Coronavirus Update

To help our partners get all the latest updates on the Coronavirus outbreak we have pulled together all the information below, which we will keep updated over the coming weeks.

Updated 12:25 - 23nd September 2020

 

Cheshire and Warrington Updates:

For more information, please consult the latest Government Statement and updated FAQ

  • New Rules on Wearing Face Masks
    • Customers in private hire vehicles and taxis must wear face coverings (from 23 September).
    • Customers in hospitality venues must wear face coverings, except when seated at a table to eat or drink. Staff in hospitality and retail will now also be required to wear face coverings (from 24 September).
    • People who are already exempt from the existing face covering obligations, such as because of an underlying health condition, will continue to be exempt from these new obligations.
    • Guidance stating that face coverings and visors should be worn in close contact services will now become law (from 24 September).
    • Staff working on public transport and taxi drivers will continue to be advised to wear face coverings.

 

  • New Rules and Restrictions on Businesses
    • Businesses selling food or drink (including cafes, bars, pubs and restaurants), social clubs, casinos, bowling alleys, amusement arcades (and other indoor leisure centres or facilities), funfairs, theme parks, adventure parks and activities, and bingo halls, must be closed between 10pm and 5am. This will include takeaways but delivery services can continue after 10pm (from 24 September).
    • Cinemas, theatres and concert halls can stay open after 10pm, only if the performance started before 10pm. They should not serve food or drink after this time.
    • In licensed premises, food and drink must be ordered from, and served at, a table.
    • Customers must eat and drink at a table in any premises selling food and drink to consume indoors, on site (from 24 September).
    • Businesses will need to display the official NHS QR code posters so that customers can ‘check-in’ at different premises using this option as an alternative to providing their contact details once the app is rolled out nationally (from 24 September).
    • Businesses and organisations will face stricter rules to make their premises COVID Secure (from 28 September):
    • A wider range of leisure and entertainment venues, services provided in community centres, and close contact services will be subject to the COVID-19 Secure requirements in law and fines of up to £10,000 for repeated breaches.
    • Employers must not knowingly require or encourage someone who is being required to self-isolate to come to work.
    • Businesses must remind people to wear face coverings where mandated.

 

  • Restrictions on Groups
    • Support groups must be limited to a maximum of 15 people (from 24 September). Support groups are formally organised groups to provide mutual aid, therapy or any other form of support. This includes support to victims of crime, recovering addicts, new parents, people with long-term illnesses, those facing issues relating to their sexuality or gender, and those who have suffered bereavement.
    • Indoor organised sport for over 18s will no longer be exempt from the rule of six. There is an exemption for indoor organised team sports for disabled people (from 24 September).
    • There will be a new exemption in those areas of local intervention where household mixing is not allowed to permit friends and family to provide informal childcare for children under 14 (from 24 September).
    • Weddings and civil partnership ceremonies and receptions will be restricted to a maximum of 15 people (down from 30). Other significant standalone life events will be subject to the ‘rule of six’ limits, except funerals (from 28 September).

Latest advice for Visitor Economy businesses: