COVID Update

September 2020

Following Boris’ latest announcement, here’s a quick checklist on the changes to make sure you’re prepared and not liable for fines:

As from Thursday 24th September 2020:

  • All premises that serve food and drink for consumption on, or adjacent to the premises, are required by law to display a QR code.
  • Premises are required by law to obtain the details of everyone who enters their premises by a QR code check in on a smartphone, or if they do not have a smartphone by providing their name, telephone number, email address, home address, along with the date and time that they entered the premises.
  • There is now a legal requirement for every person to scan a QR code or provide their contact details and they can be refused entry if they do not.
  • Businesses selling food or drink must be closed between 10pm and 5am. This will include takeaways but delivery services can continue after 10pm.
  • In licensed premises, food and drink must be ordered from, and served at, a table.
  • Customers must eat and drink at a table in any premises selling food and drink to consume indoors, on site.
  • Customers in hospitality venues must wear face coverings, except when seated at a table to eat or drink. Staff in hospitality and retail will now also be required to wear face coverings (from 24th September).
  • People who are already exempt from the existing face covering obligations, such as because of an underlying health condition, will continue to be exempt from these new obligations.
  • Businesses and organisations will face stricter rules to make their premises COVID Secure
  • A wider range of leisure and entertainment venues, services provided in community centres, and close contact services will be subject to the COVID-19 Secure requirements in law and fines of up to £10,000 for repeated breaches.
  • Employers must not knowingly require or encourage someone who is being required to self-isolate to come to work.
  • Support groups must be limited to a maximum of 15 people.
  • Weddings and civil partnership ceremonies and receptions will be restricted to a maximum of 15 people (down from 30).
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