Postponement on the national easing of restrictions

The Government has published details of the announcement regarding the extra restrictions announced for Blackburn with Darwen and other areas on Friday, and the postponement of the national easing of restrictions that was due to take place from 1 August.  It is available here:

The announcement provides some clarification and FAQs.  Key points are:-

  • The Government are restricting social contact in Greater Manchester, East Lancashire and parts of West Yorkshire. In these areas, the government will be prohibiting in law any gatherings with people from other households in private homes or in their gardens.
  • As regards household mixing in public venues, such as bars and restaurants, the government will be strongly advising against it, but it won’t be against the law in these areas.
  • People in these areas can still go to work, visit shops and carry out other activities as before.
  • From 8 August, nationally, it will be enforceable by law for members of the public to wear a face covering in the following indoor settings (workers in these settings will need to continue to follow the guidance and risk assessment for their workplace as to whether they wear one):
  • funeral directors
  • premises providing professional, legal or financial services
  • cinemas
  • theatres
  • bingo halls
  • concert halls
  • museums, galleries, aquariums, indoor zoos or visitor farms, or other indoor tourist, heritage or cultural sites
  • nail, beauty, hair salons and barbers – other than where necessary to remove for treatments
  • massage parlours.
  • public areas in hotels and hostels
  • places of worship
  • libraries and public reading rooms
  • community centres
  • social clubs
  • tattoo and piercing parlours
  • indoor entertainment venues (amusement arcades, funfairs, adventure activities such as laser quest, go-karting, escape rooms, heritage sites)
  • storage and distribution facilities
  • veterinary services
  • auction houses
  • Remaining leisure settings, due to be able to re-open on 1 August such as bowling, skating rinks and casinos, will remain closed
  • Indoor performances will not be permitted
  • Restrictions will remain on the highest risk close contact services, such as treatments on the face including eyebrow threading or make-up application.
  • Salons can continue to offer other services which are not around the face, provided they are done in a COVID-19 Secure way in line with guidance.
  • If an enforcing authority, such as the Health and Safety Executive or your local authority, identifies employers who are not taking action to comply with the relevant public health legislation and guidance to control public health risks they will consider a range of actions to improve control of workplace risks.  This could include giving specific advice to a business, or issuing an improvement notice, which a business must respond to in a fixed time, or a prohibition notice.  Failure to comply is a criminal offence, which can lead to fines or imprisonment for up to 2 years.
  • Local authorities also have new powers to close any premises if they believe it necessary to help prevent transmission of COVID-19.

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