of home, this isn’t as significant as might have been expected and public transport is being shunned for private vehicles.

                                                           

                                                          https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/transport-use-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-pandemic

                                                           

                                                          • Self Isolation Compliance Checks
                                                          • There has been a very minor amendment to the guidance on how compliance checks will operate. That guidance now states that, to check someone’s name, compliance staff “will state your name and ask you to confirm it” – which begs they question, how were they proposing to check someone’s name previously ?

                                                             

                                                            https://www.gov.uk/guidance/self-isolation-compliance-checks-after-international-travel

                                                             

                                                        TIER: COVID-19 update 20 April

                                                         

                                                        Scotland to move to level 3 from Monday 26 April

                                                        First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced further relaxation of restrictions across Scotland. From Monday 26 April, hospitality venues such as cafés, pubs and restaurants can reopen, along with tourist accommodation. Non-essential retail outlets and close contact services such as beauty salons can also reopen, in addition to indoor attractions and public buildings such as galleries, museums and libraries.

                                                         

                                                        The First Minister confirmed that all parts of Scotland will move to Level 3 from Monday 26 April. The remaining travel restrictions within Scotland will be lifted and travel within the UK will be permitted for any purpose.

                                                         

                                                        Further changes from 26 April include:

                                                        • Gyms and swimming pools can reopen for individual exercise
                                                        • The attendance limit for funerals and weddings – and related events such as receptions – will increase to 50
                                                        • Cafés, pubs and restaurants can resume full outdoor service, subject to local licensing, and serve food indoors without alcohol until 8pm
                                                        • Takeaways can resume normal service, with physical distancing and face masks in premises

                                                         

                                                        The First Minister also said it is expected that all of Scotland will move to Level 2 on Monday 17 May.

                                                         

                                                        The First Minister also announced that rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) tests will be made available to anyone in Scotland. From today, anyone planning travel to the Scottish islands next week can order a free home test kit online. The first test should be taken three days before travel and the second on the day of departure. From Monday, lateral flow home test kits will be available to anyone in the wider population who does not have COVID-19 symptoms.

                                                        Outdoor hospitality to reopen in Wales from Monday 26 April

                                                        First Minister Mark Drakeford has confirmed today that six people will be able to meet outdoors in Wales from Saturday 24 April while outdoor hospitality will be allowed to reopen from Monday 26 April. The current rule provides for up to six people (not including children under 11 years of age or carers) from a maximum of two households to meet outdoors. The new rules from Saturday will allow six people (not including children under 11 years of age or carers) to meet outdoors.

                                                        People should observe social distancing from people from outside their household or support bubble when meeting others outside. The rules for meeting indoors remain unchanged. 

                                                        On Friday (23 April 2021), the First Minister will confirm further relaxations to the covid rules that will come into force on Monday 26 April 2021.

                                                        Other updates:

                                                         

                                                        TIER: COVID-19 update 19 April

                                                         

                                                        Today’s update is below, followed by a round-up of updates from last week.

                                                        In his statement to the House of Commons today, Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced that India is to be added to the red list. From 04.00 on Friday 23 April, anyone who is not a UK or Irish resident, or a British citizen, cannot enter the UK if they have been in India in the previous 10 days. UK and Irish residents and British citizens who’ve been in India in the past 10 days before their arrival will need to complete hotel quarantine for 10 days from the time of arrival.


                                                        Round-up of updates

                                                        England moves to step 2 of the government roadmap

                                                        On Monday 12 April, England moved to step 2 of the roadmap, enabling outdoor hospitality venues and non-essential retail to open, some smaller outdoor events to take place, self-contained accommodation to open for overnight stays in England with household/support bubble were allowed, and personal care services and public buildings such as libraries could also reopen.

                                                        Find out more on the specific businesses that can open here, and read the full guidance on what you can and cannot do here


                                                        Northern Ireland Executive announces relaxations to COVID-19 restrictions

                                                        Last week, the Executive agreed relaxations to occur on 23 and 30 April, as well as an indicative date of 24 May for further relaxations.

                                                        From 23 April outdoor visitor attractions including outdoor activity centres and close contact services can reopen.

                                                        From 30 April 15 people (from no more than 3 households) will be able to meet outside, retail can reopen, overnight stays in self-contained tourist accommodation will be allowed for one household, unlicensed premises can reopen, outdoors only, with a maximum of 6 people from 2 households per table, licensed premises, including social clubs, can reopen only outdoors, limited to 6 people from no more than 2 households, the curfew on takeaways and off licenses will be removed, and individual activities in gyms, swimming pools and other large venues – including with a carer and to allow 1-2-1 training/coaching with social distancing can take place.

                                                        Indicatively on 24 May indoor unlicensed and licenses premises can reopen with mitigations, the remainder of tourist accommodation can open, indoor visits will be allowed in domestic settings, as well as indoor visitor attractions and indoor group exercise and training.

                                                        Read the full announcement here.


                                                        Welsh Government announces relaxation of some COVID-19 restrictions

                                                        The Welsh Government announced that certain COVID-19 restrictions will be relaxed earlier than initially stated. On Monday 3 May (previously Monday 10 May):

                                                        • Gyms, leisure centres and fitness facilities can reopen. This will include individual or one-to-one training but not exercise classes
                                                        • Extended household will again allow two households to meet and have contact indoors

                                                        First Minster Mark Drakeford also confirmed that from Monday 12 April: all remaining shops and close contact services could reopen, travel restrictions on traveling into and out of Wales would be lifted (however, restrictions on travel to countries outside the Common Travel Area without a reasonable excuse, remain in place) and wedding ‘show-arounds’ by appointment would be allowed.

                                                        Read the full announcement here.


                                                        Early easing of certain restrictions in Scotland

                                                        On 13 April, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announcedthat certain changes to restrictions in Scotland were to be brought forward. From Friday 16 April:

                                                        • Travel within Scotland for outdoor socialising, recreation and exercise is allowed. People must continue to Stay Local for other purposes such as non-essential shopping, and public transport capacity will continue to be limited. 
                                                        • Outdoor meetings in groups of up to six adults from up to six households can take place, with under-12s not counting towards this limit. Socialising in homes is still not permitted.

                                                        Read more on the accelerated easing of restrictions here.

                                                        Global Travel Taskforce publish their recommendations to support the safe return of international travel

                                                        The Global Travel Taskforce have set out their approach to safely restarting international travel in their latest report. A Green, Amber and Red traffic light system will be used to categorise countries and there will be different restrictions and requirements for each category. The list of which countries will be in which category will be published at the beginning of May, along with confirmation of whether or not international travel can resume on 17 May.

                                                        The full report is available here.


                                                        Updates to working safely during coronavirus

                                                        The working safely during coronavirus guidance for heritage locations and for performing arts has been updated in line with step 2 of the government roadmap.


                                                        Consumer Sentiment Tracker wave 28 figures published

                                                        VisitEngland has published wave 28 of their Consumer Sentiment Tracker which covers fieldwork conducted between 6-10 April. The full report is attached to this update. 

                                                        Although the proportion expecting ‘normality’ to return to their lives by the end of the year continues to decline, there is evidence that general levels of optimism are rising. Trip confidence is creeping up and the Appetite for Risk score has improved slightly, suggesting people’s sense of unease is diminishing when it comes to participating in a range of activities, particularly those which are predominantly indoors.

                                                        Highlights from wave 28 include:

                                                        • 44% of adults expect ‘normality’ by end of this year – down another 6 points compared to last wave.
                                                        • The Appetite for Risk score climbs to 2.5/4.
                                                        • Almost half of adults anticipate taking more or the same number of overnight domestic trips between now and end of the year compared to normal.  This compares with just over a quarter of adults with similar intent regarding overseas trips.
                                                        • Confidence edges up, with 38% fairly/very confident a trip booked for this June could proceed as planned (climbing 5 points)
                                                        • 14% anticipate taking an overnight trip this spring (Apr – June) rising to 35% during the summer (July – Sept) which is stable wave-on-wave.  There has been significant uplift in intent from October 2021 onwards, however.
                                                        • Among those who are intending to take a trip this spring, 62% have reached the planning and 49% the booking stages of their trips, which is up from 50% and 44% respectively last wave.
                                                        • The South West remains the lead destination for spring trips with a commanding 26% share; 13 percentage points ahead of second placed North West.
                                                        • The leading destination type for spring trips is ‘traditional coastal/seaside town’ (30%) narrowly ahead of ‘countryside or village’ (27%).
                                                        • The accommodation types most likely to be used on overnight trips this spring are ‘commercial rentals’ (e.g. holiday cottages) on 40%, ‘camping/caravan’ (39%), ‘Hotel/motel/inn’ (37%) and a ‘private home’ (35%).
                                                        • Some 48% of UK adults intend to take a day trip to a ‘traditional coastal/seaside town’ or ‘countryside or village’ destination at some stage during this spring/summer.  This compares with 25% intending to visit a ‘large city’.


                                                        Other updates

                                                        • Phase 2 of the Cultural Recovery Fund in Wales application window will close tomorrow, 20 April at 5pm. The funding is available to businesses within the culture sector, including theatres, music venues, heritage attractions, galleries and independent cinema. The fund will cover the period from 1 April 2021 to 30 September 2021. Find out more information and check eligibility here.
                                                        • The online service to claim the fourth Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) will open from late April. The fourth grant covers 1 February 2021 to 30 April 2021. Find out more information about the grant and who can claim here.  
                                                        • Information about the Event Research Programme (ERP) has been published on GOV.UK. The guidance covers measures in place, information for attendees, how to travel to a venue safely and staying overnight. Find out more information.

                                                         

                                                        TOURISM ALLIANCE UPDATE – 19 APRIL

                                                        • Local Authority Grant Allocations

                                                        BEIS has published updated data on the allocation of Restart Grants to each Local Authority in England as well as updating the data on how much of previous allocations each local authority has didtributed to businesses in their area.

                                                        As you will remember for when the last figures were released for the period to 16th January, many of the local authorities had distributed very little ARG funding as they had been told by Government that it would have to last until 1 April 2022 and that we encouraged them to distribute this funding as soon as possible.

                                                        The new figures, which are to the 1 March 2021, show that many local authorities have significantly increased the allocation of ARG funding. However, there are still a significant number of local authorities that had still not allocated most of their ARG funding. Some examples include:

                                                          • Stratford upon Avon
                                                            • has distributed just 2%  of the £3.8m that they have received from Government
                                                          • Southampton
                                                            • has distributed just 3% of the £7.3m that they have received from Government
                                                          • Kingston Upon Thames
                                                            • has distributed just 3% of the £5.1m that they have received from Government
                                                          • Medway
                                                            • has distributed just 1.5% of the £8.0m that they have received from Government

                                                         

                                                        While these local authorities could well have significantly increased their distribution of ARG funding since 1 March 2021, the fact that they have taken over three months to distribute just 3% of the funding that they have received suggests that these local authorities need to do more to ensure that they allocate their ARG allocations before the 30 June deadline.

                                                        https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-grant-funding-local-authority-payments-to-small-and-medium-businesses

                                                        • Revised ARG Guidance

                                                        While we are on ARG guidance, BEIS has updated the guidance to Local Authorities. As you will be aware, the Government has stated that Local Authorities will only receive the next tranche of ARG funding if they distribute the funding from the first two tranches by 30 June 2021. To clarify this requirement, the guidance has been updated to define “spend” as all funding defrayed or where there has been a validated attempt to defray the funding - a “validated attempt” to distribute this funding being:

                                                         

                                                          • Where a payment has been made to an incorrect bank account and has been rejected; the grant can be classed as a validated attempt as long as a further attempt to pay will be made immediately upon discovering the error
                                                          • Where an application has been approved and the payment has been made, but due to a technical error the payment did not process, this can be classed as a validated attempt as long as payment was made on discovery of the error
                                                          • Where a payment has been processed, but is on hold by the bank, due to verification checks being undertaken, this can be classed as a validated attempt to make payment
                                                          • Where a contract has already been signed to provide a service (prior to the date of this guidance being updated on 15 April 2021), such as for business support activity, even if that funding is not yet spent

                                                         

                                                        https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/978400/additional-restrictions-grant-la-guidance.pdf

                                                         

                                                        • Event’s Research Programme

                                                        The Government has published more information on the Events Research Programme, which is one of the four work streams established by Government to inform decisions on, certification, social distancing, International travel and restarting events. The aim of the research is to determine how a combination of testing and covid secure management can inform decisions on safely lifting restrictions at events.

                                                         

                                                        The key points in the update are that:

                                                          • the first phase of 10-15 pilots are being held in April and May to inform decisions on the safe removal of social distancing from Step 4
                                                          • The pilots will be run across a range of settings, venue types, and activity types so that findings could support the full reopening of similar settings across multiple sectors
                                                          • The programme is overseen by an industry-led steering group co-chaired by Sir Nicholas Hytner and David Ross and working closely with national and local public health authorities.
                                                          • A Joint Programme Board will work across government to inform policy development on reopening sectors ahead of Step 4
                                                          • The ERP will look at a range of mitigating factors including test-on-entry protocols for use in determining how we can reopen larger venues safely
                                                          • The first pilot events are
                                                            • B FA Cup Semi Final, Wembley Stadium
                                                            • World Snooker Championship, Sheffield Crucible Theatre
                                                            • Luna Cinema, Liverpool
                                                            • League Cup Final
                                                            • ACC Business Event, Liverpool
                                                            • Circus Nightclub, Liverpool
                                                            • FA Cup Final, Wembley Stadium
                                                            • Outdoor gig, Sefton Park Liverpool
                                                          • Findings will be reported to the Prime Minister to feed into wider discussions around Step 4 of the lockdown restrictions.

                                                         

                                                        https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-about-the-events-research-programme-erp-paving-the-way-for-larger-audiences-to-attend-sport-theatre-and-gigs-safely-this-summer/guidance-on-the-events-research-programme

                                                         

                                                        • 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.

                                                         

                                                        https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-organised-events-guidance-for-local-authorities/coronavirus-covid-19-organised-events-guidance-for-local-authorities

                                                        • Revised Covid Secure Notice for Businesses

                                                        The Covid Secure notice that businesses can use in their workplace to show that they are abiding by the Government’s Covid-Secure guidance has been revised to include a section on ventilation. This states:

                                                        We have taken all reasonable steps to provide adequate ventilation in enclosed spaces

                                                        https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/978552/staying-covid-secure-poster-ventilation-step.pdf

                                                        • Business Support Guidance Updated

                                                        The guidance for businesses on what support is available has been updated to include an new video about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Job Retention Scheme and a webinar for Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS)

                                                         

                                                        https://www.gov.uk/guidance/help-and-support-if-your-business-is-affected-by-coronavirus-covid-19#self-employment-income-support-scheme-seiss--fourth-grant

                                                         

                                                        You can sign-up for the webinar, which is 1:45pm – 2:30pm on 28th April, on the following link

                                                         

                                                        https://register.gotowebinar.com/rt/3667545685723120643?source=Apr-HMRC-GOV

                                                         

                                                        • Self Isolation Compliance Checks

                                                        The Government has updated the guidance on self-isolation compliance checks which are being increased to make sure that those people arriving into the country stay at quarantined for at least 10 days. The guidance now states that officials that are checking compliance will ask to see the person’s driver's licence or passport to confirm your identity.

                                                         

                                                        https://www.gov.uk/guidance/self-isolation-compliance-checks-after-international-travel

                                                         

                                                        • Visiting a Passport Office

                                                        New guidance has been published to state that people should only visit a passport office if they have an appointment and should not do so if:

                                                          • they or someone they live with has coronavirus or coronavirus symptoms
                                                          • they have been told by the NHS Test and Trace service that they have been in contact with a person who has coronavirus
                                                          • they have recently returned to the UK from abroad and are quarantining

                                                         

                                                        A friend or family member can attend on behalf of someone who cannot make the appointment but will need to take:

                                                          • the applicant’s old passport
                                                          • a signed and dated letter from the applicant authorising them to attend
                                                          • the applicant’s signed and dated application form If the appointment is to apply for the Fast Track service
                                                          • valid ID if the appointment is for the Online Premium service

                                                         

                                                        https://www.gov.uk/guidance/visiting-a-passport-office-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic

                                                         

                                                        EIF Update – 19th April 2021

                                                         

                                                        New Festival Guidance - An interim guidance briefing note has been produced by the festival industry to help organisers in planning events.   The guidance is available on the Purple Guide website. In the meantime, the festival industry is continuing to work in collaboration with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and Public Health England (PHE) on how music festivals can reopen with appropriate COVID-19 mitigation measures in place. 

                                                        Drone Briefing - The National Outdoor Event Association is organising a free webinar to bring event organisers up to speed with the new UK drone. As part of this new legislation the 150m distance from crowds for drone users was abolished, so knowing how to deal with a drone incident has never been more important.     Director of Operations Andrew Hamilton, who until July 2020 was the Civil Aviation Authority's Drone Unit Lead, will give a summary of the law changes and what organisers need to consider doing about it.   The webinar takes place at 2pm on 30th April – you can register at  https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_1QWmgEvaQcmYXzjkynSTkw

                                                        Performing Arts Guidance Updated - Following the move to step 2 of the roadmap on 12th April, the Performing Arts guidance has been updated.    Key updates include confirmation that venues that are permitted to open at Step 2 and can operate as hospitality venues (such as grassroots music venues) may provide ancillary performance activity, such as live music, for their seated food and/or drink customers outdoors at Step 2. There are also further details on workplace testing and a new section on ventilation which will be helpful for those venues looking to reopen in step 3. 

                                                        Pilot Festival without Social Distancing - A pilot festival with live music and no social distancing has been announced.   The Liverpool pilot show will have Blossoms headlining and offers a positive step towards getting festivals back on track this year.

                                                        EIF Supports Insurance Lobby - The Forum has supported a letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson MP, organised by the LIVE group, urging the Government to underwrite insurance for live events.

                                                         

                                                        TOURISM ALLIANCE CORONAVIRUS UPDATE – 15 APRIL

                                                        • Heritage Locations Guidance Updated
                                                          The primary guidance for heritage locations has been updated to take account of the relaxations associated with Step 2 of the roadmap. There is nothing that is particularly new in the guidance but there has been an ongoing issue with regard to wedding show arounds which are not able to be undertaken until 17th May unless the property has a permitted reason for being open. The permitted reasons include there being visitor accommodation or the venue holds business meeting which are able to take place currently. Therefore, if you have a heritage venue that hosts business meetings or has visitor accommodation, then wedding show rounds are able to take place during Step 2.

                                                        https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/heritage-locations

                                                        • Performing Arts Guidance Updated
                                                          Similarly, the primary guidance for the performing arts has been updated to take account of Step 2. Again there is nothing that is particularly new in this guidance - in Step 2, Performing arts venues, including theatres and concert halls can only be used by performing arts professionals to rehearse and train, and perform (without an audience) for broadcast or recording purposes. Indoor dance and fitness studios can be used for professional and non-professional use in line with social contact rules.

                                                        https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/performing-arts

                                                        • ONS Economic Indicators
                                                          The Office for National Statistics has released another report on various economic indicators that it is using to measure the performance of the UK economy. One of the more interesting is an estimate of the number seated diner reservations for 12 April 2021 which is 79% of the level seen on the equivalent Monday of 2019. This is somewhat surprising considering the number of restaurants that are not yet open and the businesses that are open are limited to outside dining but probably indicates the pent-up demand for people to dine out after the lockdown.

                                                        The other finding of note in the research is that online job adverts on 9 April 2021 equalled their February 2020 average level to become the highest level seen since 6 March 2020. This was partly driven by an increase to the “catering and hospitality” category, which also reached its highest level since March 2020.

                                                         

                                                        https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/healthandsocialcare/conditionsanddiseases/bulletins/coronavirustheukeconomyandsocietyfasterindicators/15april2021#value-added-tax-returns

                                                        • European Social Fund Q&A Updated
                                                          For anyone involved in a ESF project, the associated Q&A has been updated. The new questions include:
                                                          • Due to the lockdowns, my project will underspend - will this money automatically be lost to the project?
                                                          • My project has been approved and a Funding Agreement has been issued. I have significant reservations about starting my project at this time and wish to review the options available. What does the ESF Managing Authority advise?
                                                          • What is happening with Calls that are expected to be launched in the future?
                                                          • What is happening with project applications that have been submitted to the Managing Authority?
                                                          • Where activity is significantly delayed or ceased as a result of COVID-19 disruption, has consideration been given to extending projects?

                                                        https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/european-structural-and-investment-funds-coronavirus-covid-19-response/european-social-fund-2014-to-2020-programme-questions-and-answers-on-covid-19-response

                                                        TOURISM ALLIANCE UPDATE – 14 APRIL

                                                        • Transport Use
                                                          DfT has released the transport data from this first day of Step 2. While this shows that there has been an uplift in the number of people travelling as a result of the easing of restrictions, there is still a long way to go be fore public transport use returns to normal. The figures show that:
                                                          • Bus use in London and outside London both rose about 15%, to respectively 60% and 51% of usual use.
                                                          • National Rail usage only increased by about 5% to 30% of usual
                                                          • Use of the tube in London increased by about 8% to 34%

                                                        https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/transport-use-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-pandemic

                                                         

                                                        • Deferred VAT Guidance Updated
                                                          HMRC has updated the guidance on deferring VAT payments by adding information on penalties or interest that may be charged if you do not pay in full or make an arrangement to pay and how you may still be able to avoid these charges.

                                                        The key information is that businesses may be charged a 5% penalty or interest if they do not pay in full or make an arrangement to pay by 30 June 2021.

                                                         

                                                        https://www.gov.uk/guidance/deferral-of-vat-payments-due-to-coronavirus-covid-19

                                                         

                                                        • Local Authority Powers
                                                          The Government has updated the Guidance on the powers that local authorities have to enforce restrictions during the different steps of the roadmap. Local Authorities have three main powers:
                                                          • Coronavirus Improvement Notice (CIN)
                                                            • A Coronavirus Improvement Notice can be issued by a local authority when a business is failing to fulfil a provision set out in the relevant coronavirus regulations relating to COVID-Secure measures. Failure to comply with a CIN by the end of its operational period could lead to a fixed penalty notice (FPN) of £2,000 and/or a Coronavirus Immediate Restriction Notice or a Coronavirus Restriction Notice being issued.
                                                          • Coronavirus Restrictions Notice (CRN)
                                                            • A Coronavirus Restriction Notice will be issued by a local authority when there has been a breach of the provisions of the relevant coronavirus regulations, and a recipient has failed to comply with the terms of a Coronavirus Improvement Notice, where this non-compliance creates a risk of exposure to coronavirus. Failure to comply with a CRN during its operational period will result in an FPN of £4,000 being issued and a new CRN or Coronavirus Immediate Restriction Notice may be issued.
                                                          • Coronavirus Immediate Restrictions Notice (CIRN)
                                                            • A Coronavirus Immediate Restriction Notice can be issued by enforcement officers where rapid action is needed to close a premises or restrict an activity to stop the spread of the virus, without first issuing a CIN to stop the spread of the virus. Closure will be for a 48-hour period initially. Failure to comply with a CIRN will result in an FPN of £4,000 being issued.

                                                        https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/additional-covid-19-local-authority-enforcement-powers/additional-covid-19-local-authority-enforcement-powers

                                                        TOURISM ALLIANCE CORONAVIRUS UPDATE – 13 APRIL

                                                        • Impact Of Coronavirus on Tourism Businesses
                                                          The GDP figures out today show the severe impact that coronavirus is still having on the UK tourism industry compared with other sectors of the economy. The figures show that, compared to February 2020:
                                                          • The air transport sector is down by 91.6%
                                                          • Travel agencies and tour operators are down by 87%
                                                          • The accommodation sector is down by 73.9%
                                                          • Creative, arts and entertainment is down by 59.1%
                                                          • Food and beverage is down 51.3%
                                                          • Museums, Libraries and other cultural activities is down by 48%

                                                        This compares to the average for the UK economy as a whole being a reduction of just 7.8%

                                                        https://www.ons.gov.uk/economy/grossdomesticproductgdp/articles/coronavirusandtheimpactonoutputintheukeconomy/february2021

                                                        • Updated Test and Trace Information to Collect
                                                          The "Information to collect section of the Test and Trace Guidance has been updated to clarify the information that businesses need to collect and how to do this. The information required is:
                                                          • the name of the customer or visitor
                                                          • date of visit, arrival time and, where possible, departure time
                                                          • a contact phone number for each customer or visitor. If a phone number is not available, you should ask for their email address instead, or if neither are available, then postal address
                                                          • the name of the assigned staff member, if a customer or visitor will interact with only one member of staff (for example, a hairdresser). This should be recorded alongside the name of the customer or visitor

                                                        This can be collected via:

                                                        • a booking system
                                                        • a QR code
                                                        • a paper system

                                                        Other important points to note are:

                                                        • Venues must not make the specific use of the NHS QR code a precondition of entry (as the individual has the right to choose to provide their contact details if they prefer).
                                                        • If you are a hospitality venue, you must refuse entry to any customer or visitor who chooses to neither provide their contact details nor scan the official NHS QR code.
                                                        • You should satisfy yourselves that individuals who are checking in using the official NHS QR code have done so – you may do this by asking the individual if they have scanned the code or ask to view the person’s screen to show the venue check-in screen if you still have reason to believe they haven’t done so.
                                                        • You must not use this data for any other purposes other than for NHS Test and Trace, unless you would already collect it for another business purpose.

                                                        https://www.gov.uk/guidance/maintaining-records-of-staff-customers-and-visitors-to-support-nhs-test-and-trace#information-to-collect

                                                        • Updated Step 2 Guidance
                                                          I attached the wrong link to the updated guidance for Step 2 reopening yesterday so here is the correct version

                                                        https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/reopening-businesses-and-venues-in-england

                                                        • Business Support Finder Updated
                                                          The Government has updated the online tool that businesses can use to determine what support is available to them to take account of the changes in support mechanisms. This tool can be used by businesses in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

                                                        https://www.gov.uk/business-coronavirus-support-finder

                                                        • Updated Support Finder for Individuals
                                                          The Government has also updated the online tool for individuals This includes support on:
                                                          • what to do if you’re feeling unsafe where you live, or if you’re worried about someone else
                                                          • being made redundant or unemployed, or not having any work if you’re self-employed
                                                          • mental health and wellbeing, including information for children
                                                          • having somewhere to live
                                                          • self-isolating
                                                          • what to do if you’re worried about going in to work
                                                          • getting food or medicine
                                                          • paying your bills, rent, or mortgage

                                                        This is a good resource for employees to make their staff aware of as part of their duty of care for the wellbeing of their staff

                                                        https://www.gov.uk/find-coronavirus-support

                                                        • Updated Primary Guidance for Restaurants and Pubs
                                                          The primary guidance for restaurants and Pubs has somewhat belatedly been updated to take into account that we are now in Step 2 

                                                        https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/restaurants-offering-takeaway-or-delivery

                                                        TOURISM ALLIANCE UPDATE – 12 April

                                                         

                                                        • Updated Reopening Guidance
                                                          The guidance on which businesses can reopen has been updated for Step 2. There is nothing new in this but it is good to bookmark this guidance document as a reference for the next five weeks.

                                                        (COVID-19) Coronavirus restrictions: what you can and cannot do - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

                                                        • Step 2 Poster
                                                          The NHS have produced a new poster that outlines the restrictions associated this stage of the roadmap. This is a great resource to print out for staff and customers who will be returning to businesses today

                                                        https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/977566/COVID-19_Roadmap_Posters_STEP_2_2021_-_digital_.pdf

                                                        • Weddings Guidance Updated
                                                          The guidance for holding weddings has been updated for Step 2. The key guidance is that weddings and civil partnership ceremonies are permitted to take place with up to 15 people in COVID-19 secure venues that are permitted to open or where a broader exemption applies.

                                                        Receptions can take place with up to 15 people in the form of a sit down meal in any COVID-19 Secure outdoor venue that is permitted to open. Such receptions must not take place in people’s private gardens or public outdoor spaces.

                                                         

                                                        https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-small-marriages-and-civil-partnerships/covid-19-guidance-for-small-marriages-and-civil-partnerships

                                                         

                                                        There is also the guidance on which businesses need to stay closed until 17th May in the following document

                                                         

                                                        https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/further-businesses-and-premises-to-close/closing-certain-businesses-and-venues-in-england

                                                         

                                                        And finally on the generic guidance there is an updated guidance document for the public on what they can and cannot do during this Step.

                                                         

                                                        https://www.gov.uk/guidance/covid-19-coronavirus-restrictions-what-you-can-and-cannot-do

                                                        • Guidance for the Self-Employed
                                                          The Government has produced two guidance documents for self-employed people who are currently getting less work or not work at all. The guidance looks at the options and eligibility of:
                                                          • Claiming SIESS
                                                          • Claiming Test and Trace Support
                                                          • Claiming New Style Employment and Support Allowance 
                                                          • Claiming New Style Jobseeker’s Allowance
                                                          • Claiming  Universal Credit
                                                          • Claiming Pension Credit
                                                          • Looking for other work

                                                        https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-what-to-do-if-youre-self-employed-and-getting-less-work-or-no-work

                                                         

                                                        https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-what-to-do-if-you-were-employed-and-have-lost-your-job

                                                        • Updated Guidance for Wales

                                                        The Welsh Government has announced that it will be accelerating elements of its programme to relax COVID-19 restrictions 

                                                         

                                                        People will be able to form an extended household, visit the gym or take part in organised outdoor activities a week earlier than planned, as the public health situation - and vaccination rates - continue to improve. The First Minister last week set out a detailed timetable for moving Wales firmly into alert level three.

                                                         

                                                        From today, Monday 12 April, the following relaxations are in place:

                                                          • The full return of children to schools for face-to-face education, all post-16 learners return to further education and training centres, and university campuses are able to open for blended face-to-face/online learning for all students
                                                          • All remaining shops reopen, completing the phased reopening of non-essential retail
                                                          • All remaining close contact services open, including mobile services
                                                          • Travel restrictions on traveling into and out of Wales are lifted. However, restrictions on travel to countries outside the Common Travel Area without a reasonable excuse, remain in place. The Common Travel Area means the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man and the Republic of Ireland
                                                          • Wedding ‘show-arounds’ by appointment are allowed

                                                        Further easements to restrictions in the coming weeks will be subject to the public health situation remaining favourable. These will be confirmed at the next three-weekly review of the coronavirus regulations on 22 April.

                                                         

                                                        On Monday 26 April:    

                                                        • Outdoor attractions, including funfairs and theme parks, would be allowed to reopen
                                                        • Outdoor hospitality can resume, including at cafes, pubs and restaurants. Indoor hospitality will remain closed except for takeaways
                                                        • Organised outdoor activities for up to 30 people can again take place (previously Monday 3 May)
                                                        • Weddings receptions can take place outdoors for up to 30 people (previously Monday 3 May)

                                                        On Monday 3 May (previously Monday 10 May):

                                                          • Gyms, leisure centres and fitness facilities can reopen. This will include individual or one-to-one training but not exercise classes
                                                          • Extended household will again allow two households to meet and have contact indoors

                                                        TOURISM ALLIANCE  Coronavirus Update – 9 APRIL

                                                         

                                                        • Global Travel Taskforce Report

                                                        The GTTF report has been published which provides more detail than this morning’s press release. The recommendations of the report are broken down into four sections.

                                                         

                                                        1. Progressing a risk-based reopening of international travel, making use of existing and new measures to ensure that this is safe, sustainable and robust.

                                                          • Remove measures limiting outbound travel by 17 May at the earliest and implement a “traffic light” country system, to which different restrictions are applied depending on risk.
                                                          • Introduce a “Green Watchlist” to support outbound travellers identify countries most at risk of moving from green to amber.
                                                          • Hold three “checkpoints” on 28 June, 31 July and 1 October to review measures.
                                                          • Enable residents to prove their COVID-19 status for tests and, if necessary, vaccines for outbound travel to a third country.
                                                          • Restart international cruises alongside the wider restart of international travel, in line with the country “traffic light” system.

                                                         

                                                        2. Ensuring readiness for international travel restart, building on ongoing work to minimise border pressures as passenger flows rise, whilst keeping staff safe.

                                                          • Improve the Passenger Locator Form, with full e-gates integration across all ports of entry by autumn 2021.
                                                          • Establish a joint UK government and industry working group to ensure border readiness.
                                                          • Ensure comprehensive measures are in place to assess and assure safety readiness across all modes.
                                                          • Use feedback from industry and CAA expertise to make targeted interventions to ensure operational safety.

                                                         

                                                        3. Building consumer clarity and confidence through enhanced advice and communications of safety measures and consumer protection when booking travel.

                                                          • Improve operator(s) and passenger guidance to provide more clarity on health and passenger requirements including, where relevant, how this interacts with travel advice.
                                                          • Introduce a passenger COVID-19 charter by 17 May setting out consumer rights and responsibilities whilst measures remain. Later this year consult on additional, flexible and modern tools to enforce consumer rights.

                                                         

                                                        4. Supporting a transition to future travel, taking the first steps towards co-existing with an endemic COVID-19, in collaboration with global partners.

                                                          • Maintain leadership role within multilateral organisations including the ICAO, IMO and OECD, and work with like-minded states including the G7, G20 and Five Eyes group to develop strategies for reopening international travel.
                                                          • Continue close coordination with industry to ensure third party apps can be integrated with a national digital certification system that is interoperable, safe and secure.
                                                          • Explore the feasibility of bilateral pilots for testing initiatives such as digital solutions on particular routes, or with other countries.

                                                         

                                                        https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/977446/Report-of-the-Global-Travel-Taskforce-accessible.pdf

                                                         

                                                        • Contradictory Guidance on Coaches

                                                        There is an ongoing contradiction between the DCMS and DfT guidance in relation to coach travel on Monday that we are seeking to resolve. The DFT guidance states:

                                                         

                                                        These rules do not place any capacity constraints on public transport services and private hire vehicles, including organised coach travel. Operators should continue to provide transport services that can accommodate separate multiple groups which conform to the requirements of the relevant social contact rules.

                                                         

                                                                        As DfT is the department responsible for coach travel, most operators are following this guidance until the issue is resolved.

                                                         

                                                                        https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-safer-transport-guidance-for-operators/coronavirus-covid-19-safer-transport-guidance-for-operators

                                                         

                                                        • SEISS Guidance Updated

                                                        The guidance for people claiming the Self Employment Income Support Scheme grant has been updated to incorporate the eligibility criteria for the fourth grant. The main eligibility change to be aware of is that if you submitted your Self Assessment tax return for the tax year 2019 to 2020 on or after 3 March 2021 you’ll not be able to lodge a claim for this grant.

                                                         

                                                        https://www.gov.uk/guidance/how-different-circumstances-affect-the-self-employment-income-support-scheme

                                                         

                                                        • Twice Weekly Testing Campaign

                                                        The Government has launched a campaign for everyone in England to get free, twice weekly COVID-19 testing using rapid lateral flow tests as an essential part of the easing of restrictions, helping identify variants and stopping individual cases from becoming outbreaks.  A major public information campaign will run across TV, radio, press, digital, out-of-home advertising and social media from tonight.

                                                         

                                                        https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-campaign-urges-public-to-get-tested-twice-a-week

                                                         

                                                        • Updated Guidance for Places of Worship

                                                        The guidance for places of worship has been updated to take into account the relaxations for Step 2 when the number of people able to attend weddings and civil partnership ceremonies, wakes and  receptions for wedding and wakes are increased to 15 people.

                                                         

                                                        https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-the-safe-use-of-places-of-worship-during-the-pandemic-from-4-july/covid-19-guidance-for-the-safe-use-of-places-of-worship-from-2-december

                                                         

                                                        • R Number and Growth Rate

                                                        As always on a Friday, this week’s R number range is 0.8 to 1.0 and the growth rate is -4% to 0%. This is exactly the same as last week and, although the figures are higher than two week’s ago, they still represent a decrease in the number of infections.

                                                         

                                                        https://www.gov.uk/guidance/the-r-number-in-the-uk

                                                         

                                                         

                                                        TIER: COVID-19 additional update 8 April

                                                         

                                                        Following today’s daily update, the visitor economy guidance and hotel and other accommodation guidance is now available on gov.uk with more detail on what businesses can open from step two.

                                                        Visitor Economy - from 12 April, the following will apply:

                                                        Outdoor recreation and visitor attractions can reopen, but indoor areas and settings must remain closed. Locations which have both indoor and outdoor facilities can open the outdoor areas and facilities, but indoor areas and facilities must remain closed (other than toilets and facilities such as baby changing rooms). Those outdoor venues and attractions that are permitted to remain open can offer food and drink as a takeaway service or to customers that are seated outdoors socially distanced (you can find more information in the section on hospitality. This applies to many visitor economy settings, including:

                                                        • ziplining and other active outdoor leisure activities
                                                        • adventure parks and activities
                                                        • funfairs and fairgrounds
                                                        • theme parks,
                                                        • water parks, aqua parks,
                                                        • drive in events, such as for cinemas, theatres, and other performances
                                                        • animal attractions, including zoos, safari parks and aquariums
                                                        • skating rinks and trampolining parks
                                                        • visitor attractions at film studios
                                                        • botanical or other gardens, biomes or greenhouses, sculpture parks, landmarks (including observation wheels or viewing platforms) and model villages
                                                        • museums and galleries
                                                        • heritage locations such as stately and historic homes, castles, heritage sites and ruins.

                                                         

                                                        Non-essential retail can reopen. This will include but not be limited to: clothing stores, charity and antique shops, homeware stores, showrooms (such as for vehicles which would include caravans), retail travel agents, auction houses and markets and betting shops (subject to additional COVID-secure measures, such as limiting the use of gaming machines).

                                                        Personal care facilities and close contact services can reopen. This will include: hair, beauty and nail salons, spas and massage centres (except for steam rooms and saunas, which must remain closed), holistic therapy (including acupuncture, homeopathy, and reflexology) and tanning salons. You can find more information in the guidance for close contact services and the guidance for sport facilities (for saunas and steam rooms).

                                                        Indoor sports facilities will be permitted to open in addition to outdoor sports facilities. This includes sport facilities such as pitches, courts, golf and mini-golf courses, swimming pools, gyms and leisure centres. You should check the guidance for sport facilities, and ensure you adhere to any relevant measures.

                                                        Self-contained accommodation can reopen for leisure stays for groups comprising a single household/support bubble. This is defined as accommodation in which facilities including kitchens, sleeping areas, bathrooms and indoor communal areas such as lounges, sitting areas, and any lifts, staircases or internal corridors used to access the accommodation are restricted to exclusive use of a single household/support bubble. See guidance for hotels and guest accommodation for more information.

                                                        Outdoor areas at hospitality venues (cafes, restaurants, bars, pubs, social clubs, including in member’s clubs) can reopen, including for takeaway alcohol. These venues may allow customers to use toilets (and facilities such as baby changing rooms) located inside. At any premises serving alcohol, customers will be required to order, be served and eat/drink while seated (“table service”). You should check the guidance for restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services, and ensure you adhere to any relevant measures.

                                                        Business meeting/event show-rounds, viewings and site visits for the purpose of viewing the venue for a future booking can take place at venues which are permitted to open at each step of the roadmap, or where a relevant exemption applies. From Step 2, this will include conference centres and exhibition halls, including conference centres located within hotels. Viewings of other venues can only take place from Step 3 - no earlier than 17 May.

                                                        Some outdoor events organised by a business, charity, public body or similar organisation, such as fetes, funfairs and fairgrounds, and literary fairs, are permitted. These events can take place if they meet the criteria set out in the section on outdoor events and meet specific conditions: they comply with COVID-secure guidance including taking reasonable steps to limit the risk of transmission, complete a related risk assessment; and adhere to all legal requirements including maintaining group sizes permitted by the social contact restriction at the relevant step in the roadmap, and also preventing mixing between groups; enforcing social distancing guidelines; and mandating face coverings in indoor areas where required. Events guidance will shortly be published for local authorities setting out more information on the events permitted at each step of the roadmap.

                                                        Skippered boats can operate, with restrictions for some types of vessel. Boats which are open-air can be used within the legal gathering limits (by groups of up to 6 people or 2 households/support bubbles) and multiple groups are permitted if the boat tour is organised by a business/organisation, a risk assessment is completed which will take into account capacity limits, COVID-secure guidance is adhered to, and people maintain social distancing and do not mingle outside of their permitted groups of up to 6 people or 2 households/support bubbles). Where boats are partially enclosed, attendees may only go indoors to access/use the toilet. Boats which are fully enclosed can only be used by people from the same household or support bubble. The skipper does not count as part of the group. For more information see the waterway guidance from British Marine.

                                                        Self-drive holiday hire of boats where people make overnight stays are permitted for people from the same household or support bubble.

                                                        See the full guidance to see more and find out what business must still be closed.

                                                        The hotels and other guest accommodation guidance has also been updated

                                                        Self-contained accommodation can open as follows:

                                                        Overnight leisure stays in self-contained accommodation will be permitted. This is defined as accommodation in which facilities including: kitchens, sleeping areas, bathrooms and indoor communal areas such as lounges, sitting areas, and any lifts, staircases or internal corridors used to access the accommodation are restricted to exclusive use of a single household/support bubble. A reception area is not to be treated as an indoor communal area if it is required in order to be open for check-in purposes, but it should only be used for the purposes of check-in. Guests may also use indoor public toilets, baby changing rooms, breastfeeding rooms, and facilities for laundering clothes, which are not to be treated as indoor communal areas. These areas should be cleaned regularly and kept well-ventilated and guests should try where possible to limit their interaction with other households whilst using these facilities. This will mean that any holiday parks, ‘standalone’ holiday lets such as houses and cottages, chalets, yurts, holiday boats, and motels and other accommodation in which kitchens, sleeping areas, bathrooms and indoor communal areas such as lounges, sitting areas, and any lifts, staircases or internal corridors used to access the accommodation are for the exclusive use of a single household/support bubble may open for leisure stays.

                                                        Campsites and caravan parks will be permitted to open for leisure stays provided that the only shared facilities used by guests at the campsite or caravan park are receptions, washing facilities (including facilities for laundering clothes), public toilets, baby changing rooms, breastfeeding rooms, water points and waste disposal points. Shower facilities should be operated so as to ensure no household mixing takes place. This would involve either assigning shower facilities to one household group/support bubble, (i.e. making them private), or running a reservation and clean process (whereby one household can exclusively book the shared facilities for a fixed time, and the facilities are cleaned between reservations and kept well-ventilated). Other facilities - receptions, facilities for laundering clothes, public toilets, baby changing rooms, breastfeeding rooms, water points and waste disposal points - should be cleaned regularly and kept well-ventilated and guests should try where possible to limit their interaction with other households whilst using these facilities.

                                                        If a site is open to provide self-contained accommodation for leisure stays, permitted businesses or services can also operate on site and can be used by guests and by the general public. This includes:

                                                        • Indoor and outdoor sport facilities (swimming pools and gyms), recreation facilities such as ziplining, spas and personal care, and retail. These facilities can open even where access is via shared indoor communal areas such as lifts or corridors, as long as those communal areas are used solely to access the facilities and not to access accommodation. Saunas and steam rooms must remain closed. You should check the guidance for sport facilitiesclose contact services and retail shops, stores and branches and ensure you adhere to any relevant requirements.
                                                        • Outdoor hospitality such as restaurants, cafes and bars. These facilities can open even where access is via shared indoor communal areas such as lifts or corridors, as long as those communal areas are used solely to access the facilities and not to access accommodation. The use of indoor public toilets (and facilities such as baby changing rooms) is permitted even if access is via shared indoor communal areas such as lifts or corridors, as long as those communal areas are used solely to access the facilities and not to access accommodation. You can find more information in the section on hospitality. You should check the guidance for restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services, and ensure you adhere to any relevant measures.
                                                        • Hospitality venues may provide takeaway food and drink (including takeaway alcohol).

                                                        If a site is not self-contained and therefore remains closed for leisure stays,  permitted businesses or services can still operate on site and can be used by guests and by the general public:

                                                        • Indoor and outdoor sport facilities (swimming pools and gyms), spas and personal care, and retail may open for access by the public as well as for guests staying for legally permitted reasons. These facilities can open even where the entrance is within the hotel and access is via shared indoor facilities such as lifts/corridors. Saunas and steam rooms must remain closed. You should check the guidance for sport facilitiesclose contact services and retail shops, stores and branches and ensure you adhere to any relevant requirements.
                                                        • Outdoor hospitality such as restaurants, cafes and bars can open for the public as well as for guests staying for legally permitted reasons. Outdoor hospitality can open even where the entrance is within the hotel and access is via shared indoor communal areas such as lifts/corridors. The use of indoor toilets (and facilities such as baby changing rooms) is permitted, even if accessed through shared communal areas such as lifts/corridors. You can find more information in section on hospitality. You should check the guidance for restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services, and ensure you adhere to any relevant measures. Food and/or drink (including alcohol) can be provided through room service as long as it is ordered by phone or online.
                                                        • Communal spaces such as lounges or lobbies may remain open to guests but no food or drink should be served in these spaces, people should not be encouraged to gather and social distancing should be observed.

                                                        If your business provides both self-contained and non-self-contained accommodation, both may only open subject to their respective restrictions, for example:

                                                        • the hotel may open for legally permitted stays (only)
                                                        • the self-contained chalets may open for leisure stays and for legally permitted stays
                                                        • the hotel’s indoor facilities may open to the public and to all guests

                                                         

                                                        Read the full guidance to find out more.

                                                         

                                                        TOURISM ALLIANCE UPDATE 1 – 9 APRIL

                                                        DCMS have sent round the attached update to their Q&As regarding Step 2 reopening on Monday, which provides more detail on the opening of self-catering businesses, and camping and caravanning sites.

                                                        There are two updates of particular note – on Wedding Show Rounds and Coach Trips 

                                                        • Wedding Show Rounds

                                                        While business show rounds were already allowed for Step 2, the guidance has now been changed to allow wedding show-rounds. However, this only applies to businesses that have some ability to open already so a wedding show round is allowed at an accommodation businesses but not at an attraction or historic house – which makes little sense in terms of risk. 

                                                        Wedding show-rounds, viewings and site visits can only take place at venues when the venue is permitted to open. This means whether an in-person viewing can take place will depend on the current step of the roadmap, and the venues open at that time. For example, in-person viewings at indoor visitor attractions at heritage sites (such as stately or historic homes and castles) can only take place from Step 3 (no earlier than 17 May) when these venues are permitted to reopen. Viewings at accommodation sites can take place at Step 2. People must not visit a closed venue for the purposes of a wedding viewing. Virtual tours or other arrangements should be considered, until venues reopen. 

                                                        • Coach Trips

                                                        One other change that makes no sense is the guidance for coach operators. Up until last night the guidance was: 

                                                        Private hire coach tours can take place for a private group of single households (or support/childcare) bubbles. 

                                                        This is the guidance that has always applied to coach operators, even during lockdown periods, and allows multiple single households on a coach provided that social distancing is maintained between each household. 

                                                        This has now been changed to

                                                        Private hire coach tours are only permitted for a private group of a single household/support bubble. The coach driver and tour guide do not count towards the single household/support bubble rule.

                                                        Private hire coaches must not accommodate groups containing multiple households (excluding support bubbles) travelling together to the same destination or making the same journey, e.g. for the purposes of a leisure tour, as this is more akin to ‘indoor gathering’ than it is to ‘public transport’ and will therefore not be permitted until Step 3.

                                                        This means that a coach is only able to carry one household at a time, which is obviously nonsensical . What also doesn’t make sense is that while every other businesses is having the rules relaxed, coach operators are having their restrictions increased. This is going to cause real problems on Monday as businesses have been operating on the guidance that applied until last night and taken bookings for trips to outdoor attractions which open on Monday. As well as all the problems that will cause, the one of the main groups that this will impact are the elderly who are a key market for coach operators.

                                                        In addition to the New Q&A, the Primary Guidance for Visitor Economy Businesses and Hotels and Other Guest Accommodation has also been updated with more detail on the rules and restrictions that apply to tourism and accommodation businesses during Step 2.

                                                        Here’s the new Visitor Economy Guidance

                                                        https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/the-visitor-economy

                                                        And here’s the new Accommodation guidance

                                                        https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/hotels-and-other-guest-accommodation

                                                        TIC UPDATES – 8 APRIL

                                                        In the updated Q& A attached there is updated information on show-rounds for both business and social events and also more information on the service of food at currently permit work related events.

                                                        • Business Event Show Rounds 

                                                        Cabinet Office/DHSC have issued a revision to the position on business events show-rounds, which continues at Step 2 to permit show-rounds in conference centres and exhibition halls (including where those facilities exist within hotels) but does not make an exemption to allow showrounds in otherwise legally closed venues:

                                                        Business meeting/event show-rounds, viewings and site visits for the purpose of viewing the venue for a future booking can take place at venues which are permitted to open at each Step of the Roadmap, or where a relevant exemption applies. From Step 2, this will include conference centres and exhibition halls, including conference centres located within hotels. Viewings of other venues can only take place from Step 3 - no earlier than 17 May.

                                                         

                                                        COVID-Secure Guidance

                                                         

                                                        Guidance has now been published for Hotels and Other Guest Accommodation and the Visitor Economy, to reflect the Step 2 (12 April) changes. New guidance for local authorities has also been published on Organised Events. Please find attached an updated Q&A document, which contains new information highlighted in yellow. I’d also like to bring your attention to a few issues that have been further clarified:

                                                         

                                                        • Cleaning of shared facilities in caravan parks

                                                        Campsites and caravan parks will be able to open receptions, washing facilities (including facilities for laundering clothes), public toilets, baby changing rooms, breastfeeding rooms, water points and waste disposal points. To mitigate the risk of households from different parts of the UK mixing indoors, shower facilities should be operated on a ‘reservation and clean’ rota basis. Other facilities - receptions, facilities for laundering clothes, public toilets, baby changing rooms, breastfeeding rooms, water points and waste disposal points - should be cleaned regularly and kept well-ventilated and guests should try where possible to limit their interaction with other households whilst using these facilities. The Roadmap at Step 2 opens self-contained accommodation in order to prioritise outdoor activity over indoor activity, and indoor activity within households rather than between them - therefore shower facilities must be operated in such a way as to ensure household mixing indoors does not take place at Step 2 and all reasonable steps should be taken to avoid household mixing elsewhere on site.

                                                         

                                                        • Coach Travel 

                                                        We know that there has been some confusion between DCMS and DfT guidance on coach travel. DfT’s guidance has or will shortly be updated and brought in line with the position recently shared via TIC. 

                                                        • Private hire coach tours are only permitted for a private group of a single household/support bubble. The coach driver and tour guide do not count towards the single household/support bubble rule.
                                                        • Private hire coaches must not accommodate groups containing multiple households (excluding support bubbles) travelling together to the same destination or making the same journey, e.g. for the purposes of a leisure tour, as this is more akin to ‘indoor gathering’ than it is to ‘public transport’ and will therefore not be permitted until Step 3. 

                                                         

                                                        • Business Event Show Rounds 

                                                        Cabinet Office/DHSC have issued a revision to the position on business events show-rounds, which continues at Step 2 to permit show-rounds in conference centres and exhibition halls (including where those facilities exist within hotels) but does not make an exemption to allow showrounds in otherwise legally closed venues:

                                                        Business meeting/event show-rounds, viewings and site visits for the purpose of viewing the venue for a future booking can take place at venues which are permitted to open at each Step of the Roadmap, or where a relevant exemption applies. From Step 2, this will include conference centres and exhibition halls, including conference centres located within hotels. Viewings of other venues can only take place from Step 3 - no earlier than 17 May.

                                                         

                                                        Further detail on Step 2 changes can be found in the relevant guidance documents.

                                                         

                                                        You may also be interested in the following: 

                                                        • Commercial Rent Consultation: On 6 April MHCLG published a call for evidence to support the Government’s decision-making on the best way to withdraw or replace legislation to prevent landlords of commercial properties from being able to evict tenants for not paying rent; to restrict landlords’ abilities to recover rental arrears through the seizure of tenants’ goods; and to restrict the service of statutory demands and winding up petitions. These measures are in place until 30 June 2021 and while the Government recognises they cannot – and should not – continue indefinitely, a carefully managed exit is necessary to preserve tenant businesses and the millions of jobs that they support. The call for evidence closes on 4 May.
                                                        • Minister Scully and Tourism Minister Nigel Huddleston have written to the leaders of 314 councils in England urging them to do all they can to pay out grants money more quickly and ensure businesses in their local authority area get the support they need. The letter also encourages councils to support pubs and restaurants to open outdoor areas and host outdoor events in a safe and secure manner.
                                                        • Organised events guidance for local authorities was published on 6 April 
                                                        • Prime Minister announces new deal to boost Cornwall economy
                                                        • Recovery Loan Scheme launched on 6 April: Businesses can access loans varying in size from £25,000, up to a maximum of £10 million. Invoice and asset finance is available from £1,000.
                                                        • A reminder that the Philippines, Pakistan, Kenya and Bangladesh will be added to England’s red list from Friday 9 April. It would be appreciated if those of you who have customers/members in these countries could help to make people aware of the new requirements. 
                                                        • Embargoed until 9 Apr 2021 00:01: tomorrow, the Transport Secretary Grant Shapps will announce £18m for cycle training across the country to ensure children and their families have the confidence to choose active travel. DfT would be grateful for any amplification or supportive comments you might be able to provide once this has been announced. 

                                                         

                                                         

                                                        Global Travel Task Force Traffic Light System

                                                         

                                                        The Government has set out the details of the traffic hight system that has been developed by the Global Travel Taskforce.

                                                         

                                                        • Green: Arrivals will need to 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 will need to 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 will also be a ‘green watchlist’ category of countries most at risk of moving from ‘green’ to ‘amber’ so that people can plan journeys accordingly

                                                         

                                                        The Government will set out which countries are in each of these categories in early May, as well as confirming whether international travel can resume from 17 May 2021. The restrictions will be formally reviewed on 28 June 2021 to take account of the domestic and international health picture, and to see whether current measures could be rolled back. Further formal reviews will take place no later than 31 July and 1 October 2021.

                                                         

                                                        https://www.gov.uk/government/news/global-travel-taskforce-sets-out-framework-to-safely-reopen-international-travel

                                                         

                                                         

                                                        TIER: COVID-19 update 7 April

                                                         

                                                        Events guidance for local authorities

                                                        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. Key information is mentioned below for each step. The full page is available here.

                                                        An event can take place at Step 2 (no earlier than 12 April) if:

                                                        1. All three of the following conditions are met:
                                                          1. The event takes place outdoors
                                                          2. Attendees are expected to arrive and leave the event in a staggered manner throughout the day
                                                          3. It does not involve attendees converging on and congregating in a site for a specific discrete performance or activity, such as a theatre or music performance, OR
                                                        2. It is a drive-in performance or show.

                                                        This could include:

                                                        • Agricultural shows, steam rallies, flower shows, gardening shows and events, literary fairs, car boot sales, community fairs, village fetes, animal and pet shows, funfairs and fairgrounds.
                                                        • Drive-in cinemas and drive-in performance events (eg comedy, dance, music, theatre and air shows). Attendees should remain in their vehicle for the duration of the performance.
                                                        • Food and drink festivals are allowed. To note: where the festival resembles an outdoor food market or outdoor hospitality venue, but if people are consuming food and drink at the venue, the table service rule would apply.

                                                        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 reenactments, 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 at indoor events
                                                        • 4,000 people or 50% of a site or venue’s capacity, whichever is lower at 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 2, outdoor hospitality at events is permitted in groups of up to 6 people, or with one other household.
                                                        • 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 sportsground, 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.

                                                         

                                                        Other Government announcements

                                                        • As part of the Towns Fund, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced a £23.6 million investment in Truro, Cornwall. Find out more information about the deal and how the funding will be spent here.
                                                        • The Government has awarded £3.5 million to support Coventry’s tenure as UK City of Culture 2021. The funding will help the city deliver its celebrations this summer in line with Covid-19 restrictions. Read the press release here.

                                                         

                                                        TOURISM ALLIANCE CORONAVIRUS UPDATE – 7 APRIL

                                                        • New Events Guidance

                                                        DCMS has published new events guidance that includes Step 2 and Step 3.

                                                                        At Step 2

                                                        An event can take place if all three of the following conditions are met:

                                                          • The event takes place outdoors
                                                          •  Attendees are expected to arrive and leave the event in a staggered manner throughout the day
                                                          • It does not involve attendees converging on and congregating in a site for a specific discrete performance or activity, such as a theatre or music performance, OR

                                                        Or the event is a drive-in performance or show.

                                                                        Examples of events that fit this criteria include

                                                        • Agricultural/flower/garden shows
                                                          • steam rallies
                                                          • car boot sales
                                                          • community fairs/village fetes
                                                          • animal and pet shows
                                                          • funfairs and fairgrounds
                                                          • food and drink festivals
                                                          • drive-in cinemas and drive-in live performance events

                                                         

                                                        At Step 3:

                                                        An event can take place where:

                                                        • People are likely to congregate in one area for the duration of the event.
                                                        • People are likely to enter or leave the venue in large numbers at a similar time.

                                                         

                                                        Examples of events that fit this criteria 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
                                                        • circuses
                                                        • air shows
                                                        • historical /battle re-enactments
                                                        • live animal performances such as falconry displays at events
                                                        • 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 at indoor events
                                                        • 4,000 people or 50% of a site or venue’s capacity, whichever is lower at outdoor events

                                                         

                                                        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.

                                                        It is important to note that capacity limits refer only to customers. Staff, workers, volunteers, speakers, exhibitors etc are covered by the work exemption and are not included the capacity limit.

                                                        https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-organised-events-guidance-for-local-authorities/coronavirus-covid-19-organised-events-guidance-for-local-authorities

                                                        • Events Guidance for Local Authorities

                                                        As a companion document to the guidance for businesses regarding Events, DCMS has also produced guidance for local authorities to use when assessing whether to give permission for events to take place. It is useful for businesses to be aware of this when entering discussions with Local Authorities on how their event should take place.

                                                        https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-organised-events-guidance-for-local-authorities/coronavirus-covid-19-organised-events-guidance-for-local-authorities

                                                        • WTTC Impact Assessment

                                                        WTTC have [published their latest Economic Impact Report which finds that travel and tourism revenue fell from £238 billion (10.1% of UK GDP) in 2019 to just £90 billion (4.2% of GDP) last year. They have calculated that this fall in revenue has resulted in the loss of 307,000 Travel & Tourism jobs in the UK.

                                                        https://wttc.org/News-Article/Travel-Tourism-sectors-contribution-to-UK-GDP-slumped-a-shocking-148-billion-in-2020

                                                         

                                                        • Guidance For Out of School Settings

                                                        The guidance for businesses or charities providing out of school activities and care for children has been updated to take account of the relaxation that will come into effect on Monday 12 April. From Monday, operators can offer provision to all children, without restriction on the reasons for which they may attend.

                                                        https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/protective-measures-for-holiday-or-after-school-clubs-and-other-out-of-school-settings-for-children-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak/protective-measures-for-out-of-school-settings-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak

                                                        • Quarantine Guidance Updated

                                                        The guidance for people quarantining at home after arriving into the country has been updated to clarify details on travelling to get a test swab taken and how people can raise issues related to the test product that they are using.

                                                        https://www.gov.uk/guidance/how-to-quarantine-when-you-arrive-in-england

                                                         

                                                        • VisitEngland Sentiment Tracker

                                                        VisitEngland has published wave 27 of their Consumer Sentiment Tracker which covers fieldwork conducted between 22-26 March.

                                                        Confidence and overnight trip intent are marginally down, as is the proportion expecting normality to return to their lives by the end of the year (50%). There is a higher proportion of spring trip intenders saying they have already planned and booked their overnight trips, which now stand at 50% and 44% respectively. However, bookings for summer trips remains flat at just 19%. 17% of adults now plan on taking a day trip within the next two weeks, which is significantly up on last wave.

                                                        Highlights from wave 27 include:

                                                          • The national mood is up 0.2 points to 6.7/10
                                                          • The same proportion consider the ‘worst is still to come’ compared to wave 26 (17%).
                                                          • The Appetite for Risk score is stable at 2.4/4, with ‘visiting a busy city centre’ having the lowest score among the various activities listed (also stable at 2.0).
                                                          • Almost half of adults anticipate taking more or the same number of overnight domestic trips between now and end of the year compared to normal.  This compares with just over a quarter of adults with similar intent regarding overseas trips.
                                                          • Confidence edges down, with 33% fairly/very confident a trip booked for this June could proceed as planned (down 5 points)
                                                          • 14% anticipate taking an overnight trip this spring (Apr – June) rising to 35% during the summer (July – Sept).  This compares to 16% and 37% respectively last wave.
                                                          • Among those who are intending to take a trip this spring, 50% have reached the planning and 44% the booking stages of their trips, which is up from 43% and 29% respectively last wave.
                                                          • The South West remains the lead destination for spring trips with a commanding 24% share; 12 percentage points ahead of second placed North West.
                                                          • The leading destination type for spring trips is ‘traditional coastal/seaside town’ (32%) narrowly ahead of ‘countryside or village’ (31%).
                                                          • The accommodation types most likely to be used on overnight trips this spring are ‘commercial rentals’ (e.g. holiday cottages) on 39%, ‘camping/caravan’ (37%), ‘Hotel/motel/inn’ (34%) and a ‘private home’ (also 34%).
                                                          • Some 43% of UK adults intend to take a day trip to a ‘traditional coastal/seaside town’ and 42% to a ‘countryside or village’ destination at some stage this spring/summer.  This compares with 23% intending to visit a ‘large city’.

                                                         

                                                        https://www.visitbritain.org/covid-19-consumer-sentiment-tracker

                                                         

                                                        TIER: COVID-19 update 6 April

                                                         

                                                        Relaxation of restrictions in Northern Ireland

                                                        On Friday 1 April, the Northern Ireland Executive ratified the relaxations planned for 12 April  as a part of its pathway out of restrictions. In addition a few further relaxations were announced that will come into effect from 12 April:

                                                        • To permit all pupils to return to school;
                                                        • To increase the number who can meet outd