Coronavirus Update and Risk Assessment Templates

  • Risk Assessment and Management Templates

With the publication of the primary guidance for tourism and hospitality businesses last week, you will have noted that it is a legal requirement for businesses to undertake a risk assessment process for mitigating the risks of Covid to staff, customers and contractors on the premises in the same way that all businesses are currently required to undertake a Health and Safety assessment of their premises. To help with this, HSE has produced a dedicated page for businesses that helps them through this process and contains a good pdf on what to include in a risk assessment that can be used as a template by businesses

https://www.hse.gov.uk/coronavirus/working-safely/risk-assessment.htm

And here’s the link to the pdf that can be used as a template.

https://www.hse.gov.uk/coronavirus/assets/docs/risk-assessment.pdf

DCMS have also produced a risk management template specifically for event organisers which sets out examples of the types of risk mitigation measures event organisers can put in place to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission at events. This should be used in conjunction with the events and attractions guidance, which explains the types of events which may need to take additional measures and how these measures can help to reduce risk. It also includes more detail on how you can put these measures in place in different settings.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/risk-management-template-for-event-organisers

  • New Weddings Guidance for Step 4

The Government has published new guidance for people having and holding weddings from 19th July. The main points are:

    • There are no legal restrictions on the number of people that can attend a wedding, civil partnership, reception or celebration.
    • Legal requirements for social distancing will no longer apply and you will not need to stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with.
    • Face coverings are no longer required by law in any setting. However, the government expects and recommends that people wear face coverings in crowded areas such as public transport.
    • COVID-secure rules, including table service requirements and restrictions on singing and dancing, will no longer apply. However, there are steps everyone should continue to consider to reduce the risk of transmission, which are explained in the guidance.
    • All businesses should follow the principles set out in the working safely guidance.
    • If someone has been instructed by NHS Test and Trace to self-isolate because they have tested positive for COVID-19, or they’re the close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, they must still self-isolate and not attend.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-wedding-and-civil-partnership-ceremonies-receptions-and-celebrations-guidance-from-step-4

  • CJRS Guidance Updated

HMRC has updated it’s guidance to businesses on claiming CJRS to remind operators that, from 1 July 2021, they will pay 70% of wages up to a maximum cap of £2187.50 for the hours the employee is on furlough; and from 1 August 2021, they will pay 60% of wages up to a maximum cap of £1,875 for the hours the employee is on furlough. Employers must top up employees’ wages to make sure they receive 80% of their wages (up to £2,500) for the hours they are on furlough. The caps are proportional to the hours not worked.

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

HMRC have also updated they guidance on how to calculate CJRS claims to including new examples on working out how much of the minimum furlough pay you can claim for July 2021 and August 2021.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/find-examples-to-help-you-work-out-80-of-your-employees-wages/examples-of-how-to-work-out-80-of-your-employees-wages-national-insurance-contributions-and-pension-contributions

In addition, the templates to be used by businesses that are still claiming CJRS for 16+ employees have been updated

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

  • SEISS Fifth Grant Video

The government has produced a new video for people who are self-employed on how to claim the 5th SEISS grant.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/help-and-support-if-your-business-is-affected-by-coronavirus-covid-19#self-employment-income-support-scheme-seiss—get-ready-to-claim-the-fifth-grant

  • Community Ownership Prospectus Published

MHCLG has published the prospectus for the  Community Ownership Fund, which is a £150m fund that enables people to take over the ownership of community assets and attractions including pubs, theatres. museums and galleries. The fund will support projects which fulfil one or a combination of the following:

    • Acquire a physical community asset or facility at risk, such as land and buildings which deliver a benefit to local people
    • Renovate, repair or refurbish the asset, only where this is part of a sale or transfer to save a community asset at risk and where this is critical to saving the asset and making it sustainable
    • Set up a new community business or buy an existing business in order to save an asset or amenity of importance to the community
    • The purchase of associated stock, collections or intellectual property, where it is associated with buying a physical asset or buying a business to save an amenity
    • Move a community amenity to a new, more appropriate location within the same community. This might be because a different location offers better value to continue the amenity, or because the venue is in itself an asset of community value

This fund could prove very important for destinations being able to retain local attractions that would otherwise not be viable as a result of Covid.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/community-ownership-fund-prospectus/community-ownership-fund-prospectus

  • And finally …

The most disturbing report published today was from PHE which found we are all drinking far too much as a result of Covid. Apparently we drank an extra 12.6m litres of alcohol last year which resulted in:

    • deaths from mental and behavioural disorders due to alcohol increasing by 10.8%
    • deaths from alcohol poisoning increasing by 15.4%
    • deaths from liver disease  increasing by 21%

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/alcoholic-liver-deaths-increased-by-21-during-year-of-the-pandemic

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