Hotel and Guest Accommodation Guidance Updated
The primary guidance for accommodation businesses has been updated
- priority actions
- face coverings
- testing and vaccination
- guests who need to self-isolate
- guests who are quarantining after international travel
From Friday 10 December, face coverings will be legally required in most public indoor venues, including public areas of hotels and guest accommodation facilities.
From Monday 13 December, office workers who can work from home should do so.
Anyone who cannot work from home should continue to go to the workplace.
From Wednesday 15th December, certain businesses and some events are required by law to check the COVID status of workers and customers, using the NHS COVID Pass. This includes unseated indoor events with 500 or more attendees, unseated outdoor events with 4,000 or more attendees and any event with 10,000 or more attendees. To enter or work in these venues and events, customers and workers must provide proof that they are fully vaccinated or have tested negative in the last 48 hours (unless they are exempt from these requirements).
However, there is yet to be any update to the body of the guidance to provide more detail on this.
Events and Attractions
Similarly, with this guidance, it’s been updated with a notice at the beginning that is essentially the same as for accommodation businesses except that the guidance for 10th December states:
From Friday 10 December, face coverings will be legally required in most public indoor venues, including some types of events and visitor attractions, such as theatres and cinemas.
This guidance contains a list of premises where people are exempt from wearing facemasks, which are:
- Restaurants, cafés and canteens
- Bars and shisha bars
- Gyms & exercise facilities
- Photography studios
- Nightclubs, dance halls and discotheques
It also contains a list of the places where having a NHS Covid Pass will be a condition of entry. These are:
- Nightclubs, dancehalls and discotheques other late night dance venues. These are any other venues that are:
- open between 1am and 5am serve alcohol during this time have a dancefloor (or space for dancing) provide music, whether live or recorded, for dancing.
- indoor events with 500 or more unseated attendees, where those attendees are likely to stand or move around for all or part of the event, such as music venues with standing audiences or large receptions
- outdoor events with 4,000 or more unseated attendees, where those attendees are likely to stand or move around for all or part of the event, such as outdoor festivals
- any events with 10,000 or more attendees indoor or outdoor, such as large sports and music events
Guidance Document on Wearing Face Masks which does not include the public areas of hotels and hostels. However, the landing page for the guidance document (link below) does include these areas. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own