UP TO DATE CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION FOR HOSPITALITY BUSINESSES https://www.ukhospitality.org.uk/page/coronavirus

New Government Measures

The changes announced 9 September are only applicable in England. Elsewhere in the UK there are separate stipulations, as below.

If meeting outside, the number of people who can gather varies:

 

If meeting in your home or hospitality venue:

  • In Scotland , up to eight people  from three different households

     

    Social distancing rules and guidelines

    Across the UK the advice is to maintain a 2m (6ft) distance from people with whom you do not, but there are some differences:

    • In England, if it’s not possible to be 2m away, you can stay “1m plus” apart. The “plus” means doing something else  to limit your possible exposure – like wearing a face covering
    • In Scotland, there are exemptions to the 2m rule in some places  – such as pubs and restaurants. Children aged 11 or under do not need to social distance
    • In Wales, the 2m guidance  reflects the fact it’s not realistic to stay that far apart somewhere like a hairdresser’s. Primary age children in Wales are also exempt
      • Northern Ireland‘s guidance was 1m (3ft) for a time, but is now  back at 2m

       

      Additional restrictions apply in local lockdown areas.

       

      UKHOSPITALITY SUPPORT

      Information

Oil and Gas UK https://oilandgasuk.co.uk/covid-19-hub/

OGUK is working hard to ensure that it keeps its members and stakeholders up to date with the latest information and updates related to COVID-19. It is a very challenging time for the UK’s oil and gas industry, and things are changing very quickly.

This hub is dedicated to sharing updates as they become available.

Business management support and information

General Updates for Organisations

 

Gender Pay Gap reporting
Due to the coronavirus outbreak, the Government Equalities Office (GEO) and the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) took the decision on 24th March 2020 to suspend enforcement of the gender pay gap deadlines for the reporting year 2019/2020.

Corporate Insolvency & Governance Act
On 25 June 2020, the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 received royal assent. The measures introduced by the Act will relieve the burden on businesses during the coronavirus outbreak and allow them to focus all their efforts on continuing to operate.

IR35 delayed
The implementation of IR35 changes will come into effect on 6th April 2021.

Workforce Updates

 

Our people are essential for providing energy and products to the UK, keeping Britain running during these unprecedented times, powering hospitals, fuelling vehicles for emergency services and key workers, and providing essential supplies.

OGUK is working on behalf of industry to secure government and regulator support which protects the safety of our people, ensures the safe production of secure and affordable energy, and mitigates the impact on jobs and businesses.

OGUK has teamed up with Step Change in Safety to launch a dedicated online hub with guidance, videos and FAQs about the industry and the impact of COVID-19. It aims to address concerns on the prevention and protection against coronavirus on the 150 manned installations across the UKCS including information films for those travelling by helicopter offshore and advice for the substantial onshore workforce. If you are a member of the workforce or have a family member working in the oil and gas sector, be sure to take a look: Step Change in Safety COVID-19

Reskilling for a fair and sustainable recovery

Reskilling for a fair and sustainable recovery For many organisations, COVID-19 has highlighted the discrepancy between the skills people have and those needed for jobs in a digital world. In this episode, Fiona Camenzuli and Lord Gavin Barwell join host Emily Khan to discuss the role of government and business in helping people develop the skills they need to succeed in the future.

For many organisations, COVID-19 has highlighted the discrepancy between the skills people have and those needed for jobs in a digital world. In this episode, Fiona Camenzuli and Lord Gavin Barwell join host Emily Khan to discuss the role of government and business in helping people develop the skills they need to succeed in the future.

Listen on https://open.spotify.com/episode/00yUscKLFOko2SedNHmx09

Source: https://www.pwc.co.uk/issues/crisis-and-resilience/covid-19/covid-19–business-in-focus-podcast.html

CORONAVIRUS – IMPACT ON CONSTRUCTION by https://builduk.org/coronavirus/

Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to have a significant impact on businesses across the construction industry and this dedicated Build UK webpage collates the latest information and support for employers.

We are working as part of the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) Task Force to ensure effective communication between the industry and Government, and the CLC has published its Roadmap to Recovery which sets out a strategy to drive the recovery of the sector.

There is unprecedented business support available from Government, and the CLC has produced Site Operating Procedures to ensure sites are implementing the Government’s social distancing requirements.

Businesses should continue to follow the most up-to-date Government guidance on Working Safely during Coronavirus, which includes construction and other outdoor work and other people’s homes, and for the construction sector in Scotland.

Build UK has produced a short film showing how the industry has come together to respond to the crisis.

 

https://mailchi.mp/d3f428067d4a/build-uk-update-15-september-1285056

 

Tax support schemes

https://www.ukfinance.org.uk/policy-and-guidance/guidance/lets-talk-business-covid-19

A a number of tax support measures are also available to SMEs.

HMRC has announced support for self-employed people and businesses that are having difficulty paying tax bills due to COVID-19.

A dedicated phone helpline is providing practical help for any business or self-employed person that has concerns.  HMRC will be able to consider specific circumstances to explore:

  • Agreeing an instalment arrangement
  • Suspending debt collection proceedings
  • Cancelling interest and penalties in cases where there are administrative difficulties contacting or paying HMRC immediately.

In addition, businesses in financial distress with outstanding tax liabilities may be eligible to receive support through HMRC’s existing Time to Pay service.  These arrangements are agreed on a case-by-case basis and are tailored to individual circumstances.

You can reach the HMRC helpline on 0800 0159 559 or find out more here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/tax-helpline-to-support-businesses-affected-by-coronavirus-covid-19