St Ives Christmas and New Year

This year in St Ives we are having a bit of a Christmas. Despite another COVID storm threatening on the horizon, we are making the most of our outside spaces with a Winter lights display brightening up our streets. We would like to remind all our visitors and locals alike, that in line with the latest revised government policy face masks are now mandatory in every shop and on all forms of public transport. However, all the town is very much open and looking beautiful this winter.

As we get more information about the events and any updates on COVID restrictions from the Government we will be adding it to this page. In the meantime, you can find out more about what’s planned from our friends at St Ives in December and on the Town Council’s website.

Cornwall Council COVID Street Marshals will be in St Ives on the following days and times:

  • 16.12.21 from 12:00 – 17:00
  • 18.12.21 from 14:00 – 19:00

The marshals will be providing information and guidance for businesses and members of the public and businesses can ask them questions about the new regulations.

Move to Plan B

Following the announcements this week there has been a number of changes as we are now in PlanB… see the main details below.

Here is a link to the Prime Minister’s announcement of a move to Plan B.

The main points are:

  • From Monday, the Government will reintroduce the guidance to work from home. Employers should use the rest of this week to discuss working arrangements with their employees
  • From this Friday, Government will further extend the legal requirement to wear a face mask to most public indoor venues, including theatres and cinemas.
  • There will be exemptions where it is not practical, such as when eating, drinking, exercising or singing.
  • NHS Covid Pass will be mandatory for entry into nightclubs, and venues where large crowds gather including
    • unseated indoor venues with more than 500 people,
    • unseated outdoor venues with more than 4,000 people
    • and any venue with more than 10,000 people.
  • NHS Covid Pass can still be obtained with two doses but we will keep this under review as
  • the boosters roll out.
  • Daily tests will be introduced for people who have had contacts instead of isolation

How to get your NHS COVID Pass

You may be asked to show your pass to travel abroad, or at events and venues in England asking for proof of your COVID-19 status.

You can get an NHS COVID Pass digitally through the NHS App or the online NHS COVID Pass service.

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Hotel and Guest Accommodation Guidance Updated
The primary guidance for accommodation businesses has been updated

  • priority actions
  • self-isolation
  • 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.

Government Public Guidance

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.

Book a coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine

We are sure you have seen this before but just in case you have missed it here is the link to book your Vaccine.

Click Here to Book or manage your COVID-19 Vaccines and Boosters

Please Wear a Face Covering

We have created a “Please wear a face covering” poster for you to print off and display. As well as some social media resources from Cornwall Council who have produced a number of images for you to use on your Facebook or Instagram feeds.

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Social Media Resources