Latest News from Around the City and Government Update

Round up of this week's news and opportunities from Nottingham BID

Latest update from Government (Friday 31 July):

On 17 July, the prime minister set out plans to further ease lockdown rules from 1 August to:

  • Reopen most remaining leisure settings, including bowling, skating rinks and casinos
  • Allow live indoor theatre and concert performances to resume with socially distanced audiences
  • Reopen all close contact services including any treatments on the face, such as eyebrow threading or make-up application
  • Allow wedding receptions for as many as 30 people

These changes have now been postponed for at least a fortnight, with the prime minister saying at a Downing Street press conference that "we should now squeeze that brake pedal to keep the virus under control".

Here are some of the main points:

  • Further easing of restrictions which had been due to come in tomorrow in England are postponed until 15 August at the earliest – this includes the opening of casinos, bowling alleys, indoor theatres and concerts with social distancing
  • Changes to wedding celebrations to allow up to 30 guests are also postponed
  • Shielding will be paused nationally from 1 August as planned
  • Face covering rules will be extended to additional settings in England from 8 August, including museums. There will be a greater police presence to enforce this
  • The introduction of new restrictions in northern England is not a "return to lockdown" - but further local restrictions will be implemented as needed
  • No change to work-from-home guidance from tomorrow - meaning more people will still be encouraged to go in to their workplaces. The PM promised to "come down hard” on workplaces which people do not feel are safe
  • People who test positive for coronavirus will not be discharged into care homes
  • New slogan from the PM: "Hands, face, space, get a test”

All businesses and venues which are listed to reopen on 1 August must remain closed until then:

  • Bowling alleys
  • Indoor skating rinks
  • Casinos
  • Exhibition halls and conference centres

The Nottingham Project and Nottingham BID levy payer workshop

We are delighted to be playing a central role in The Nottingham Project, which has engaged world class design practice heatherwick studio in a nine week project over the summer to look at how the city can be re-imagined using the powers of culture and creativity. 

As part of this work we are partnering on a focus group for our levy payers, led by the Nottingham Project team, so that you can directly feed into the process and help to shape the work as it progresses over the summer. 

This session will take place on Thursday 6 August at 12:30pm, to request a place please email here.

Find out more about The Nottingham Project here.

Eat Out to Help Out 
The Government’s new discount scheme starts on Monday which offers a 50% reduction for sit-down meals in cafes, restaurants and pubs across the UK from Monday to Wednesday every week throughout August 2020. 

We are creating a new digital map to highlight all the venues in the city centre that are taking part in the scheme. This will be promoted through the It's in Nottingham channels, so if you have signed up to the scheme please email us here to let us know and we will add you to the map.

If you want to take part in the scheme you will need to register your business and you can do that here. Registration will close on 31 August.

Restaurants taking part will be able to claim the discount back and will be reimbursed by the Government within five working days.

There is no limit to the number of times customers can use the offer during the period of the scheme. Your customers cannot get a discount for someone who is not eating or drinking. Alcohol and service charges are excluded from the offer.

Nottingham BID has some promotional posters printed for businesses in the city centre, who are taking part in the scheme, to display. If you would like to receive one, please email us here and one of our street ambassadors will deliver a poster to your venue.

Al fresco dining in Old Market Square
In time for the good weather, an outdoor dining space has 'popped-up' in Nottingham’s Old Market Square today (Friday 31 July).

The area, organised by Nottingham City Council and supported by Nottingham BID, has been designed to support local food and drink outlets as part of the city’s reopening strategy from the COVID lockdown restrictions. 

A QR code will be fixed to each table which will take the user through to It's in Nottingham's directory of nearby cafes, coffee shops and restaurants to show where they can buy items from to then consume and enjoy in the Square. Alcoholic drinks are not permitted due to licensing restrictions. The seating will be available from 11am to 8pm daily and there will be a regular cleaning regime in place, along with a number of sanitiser stations.

Visit our website for more information.

Going to work
Workplace guidance has been updated to reflect the Prime Minister's statement (17 July), which highlighted that the government's advice on going to work will change from 1 August.

From this date, employers should ensure workplaces are safe whilst also enabling working from home
In order to keep the virus under control, it is important that people work safely. Working from home remains one way to do this. However, the risk of transmission can be substantially reduced if COVID-19 secure guidelines are followed closely. 

Employers should consult with their employees to determine who, from the 1 August 2020, can come into the workplace safely taking account of a person’s use of public transport, childcare responsibilities, protected characteristics, and other individual circumstances. Extra consideration should be given to those people at higher risk. 

When it is decided that workers should come into their place of work then this will need to be reflected in the COVID-19 risk assessment and actions taken to manage the risks of transmission in line with this guidance. It is vital employers engage with workers to ensure they feel safe returning to work, and they should avoid forcing anyone into an unsafe workplace.

Updated guidance for your sector can be found here

Reporting outbreaks of coronavirus
COVID-19 early outbreak management information has been created to make sure that people who run businesses or organisations: 
•    Know how to recognise and report an incident of COVID-19; and 
•    Are aware of measures local health protection teams may advise in order to contain it.

Full details can be found here.

In addition, 'action cards' have been developed to cover a range of businesses and organisations to provide specific advice on the issues each type of organisation may face now lockdown restrictions have been eased.

You can find more details on the action cards here.

Local restrictions
The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) have published an overview of the government’s approach to managing local coronavirus outbreaks. The overview sets out a five-step approach to managing local outbreaks, which can be scaled up rapidly as needed.

Full details can be found here.

A list of areas with additional local restrictions is available here.

FREE Mobile Platform for Leisure Industry 

Don't forget to sign your venue up to this amazing opportunity

As part of Nottingham BID's commitment to supporting city centre businesses reopen and trade safely after the unprecedented impact of COVID-19, we have launched a brand new mobile ordering system from Yoello, which enables customers to order and pay for food and drinks direct from their table.

By simply scanning a unique QR code to your venue, customers can access menus, unlock promotions, make an order and pay. There is no need to download an app, as this can be done on any smartphone via any internet browser.  You will then receive their order to your phone or tablet via an app, or on a specially provided device (additional charges will apply for the device).

The Yoello system also has a built-in Track and Trace system, which means that if anyone who visited your venue is later diagnosed with COVID-19, you will have a full list of people who were in the venue at the same time, making it easier for you to contact those who may be affected.  

Nottingham BID is providing this benefit free of charge for 6 months.
Should you wish to continue using the product after this time, it will cost £175.50+ VAT for an additional 6 months. Should you wish to purchase one of the order terminal devices, this would be an additional cost, approximately £199-£250+ VAT, depending on how you wish to pay for the device.

So what are you waiting for? Click here to complete the registration form.

More details can be found on our website here 



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