COVID-19 UPDATES, INFORMATION AND SUPPORT LINKS TO HELP BUSINESSES

Updates

  • Latest updates on COVID-19 in Dorset – Since last week’s update, case rates in Dorset and Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole continued to decline but we have seen a small uptick in the last few days. This is reflective of the regional and national picture. Our local case rates are above the South West average but remain below the England average. In line with the decrease in case rates in recent weeks, we’ve also seen COVID-related hospital admissions start to fall. There are currently 26 people in hospital with COVID-19 in Dorset. – Latest updates on COVID-19 in Dorset – Public Health Dorset
  • Self-isolation to end for double jabbed adults – From Monday 16 August, adults who have had both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and children will no longer be legally required to self-isolate if they are identified as a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case. Instead of self-isolating, those who are exempt should get a free PCR test as soon as possible – Read more about the changes
  • Moving to step 4 of the Government roadmap

This guidance will come into effect when England moves to step 4 of the roadmap. Read the current step 3 guidance on what you can and cannot do.

While cases are high and rising, everybody needs to continue to act carefully and remain cautious. This is why we are keeping in place key protections:

  • testing when you have symptoms and targeted asymptomatic testing in education, high risk workplaces and to help people manage their personal risk.
  • isolating when positive or when contacted by NHS Test and Trace.
  • border quarantine: for all arriving from red list countries and for those people not fully vaccinated arriving from amber list countries.
  • cautious guidance for individuals, businesses and the vulnerable whilst prevalence is high including:
    • whilst Government is no longer instructing people to work from home if they can, Government would expect and recommend a gradual return over the summer
    • Government expects and recommends that people wear face coverings in crowded areas such as public transport;
    • being outside or letting fresh air in
    • minimising the number, proximity and duration of social contacts.
    • encouraging and supporting businesses and large events to use the NHS COVID Pass in high risk settings. The Government will work with organisations where people are likely to be in close proximity to others outside their household to encourage the use of this. If sufficient measures are not taken to limit infection, the Government will consider mandating certification in certain venues at a later date.
  • How the rules changed on 21 June – The rules on weddings and civil partnership ceremonies and wedding receptions or civil partnership celebrations changed on 21 June. See the weddings and civil partnership ceremonies and wedding receptions or civil partnership celebrations section of this guidance.

    The rules on commemorative events following a death such as a wake, stone setting or ash scattering changed on 21 June. See the funerals and linked commemorative events of this guidance.

    The rules on care home visits changed on 21 June. See the care home visits section of this guidance.

    The rules on domestic residential visits for children changed on 21 June. See the childcare section of this guidance.

    Large events pilots from 21 June

    A limited series of pilot events will take place to produce additional evidence on reopening events safely. Attendees will need to show proof of vaccination or a recent negative test.

    This will include some UEFA EURO 2020 matches at Wembley and a small number of other sports, arts and music performances. The full list of pilots, and further details about the events, will be announced shortly.

  • Find coronavirus financial support for your business Use this business Government support finder to see what support is available for you and your business. Available to employers and the self-employed, including sole traders and limited company directors. You may be eligible for loans, tax relief and cash grants, whether your business is open or closed. Start now

Key COVID-19 Advice and Updates from Dorset Council

Resources for your business:  Coronavirus hub – a regularly updated information portal for all government updates, FAQs and other relevant information.

 

 


Dorset Chamber of Commerce: 

We know there are huge concerns regarding the potential impact of Coronavirus and we’re doing all we can to support the business community through these challenging times.


C-19 Business Support Service 1:1 support for Dorset businesses and charities during the Covid-19 Pandemic. Immediate and ongoing expert mentor support to navigate your challenges with up to 3 months free of charge (and 90% subsidised thereafter). Open to all micro, small and medium size businesses on a confidential basis.

 


EXTERNAL RESOURCES:

 GOV.UK    Guidance COVID-19: support for businesses

The Business Support Helpline number in England FREEPHONE 0800 998 1098. The helpline provides free, impartial       business support and signposting services to businesses in England – which currently includes business advice on Covid-19.

     These government.uk guides below cover a range of different types of work.

HEALTH SAFETY EXECUTIVE

Downloadable posters for the workplace Public Health England have lots of resources to download including posters for the workplace. You can find posters, social media posts, banners and more using the link below for: -Handwashing and hygiene -Symptoms -Shopping -Travelling to work -At work See all of the resources available on the Public Health England website.

WORKING IN CONSTRUCTION AND OUTDOOR WORK

WORKING IN FACTORIES,PLANTS AND WAREHOUSES 

WORKING IN OTHER PEOPLE’S HOMES

LABS AND RESEARCH FACILITIES

OFFICES AND CONTACT CENTRES

RESTAURANTS OFFERING TAKEAWAY OR DELIVERY

SHOPS AND BRANCHES

VEHICLES

  • Government information and guidance about working safely in vehicles

TEST AND TRACE

NHS Test and Trace service to form a central part of the government’s coronavirus recovery strategy. Anyone with symptoms will be tested and their close contacts will be traced. New guidance means those who have been in close contact with someone who tests positive must isolate for 14 days, even if they have no symptoms, to avoid unknowingly spreading the virus. Test and Trace guidance for workplaces can be found here.

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