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25 June 2020
Economic and social “unlocking” continues and the UK Government has published new guidance on safe working practices for visitor businesses. This class includes hotels, attractions and shows. LINK Guidance for restaurants, pubs and takeaways has also been updated to account for the latest changes, which will allow dining-in from 04 July, in specific circumstances. Key points are: ...
25 June 2020
The Government has issued new guidance on social distancing, intended to help support economic recovery from the coronavirus emergency. Social distancing for customers in retail outlets has been reduced from two meters to “one metre plus”, with effect from 04 July. The same applies to staff and staff areas. Note that this change to “one metre plus” only applies where mitigation act...
25 June 2020
The First Minister in Scotland has announced indicative dates for a staged relaxation of lockdown conditions in Scotland. Here is a summary of some of the main updated changes: 3 July Travel distance limit for leisure will be lifted Re-opening of self-catering holiday accommodation 6 July Re-opening of outdoor hospitality subject to the Scientific Advisory revie...
25 June 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. Re-opening of hospitality On 23 June, the Prime Minister announced a staged relaxation of “lockdown” conditions in England. This includes the planned re-opening of the hospitality sector on ...
24 June 2020
COVID-19 has caused a monumental shift in consumers’ food and drink habits. The boundaries between eating at home and out-of-home, once blurred, have now broken down, resulting in unprecedented changes to supply and demand of food and drink in the UK. In 2019, the split of consumer spend on food and drink was one-third (36%) in foodservice and two-thirds (64%) in retail. In 2020, COVID-19, t...
23 June 2020
The Government has set out its negotiating objectives ahead of the start of formal trade talks. The government estimates that the value of UK exports to the two countries could increase by around £1 billion as a result of the deals. Drinks companies are among those expected to benefit from removing barriers to trade. LINK Talks with the EU, US and Japan are ongoing.
23 June 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. New food industry workplace guidance Public Health England (PHE) is producing new detailed guidance for the food industry following a small number of recent outbreaks of COVID-19 in food p...
23 June 2020
The government has announced that the rules will be eased for 2.2 million people in England who are clinically extremely vulnerable. The key changes include: From 6 July Those shielding and live alone or are single parents with children can gather in groups of up to 6 people outdoors and form a ‘support bubble’ with another household From 1 August People will no longer...
23 June 2020
A ‘bounce back’ plan announced by Department for International Trade (DIT) and Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is aimed to help businesses in the industry grow their trade activity overseas. Key features of the plan include: physical and virtual events including an overseas virtual buyer trial, a ‘Smart Distance Selling Process’, and a package of ‘Ready...
23 June 2020
The government has requested nominations for official honours for citizens who have made exceptional contributions to the coronavirus crisis in the UK. Individuals can be nominated by following the link (there is a separate system for nominating groups such as charities). Nominations will close on 26 June and all nominations will be considered by the independent honours committee. ...