Latest Government Update
The Prime Minister has announced new government guidelines to help control the spread of coronavirus and enforce the Rule of Six, whilst ensuring businesses are COVID-19 compliant and social distancing measures are followed. The standout restrictions from those announced on Tuesday 22 September are:
• From Thursday 24 September, all pubs, bars and restaurants will be restricted to table service only. Takeaways can continue.
• From Thursday 24 September businesses selling food or drink (including cafes, bars, pubs and restaurants), social clubs, casinos, bowling alleys, amusement arcades (and other leisure centres or facilities) funfairs, theme parks, adventure parks and activities, and bingo halls, must be closed 10pm until 5am. This will include takeaways but delivery services can continue.
• Penalties for not wearing a mask or gathering in groups of more than six will increase to £200 on the first offence
• Office workers are being told to work from home if possible
• Face coverings must be worn by shop staff, taxi drivers and passengers. Customers in private hire vehicles and taxis must wear face coverings from Thursday 23 September
• Customers in hospitality venues will also have to wear face coverings, except when seated at a table to eat or drink.
• Staff in hospitality and retail will be required to wear face coverings from Thursday 24 September
• It is now a legal requirement for businesses in England to enforce the Rule of Six and social distancing
Businesses and organisations will face stricter rules to make their premises COVID-19 secure from Monday 28 September with fines of up to £10,000 for repeated breaches
New NHS QR Code for Test & Trace
In addition to the new restrictions, all businesses from Thursday 24 September must display a QR code to enable NHS Test & Trace capabilities in their venue. The new rules will mean certain businesses and organisations, including hospitality, leisure and tourism venues, close contact services, places of worship and local authority venues and facilities, will be legally required to log details of customers, visitors and staff for NHS Test and Trace. While previously this was guidance only, it will soon be a legal requirement.
Before generating your QR code, you will need to ensure you have the following details to make the process as easy as possible: -
You will need:
• your email address
• the address of your business, place of worship, community organisation or event
If you have more than one venue, you will also need:
• the address of each location
• an email address for the manager (or point of contact) for each location
• a phone number for the manager (or point of contact) for each location
Businesses will be legally required to display official NHS QR code posters ahead of the NHS COVID-19 Test and Trace app being rolled out nationally on (from) Thursday 24 September.
The app will enable people to ‘check in’ when they visit a business or venue by scanning a QR code displayed on posters at the entrance. The app then informs visitors if they may have come into contact with someone who later tests positive for coronavirus through an alert. The alert will not name the venue.
To enable businesses who sell food and drink to carry out contactless payment and ordering via table service, Nottingham BID are able to provide the Yoello system FREE for 6 months.
Under new government guidelines, this system will help provide a safe environment for your staff and customers with limited contacted required whilst on the premises. To find out more information, please visit the Yoello website.
To register your interest, please click on the link below to ensure you are sent the correct Nottingham BID Merchant sign-up link to benefit from this offer.
Should you wish to receive a demonstration of the system, please email email@example.com. This can be arranged at a time convenient to yourself.