SINGLE ISSUE COVID UPDATES FROM GOV.UK

Please find below the latest single issue Covid updates from Gov.uk

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Space Agency backs space-enabled drones to deliver Covid-19 testing kits

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Drones delivering COVID-19 test kits and technology using space data to support vulnerable people are among the projects backed by new UK Space Agency funding.

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First published.

Time updated
9:00am, 10 July 2020

Coronavirus and the social impacts on Great Britain: 10 July 2020

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Indicators from the Opinions and Lifestyle Survey covering the period 2 July to 5 July 2020 to understand the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on people, households and communities in Great Britain.

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First published.

Time updated
9:30am, 10 July 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Local authority Emergency Assistance Grant for Food and Essential Supplies

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Guidance for local authorities on how to use your allocation of the Local Authority Emergency Assistance Grant for Food and Essential Supplies

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First published.

Time updated
9:33am, 10 July 2020

Reopening High Streets Safely Fund guidance

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Guidance to help local authorities and partners to deliver activities supported through the Reopening High Streets Safely Fund.

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FAQ for the Reopening High Streets Safely Fund has been updated to reflect latest positions and developments.

Time updated
10:13am, 10 July 2020

Theory tests and motorcycle training and tests to restart in Scotland

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Theory tests and motorcycle training will restart in Scotland on Wednesday 22 July, and motorcycle tests and tractor tests will restart on Monday 3 August.

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First published.

Time updated
11:11am, 10 July 2020

COVID-19: background information

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Information on COVID-19 including epidemiology, virology and clinical features.

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Updated global case numbers.

Time updated
12:58pm, 10 July 2020

The R number and growth rate in the UK

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The latest reproduction number (R) and growth rate of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the UK.

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The R number range for the UK is 0.7-0.9 and the growth rate range is -5% to -2% as of 10 July 2020.

Time updated
1:15pm, 10 July 2020

Coronavirus cases in the UK: daily updated statistics

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The latest number of coronavirus (COVID-19) tests, cases and deaths in the UK.

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Updated daily figures.

Time updated
2:57pm, 10 July 2020

Coming to the UK for seasonal agricultural work on English farms

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Advice for seasonal agricultural workers coming to England to pick fruit and vegetables on farms, and their employers.

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Updated guidance under the ‘Travelling from an exempt country’ heading.

Time updated
4:03pm, 10 July 2020

Companies House to restart the voluntary strike off process

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From 10 September 2020, we’ll restart the process for companies that have applied for voluntary strike off.

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First published.

Time updated
4:04pm, 10 July 2020

Calculate how much you can claim using the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

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Work out how much you have to pay your furloughed employees for hours on furlough, how much you can claim for employer National Insurance contributions and pension contributions and how much you can claim back.

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Updated to show that the calculator can now be used to work out what you can claim for in a claim period ending on or before 31 August. A link has also been added to a new full example for August, and the ‘Working how much you can claim for employer National Insurance contributions has been updated to make it clear what steps to take if your employee’s pay period goes beyond 30 June.

Time updated
4:08pm, 10 July 2020

Claim for wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

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Claim for 80% of your employee’s wages plus any employer National Insurance and pension contributions, if you have put them on furlough because of coronavirus (COVID-19).

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Information added about the process HMRC is developing to recover overclaimed grant amounts through the tax system.

Time updated
4:08pm, 10 July 2020

Check if your employer can use the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

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Find out if you’re eligible, and how much your employer can claim if they put you on temporary leave (‘furlough’) because of coronavirus (COVID-19).

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Information added about employers being able to continue to claim for employees while they are serving a statutory notice period.

Time updated
4:09pm, 10 July 2020

Check if you can claim for your employees’ wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

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Find out if you’re eligible and how much you can claim to cover wages for employees on temporary leave (‘furlough’) due to coronavirus (COVID-19).

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Adjusted text to add clarity to ‘Paying employee taxes and pension contributions’ section and added wording to section on employee rights to make it clear that you can continue to claim for a furloughed employee who is serving a statutory notice period.

Time updated
4:23pm, 10 July 2020

Check which employees you can put on furlough to use the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

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Find out which employees you can put on furlough and claim for through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

Change made
Adjusted text to add clarity to ‘Paying employee taxes and pension contributions’ section and added wording to section on employee rights to make it clear that you can continue to claim for a furloughed employee who is serving a statutory notice period.

Time updated
4:24pm, 10 July 2020

Steps to take before calculating your claim using the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

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Decide the length of your claim period, find out what to include when calculating wages and work out your employees’ usual and furloughed hours before you calculate how much you can claim.

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Wording has been added to make it clear that HMRC will not decline or seek repayment of any grant based solely on the particular choice between fixed or variable approach to calculating usual hours, as long as a reasonable choice is made.

Time updated
4:24pm, 10 July 2020

Individuals you can claim for who are not employees

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Find out if you can claim through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme for individuals who are not employees.

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First published.

Time updated
4:30pm, 10 July 2020

Travel advice: coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Guidance for British people travelling overseas during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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Updated to reflect travel corridors coming into effect on 10 July. You may not have to self-isolate when you arrive in the UK from some countries and territories.

Time updated
4:38pm, 10 July 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): countries and territories exempt from advice against ‘all but essential’ international travel

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The FCO updated its global advisory against ‘all but essential’ travel, exempting destinations that no longer pose an unacceptably high risk for British travellers.

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Updated to reflect travel corridors coming into effect on 10 July. You may not have to self-isolate when you arrive in the UK from some countries and territories

Time updated
4:41pm, 10 July 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on the phased return of sport and recreation

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Guidance for the public, providers of outdoor sport facilities, elite athletes, personal trainers and coaches on the phased return of sport and recreation.

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Added guidance on organising outdoor sport and physical activity events.

Time updated
5:28pm, 10 July 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): travellers exempt from border rules in the UK

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This guidance explains who will be exempt from new border rules in the UK introduced due to coronavirus.

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Updated to add exemptions for Scotland and information around exemptions for people travelling to the UK from some countries and territories.

Time updated
5:45pm, 10 July 2020

Guidance for parents and carers of children attending out-of-school settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

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Guidance for parents and carers of children attending community activities, holiday or after-school clubs, tuition and other out-of-school settings.

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Updated content to make clear that children will be able to attend all types of dance classes. Also, that clubs and activities for children will only be able to operate in those premises legally able to open.

Time updated
6:09pm, 10 July 2020

Protective measures for holiday or after-school clubs and other out-of-school settings for children during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

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Protective measures for providers of community activities, holiday or after-school clubs, tuition and other out-of-school settings offering provision to children during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

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Updated content on considering group sizes (including the position for early years settings which provide care for both those under and over the age of 5). Added information on the opening of indoor sports facilities, and when providers will be able to use these venues. We also made clear that providers should only be operating in premises legally able to open. Added links to further relevant guidance providers may need to have regard to.

Time updated
6:09pm, 10 July 2020

Coronavirus: restarting driver and rider training and tests

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Guidance for driving instructors and motorcycle trainers about the restart of driver and rider training and tests, including working safely and timescales.

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First published.

Time updated
6:39pm, 10 July 2020

Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Find out how to make your workplace COVID-secure.

Change made
Shops and branches – Updated to include guidance on mass gatherings in the workplace (section 1.1).

Time updated
7:02pm, 10 July 2020

COVID-19: Guidance for the safe use of multi-purpose community facilities

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Guidance for those managing community centres, village halls and other community facilities on safely re-opening multi-purpose buildings.

Change made
Section 3c revised to reflect availability of the Performing Arts guidance.

Time updated
12:00am, 11 July 2020