Coronavirus Update Tourism Alliance

Organised Events Guidance for Councils

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

The guidance is that:

Outdoor hospitality at events is permitted in groups of up to 30 people and indoor hospitality at events will be permitted in groups of up to 6 people, or with one other household. There is a requirement for food and drink to be consumed at the table. This means:

  • if the venue sells alcohol, then all food and drink must be ordered, served and consumed at a table
  • where the sale of alcohol is not offered, customers will need to be seated when consuming food and drink, but can order and collect food and drink from a counter
  • if the venue is a cinema, theatre, concert hall or sportsground, then customers with a ticket to the event are able to collect food and drink (including alcoholic drink) to consume at their seats, rather than having to be served at a table

Where there is no seating available, the stall or outlet can provide a takeaway or delivery service. Takeaway food and drink cannot be consumed in the stall or outlet, or in an area adjacent to the stall or outlet, and customers should be reminded to adhere to safe social distancing when queuing for food and drink by putting up signs or introducing a one way system that customers can follow or employing extra marshals to enforce this.

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

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

indoor private dining events such as charity or gala dinners and awards ceremonies, and corporate hospitality, are permitted. COVID-19 guidance for bars, pubs and takeaway services should be followed for these events. Events organisers must ensure in particular:

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

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Kickstart Gateway Plus

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

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

The Gateway Plus organisations are:

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

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

Covid Safe Coach Travel

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

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

FSB Tourism Report

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

Right to Work Guidance Updated

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

R Number and Growth Rate

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

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