Coronavirus Update

13th April

Please circulate this update to all relevant staff within your business.

POULTRY MEMBERS – IMPORTANT

 

We have heard from DEFRA that, as a result of death of HRH Prince Philip that out of respect, all non-essential communications activity from public sector organisations is suspended. Statutory communications and communications supporting public health messaging and the coronavirus response continues.

 

As a result, our settled status webinar which was scheduled for Wednesday 14th April, has been postponed. It is now likely to take place w/c 26th April. As soon as we have a firm date and time we will of course let members know.

 

Surge testing to be deployed in Wandsworth and Lambeth Click Here

 

Working in partnership with the local authorities, NHS Test and Trace is providing additional testing and genomic sequencing across parts of South London, predominantly the boroughs of Wandsworth and Lambeth

 

People with symptoms should book a free test online or by phone so they can get tested at a testing site or have a testing kit sent to them at home. Those without symptoms should visit the Lambeth or Wandsworth local authority website for more information.

 

For London Borough of Lambeth Website: Click Here

 

For London Borough of Wandsworth Website: Click Here

 

Self-isolation compliance checks after international travel Click Here

 

The government is now carrying out public health self-isolation compliance checks on individuals who have a legal duty to self-isolate for 10 days following international travel.

 

This means that if you are required to self-isolate, you may receive a visit from someone employed by a company on behalf of the government to make sure you are complying with your legal duty.

 

The staff will be wearing NHS Test and Trace uniforms. They will identify themselves verbally and present an ID card with information including their name, role and employer. The staff will follow social distancing guidelines.

 

The staff will confirm your name and ask you a few questions. This will help establish whether you are following your duty to self-isolate and enable them to provide additional information or guidance where necessary. You may receive follow-up visits.

 

NHS Test and Trace staff do not have enforcement powers, including the power to issue fixed penalty notices or fines. This means they will never ask you for money.

 

If someone visits you claiming to be from NHS Test and Trace and you believe they are lying, call 999 and ask for the police.

 

Maintaining records of staff, customers and visitors to support NHS Test and Trace Click Here

 

The guidance has been updated in the 'Information to collect' section to give clarity on how venues should ensure that a customer has checked in: Click Here

 

If you are a hospitality venue, you must ask for contact details from anyone who hasn’t scanned the official NHS QR code and 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.

 

12th April 2021 - Updates

 

Reopening businesses and venues in England Click Here

 

The guidance for Reopening businesses and venues in England from 12th April 2021 has been updated: Click Here

 

Closing certain businesses and venues in England Click Here

 

The guidance for Closing certain businesses and venues in England from 12th April 2021 has been updated: Click Here

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19): what to do if you’re already getting benefits Click Here

 

The guidance for Coronavirus (COVID-19): what to do if you’re already getting benefits has been updated with the latest rates effective from 12th April 2021

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19): what to do if you were employed and have lost your job Click Here

 

The guidance for people who were employed and have lost their job due to coronavirus (COVID-19) has been updated with the latest rates effective from 12th April 2021

 

Step 2 COVID-19 restrictions posters: 12th April 2021 Click Here

 

The step 2 poster showing what can and can’t be done as of the 12th April has now been published. To download: Click Here

 

COVID-19 vaccination: healthcare and community settings posters – Ramadan and EID Click Here

 

3 posters been published for display at vaccination providers, retail and food outlets, hairdressers/barbers and health and personal care outlets, community locations, gyms, looked after settings, local council services, in the workplace and educational establishments to display during Ramadan and EID.

 

Poster A: Click Here

 

Poster B: Click Here

 

Poster C: Click Here

 

In addition, the New coronavirus April roadmap resources from PHE are now available: Click Here

Everyone at AIMS is here to support any members, please email if you have any questions.

 

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12th April

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(COVID-19) Coronavirus restrictions: what you can and cannot do Click Here

 

Some of the rules on what you can and cannot changed on 12th April. 

 

However, many restrictions remain in place:

 

  • You must not socialise indoors with anyone you do not live with, unless you have formed a support bubble with them, or another exemption applies. 

  • You should continue to work from home if you can and minimise the number of journeys you make where possible.

 

From Monday 12th April:

  • non-essential retail can reopen

  • personal care services such as hairdressers and nail salons can reopen, including those provided from a mobile setting

  • public buildings such as libraries and community centres can reopen

  • outdoor hospitality venues can reopen, with table service only

  • most outdoor attractions including zoos, theme parks, and drive-in performances (such as cinemas and concerts) can reopen

  • some smaller outdoor events such as fetes, literary fairs, and fairgrounds can take place

  • indoor leisure and sports facilities can reopen for individual exercise, or exercise with your household or support bubble

  • all childcare and supervised activities are allowed indoors (as well as outdoors) for all children. Parent and child groups can take place indoors (as well as outdoors) for up to 15 people (children under 5 will not be counted in this number)

  • weddings, civil partnership ceremonies, wakes and other commemorative events can take place for up to 15 people (anyone working is not included in this limit), including in indoor venues that are permitted to open or where an exemption applies. Wedding receptions can also take place for up to 15 people, but must take place outdoors, not including private gardens

  • self-contained accommodation can stay open for overnight stays in England with your household or support bubble

  • care home residents will be able to nominate two named individuals for regular indoor visits (following a rapid lateral flow test)

  • you should continue to work from home if you can and minimise the amount that you travel where possible

 

The full guidance Coronavirus restrictions: what you can and cannot do  has also been translated:

 

ArabicClick Here

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FarsiClick Here

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HindiClick Here

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Punjabi Gurmukhi Click Here

Punjabi ShahmukhiClick Here

SlovakClick Here

SomaliClick Here

UrduClick Here

WelshClick Here

 

IMPORTANT REMINDER: AIMS Poultry Processing Members – Date for your diaries.

 

AIMS have been working with the NFU and BPC on the issue of seasonal poultry workers. As a result DEFRA are to hold a webinar on Wednesday 14th April 10:30 to 11:30 on Pre-settled status for Seasonal Poultry workers

 

The Key themes for webinar are:

 

  • The EU Settlement Scheme and how it works

 

  • The points-based immigration system

 

  • Q&A with DEFRA team.

 

The webinar will be held on Teams:

Click here to join the meeting

Or call in (audio only)

+44 20 3321 5273,,392983048#  

Phone Conference ID: 392 983 048# 

 

We will send out further reminders and hope that as many of the AIMS Poultry processors, and for that matter any other member who is interested in the EU Settlement scheme and points based immigration system.

 

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme - UPDATE

 

Check if you can claim a grant through the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme Click Here

 

The online service to claim the fourth grant will be available from late April 2021.

 

If you’re eligible based on your tax returns, HMRC will contact you in mid-April to give you a date that you can make your claim from. It will be given to you either by email, letter or within the online service.

 

You’ll need to confirm you meet other eligibility criteria when you make your claim.

 

Before you claim, you must meet all the eligibility criteria for the fourth grant: Click Here

 

Claim a grant through the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme Click Here

 

The online service to claim the fourth grant will be available from late April 2021.

 

If you’re eligible based on your tax returns, HMRC will contact you in mid-April to give you a date that you can make your claim from. It will be given to you either by email, letter or within the online service.

 

You must make your claim on or before Tuesday 1st June 2021

 

Return to your claim for the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme Click Here (for Welsh Translation: Click Here

 

The guidance has been updated with information about the fourth SEISS grant.

 

Use this service to:

 

  • Check the status of your payment

 

  • Update your bank details if we’ve asked you to

 

  • Check how much you were paid for previous grants

 

  • Check to see if you think the grant amount is too low

 

Tell HMRC and pay the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme grant back Click Here

 

The guidance has been updated with information about the fourth SEISS grant.

 

You must tell HMRC if, when you made the claim, you were not eligible for the grant. For example: fourth grant, your business had not been impacted by reduced activity, capacity or demand or inability to trade in the relevant periods: Click Here

 

How your circumstances affect eligibility for the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme Click Here

 

If you're self-employed or a member of a partnership, check these examples as to how a change in circumstances can affect your eligibility for the fourth SEISS grant.

 

How your trading conditions affect your eligibility for the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme Click Here

 

Find out what is meant by reduced activity, capacity or demand or temporary closure and read examples of how this could affect your eligibility

 

How HMRC works out trading profits and non-trading income for the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme Click Here

 

Find out how your trading profits and non-trading income are used to work out your SEISS eligibility and grant amount.

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19): what to do if you’re self-employed and getting less work or no work Click Here

 

The guidance has been updated with the latest rates effective from Monday 12th April 2021

Private providers of coronavirus testing Click Here

 

The lists of businesses providing private coronavirus testing have been updated:

 

 

  • Test to Release for international travelClick Here

 

  • Providers of day 2 and day 8 coronavirus testing for international arrivalsClick Here

Members in Scotland

 

New Covid Testing Site opens in Drumchapel, Glasgow Click Here

 

A new walk-through coronavirus testing centre has now opened at Drumchapel Community Centre in Glasgow (Kinfauns Drive, G15 7HA)

 

Tests must be booked in advance at: www.nhsinform.scot/test-and-protect: Click Here or by calling 0800 028 2816

 

To check the location on Google Maps: Click Here

Everyone at AIMS is here to support any members, please email if you have any questions.

 

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9th April

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Organisation testing registration: record of users Click Here

 

The guidance has been updated to add a video demonstration of registering multiple test kits on the portal: Click Here

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19): getting tested Click Here

 

The guidance has been updated on how to get regular rapid tests if you do not have symptoms: Click Here

 

New campaign urges public to get tested twice a week Click Here

 

From today (Friday 9th April) everyone in England will be able to access free, regular, rapid COVID-19 testing.

 

Public will be urged to take the ‘next step safely’ and start regular testing, as part of new campaign across TV, print, outdoor and digital media

 

Assets will be made available to workplaces [As soon as these become available we’ll send them out via an AIMS Update] and community spaces to encourage a new testing habit

 

From Sunday 11th April, the ‘Hands, Face, Space, Fresh Air’ campaign will update to remind the public of the need to use the NHS COVID-19 app to check in to premises, including outdoor hospitality, hairdressers and gyms. This will run across digital, social, radio and out-of-home channels.

 

From Monday 12th April, people who have been in contact with someone who has tested positive with COVID-19 can now get a PCR test during their 10-day self-isolation period, whether or not they have symptoms.

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19): safer travel guidance for passengers Click Here

 

The guidance has been updated with travel and coronavirus testing information: Click Here

 

If you have symptoms of coronavirus, you must stay at home while you are waiting for a home self-sampling kit, a test site appointment or a test result. If you need to leave your home to get to a test site, observe strict social distancing advice and return home immediately afterwards.

 

You may be asked to take a coronavirus test by your employer, at school or at university, even if you are not displaying coronavirus symptoms. If you know you are going to be tested, before you leave home consider how you will travel back home in a way that protects others should you test positive.

 

If possible, walk, cycle or drive in a private vehicle alone to the test site.

 

If driving, you should travel by yourself or, if necessary, only with people from your household or support bubble. Follow the guidance on car-sharing: Click Here

 

If you need to use public transport to travel to the test site, you should travel alone or, if necessary, only with people from your household or support bubble. 

 

Try to avoid travelling on busy routes or during busy periods, such as rush hour. 

 

Follow guidance to keep yourself, other passengers and public transport staff safe: Click Here

 

If you have concerns about travelling back from the testing venue safely should you test positive, discuss this in advance with your employer and arrange to attend a community test centre near your home, or arrange a home test if available. 

 

If you are an essential worker, you can use the self-referral portal for testing essential workers: Click Here

 

New JCVI advice on use of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine Click Here

 

Professor Wei Shen Lim, COVID-19 Chair for JCVI, said:

 

“Safety remains our number one priority. Based on the available data and evidence, JCVI has advised that it is preferable for adults aged under 30 with no underlying conditions to be offered an alternative to the AstraZeneca vaccine where available. This weighs up the risks of being seriously ill or dying from COVID-19 against the extremely small risk of a serious adverse event.

 

The COVID-19 vaccines have already saved thousands of lives and the benefit for the majority of the population is clear – if you are offered a vaccine, you should take it.”

 

Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19) Click Here

 

  • Restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services Click Here

 

Addition of information on managing customer payment at the venue. As a last resort, venues that serve alcohol can take payment indoors.

 

Staying COVID-secure notice Click Here

 

Once you have carried out a risk assessment you should display the above notice in your workplace to show that you have complied with the guidance on managing the risk of coronavirus (COVID-19).

 

The notice, which was first issued in May 2020 is now available to re-download for 2021. Note: This version make no reference to any year: Click Here

 

Members with Farming Interests

 

Basic Payment Scheme 2021 Click Here

 

Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) progressive reductions calculator is now available

 

The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) have created a calculator: Click Here to show how progressive reductions could affect your BPS payment for scheme years 2021 to 2024.

 

What are progressive reductions?

 

The RPA plan to phase out Direct Payments in England from 2021 to 2027. Their approach is designed to help everyone manage the transition away from Direct Payments as smoothly as possible. In their Rural Payments Agency December Update Click Here, they set out the percentage reductions that will be made to BPS payments for the 2021 to 2024 scheme years.

 

Reductions will be applied to the total payment the farmer would have been due in each year, including the total BPS payment and any young farmer payment.

 

The money saved by the reduction in Direct Payments will be invested back into new schemes to support farming and the countryside, such as the Sustainable Farming Incentive and the Farming Investment Fund.

 

For more information, read our ‘Farming is Changing’ leaflet booklet: Click Here

 

To use the calculator no personal information is input, collected or retained. 

 

The results are an estimated calculation based on the progressive reduction figures set out in our ‘Farming is Changing’ leaflet and the data inputted by the user.

Everyone at AIMS is here to support any members, please email if you have any questions.

 

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8th April

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COVID-19 vaccination and blood clotting Click Here

 

Recently there have been reports of a very rare condition involving blood clots and unusual bleeding after vaccination. This is being carefully reviewed but the risk factors for this condition are not yet clear.

 

This is seen slightly more often in younger people and tends to occur between 4 days and 2 weeks following vaccination.

 

This condition can also occur naturally, and clotting problems are a common complication of COVID-19 infection. An increased risk has not yet been seen after other COVID-19 vaccines but is being carefully monitored.

 

What to look out for after vaccination

 

Although serious side effects are very rare, if you experience any of the following from around 4 days to 4 weeks after vaccination you should seek medical advice urgently:

 

  • A new, severe headache which is not helped by usual painkillers or is getting worse

 

  • A headache which seems worse when lying down or bending over

 

  • An unusual headache that may be accompanied by:

  1. Blurred vision, nausea and vomiting
  2. Difficulty with your speech

  3. Weakness, drowsiness or seizures

 

  • New, unexplained pinprick bruising or bleeding

 

  • Shortness of breath, chest pain, leg swelling or persistent abdominal pain

 

There is also now a leaflet COVID-19 vaccination and blood clotting Click Here which summarises the benefits and risks of the COVID-19 vaccination.

 

JCVI statement on use of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine: 7 April 2021 Click Here

 

“JCVI currently advises that it is preferable for adults aged <30 years without underlying health conditions that put them at higher risk of severe COVID-19 disease, to be offered an alternative COVID-19 vaccine, if available. People may make an informed choice to receive the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to receive earlier protection.”

 

Statement on AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine following MHRA update Click Here

 

“Everybody who has already had a first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine should receive a second dose of the same brand, irrespective of age, except for the very small number of people who experienced blood clots with low platelet counts from their first vaccination.

 

“The government will follow today’s updated advice, which sets out that, as a precaution, it is preferable for people under the age of 30 with no underlying health conditions to be offered an alternative vaccine where possible once they are eligible.

 

“When people are called forward, they should get their jab. Vaccines are the best way out of this pandemic and provide strong protection against Covid-19.

 

“We are very grateful for the work of our world-leading regulator and our expert advisors as they continue to address this issue.

 

“More than 37 million jabs overall have already been administered, and we are on track to offer jabs to all over 50s by 15 April and all adults by the end of July.”

DATE REMINDERS:

 

Monday 12th April – The last day to Register to order free rapid lateral flow coronavirus tests for your employees Click Here

 

Wednesday 14th April  - Deadline for submitting your March Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) claims Click Here

 

How to quarantine when you arrive in England Click Here

 

The guidance has been updated to clarify details on travelling to get your test swab taken and how to raise issues with your test product.

 

COVID-19 and renting: guidance for landlords, tenants and local authorities Click Here

 

The guidance updated to link to new guidance on (COVID-19) Coronavirus restrictions: what you can and cannot do and new mediation guidance: Click Here

Everyone at AIMS is here to support any members, please email if you have any questions.

 

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7th April

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(COVID-19) Coronavirus restrictions: what you can and cannot do Click Here

 

The guidance has been updated with additional information on travelling within the Common Travel Area (CTA): Click Here

 

NOTE: The Common Travel Area covers the UK, the Republic of Ireland, Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man

 

Recovery Loan Scheme launches Click Here

 

Following on from yesterday’s AIMS Update a press release has been issued in relation to the now launched Recovery Loan Scheme. They key points being:

 

  • New loan scheme will provide further support to protect businesses and jobs

  • Loans will include 80% government guarantee and interest rate cap

  • Government has backed £75 billion of loans to date as part of unprecedented £350 billion wider support package

 

The Recovery Loan Scheme will ensure businesses continue to benefit from Government-guaranteed finance throughout 2021.

 

For further details visit the British Business Bank website: Click Here

 

Details about the Recovery Loan Scheme have also  been added to the Financial support for businesses during coronavirus (COVID-19) page: Click Here

NHS COVID-19 app: Change in Terms of Use – Venue Check-In QR Generator Website Click Here

 

The terms of use relating to the official NHS QR code poster you downloaded for your venue have changed

 

  • The details of venues that have downloaded an official NHS QR code poster may now be shared with local authorities and health protection teams. This is to help local authorities make sure venues that should display an official NHS QR code poster are displaying one. As some businesses may be identified by an individual’s name, we have produced a privacy notice. 

 

  • NHS COVID-19 app users can now share their venue history via the app with public health authorities if they test positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). This will be used to help other visitors to the venue to be warned that they may be at risk if multiple visitors have tested positive since visiting the venue. Venue names and details will not be shared in these alerts.

 

NHS QR code venue posters: privacy notice Click Here (for Welsh Translation: Click Here)

 

To check the full list of venues required to display a QR code: Click Here

 

NOTE: The list includes Workplace Canteens

 

Commercial rents and COVID-19: call for evidence Click Here

 

A short consultation has opened in line with the government’s decision to review measures on commercial lease evictions established by section 82 of the Coronavirus Act 2020.

 

This call for evidence will support the government’s decision making on the best way to withdraw or replace these measures while preserving tenant businesses and the millions of jobs that they support.

 

If there is evidence that productive discussions between landlords and tenants are not taking place, and that this represents a substantial and ongoing threat to jobs and livelihoods, the government will not hesitate to intervene further.

 

To complete the consultation: Click Here

 

The consultation closes at 11:45pm on Tuesday 4th May 2021

 

Members in Scotland

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Information for individuals and businesses in Scotland Click Here

 

This page has been updated with the new general guidelines:

 

Social distancing rules and guidelines for people and businesses in Scotland are set by the Scottish Government.

 

From 2 April people across Scotland can make non-essential journeys in their local authority area. A requirement to Stay Local has now replaced the Stay at Home rule.

 

Coronavirus support and advice for businesses in Scotland Click Here

 

The following business support page has been updated:

 

Local Authority Discretionary Fund Click Here

 

  • This is for businesses in Scotland who have not been eligible for previous business support grants.

 

  • If your business is still being adversely impacted by Tier 4 restrictions (and you have not received any support), you are eligible to apply. 

 

  • Eligibility for this fund is determined by local authorities, please check your local authority website.

 

And Finally…

 

AIMS Supplier Member Roythornes Solicitors (www.roythorne.co.uk) have published their latest  1-2-3 interview with Mike Davies

 

Mike is executive chairman of Eider Vertical Farming: Click Here, a business committed to growing differently and reimagining farming, creating perfect environments for plants to thrive. It produces fresh, nutritious and affordable food, supplying wholesalers with a consistent, high-quality and locally grown source of supply 365 days a year. Mike has a background in project and corporate finance and a proven track record investing in and developing energy infrastructure projects.

Everyone at AIMS is here to support any members, please email if you have any questions.

 

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6th April

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PM statement at coronavirus press conference: 5th April 2021 Click Here

 

“I can today confirm that from Monday 12th April, we will move to Step Two of our roadmap - re-opening shops, gyms, zoos, holiday campsites, personal care services like hairdressers and, of course, beer gardens and outdoor hospitality of all kinds.”

 

“As part of our roadmap we’re also publishing today on gov.uk (see below) the early thinking on our four reviews, on the safe return of major events, on social distancing, the potential role of Covid status certification, and on the resumption of international travel.”

 

Roadmap Reviews: Update: Click Here

 

While public health is devolved across the UK, it is essential that all four parts of the UK continue to work together to protect the health of our citizens, communities and economies. This is why on all four reviews the UK Government is working with the Scottish Government, Welsh Government, and Northern Ireland Executive, seeking a consistent approach wherever it is sensible and appropriate to do so, sharing learning and ensuring clear rules and guidance where there are differences.

 

We have included some key extracts from each of the 4 review areas below.

 

COVID-Status Certification Review

 

The Government believes that COVID-status certification could have an important role to play both domestically and internationally, as a temporary measure.

 

For now, businesses should continue to plan to reopen in a way that follows the latest COVID-Secure guidance, and certification will not be required for reopening as part of step 2 or step 3.

 

Global Travel Taskforce

 

When non-essential international travel does return it will do so with a risk-based “traffic light” system. This will add to our current system a new green category with no isolation requirement on return to the UK - although pre-departure and post-arrival tests would still be needed. 

 

This new category will accommodate countries where we judge the risk to be lower, based for instance on vaccinations, infection rates, the prevalence of variants of concern, and their genomic sequencing capacity (or access to genomic sequencing). The Global Travel Taskforce will publish its report, setting out more details on this system, later this week. [The information will be included on an AIMS Update]

 

Events Research Programme

 

The Events Research Programme will carry out pilots in a series of venues to gather evidence on the transmission risks associated with different settings, and potential approaches to managing and mitigating transmission risks. The pilots will use the domestic COVID-status certification standards. Early pilots will focus on demonstrating COVID-status through testing alone, while later pilots will seek to incorporate data on vaccination and acquired immunity.

 

The Events Research Programme will examine the extent to which COVID-status certification would help towards the return of crowds to mass events and closed settings, from football matches to theatre performances, and the reopening of nightclubs.

 

Social Distancing Review

 

The Social Distancing Review is exploring whether existing rules, designed to limit virus transmission, could be relaxed in different settings. This work is developing the safest approach to allow closer social contact between friends and family, safely enable greater capacity on transport, and reduce distance requirements within venues and workplaces.

 

Recovery Loan Scheme Click Here

 

The new recovery loan scheme announced in the March Budget launches today.

 

The Recovery Loan Scheme (RLS) provides financial support to businesses across the UK as they recover and grow following the coronavirus pandemic.

 

You can apply to the scheme if COVID-19 has affected your business. 

 

You can use the finance for any legitimate business purpose – including managing cashflow, investment and growth. However, you must be able to afford to take out additional debt finance for these purposes.

 

If your business has already borrowed from any of the other coronavirus loan schemes – namely:

 

  • The Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS)

 

  • The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS)

 

  • The Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CLBILS)

 

RLS is still open to you. However, the amount you’re allowed to borrow will depend on:

 

  • The lender’s assessment of your business

 

  • The scheme requirements

The RLS will run until 31st December 2021, though this may be reviewed.

 

A key aim of the Recovery Loan Scheme is to improve the terms on offer to you but if a lender can offer you the choice of a commercial loan on better terms, without requiring the guarantee provided by the RLS, they should do so.

 

To see the list of accredited RLS lenders: Click Here

 

To read the RLS FAQs: Click Here

 

Get a coronavirus (COVID-19) test if you’re an HGV or van driver Click Here

 

The new COVID-19 testing rules for hauliers in England comes into force today, Tuesday 6th April 2021.

 

  • Hauliers arriving in England from abroad must take a COVID-19 test if they are staying for more than 2 days.

 

  • You will need to take a further test every 3 days after that, if you are still in England.

 

  • This applies to drivers and crews of HGVs and drivers of vans and other light goods vehicles. It applies to both UK-based and non-UK hauliers.

 

  • You do not need to take a test if you will be in England for 2 days or less.

 

  • You must take the first test within 2 whole days of your arrival. The day of your arrival is counted as day 0.

 

  • You must take the second test between 3 and 5 days after your arrival.

 

  • You must take your third test between 6 and 8 days after your arrival.

 

This information is available in the following languages:

 

And Finally…

 

AHDB Marketing have released a short film showing the results to the first phase of the recent Eat Balanced Campaign. To watch the film (1 minute 40 seconds): Click Here

Everyone at AIMS is here to support any members, please email if you have any questions.

 

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5th April

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Twice weekly rapid testing to be available to everyone in England Click Here

 

From Friday 9th April everyone in England will be able to access free, regular, rapid coronavirus testing including those without symptoms.

 

Getting a rapid test is quick and convenient. 

 

Over 100,000 businesses in England have registered their interest to provide rapid tests to their employees, and the offer of free testing is being expanded to companies with over 10 workers where on-site testing is impossible. 

 

The expanded regular testing offer for people without symptoms will be delivered through:

 

  • A home ordering service, which allows people to order lateral flow tests online to be delivered to their home

 

  • Workplace testing programmes, on-site or at home

 

  • Community testing, offered by all local authorities

 

  • Collection at a local PCR test site during specific test collection time windows

 

  • Testing on-site at schools and colleges

 

A new ‘Pharmacy Collect’ service is also launching which will provide an additional route to regular testing. People aged over 18 without symptoms will be able to visit a participating local pharmacy and collect a box of 7 rapid tests to use twice a week at home.

 

The best route for testing can be found at NHS.UK/get-tested. (Note: at the time of writing this link wasn’t available. As soon as it is live we will include it on an update)

 

If testing at home, individuals will need to register their results online or by calling 119. They should self-isolate if positive and order a confirmatory PCR test.

 

NHS Test and Trace in the workplace Click Here

 

From Monday 12th April 2021 some businesses are permitted to reopen.

 

The rules on what you need to do when a group enters your venue have changed. You must ask every customer or visitor to scan the NHS QR code using their NHS COVID-19 app, or provide their name and contact details, not just a lead member of the group.

 

This is to ensure that everyone receives the necessary public health advice in a timely manner.

 

Employers must continue to ensure the health, safety and welfare of their employees and other people in the workplace. This includes, but is not limited to: workers, agency workers, contractors, volunteers, customers, suppliers and other visitors.

 

Maintaining records of staff, customers and visitors to support NHS Test and Trace Click Here

 

The rules on what you need to do when a group enters your venue have changed. You must ask every customer or visitor to scan the NHS QR code using their NHS COVID-19 app, or provide their name and contact details, not just a lead member of the group.

 

This is to ensure that everyone receives the necessary public health advice in a timely manner.

 

NOTE: We advise all members who undertake direct delivers to hospitality venues to ensure that their drivers are able to scan the QR Codes

 

To Create a coronavirus NHS QR code for your venue or your business site(s): Click Here (This is also available in Welsh: Click Here)

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19): red list travel ban countries Click Here

 

From 4am Friday 9 April 2021 the following countries will be added to the ‘Red List’:

 

  • Bangladesh

  • Kenya

  • Pakistan 

  • Philippines

If you arrive in the UK from these places before 4am Friday 9 April, you must self-isolate for 10 days in the place you’re staying and take a COVID-19 test on day 2 and day 8. 

You are eligible for the Test to Release scheme: Click Here

 

If you arrive in the UK from these places after 4am Friday 9 April, you must stay in your quarantine hotel Click Here for your 10-day quarantine period and take a COVID-19 test on day 2 and day 8: Click Here

 

For a full list of Providers of day 2 and day 8 coronavirus testing for international arrivals: Click Here

 

(COVID-19) Coronavirus restrictions: what you can and cannot do Click Here

 

The translations of the guidance have all been updated.

 

ArabicClick Here

Bengali – Click Here

FarsiClick Here

GujaratiClick Here

HindiClick Here

PolishClick Here

Punjabi Gurmukhi -  Click Here

Punjabi Shahmukhi -  Click Here

Slovak – Click Here

SomaliClick Here

Urdu - Click Here

WelshClick Here

 

Members in Scotland

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19): timetable for easing restrictions Click Here

 

The time table for easing restrictions has been put into an illustrative format: Click Here

 

“People across Scotland can make non-essential journeys in their local authority area from Friday 2nd April when a requirement to Stay Local will replace the Stay at Home rule.”

 

This will then be followed by what is a described as a “Cautious easing of lockdown as more services to open from Monday 5th April.”

Everyone at AIMS is here to support any members, please email if you have any questions.

 

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2nd April

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Fresh wave of grant funding launched as councils are called on to do their bit to continue supporting businesses Click Here

 

The new Restart Grants Scheme has been launched, providing funding of up to £18,000 to eligible businesses. To Check if you're eligible for a coronavirus Restart Grant Click Here

 

From Thursday 1st April, businesses in England in the non-essential retail sector will be eligible for one-off grants of up to £6,000, while businesses in the hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym sectors, which are reopening later, will be eligible for one-off grants of up to £18,000. 

 

Letter to all local authority Chief Executives from Ministers Scully and Huddleston Click Here

 

Local Authorities may want to support businesses that fall outside the business rates system with this additional cash. This could include travel and tour operators, including B&Bs and event industry providers, wholesalers, breweries, freelance and mobile businesses like caterers, wedding photographers, hairdressers and makeup artists and market traders, and wraparound care providers.”

 

NHS Test and Trace: what to do if you are contacted Click Here

 

This now includes a more detailed definition of 10-day isolation:

 

Isolate: you will be told to begin self-isolation for 10 days from your last contact with the person who has tested positive. 

 

It’s really important to do this even if you don’t feel unwell because you could still be infectious to others. Your isolation period includes the date of your last contact with them and the next ten full days. 

 

This means that if, for example, your last contact with them was at any time on the 15th of the month, your isolation period ends at 23:59 on the 25th. 

 

Failure to self-isolate for the full time period can result in a fine, starting from £1,000. 

 

Your household doesn’t need to self-isolate with you, if you do not have symptoms, but they must take extra care to follow the guidance on social distancing and handwashing and avoid contact with you at home.

 

There is also now  a link to stay at home guidance: Click Here

 

Households and bubbles of pupils, students and staff of schools, nurseries and colleges: get rapid lateral flow tests Click Here

 

Additional information has been added on what to do if you test positive: Click Here and how to claim financial support: Click Here

 

(COVID-19) Coronavirus restrictions: what you can and cannot do Click Here

 

The guidance has been updated to clarify the rules on indoor mixing with members of your support bubble: Click Here

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19): information for farmers, landowners and rural businesses Click Here

 

The main updates include information about deadlines for: Click Here

 

  • Countryside Stewardship (CS) applications

 

  • Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) applications

 

  • CS and Environmental Stewardship (ES) revenue claims

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19): getting tested Click Here

 

You can now have a live video call with specially trained NHS Test and Trace staff to help you register and take a home coronavirus test. 

 

Download the free Be My Eyes app:

 

 

 

And then go to the ‘specialised help’ section.

 

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme  REMINDER

 

Claim for wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Click Here (for Welsh Translation: Click Here) –  Claims for furlough days in March 2021 must be made by Wednesday 14th April 2021

 

Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19) Click Here

 

The guidance for Restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services has been updated with the New Requirement for Collecting Data for NHS Test and Trace: Click Here

 

2.1 Supporting NHS Test and Trace

 

Objective: To support NHS Test and Trace.

 

The opening up of the economy is reliant on NHS Test and Trace being used to minimise transmission of the virus.

 

You must:

 

 

  • Ask every customer or visitor aged 16 and over to check in to your venue or provide their contact details. This can be done quickly and easily using the NHS COVID-19 app to scan in the NHS QR code poster.

 

  • Have a system in place to ensure that you can collect information from your customers and visitors who do not have a smartphone or do not want to use the NHS COVID-19 app. You must keep this data for 21 days and provide it to NHS Test and Trace, if it is requested. Check what data you need to collect and how it should be managed: Click Here

 

  • Take reasonable steps to refuse entry to those who refuse to check in or provide contact details.

 

Many businesses that take bookings already have systems for recording this information – including restaurants and pubs. These existing systems may be an effective means of collecting contact details.

 

Any business that is found not to be compliant with these requirements will be subject to financial penalties. It is vital that you comply with these requirements to help keep people safe, and to keep businesses open.​ Find out more about the NHS Test and Trace requirements.​

 

Businesses operating a service where food and drink is not for consumption on the premises, are not required to comply with these requirements.

 

There is separate guidance on keeping a record of staff shift patterns. See section 7.1.2: Click Here

 

You must assist the test and trace service by keeping a record of all staff working on your premises and shift times on a given day and their contact details.​ You must keep this data for 21 days and assist NHS Test and Trace with requests for that data if needed. This could help contain clusters or outbreaks.

 

Members in Wales

 

Moving Wales into Alert Level 3: First Minister sets out plans to further relax COVID restrictions Click Here

 

The First Minister again set out the priority placed on ensuring all children and students in Wales will return to face-to-face education on Monday 12th April.

 

All remaining non-essential retail and close contact services will be allowed to reopen from Monday 12th April, while the rules will also be changed to allow travel into and out of Wales from the rest of the United Kingdom and Common Travel Area. Changes remain subject to public health conditions continuing to remain favourable.

 

The Welsh Government is also signalling further changes it aims to confirm at the 22nd April review, subject to public health conditions and final confirmation by Ministers, which would see outdoor attractions and outdoor hospitality reopen, including at cafes, pubs and restaurants on Monday 26th April

 

Fix Your Bike Voucher Scheme: apply for a voucher

 

The voucher scheme has been hugely popular, and all vouchers in all 4 releases have now been claimed.

 

As soon as we become aware of any further vouchers we will update members.

 

Everyone at AIMS is here to support any members, please email if you have any questions.

 

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1st April

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Surge testing to be deployed in targeted areas in Harrow Click Here

 

Working in partnership with the local authority, additional testing and genomic sequencing is being deployed in targeted areas within South Harrow.

 

Testing will start on Thursday 1st April

 

Individuals working within this targeted area are strongly encouraged to take a COVID-19 test when offered, whether they are showing symptoms or not.

 

People with symptoms should book a free test online or by phone so they can get tested at a testing site or have a testing kit sent to them at home: Click Here

 

Those without symptoms should visit the local authority website for more information: Click Here

 

To Book a Free Test if you are resident in South Harrow: Click Here

 

COVID-19 mental health and wellbeing recovery action plan Click Here

 

The COVID-19 mental health and wellbeing recovery action plan sets out an ambitious, cross-government, whole-person approach to promoting positive mental health and supporting people living with mental illness to recover and live well.

 

While this plan sets out what government will do in the coming year, it is also a call to action for the whole of society, for local communities, families and for individuals, who can take simple steps to look after their own wellbeing and the wellbeing of those around them – and can reach out for support, including from mental health services when necessary.

 

To view / download a copy of the plan: Click Here

 

We are aware that many members now have Mental Health First Aiders and wish to draw your attention to section 4.2 of the recovery plan

 

The St John’s Ambulance has published a Mental health first aid training in the workplace guide: Click Here

 

NOTE: The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have updated their guidance. As of 2018, employers need to consider covering Mental Health First Aid training in addition to First Aid at Work training

 

To see a list or organisations and businesses offering mental health first aid training for the workplace Click Here for Google Search Results.

 

Households and bubbles of pupils, students and staff of schools, nurseries and colleges: get rapid lateral flow tests Click Here

 

Added that you can collect tests from local pharmacies. To find your local pharmacy: Click Here

 

Updated collection site opening hours to 2.30pm to 8pm. To find your nearest home test collection point: Click Here

 

Private providers of coronavirus testing

 

The list of companies providing private coronavirus testing has been updated.

 

 

  • Test to Release for international travel Click Here

 

  • Providers of day 2 and day 8 coronavirus testing for international arrivalsClick Here

 

How to stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) Click Here

 

Amended Easy Read Click Here to remove references to national lockdown and updated links to guidance on what you can and cannot do: Click Here

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Driver CPC for lorry, bus and coach drivers Click Here

 

REMINDER:

 

Driver CPC cards that were due to expire from 1st February to 31st August 2020 were automatically extended by 7 months to 31stMarch 2021

 

The extension gave you an extra 7 months to complete your 35 hours of periodic training.

 

All the extensions have now expired.

 

‘COVID-19 Response - Spring 2021 Roadmap’ and ‘Hands Face Space Fresh Air’ Resources Now Available

 

Public Health England has published new 'Hands. Face. Space. Fresh Air.' and Road Map assets for our 'Covid-19 Response - Spring 2021’ on the PHE Campaign Resource Centre.  

 

 

Members in Scotland

 

Driving Tests Update

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19): driving theory tests: Click Here - Theory tests in Scotland will restart on Monday 26th April 2021 at the earliest.

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19): driving tests: Click Here - All types of driver and motorcycle training, lorry, bus and coach driving tests in Scotland will restart on  Monday 26th April 2021 at the earliest.

 

And Finally…

 

AIMS Supplier Member, Collingwood Legal (www.collingwoodlegal.com) has published a short blog on the recent Supreme Court ruling – Asda employees one step closer to successful equal pay claim Click Here which is well worth a quick read.

 

Everyone at AIMS is here to support any members, please email if you have any questions.

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31st March

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Surge testing to be deployed in targeted areas in Bolton Click Here

 

Working in partnership with the local authority, additional testing and genomic sequencing is being deployed in an area of Wingates Industrial Estate within the BL5 postcode in Bolton.

 

Individuals working within this targeted area are strongly encouraged to take a COVID-19 test when offered, whether they are showing symptoms or not.

 

For further information visit Bolton Council’s Website: Click Here

 

COVID-19: guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection Click Here

 

Reinforced advice for those who have been fully vaccinated: Click Here

 

Guidance updated regarding follow-up PCR for positive assisted LFD tests: Click Here

 

(COVID-19) Coronavirus restrictions: what you can and cannot do Click Here

 

The Coronavirus restrictions page has now been updated to include translated summaries of 29th March guidance changes.

 

 

Face coverings: when to wear one, exemptions, and how to make one Click Here

 

The guidance Click Here has been updated to reflect changes in restrictions after 29th March.

 

Updates: Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19) 2021 Click Here

 

The guidance for people who work in or run hotels and other guest accommodation has been updated: Click Here

 

This guidance was updated on 30 March to include information on:

 

  • Reasonable adjustments

 

  • Changes to NHS Test and Trace regulations and

 

  • Changes to national restrictions from 29th March.

 

In addition, the guidance for the following have been updated with further information on ventilationClick Here testsClick Here and the roadmapClick Here setting out how COVID-19 restrictions will be eased:

 

 

 

  • Restaurants, Pubs, Bars and Takeaway ServicesClick Here

 

 

  • VehiclesClick Here NOTE: The information on ventilation is different to that for buildings: Click Here

 

REMINDER: Carrying out deliveries or collections

 

Objective: To maintain social distancing and avoid surface transmission when goods enter and leave the vehicle, especially in high volume situations, for example distribution centres, despatch areas.

 

Steps that will usually be needed:

 

  • Scheduling to limit exposure to large crowds and rush hours where appropriate.

 

  • Revising pick-up and drop-off collection points and procedures with signage and marking.

 

  • Where possible and safe having single workers load or unload vehicles.

 

  • Minimising unnecessary contact at gatehouse security, yard and warehouse. For example, non-contact deliveries where the nature of the product allows for use of electronic pre-booking.

 

  • Maximising use of electronic paperwork where possible, and reviewing procedures to enable safe exchange of paper copies where needed, for example, required transport documents.

 

  • Enabling drivers to access welfare facilities when required and consistent with other guidance.

 

  • Encouraging drivers to stay in their vehicles where this does not compromise their safety and existing safe working practice.

 

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

 

The following guidance is now available in Welsh:

 

Ask HMRC not to publish your Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme claim details: Click Here

 

Employers who have claimed through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: Click Here

 

Fix Your Bike Voucher Scheme: apply for a voucher Click Here

 

The fourth batch of Fix Your Bike vouchers is now available.

 

The Fix Your Bike Voucher Scheme allows members of the public to receive a voucher worth up to £50 towards the cost of repairing a bicycle.

 

To apply for a voucher: Click Here

 

Sir Lenny Henry urges Black Britons to take COVID-19 vaccine Click Here

 

The letter which encourages Black adults in the UK to make informed decisions about the vaccine and protect themselves and the people they care for by getting vaccinated when their turn comes.

 

An Office for National Statistics (ONS) survey taken from 13 January to 7 February shows that less than half (49%) of Black or Black British adults reported that they were likely to have the vaccine and NHS data shows that only 466,000 Black of Black British adults have had a first dose of the vaccine so far.

 

The government is working with the NHS, local authorities, charities and faith leaders to provide advice and public health information in over 13 languages to people from all communities and backgrounds to ensure they come forward for the vaccine.

 

And Finally…

 

AIMS Supplier Member, Roythornes Solicitors (www.roythorne.co.uk) have published a short blog No Covid vaccination, no job...?

 

“About a year ago, the hot topic in employment law was the new Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme that we all got to know and love as the furlough scheme. The hot topic currently is the debate about mandatory vaccination”

 

To read: Click Here

Everyone at AIMS is here to support any members, please email if you have any questions.

 

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30th March

Please circulate this update to all relevant staff within your business.

PM statement at coronavirus press conference: 29th March 2021 Click Here

 

The focus of the PM’s statement was on the gains made and the changes that have been introduced. He did add a note of caution:

 

“But that wave is still rising across the Channel and it is inevitable as we advance on this roadmap that there will be more infections, and unavoidably more hospitalisations and sadly more deaths.”

 

And finished with:

 

“And remember that outdoors is generally much safer than indoors and the way to continue on our cautious but irreversible roadmap to freedom is to follow the rulesand remember hands, face, space and fresh air”

 

COVID-19 restrictions posters: 29th March 2021 Click Here

 

A poster displaying information about COVID-19 Restrictions in England from 29th March has been published.

 

To download: Click Here

 

Reopening businesses and venues in England Click Here

 

The guidance Click Here has been updated to bring it in line with the changes from 29th March: Click Here

 

Seasonal workers to receive free Covid-19 tests on farms Click Here

 

Seasonal agricultural workers will be able to access these tests through several routes, including home tests and community testing sites. They should remain on the farm for the 10 days after they arrive, except where necessary to access testing.

 

Employers of seasonal agricultural workers who register for workplace testing can now access free tests to help meet this testing requirement, which will protect growers from having to take on the greater costs of regular PCR testing, which could save an estimated £10m for growers across the country.

 

Employers must register for the programme by the Monday 12th April to receive a supply of free test kits until the end of June.

 

NOTE: At present the seasonal agricultural workers they are referring to are those here to pick fruit and vegetables. We continue to lobby for the scheme to be extended to seasonal poultry workers.

 

AIMS Poultry Processing Members – Date for your diaries.

 

AIMS have been working with the NFU and BPC on the issue of seasonal poultry workers. As a result DEFRA are to hold a webinar on Wednesday 14th April 10:30 to 11:30 on Pre-settled status for Seasonal Poultry workers

 

The Key themes for webinar are:

 

  • The EU Settlement Scheme and how it works

 

  • The points-based immigration system

 

  • Q&A with DEFRA team.

 

The webinar will be held on Teams:

Click here to join the meeting

 

Or call in (audio only)

+44 20 3321 5273,,392983048# 

 

Phone Conference ID: 392 983 048# 

 

We will send out further reminders and hope that as many of the AIMS Poultry processors, and for that matter any other member who is interested in the EU Settlement scheme and points based immigration system.

 

AIMS Sheep Processor Members

 

AHDB has published a new Horizon Report (Click here to download) in which they assess the key opportunities for the sheep sector over the next 10 years. 

 

Every six months, the AHDB Market Intelligence team produces a sector outlook, incorporating production forecasts, trade prospects and the consumption outlook. In producing recent outlooks, their attention has turned to the longer-term prospect for sheep meat. 

 

Some key changes will occur in the sheep sector. With the issue of the UK exit from the EU now resolved, this is an opportune moment to explore the evidence and understand what needs to be done to grasp the opportunities ahead.

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for pregnant employees Click Here

 

This advice Click Here is for you if you are pregnant and working as an employee. This includes pregnant healthcare professionals. It will help you discuss with your line manager and occupational health team how best to ensure health and safety in the workplace.

 

The background information section has been updated to include information on the next stage of the roadmap.

 

Private providers of coronavirus testing

 

The lists of businesses offering private coronavirus testing have been updated.

 

 

  • Test to Release for international travel - Click Here

 

  • Providers of day 2 and day 8 coronavirus testing for international arrivals - Click Here

 

And Finally…

 

And interesting article in yesterday’s Food Manufacture: COVID-19 compliance one year on - cautious optimism? Click Here

Everyone at AIMS is here to support any members, please email if you have any questions.

 

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29th March

Please circulate this update to all relevant staff within your business.

 

Workplace testing programme expands to offer free rapid home testing Click Here

 

From Tuesday 6th  April, the workplace testing programme will supply home test kits to companies with over 10 workers where it is not possible to set up testing on-site, due to a lack of space or because companies operate across multiple sites.

 

These self-test kits will be picked up by staff from their employer with clear instructions about how to take the test. Staff will then complete the home test in the normal way, before reporting their results to the NHS using the provided gov.uk address.

 

Businesses must register interest by Monday 12th April to access free tests.

 

To Register to order free rapid lateral flow coronavirus tests for your employees Click Here

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19): employer testing duty Click Here

 

To help protect the country from coronavirus (COVID-19), there are testing regimes in place for those who travel regularly across UK borders. If you are an employer that fulfils the following definition, then you must take reasonable steps to facilitate the taking of tests by your employees:

 

  • You employ more than 50 employees, of which some or all are required to take workforce tests, including agency workers you are responsible for

  • Your employees are required to complete testing after international travel

 

As an employer your ‘reasonable steps’ to facilitate the taking of tests might be:

 

  • Establishing workplace coronavirus (COVID-19) testing or providing your employee with home testing

  • Supporting access and signposting employees to testing outside of the workplace

 

Bespoke testing regime unveiled for exempt international arrivals Click Here

 

The UK government has set out new details of a bespoke testing regime for international arrivals who will be exempt from quarantine for work purposes, including for hauliers arriving from outside the Common Travel Area into England.

 

The new regime will commence on Tuesday 6th April and use lateral flow tests to rapidly identify cases coming into the UK.

 

Under this new bespoke testing regime international arrivals who are in the country for longer than two days will be required to take a test before the end of day two. This will include seasonal agricultural workers and hauliers.

 

Haulier testing

 

From Tuesday 6th April, new testing requirements will be introduced for hauliers entering England from abroad, to help reduce the risk of new COVID-19 variants entering the UK.

 

All hauliers staying in the country for longer than two days will be required to take a lateral flow test before the end of day two. Hauliers remaining in the country will then be required to take a further test every three days – so typically on days 2, 5 and 8.

 

Hauliers will be able to access testing at one of the many government information and advice sites – which provide hauliers with free coronavirus tests – or use workplace or community testing centres.

 

New legal requirements to limit contact between the community and international hauliers are also set to be introduced alongside inbound haulier testing. All hauliers arriving in the country will now be required to self-isolate in their cabs for the duration of their time in England, leaving only for specific reasons such as to buy food, use a toilet or undertake limited exercise, or get a COVID-19 test, among other reasons.

 

These requirements on hauliers will apply for the 10 days after arrival. Hauliers found not to be complying with the new self-isolation requirements could face fines of up to £1,000.

 

Hauliers that test positive at any point throughout their journey in England, and that cannot secure a safe environment in which to self-isolate, will immediately be re-directed to self-isolate in hotel accommodation set up by the Government at a number of locations in the country. 

 

If they are able to safely self-isolate at home or with family or friends in the UK, there are expected to do so.

 

Hauliers will be subject to regular monitoring on arrival in England.

 

The government is confident new inbound testing requirements for hauliers won’t negatively impact trade, given the successful roll out of the outbound testing regime did not markedly impact on trade flows

 

(COVID-19) Coronavirus restrictions: what you can and cannot do Click Here

 

Monday 29th March: What’s changed

 

Some of the rules on what you can and cannot do changed on 29 March. However, many restrictions remain in place. 

 

You must not socialise indoors with anyone you do not live with or have formed a support bubble with. You should continue to work from home if you can and minimise the number of journeys you make where possible. 

 

You should get a test and follow the stay at home guidance if you have COVID-19 symptoms.

 

From Monday 29th March:

 

  • You can meet outdoors either in a group of 6 (from any number of households), or in a group of any size from up to 2 households (a household can include an existing support bubble, if eligible)

 

  • You can take part in formally organised outdoor sports with any number of people (outdoor sports venues and facilities will be able to reopen)

 

  • Childcare and supervised activities are allowed outdoors for all children

 

  • Formally organised parent and child groups can take place outdoors for up to 15 attendees. Children under 5 will not be counted in this number

 

NHS Test and Trace in the workplace Click Here

 

Updated to reflect the change in rules for when a group enters a venue. 

 

From Monday 29th March 2021, every customer or visitor should be asked to scan the NHS QR code or provide their name and contact details, not just a lead member.

 

Members should also refer to the following guidance: Maintaining records of staff, customers and visitors to support NHS Test and Trace Click Here

 

Government increases support for those self-isolating Click Here

 

To help people overcome the practical challenges of being asked to self-isolate, government has announced an extra £12.9 million a month in additional funding to local councils to help them provide people with more support.

 

This new funding will help local authorities continue to support those who are isolating as we begin to cautiously ease restrictions, going towards access to food, help with caring responsibilities and support for people’s wellbeing.

 

NOTE:

 

  • It is a legal duty to self-isolate if you have been instructed to do so by NHS Test and Trace. Any breaches of self-isolation may result in a Fixed Penalty Notice, ranging from £1000 to £10,000.

 

  • In conjunction with the Test and Trace Support Payment scheme, local authorities can make additional discretionary payments to anyone facing financial hardship. [AIMS have helped some members access this additional money for staff facing financial hardship so do please contact us if you need any assistance]

 

  • Local authorities are responsible for the criteria used for discretionary payments in their area

 

Check if you can claim back Statutory Sick Pay paid to employees due to coronavirus (COVID-19) Click Here (for Welsh Translation: Click Here)

 

The weekly rate in the 'What you can claim' section Click Here has been updated

 

The weekly rate was £95.85 before 6 April 2021 and is now £96.35. If you’re an employer who pays more than the weekly rate of SSP you can only claim up to the weekly rate paid.

 

Private providers of coronavirus testing

 

The lists of companies providing private coronavirus testing have been updated.

 

 

  • Test to Release for international travel - Click Here

 

  • Providers of day 2 and day 8 coronavirus testing for international arrivals - Click Here

 

COVID-19 vaccination: guide for adults Click Here

 

A revised version of the Guide for Adults has been issued: Click Here

 

This is currently only available in English

 

Members in Wales

 

Wales’ tourism sector starts to re-open as restrictions are relaxed Click Here

 

From Saturday 27th March, the stay local rule will be replaced by an interim all-Wales travel area, which will remain in place until Monday 12th April, subject to the public health situation. 

 

For the next two weeks, only those with a reasonable excuse, such as work, will be able to travel into or out of Wales. 

 

Self-contained holiday accommodation, including hotels with en-suite facilities and room service, will be able to reopen to people from the same household or support bubble.

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19): driving tests Click Here

 

The guidance has been updated to confirm that motorcycle training, bus training and tests, Driver CPC part 4 (practical demonstration) tests, and specialist vehicle training and tests in Wales will restart on Monday 29th  March 2021, and that motorcycle tests in Wales will restart on Monday 12th April 2021.

COVID-19: mitigation of risks in occupational settings with a focus on ethnic minority groups Click Here

 

A consensus statement from Public Health England (PHE), Health and Safety Executive (HSE ) and the Faculty of Occupational Medicine (FOM) on the mitigation of risks of COVID-19 in occupational settings with a focus on ethnic minority groups. 

 

The report is probably one for your HR lead. To read the full report: Click Here

 

Easter Weekend

 

The NFU has created a range of shareable resources to help you promote the Countryside Code, and especially responsible dog ownership when using public rights of way through farmland;

 

To download: Click Here

 

Everyone at AIMS is here to support any members, please email if you have any questions.

 

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26th March

Please circulate this update to all relevant staff within your business.

Business rates relief boosted with new £1.5 billion pot Click Here

 

IMPORTANT AND SIGNIFCANT ANNOUNCEMENT

 

  • New Business Rates relief fund of £1.5 billion for businesses affected by COVID-19 outside the retail, hospitality, and leisure sectors

 

  • Targeted support delivered as appeals against rates bills on basis of material changes of circumstance due to the pandemic to be ruled out

 

  • The relief fund will get cash to affected businesses in the most proportionate and equitable way

 

Illustrative Case Study 2 – Food wholesaler operating from a warehouse outside of London:

 

Prior to the pandemic sold exclusive to restaurants within a region

 

Since the pandemic, turnover reduced nearly to nil

 

Large warehouse where social distancing can be observed without an impact on operations.

 

Rateable Value - £95,000

 

Size – 5,200m2

 

Under the MCC regime, the businesses would unlikely have been deemed to have suffered an MCC and so would have received no reduction

 

Under our proposed approach the business would likely fall within scope given the economic impact on their business

 

For illustrative purposes, a 15% relief would save the business £7,300

 

Further information:

 

“The £1.5 billion pot will be distributed according to official data on the impacts of the pandemic on different sectors, ensuring an even and more proportionate allocation of support across England based on the economic impacts of COVID-19 and not on estimates of the impact on a property’s value.

 

We’ll work with and support local government to enable ratepayers to apply as soon as possible this year, once the legislation relating to MCC provisions has passed and local authorities have set up local relief schemes.”

 

Business rates are devolved so the devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will receive an additional £285 million through the Barnett formula as a result of today’s announcement.

 

As soon as we have further details we will send them to all members.

 

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Updates

 

  • Check which employees you can put on furlough to use the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Click Here (for Welsh Translation: Click Here)

 

Dates for when employers can make a claim and information about if an employee does training have been updated. 

 

A new section for an employee who has caring responsibilities has also been added: Click Here

 

  • Calculate how much you can claim using the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Click Here (for Welsh Translation: Click Here)


Dates for when employers can make a claim have been updated

 

  • Check if you can claim for your employees' wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Click Here (for Welsh Translation: Click Here)

 

Sections about the periods for when you can make a claim, if your employee does training and details of when the claim will be publicly available have been updated.

 

  • Claim for wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Click Here (for Welsh Translation: Click Here)

 

Guidance has been updated to explain that earliest you can make a claim for May 2021 is Monday 19th April 2021

 

  • Check if your employer can use the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Click Here (for Welsh Translation: Click Here)

 

Dates for when your employer can claim for you if you were employed on or before 30 October 2020, and details of when the employers claim will be publicly available have been updated.

 

NHS Test and Trace in the workplace Click Here

 

The guidance has been updated regarding action cards:

 

Action cards:

 

  • The reporting an outbreak campaign containing the action card resources has now closed down as other guidance is in place. 

 

  • Please do not refer to the action card resources in your workplace setting, instead please refer to the government guidance listed below. 

 

  • The action card section of this page will be removed on Friday 30th April 2021.

 

Test and Trace Support Payment scheme privacy notice Click Here

 

The guidance Click Here has been updated to reflect the extension of the Test and Trace Payment Support scheme to include a qualifying parent or guardian of a child who has been told to self-isolate by either NHS Test and Trace or their education or childcare setting:

 

If you’ve been told by the NHS to self-isolate, either because you have tested positive for COVID-19 or you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive, you may be entitled to some financial support during your self-isolation period.

 

If you’re the legal parent or guardian living in the same household as a child aged 15 or under who attends an education or childcare setting or someone aged 25 or under who has additional support needs, you may be entitled to some financial support during their self-isolation period

Kickstart Scheme Click Here

 

We were interested to hear from a member yesterday whose application to join the Kickstart Scheme has been rejected without feedback or any right of appeal. 

 

We are keen to hear from other members as to whether they have applied for the Kickstart Scheme and what the outcome of their application has been.

 

If you have experience of Kickstart that you are willing to share please email Alison in the office: office@aims2001.co.uk

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19): driving tests Click Here

 

Updated to confirm that motorcycle training, bus training and tests, Driver CPC part 4 (practical demonstration) tests, and specialist vehicle training and tests in England will restart on Monday 29th March 2021, and that motorcycle tests in England will restart on Monday 12th April 2021.

Everyone at AIMS is here to support any members, please email if you have any questions.

 

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25th March

Please circulate this update to all relevant staff within your business.

Pay VAT deferred due to coronavirus (COVID-19) Click Here

 

Information about the maximum number of instalments that are available to you has been updated.

 

Instalment options available to you.

 

When you decide/decided to join the scheme will determine the maximum number of instalments that are available to you.

 

The following table sets out the monthly joining deadlines (to allow for Direct Debit processing) and the corresponding number of maximum instalments (including the first payment):

Making a support bubble with another household Click Here

 

Making a childcare bubble with another household Click Here

 

Both sets of guidance have been updated to clarify rules on eligibility for bubbles, providing care and support, and advice on self-isolation.

 

National lockdown: Stay at Home

 

The guidance: Click Here has been translated into the following languages:

 

 

COVID-19: ventilation of indoor spaces to stop the spread of coronavirus Click Here

 

The guidance: Click Here has been translated into the following languages:

 

 

Private providers of coronavirus testing Click Here

 

The lists of companies offering private Coronavirus testing have been updated:

 

 

  • Test to Release for international travel Click Here

 

  • Providers of day 2 and day 8 coronavirus testing for international arrivalsClick Here

 

Members in Scotland 

 

UK Government Support for Business in Scotland: March 2021 Click Here

 

The UK Government has compiled this practical resource: Click Here to help businesses in Scotland understand and navigate the wide range of support available. 

 

Throughout the document, links will provide further information and take you directly to application processes online.

 

Businesses in Scotland can also use Coronavirus Business Support Finder Click Here to see what financial support is available for your business.

Everyone at AIMS is here to support any members, please email if you have any questions.

 

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