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TIER Updates

Message on behalf of TIER: COVID-19 update (3 December)

Travel Corridors update

There are no additions or removals from the travel corridor list this week.

The Government has also announced today a limited number of exemptions for passengers arriving into England, including for business travellers who meet a set of required criteria. From 4am on Saturday 5 December, individuals undertaking specific business activity which would deliver a significant benefit to the UK economy – including activity that creates or preserves 50+ UK jobs – will no longer need to self-isolate when travelling or returning from non-exempt countries.  

Individuals will only be exempt when undertaking the specific business activity and will only be able to meet with others as required by that specific activity. Further information will be available on gov.uk when these exemptions come into force.

Exemptions will also come into force at the same time for domestic and international performing arts professionals, TV production staff, journalists, and recently signed elite sportspersons, ensuring that industries which require specific, high talent individuals who rely on international connections can continue to complete their work.

 

FAQ on new restrictions in Wales 

New guidance has been issued by the Welsh Government, providing more details on what people can and cannot do when new restrictions to come into force on 4 December. On travel if the FAQ states the following:

  • Travel in to Wales from tier three areas in England, level three and four areas in Scotland and from Northern Ireland is not allowed at present, without a reasonable excuse, for example travelling for work purposes. Visiting family and friends (other than as part of an extended household) or having a holiday is not currently considered a reasonable excuse, although we hope to be able to welcome you in the not too distant future.
  • Visitors from other parts of the UK are not prohibited in law from entering Wales -people living in tier two areas in England or areas in Scotland in level two are advised not travel to Wales because of the wider risk of catching and spreading the virus to areas of lower risk.
  • People are allowed to go on holiday within Wales if they live there. People living in Wales cannot travel to areas of high prevalence within the UK (including tier three areas in England, areas of Scotland in level three or above and Northern Ireland) for a holiday.
  • People must follow any legal restrictions in place in other parts of the UK when considering travelling. We also strongly advise that people living in Wales do not travel to tier two areas in England or level two areas in Scotland because of the risk of spreading the virus in those areas of lower risk. 

Other government updates:

 

Update from the Insolvency Service

DCMS has provided the update below from the Insolvency Service for your information

The wrongful trading provisions in the Insolvency Act act as a deterrent to insolvent trading, by allowing an insolvency office-holder to take an action which can lead to directors being declared personally liable for losses incurred by creditors when companies trade at a time when insolvency proceedings are inevitable. In this way the wrongful trading provisions act as an important protection for creditors.

It is true that the suspension of liability for wrongful trading prescribed by the CIG Act ended on 30 September. At that time many businesses were trading again, having been able to take advantage of the package of Government support available, and it was important that creditor protections should return.

However after the end of September, the various national and tiered restrictions meant that the situation across GB became such that businesses were once again having their trading impacted by the pandemic. The Government therefore decided that it was right for the suspension to be revived, and this has been effective from 26 November. This followed the making of the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 (Suspension of Wrongful Trading and Extension of the Relevant Period) Regulations 2020, which was laid before Parliament on 25 November.

The regulations suspend wrongful trading liability for the period from 26 November to 30 April 2021, but the provision is subject to a review clause which requires the Secretary of State to end the suspension if it is no longer needed to achieve its stated purpose of preventing otherwise viable companies from entering insolvency proceedings unnecessarily. If this is the case before the end of April, then the end of the suspension will be brought forward.

The regulations were effective from 26 November, but are still subject to debate and approval by both Houses.

TOURISM ALLIANCE UPDATES – 3 DECEMBER

  • Business Traveller and Other Sectoral Exemptions

A limited number of exemptions for business travellers, to ensure those who need to frequently travel to complete their jobs, will be effective 04:00 on Saturday 5th December. The criteria for exemption is for those travelling on business to deliver significant economic benefit to the UK:

    • Senior executives of multinational firms visiting their UK subsidiaries to do activities which will create/preserve 50+ UK jobs
    • UK-based executives who had left the country for business and are seeking an exemption for specific activity on their return which will create/preserve 50+ UK jobs
    • Foreign based company executives or their representatives seeking to make:
      - A financial investment of £100k + in a UK-based business
      - Place a contract with a UK-based business with a value of £100K+
      - Establish a new business within the UK which will create 50+ UK jobs.

Exemptions will also come into force for certain types of performing arts professionals, TV production staff, journalists, and recently-signed elite sportspersons. These exemptions will remain under constant review.

  • Updated Business Closure Guidance

The Guidance on Business closures has been updated with further details on the rules and restrictions that apply. Some of the key points are:

Tier 3

    • Markets may open, however where there are larger events with activities such as funfairs, local authorities may choose to prevent these from going ahead if they are concerned about the safety practices or transmission risk.
    • Betting shops remain open, but should implement additional mitigations
    • Outdoor venues and attractions can remain open and can offer food and drink as a takeaway service.

 

Tier 2

    • Cinemas, theatres, concert halls and sports grounds are exempt from having to serve a substantial meal with alcohol for customers who have a ticket to the screening/performance/match and intend to consume whilst seated and watching the event. When alcohol is to be consumed in the bar or restaurant area itself, this must be alongside a substantial meal and full table service must be provided.

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/further-businesses-and-premises-to-close/closing-certain-businesses-and-venues-in-england

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