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TIER Updates

Message on behalf of TIER: COVID-19 update and Tourism Alliance (13 May) 

Tourism Alliance Coronavirus Update – 13 May

  • Test and Trace – Outdoor Events

DCMS and DoH have produced the following guidance on the application of Test and Trace to Outdoor Events

Many outdoor events are not currently included in the scope of the Collection of Contact Details Regulations (Test & Trace), unless taking place at a venue specifically listed in the Regulations, and as such are not required to display an official NHS QR code or ask customers and visitors for their contact details. These include, for example, agricultural shows, funfairs, fetes, flower shows, literary fairs, festivals and car boot sales.  

 

Event organisers may still wish to support test and trace by asking visitors for their contact details and displaying an official NHS QR code, but they are not required to do so. 

 

Any eat-in hospitality venues within these events (even if outdoors) are in scope of the Regulations and are required to request that all customers and visitors either scan the official NHS QR code or provide contact details, and must refuse entry to anyone that chooses not to do so. This applies to the area of the hospitality venue only – it does not change the requirements for the wider event premises.  

 

A full list of venues which are in scope of the Regulations and must display an official NHS QR code and request customer, visitor, and staff contact details can be found here

  • Lounges Clarification

I’ve had a number of queries regarding the primary guidance for Hotel and Other Accommodation with regard to lounges. The new updated guidance for Step 3 states that:

Communal spaces such as lounges or lobbies may remain open to guests, but no food or drink should be served. People should be encouraged not to gather in these spaces, and to observe social distancing at all times.

I have raised this issue with DCMS and am awaiting clarification, but it would seem that the guidance hasn’t properly differentiated between communal lounges such as those in B&Bs where all the seating is together and lounge bars in hotels where the seating and function are more akin to restaurant or pub settings and should follow that guidance. I will let you know when I get clarification on this.

  • Proving Vaccination Status

The guidance on how people prove their vaccination status when travelling overseas has been updated to say people who do not have access to the NHS smartphone app and have to call the NHS helpline on 119 and ask for a letter that confirms their status should expect to wait 7 working days for the letter to arrive.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/demonstrating-your-covid-19-vaccination-status-when-travelling-abroad

  • CMA Letter on to Package Travel Industry

You will have seen on the news that the CMA has written to the package Travel Industry ahead of Monday’s reopening of international travel to remind businesses of the need to comply with the requirements of the Package Travel Regulations. Please note that these requirements also apply to the domestic tourism industry were products are sold that combine two of  accommodation, transport, car hire and “other tourism services” as a package or a linked travel arrangement. If you have any queries about what constitutes a Package or Linked Travel Arrangement, just let me know.

Here is a copy of the CMA letter

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/985949/Open_letter_to_package_travel_companies_May_2021_HV_edit.pdf

  • ONS Economic Activity Survey

ONS has published the results of this week’s economic activity survey which includes data on restaurant bookings. This week’s results are:

    • In the week to Monday 10 May 2021, the average estimate for UK seated diner reservations was 60% of the level seen in the equivalent week of 2019.
    • However, this is 5% down on the previous week
    • In London bookings decreased by 3%  to 34%
    • By contrast, in Manchester there was a 10% increase to 102% of the 2019 level

https://www.ons.gov.uk/economy/economicoutputandproductivity/output/bulletins/economicactivityandsocialchangeintheukrealtimeindicators/13may2021

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