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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.


Jersey hospitality closures come into effect after tonight 

Published 3rd December
All pubs, clubs and restaurants in Jersey will be closed after tonight, possibly until next year.

It means they will be closed over Christmas and New Year.

In a move prompted by a sharp rise in coronavirus cases, the island's health minister said he had to cut the risk of people from different households socialising together.

He called it a "hospitality circuit breaker" after 56 more people tested positive for coronavirus, bringing the total of known, active infections to 331.

It means, in the past week, 248 people have been found to have the virus in Jersey.

Eight are in hospital - most of whom were admitted for other reasons.

During the circuit breaker, people will also have to stay two metres apart from anyone else whenever they go out.

The new laws are expected to stay in place until 4 January.


PM hails vaccine approval 

Published 2nd December
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has hailed the approval of the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine, saying the "searchlights of science" had picked out the "invisible enemy".
Speaking at a Downing Street press conference, Mr Johnson said scientists had performed "biological jiu-jitsu" to turn the virus on itself, after the UK became the first country in the world to approve the vaccine.
The PM said the NHS would now embark on the "biggest programme of mass vaccination in the history of the UK" from next week. But he warned that it would be "some months before all the most vulnerable are protected".


Press Conference & Covid-19 Developments 30.11.20

Published 1st December

The Health Secretary Matt Hancock delivered the press conference on Covid-19 and announced the publication of the Government's impact assessment of the new tiered system. Hancock highlighted that the national restrictions have been working, evident from the following data;

  • R-Rate is now just below 1.
  • Imperial University study shows cases have been brought down by one third since national restrictions were introduced.
  • Current number of cases is 14,778, down from 25,331 on 16th November.
  • Current number of hospital admissions is 15,712 down from 16,612 on 23rd November.
  • Covid-19 cases grew by 11% in the week before the second lockdown, they have now decreased by 30%.
  • There are still an average of 460 reported deaths per day.

The Health Secretary argued we must still be vigilant as 1 in 3 people are asymptomatic and we cannot risk cases rising again with Christmas and the flu season just round the corner.

In regards to vaccines and their progress, the NHS is now ready to administer a vaccine if approved by the MHRA. The UK Government has secured 2 million further doses, meaning there is now 357 million doses of 7 different vaccines.

Finally, for testing the Government has created a large operation for increasing testing capacity which is ready for use. From today, the Government is rolling out university testing and expanding community testing to ensure the safe return of students going home for Christmas. Hancock added the Government are paying particular focus on testing people who do not have symptoms to break the chain of transmission. This has proven a success in Liverpool where mass testing has brought cases down by three quarters. This style of testing will now be rolled out via community testing in all tier 3 areas to support them in the new tiered system.


Impact Assessment of Tiers and New Covid Regulations

The Government has published an impact assessment for the latest Covid-19 regulations in England, entitled "Analysis of the health, economic and social effects of COVID-19 and the approach to tiering". The full assessment is available here.

Additionally, the Government has also published the regulations scheduled for implantation on December 2nd. The SI document is available here, we will be reviewing the regulation but let me know if you have any questions on this at all.


Details on Extended Trading Hours Monday to Saturday in December January

A written ministerial statement to the House of Commons from Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government Robert Jenrick MP has outlined relaxations on retail opening hours for Monday - Saturdays in December and January. There are no national restrictions on opening hours on weekdays and Saturdays but local authorities are being encouraged to ensure planning restrictions do not prevent longer opening hours. This measure is being taken to support compliance with social distancing rules during the busier December and January period.

Non-essential retail shops are allowed to reopen in England from 2 December, regardless of regional tier level. The ministerial statement has also confirmed local authorities should not enforce delivery restrictions to shops until at least April 2021.



COVID-19 Updates - November

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COVID-19 Updates - September

COVID-19 Updates - August

COVID-19 Updates - July

COVID-19 Updates - June

COVID-19 Updates - May

COVID-19 Updates - April Part 2

COVID-19 Updates - April Part 1

COVID-19 Updates - March