As coronavirus cases begin to rise again, further national restrictions have been put into place to slow the spread of the virus. What happens if you have a local lockdown, do you feel prepared? Check for areas under new restrictions and get yourself on the front foot with our helpful tips and guidance. If you are returning to the UK from another country take a look at the Travel Corridor Info to find out whether or not you need to self isolate upon your return.
Regulations came into force on 18 September 2020 to ensure businesses comply with the rule of 6 and maintain social distancing between customers. Businesses failing to comply could be issued with fines of up to £4,000.

From Thursday 24 September designated businesses from these sectors will be required to display official NHS QR code posters at their venue entrances to help support contact tracing. Organisations can find out more about NHS QR codes and how to generate them on the NHS COVID-19 app website. Official NHS QR posters can be generated online

If you’re self-employed or a member of a partnership and have been adversely affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) check if you are eligible to claim a grant through the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme. You must make your claim for the grant by 19 October 2020.

If you love to get stuck into a hearty set of statistics then check out the COVID-19 Dashboard. This handy tool brings all the essential stats and data about COVID-19 in the UK together in one place and gives an incredibly detailed picture about what is happening both nationally and also in your neighbourhood to help control the spread of infection. Federation of Holistic Therapists announce news that therapists in England can now wear goggles in addition to the Type II face mask, instead of a visor. Also, drinks are now allowed (in disposable cups) – see FHT statement on coronavirus for more info and what applies in Wales, Scotland etc. Designated venues in certain sectors must have a system in place to request and record contact details of their customers, visitors and staff to help break the chains of transmission of coronavirus. For comprehensive guidance on maintaining records of staff, customers and visitors to support NHS Test & Trace.

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