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COVID-19 Updates

The ACT will be providing regular updates on the Coronavirus.

Watch this space for the latest information and advice tailored for retail businesses operating in the cycle sector.

The ACT have been working with partner members of the Independent Retailers Confederation (IRC) to bring you the most up to date retail focussed advice, particular credit is due to the Association of Convenience Stores, our leading IRC political advocacy partner, for their input.


How do Covid passports work in Wales and Scotland? 

Published 14th October


Anyone aged over 16 who has been fully vaccinated in Wales or England can use the NHS Covid Pass to prove their status, but it's only compulsory for over-18s who want to attend large events.

It's also available to people who've had a negative lateral flow test in the previous 48 hours.

The pass is needed for:

  • nightclubs and comparable venues
  • unseated indoor live events for more than 500 people
  • unseated outdoor live events for more than 4,000 people
  • any event for more than 10,000 people

You can get a digital copy of the NHS Covid pass, but need to register for an NHS login first. Call 0300 303 5667 for a paper copy at least five days after your final vaccine dose.



You now need a Covid vaccination certificate to enter nightclubs, adult entertainment venues and many large events.

These include indoor events with more than 500 people, unseated outdoor events with more than 4,000 people, and any event with more than 10,000 people.

But the rules will not be enforced until 18 October, to allow venues to "test, adapt and build confidence" in the scheme.

You can only get the passport if you have been fully vaccinated in Scotland. Proof of a recent negative Covid test is not enough.

Some people will be exempt, including under-18s, people taking part in vaccine trials and those unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons.

People can prove they're fully vaccinated by using the NHS Scotland Covid Status App to generate a QR code.

The app was launched on 30 September, but First Minister Nicola Sturgeon apologised for its botched introduction. A paper version is also available.

The Scottish government says it's working to ensure that the system can also be used by people vaccinated in the rest of the UK, or abroad.


Covid-19 Recovery Plans Published

Published 11th October

The Scottish Government has published its covid recovery strategy. The plan aims to tackle inequalities that were heightened by the pandemic, ensure financial security for all and support green jobs and fair employment.

The measures include utilising Scotland's No One Left Behind programme to provide £20 million in funding for employability focused interventions as well as help businesses create green employment opportunities via the Green Jobs Fund.

Separately, the Welsh Government has published an updated coronavirus control plan ahead of winter, which outlines key actions that could be put in place to manage the spread of the virus if public health transmission risks and outcomes increased significantly. Measures include a continued focus on vaccination, the legal requirement for businesses to carry out covid-19 risk assessments and the legal requirement to continue wearing face coverings in indoor public spaces.

Scottish Government: Covid Recovery Strategy: for a fairer future
Welsh Government: New plan to keep Wales open and safe during "challenging" winter ahead


New travel rules in UK

Published 7th October

Fully vaccinated travellers arriving from non-red list countries no longer have to take a PCR or lateral flow test before setting off for the UK.

This includes people vaccinated in the UK, the EU, the US, or 18 other recognised countries.

You must be able to prove that you are fully vaccinated.

Everyone under 18 - and resident in one of these countries - can also travel to the UK without taking a pre-departure test, whether or not they've been vaccinated.

All travellers - except children under five years old - still have to book and pay for a PCR test two days after arrival.

The government says you should book this test before you travel.

You also need to complete a passenger locator form.

In addition, the Foreign Office has removed its advice that UK citizens should avoid holidays in 32 destinations, including Bangladesh, Fiji, Gambia and Malaysia.

The destinations weren't on the government's red list, but non-essential travel was not recommended because of fears about how Covid was being managed.

The change should make it easier for people to get travel insurance.


Universal credit: End of the £20 boost

Published 7th October

The £20-a-week increase to universal credit, brought in to support those on low incomes during the pandemic, is being withdrawn.

The government says higher wages, rather than taxpayer-funded benefit rises, are a better option - but many MPs had wanted the boost to be permanent.

How is universal credit changing?
In response to the pandemic, a temporary £20 increase to universal credit payments was introduced.

The scheme officially ends on 6 October.

However, the exact date the money will stop being paid will vary depending on which day people usually receive universal credit.

What difference will it make?
The standard allowance for a single person aged under 25 falls back from £79 a week to £59. That's a drop of 25%.

For a couple, where either one of them is 25 or over, their allowance drops from £137 a week to £117 - a fall of 15%.

The calculations come from the Resolution Foundation, a think tank which focuses on people on lower incomes.


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