Cabinet Office Update – 31st July
Prime Minister’s statement this afternoon (31 July)
The government plans to reopen higher risk settings from 1 August have been postponed for at least a fortnight.
This means that these areas will be delayed until 15 August at the earliest:
- Casinos, bowling alleys, skating rinks and remaining close contact services must remain closed;
- Indoor performances will not resume;
- Pilots of larger crowds in sports venues and conference centres will not take place; and
- Wedding receptions of up to 30 people will not be permitted, but ceremonies can continue to take place, in line with COVID-Secure guidelines.
In addition, the government will extend the requirement to wear a face covering to other indoor settings such as museums, galleries, cinemas and places of worship. This will become enforceable in law from 8 August.
The national pause on shielding will continue as planned from tomorrow. At this stage, the government is not changing the rules on social contact nationally.
Full details of the PM’s statement can be found here: https://link.edgepilot.com/s/eef83faf/7gozbGURs06jLIAtAtlP6w?u=https://bit.ly/PM310720
Please also note that last night the Health Secretary announced new restrictions on household contact in the North West – specifically Greater Manchester, and parts of East Lancashire and West Yorkshire.
These are targeted measures on social contact between households, which the data tells us is driving the current increase in cases. Businesses and workplaces should continue as before in those areas.
Full details of the government’s approach to managing local coronavirus outbreaks can be found here: https://link.edgepilot.com/s/7d3288ff/m1qhcPIF7U2RGKA7jEX8rA?u=https://bit.ly/LocalOutbreaks.
A list of areas with additional local restrictions is available here: https://link.edgepilot.com/s/bacf7c1d/n8ruQ0k7v0iA3WU_nK1UYw?u=https://bit.ly/LocalRestrictions.
Reporting outbreaks of coronavirus
COVID-19 early outbreak management information has been created to make sure that people who run businesses or organisations:
- Know how to recognise and report an incident of COVID-19; and
- Are aware of measures local health protection teams may advise in order to contain it.
Full details can be found here: https://link.edgepilot.com/s/3cb9973a/i2n9WBh8GEWxcLlWbieNog?u=https://bit.ly/CV19EarlyOutbreak
In addition, ‘action cards’ have been developed to cover a range of businesses and organisations to provide specific advice on the issues each type of organisation may face now lockdown restrictions have been eased.
You can find more details on the action cards here: https://link.edgepilot.com/s/d3708ad5/TubZeUfelESeboL1j_7R3Q?u=https://bit.ly/CV19ActionCards
The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) have published an overview of the government’s approach to managing local coronavirus outbreaks. The overview sets out a five-step approach to managing local outbreaks, which can be scaled up rapidly as needed.
Full details can be found here: https://link.edgepilot.com/s/fa6944d8/0uZfLrbj0kOs_-2Dy0bXmw?u=https://bit.ly/LocalOutbreaks.
A list of areas with additional local restrictions is available here: https://link.edgepilot.com/s/aa834592/vsU7D6SMB0_WhsDYNV9wZQ?u=https://bit.ly/LocalRestrictions.