NHS Test and Trace is a key part of the country’s on-going COVID-19 response. If we can rapidly detect people who have recently come into close contact with a new COVID-19 case, we can take swift action to minimise transmission of the virus.
There is a higher risk of transmitting COVID-19 in some sectors. This is because customers and visitors will spend a longer time on these premises than in other surroundings and potentially come into close contact with other people outside of their household. To help us control the virus, these sectors should collect details and maintain records of staff, customers and visitors to their premises, in a way that is manageable for their organisation.
Sectors that this guidance applies to:
– Hospitality, including pubs, bars, restaurants and cafés;
– Tourism and leisure, including hotels, museums, cinemas, zoos and theme parks;
– Close contact services, including hairdressers, barbershops and tailors;
– Facilities provided by local authorities, including town halls and civic centres for events, community centres, libraries and children’s centres; and
– Places of worship, including use for events and other community activities.
Click here to view the Government guidancewhich outlines how this process should be implemented.
Privacy notice for maintaining records of staff, customers and visitors to support NHS Test and Trace- Privacy notice describing how the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) will process personal data from venues and establishments to support contact tracing. Source: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/privacy-notice-for-maintaining-records-of-staff-customers-and-visitors-to-support-nhs-test-and-trace?utm_source=39e6003a-7e1f-4a4d-9c4f-99d503f66006&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=immediate
The government is working closely with Business Representative Organisations and Trade Associations to support the national response to coronavirus.
Click here to find sector specific information and a list of organisations you can speak with to get advice. Many of these organisations are also happy to respond to non-member queries related to coronavirus. The websites also include sector-specific guidance and Q&A. This list does not cover all trade associations and business representatives.
As an emergency response to coronavirus (COVID-19), the Government has developed a temporary online service to upload a number of completed forms and send them to Companies House digitally.
The National Trading Standards Scam Team has released free online resources under the Businesses Against Scams scheme to educate organisations on a variety of common business related frauds including Government grant and tax rebate scams, CEO fraud, invoice/mandate fraud and tech support scams. Click here to find out more.
Keep up to date with the latest advice on fraudsters and scams from the National Crime Agency or visit the Government site for advice and guidance on how to protect yourself and your business from fraud and cyber crime.
Find out the Department for International Trade latest advice to support businesses who trade internationally and have been impacted by the spread of coronavirus.
DIT can advise on:
You can access DIT support by:
More information can be accessed here.
The Government has launched The Skills Toolkit to provide free digital and numeracy courses online for people to complete during lock down.
Digital and numeracy skills are amongst those that are most sought after by employers, and can help you progress in work and boost your job prospects. Digital skills can be anything from using social media and staying safe online to coding, programming or digital marketing.
You can choose from a selection of high quality courses put together in collaboration with experts. Find a level and time to study that’s right for you. The Skills Toolkit makes it easy for you to boost your skills.
Google Digital Garage offer various courses to encourage development of digital skills and help businesses discover new tools which will effectively help them to increase their online presence.
Discover a range of free learning content designed to help your business or in your career. You can learn by selecting individual modules, or dive right in and take an entire course end-to-end. Click to find out more about courses.
They are also running free live training through webinars which are designed to help you develop new skills, click to find out what events are taking place.
Visit Britain have created a dedicated webpage to support businesses in the tourism sector which have been effected by coronavirus. This includes the latest advice and support, useful webinars and Government updates which effect the tourism industry.
Find out the latest Government guidance and support for employees during coronavirus here. This information includes information on the furlough scheme and advice for people who are still going to work.
The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service have issued advice to support both employers and employees which have been effected by coronavirus. This includes information on simple steps to help protect the health and safety of staff, sick pay and absence from work.