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28 May 2020
The First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has announced some modest changes to the lockdown. Garden centres and plant nurseries are among those able to reopen from tomorrow, while recycling centres can reopen from Monday. Takeaway businesses will also no longer be discouraged from operating. Non-essential shops must remain closed. From tomorrow households will be free to meet as long ...
28 May 2020
Test and Trace Is Rolling Out The NHS in England has begun to implement national Test and Trace measures as part of the government’s response to the coronavirus emergency. Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales have similar schemes and all four are being developed in parallel to ensure standardisation. What Is It For? Test and Trace is intended to limit the spread of ...
28 May 2020
The European Commission has announced an ambitious plan to the European Parliament intended to support the economic recovery of the EU, in the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic. The plan involves borrowing €750 billion, which will be distributed to members in the form of grants €500 billion and loans €250 billion. This plan is subject to approval by EU leaders and MEPs and is li...
26 May 2020
The UK Government, in consultation with industry, has produced guidance for business to help ensure workplaces in England are as safe as possible during the coronavirus pandemic. The Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has now set up free webinars which cover a range of different types of workplace settings. These include: Factories, plants and warehouses R...
26 May 2020
A new £50 million funding has been announced to help shopping areas in England prepare for safe re-opening after lockdown. The Reopening High Streets Safely Fund is intended to support investment in both physical safety measures e.g. road markings, signage, and marketing/awareness support (local poster campaigns). Money comes from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and...
26 May 2020
In line with the policy paper Our Plan to Rebuild , the government has confirmed that, from 08 June, persons arriving in the UK from overseas will be required to provide contact details and to “self-isolate” for 14 days. This quarantine will be enforced via spot checks by officials and fines of up to £1,000 may be levied in the event of a breach. Where a person has no suitable a...
26 May 2020
Learn active listening techniques that will help you empathise and build stronger relationships at work in challenging times.   Are you preparing for an upcoming conversation with a customer? Do you want to improve your relationships with internal stakeholders or team members? Or are you looking to develop your coaching skills? You can get more out of most situations by focusing on...
26 May 2020
The Communities Secretary, Robert Jenrick, and London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, have announced the forming of a new London Transition Board. The Board, which will include local government, civil and civic society, faith organisations, business, unions and Londoners, will coordinate London’s response as it emerges from the lockdown. Key issues that it will focus on include: infection co...
26 May 2020
In his speech of 25 May, the Prime Minister laid out a timetable for the gradual re-opening of UK retail , with timing as follows: From 01 June – Outdoor markets and car showrooms From 15 June – Other retail outlets previously considered “non-essential” (eg: books, clothing) This gives most retailers three weeks to prepare for possible re-opening – businesses planning to r...
26 May 2020
Following the global outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19), IGD is working closely with the UK Government and the food industry. Here is a summary of some of the key developments we have picked up. Quarantine New plans for quarantining people entering the UK have now been issued . The plans, which will start from 8th June, will be reviewed every three weeks. The plans ask for ...