PM press conference (15 December)

Dear Blackburn BID member,

As you may have seen, Prime Minister Boris Johnson held a press conference yesterday evening.

Covid boosters

He announced that every eligible adult in England can use the national booking service to book a Covid Booster and if you’re over 18 and had your second jab at least 3 months ago, you can get the booster right now.

The Prime Minister said that as of yesterday more than 45 per cent of all adults in England have had their booster jab, including more than 88 per cent of those aged 70 and over. 

You can find a copy of the full statement here: https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/pm-opening-statement-at-covid-19-press-conference-15-december-2021

Hospitality Support

Professor Chris Whitty spoke at the conference to suggest that people should be prioritising social contacts and events that are important, and ‘deprioritising’ those which aren’t to help stop the spread of the virus. 

This, on top of the advice to work from home, is understandably having an impact on the hospitality industry across the country.  As yet the government haven’t announced any new financial support, but they are being lobbied to put a package in place by industry organisations including UK Hospitality, ATCM, NTIA, British BIDs and the CBI. 

In the meantime there is an organisation called ‘Hospitality Action’ which offers assistance to all who work or have worked in hospitality in the UK. 

They offer financial assistance to people in the hospitality industry to assist with a range of needs including reduced income due to Covid-19, and to help with paying essential fuel bills. 

You can find more information here: https://www.hospitalityaction.org.uk/get-help/  

They also provide a Covid Wellbeing Hub designed to collate the best of their advice to help people in the Hospitality industry to navigate these uncertain times and to connect you with organisations who can help – from financial worries, to housing, relationships and even grief.  

You can find more information here: https://www.hospitalityaction.org.uk/advice/

Updated Working Safely Guidance

The Government has now updated its working safely guidance to reflect changes to the guidance around self-isolation and daily testing for close contacts of people with Covid-19.

People who have had close contact with someone with COVID-19 do not need to self-isolate if any of the following apply:

  • they’re fully vaccinated
  • they’re under 18 years 6 months old
  • they’re taking part in or have taken part in an approved COVID-19 vaccine trial
  • they’re not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons

Anyone who has been identified as a contact of someone with COVID-19, and who is not legally required to self-isolate, is now strongly advised to:

  • take a rapid lateral flow test every day for 7 days, or until 10 days after their last contact with the person who tested positive for COVID-19 if this is earlier
  • take this daily rapid lateral flow test before they leave their home for the first time that day

If any of these tests are positive then they should self-isolate immediately and get a PCR test.

More guidance can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-covid-19/shops-branches-and-close-contact-services

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