COVID – NEWS UPDATE - 17/12/2020

Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced today that a number of areas in England will move into tier three with effect from Saturday, including the whole of Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Peterborough, Portsmouth, and Surrey, except Waverley.

Bristol and North Somerset will move from tier three into tier two, while Herefordshire moves to tier one

Local authorities in South Essex, South Hertfordshire, and all of the boroughs of London, had already moved into Tier 3 this week.  Access the online postcode checker to find out what tier you are in and a full list of the restrictions that apply.

  • Wales will enter a third lockdown from Monday December 28 which will be reviewed after three weeks.  There are also tighter restrictions in Wales during the 5-day Christmas relaxation.
  • The self-isolation period is reduced from 14 days to 10 days across the UK.  This applies to those living with people with coronavirus or coronavirus symptoms, those instructed to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace, and those self-isolating after travel to the UK from a country not on the travel corridor list.
  • From February workers will be able to see details of any furlough claims made for them by their employers after 1 December 2020, in their Personal Tax Account on UK.
  • Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme guidance has been updated to explicitly confirm that employers do not need to be facing a wider reduction in demand or be closed to be eligible to claim under the scheme for workers who are clinically extremely vulnerable or at the highest risk of severe illness from coronavirus.
  • Updated guidance on Face coverings: when to wear one, exemptions, and how to make your own, states that face visors or shields may be worn in addition to a face covering but not instead of one. This is because face visors or shields do not adequately cover the nose and mouth.

ALP News Update 17.12.2020

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