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07 July 2020
Following the re-opening of the hospitality sector in England on 4 July, the government has announced information requirements to help support NHS Test and Trace. Information to collect from customers includes: the name of the customer a contact phone number for each customer, or for the lead member of a group of people date of visit, arrival time and, where possible, depar...
07 July 2020
Since 08 June, persons entering the UK have been required to self-isolate for 14 days to help control coronavirus (exemptions apply). The government has announced that from 10 July passengers returning to or visiting England from certain destinations including Germany, France, Spain and Italy, will no longer need to self-isolate on arrival. See LINK for a list of countries. The...
07 July 2020
The Department for International Trade (DIT) is reviewing the modelling of trade deals to ensure that all future deals are optimized for the UK’s economic needs. This is especially important in the aftermath of the coronavirus emergency. DIT’s Chief Economist will lead the project internally and there will also be consultation with a panel of external experts. Outputs will be used t...
07 July 2020
Ongoing trade talks with the EU, USA and other countries have focused media attention on the issue of food standards. The high standards adopted during UK membership of the EU have been embedded in UK law, but it is not clear what will happen in years ahead. Moves to amend the Agriculture Bill to prevent erosion of standards were not successful – the government has stated that thi...
07 July 2020
The government has updated guidance for businesses on using the Common Transit Convention (CTC) for the international movement of goods. LINK The CTC is a system that is intended to simplify admin procedures where goods pass through several jurisdictions en route to their destination. Any relevant duties are paid only at the final destination, not at intermediate stages, so...
02 July 2020
To accompany our Navigating beyond coronavirus resources , this article looks at how consumer behaviour towards food, health and wellness have changed during lockdown and what the future may hold. There’s no doubt that Covid-19 has transformed many aspects of our lives and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. Within the food and consumer goods industry the impact...
30 June 2020
With the UK on the brink of a deep recession and many households facing increasing financial pressure as a consequence of coronavirus, IGD’s Chief Economist James Walton explores the relationship between health and wealth and highlights some key considerations for food businesses. The post-Coronavirus landscape IGD has created hypotheses describing possible long-term effects of Coro...
30 June 2020
Public Health England, Food Standards Agency and Defra have issued updated guidance for all workplaces involved in the manufacturing, processing, warehousing, picking, packaging, and retailing of food. It includes a new section on the prevention of infection and a revised section on management of outbreaks, including contact details for health protection teams. See LINK for full d...
30 June 2020
The Northern Ireland Executive has announced indicative dates for further relaxation of the COVID-19 regulations. The announcement includes the planned re-opening of the hospitality sector from 3 July. The Executive also agreed to relax the two-metre social distancing rule to no less than one metre, where appropriate mitigations can be made. See LINK for further details See ...
30 June 2020
Many dining and hospitality businesses will re-open from 04 July, in-line with the loosening of “lockdown” conditions. To manage risk, it is envisaged that considerable eating and drinking will take place outdoors, in “pavement” environments. The licensing process for seating and stalls is to be simplified, making it easier for businesses to serve customers outside. Pubs and rest...