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COVID-19 News Summary

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A list of articles and links relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. We will update this list asap when adding new articles.  Many thanks to all our contributors in bringing you the authored articles.

Updated COVID Working Safely Guidance (Restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services) Published 21 September 2020

NEXSTART advice note on Group Size, Gatherings and Covid-19 Safe Capacity Published: 26 June 2020

Al Fresco eating and drinking under the Business and Planning Bill 2020: the licensing aspects -  Authored article by Gary Grant  Published: 25 June 2020

Draft guidance to support Business and Planning Bill Published: 25 June 2020

COVID- 19 - Business and Planning Bill Published: 25 June 2020

Northern Ireland Executive brings forward timetable of indicative recovery dates Published: 25 June 2020

Scotland publishes next phase of relaxation Published: 25 June 2020

New business guidance to support latest lockdown relaxations in England Published: 24 June 2020

‘Staying alert and safe (social distancing). Published: 24 June 2020

Re-opening of businesses and venues from 4 July Published: 24 June 2020

New government guidance to support reopening of tourism and visitor attractions on July 4 Published: 24 June 2020

Compliance with licence conditions – NEXSTART Advice note Published: 23 June 2020

More licensed premises can re-open from July Published: 23 June 2020

Compliance with licence conditions – NEXSTART Advice note Published: 23 June 2020

New company aims to save UK high streets Published: 22 June 2020

MHCLG letter to councils on street trading relaxation Published: 21 June 2020

Code of practice for the commercial property sector Published: 19 June 2020

Scotland moves to Phase 2 in COVID-19 recovery route map Published: 18 June 2020

Scotland - tourism and hospitality sector guidance published Published: 18 June 2020

CPNI publishes Physical Distancing Guidance Published: 18 June 2020

NEXSTART Advice Note: Toilets and compliance with the Health Protection Regulations Published: 17 June 2020

Closing certain businesses and venues in England – Guidance updated Published: 16 June 2020

Increased Covid19 testing of taxi drivers Published: 16 June 2020

DfT statement on face coverings in taxis Published: 16 June 2020

Gambling Commission Covid19 guidance for operators Published: 16 June 2020

New rules on face coverings come into force today Published: 15 June 2020

Partnership working has never been more important -  Authored article by Daniel Davies Published: 15 June 2020

Hospitality & Tourism APPG publishes report into effects of COVID-19 on sectors Published: 15 June 2020

UKH calls on Government to confirm hospitality reopening date Published: 15 June 2020

Government launches review into 2m social distancing rule Published: 14 June 2020

Betting shops, zoos and outdoor attractions open alongside shops with further easing of lockdown restrictions Published: 14 June 2020

Latest relaxations in England: outdoor attractions and zoos can re-open from Monday 15 June alongside shops Published: 11 June 2020

Scotland’s tourism industry may re-open from 15 July Published: 11 June 2020

Scottish Tourism Alliance responds to announcement that sector can reopen on 15th July Published: 11 June 2020

Re-opening: Shops re-open on Monday, while pubs seek clarity and zoo announcements expected  Published: 10 June 2020

Pubs call for clarity over reopening plans Published: 09 June 2020

Business Secretary launches working groups to help unleash Britain's growth potential Published: 08 June 2020

More face-to-face hearings as courts reopen Published: 08 June 2020

Business Closures - Guidance updated 5 June Published: 06 June 2020

Northern Ireland Executive confirms changes to Covid-19 regulations Published: 06 June 2020

BEIS Committee calls for evidence on Post-Pandemic Economic Growth Published: 05 June 2020

LGA guidance on use of screens in PHVs and taxis Published: 04 June 2020

The outdoor café campaign  (Authored article by Philip Kolvin) Published: 04 June 2020

Face coverings to become mandatory on public transport Published: 04 June 2020

Guidance on off-sales and compliance with restriction regulations Published: 04 June 2020

Air Quality Strategy to Reduce Coronavirus infection – APPG Published: 04 June 2020

Study to investigate COVID-19 impact on gamblers Published: 03 June 2020

New and updated Guidance to support the latest lockdown relaxations in England Published 1 June 2020  

Restrictions on Movement and Business Closures UPDATED Published 1 June 2020  Authored article by Jim Button, updates: Restrictions on Movement and Business Closures (Published 30 April 2020), Restrictions on Movement and Business Closures   (30 March 2020) and  Premises Closures explained (Published 23 March 2020)

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations 2020 Published   31 May 2020

PM: Six people can meet outside under new measures to ease lockdown Published  29 May 2020

Scottish Courts and Tribunals buildings - plans to reopen next week Published 29 May 2020

Scotland’s lockdown begins to ease in Phase 1 Published 28 May 2020

Pubs could open ‘sooner than July’ Published 28 May 2020

Police step back from action against restriction Regulations Published 28 May 2020

Prime Minister sets out timeline for retail to reopen in June Published 25 May 2020

Government announces £50 million boost to support high street recovery Published 25 May 2020

‘Al fresco’ pubs and dining to help with recovery Published 23 May 2020

Interest in online casinos at an all-time high Published 23 May 2020

30,000 pubs and restaurants 'may not reopen after lockdown' Published 23 May 2020

Scotland's routemap for moving out of lockdown Published 21 May 2020

Pub licence revoked for breach of lockdown rules Published 20 May 2020

Gambling Commission instructs tighter measures to protect consumers during lockdown Published 20 May 2020

UKH calls on Government to be #FAIR4Hospitality and support the sector’s roadmap to restart Published 20 May 2020

Government Taskforces to look at re-opening guidelines for closed businesses Published Date: 14 May 2020

Further amendment to lockdown regulations and guidance Published Date: 13 May 2020

Thousands of pubs could permanently close Published Date: 13 May 2020

Scottish Government funds study into how pubs could open Published Date: 13 May 2020

Covid 19 and its impact on gambling Published Date: 13 May 2020

Updated DfT Taxis and PHV guidance Published Date: 13 May 2020

Covid’s Metamorphoses: The Future of the Social Economy (article by Philip Kolvin QC and Alicia Scholer) Published Date: 12 May 2020

PM announces first stage of lockdown relaxation in COVID-19 'conditional plan' for England Published Date: 11 May 2020

Industry bodies respond to PM announcements on lockdown modifications and relaxation plan Published Date: 11 May 2020

Government publishes Recovery Strategy Published Date: 11 May 2020

'Closing certain businesses and venues in England' guidelines updated Published Date: 4 May 2020

DfT Taxi and PHV data collection survey postponed Published Date: 4 May 2020

NPHTA and PHTM campaign in favour of protective screens in licensed PHVs and taxis Published Date: 4 May 2020

£14 million financial support for England’s zoos and aquariums Published Date: 4 May 2020

Mayor launches new fund to support London’s at risk culture Published 30 April 2020

Late night levy in lockdown (article by Philip Kolvin and Clare Eames) Published 30 April 2020

Restrictions on Movement and Business Closures (updated article by James Button)  Published 30 April 2020 (updates Restrictions on Movement and Business Closures  and  Premises Closures explained Published 23 March 2020)

DCMS Call for evidence - Impact of Covid-19 on cultural sector  Published  29 April 2020

Gambling Commission boosts gambling harm treatment services during Covid-19 Published  29 April 2020

 IoL Protocol Updated (28 April 2020) Published  28 April 2020

Taxi drivers face 'financial ruin' without government help – MP Published  26 April 2020

Pubs ‘to open last’ in UK lockdown Published  26 April 2020

The Department of Health letter to employers re coronavirus testing for essential workers Published  26 April 2020

Looking beyond lockdown in Scotland and Wales Published  26 April 2020

The Local Authorities (Coronavirus) (Meetings) (Wales) Regulations 2020 published Published  24 April 2020

Revised coronavirus rules for Wales unveiled Published  24 April 2020

Lifting the lock-down and why we must get this right (article by Daniel Davies) Published  23 April 2020

UK Hospitality say 1m hospitality jobs at risk without reopening plan Published  23 April 2020

New measures to protect companies from aggressive rent collection and closure Published  23 April 2020

Amendments to the Coronavirus, Restrictions Regulations published Published  22 April 2020

NTIA to challenge Insurers for failure to honour business interruption policies Published  22 April 2020

Government urges gambling industry to tackle risks of problem gambling during coronavirus outbreak Published Date: 21 April 2020

IoL Protocol updated to include remote hearings Annex and more info on fees and the levy Published 20 April 2020

CFSG advice for animal related businesses and local authorities Published 20 April 2020

NPCC and College of Policing: latest frontline policing updates Published 16 April 2020

How to join telephone and video hearings during coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak  Published 14 April 2020

Defra amendments to mandatory reporting   Published 14 April 2020

LGA note on approaches to managing licensing during the COVID-19 pandemic Published Date: 12 April 2020

IoL Protocol updated to incorporate Ministerial letter to Licensing Committee Chairs  Published 8 April 2020

Home Office urges collaboration, communication and pragmatism from local authorities  Published 8 April 2020

Home Office cancels local authority alcohol and late night refreshement returns  Published 8 April 2020

NPCC / College of Policing Brief on The Coronavirus Act and Regulations  Published 7 April 2020

MHCLG letter to local authorities explaining regulations made under the Coronavirus Act Published 6 April 2020

IoL Protocol for licence applications & hearings under the Licensing Act 2003 during the COVID-19 pandemic  Published 2 April 2020

Remote hearing Regulations published  Published 2 April 2020

Gambling Commission Postpones Local Authority Returns  Published 31 March 2020

Changes to right to work checks  Published 31 March 2020

Insurance matters - Published 31 March 2020 (article by Philip Kolvin QC)

OPSS Update to Local Authorities in England on business closure enforcement  Published 30 March 2020

Restrictions on Movement and Business Closures  Published 30 March 2020 (article by James Button) (updates Premises Closures explained Published 23 March 2020)

Closure of Businesses and Venues - Guidance updated to reflect Regulations  Published 28 March 2020

Licensing Issues: Priority courts to make sure justice is served  Published 27 March 2020

College of Policing guide to The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020  Published 27 March 2020

Lockdown Regulations published.  Published 26 March

Coronavirus Act 2020 now in force and further updates to the Businesses and premises closures guidance Published 26 March

Taxi and Private Hire Licensing  Published 25 March 2020 (article by James Button)

Scottish Government issues guidance for business on COVID-19 social distancing and closures  Published 25 March 2020 (article by Stephen McGowan)

Remote licensing hearings are lawful Published 25 March 2020 (article by Philip Kolvin QC)

Guidance and advice for those providing hotel and other accommodation in the UK  Published 25 March 2020

Businesses and premises closures: guidance updated Published 25 March 2020

Taxis and PHVs – DfT advice Published 25 March 2020

MOTs for cars, vans and motorcycles due from 30 March 2020 to be extended  Published 25 March 2020

VE and VJ Day extensions shelved in light of COVID-19 restrictions  Published 24 March 2020

PM instructs Britain: 'you must stay at home' Published 23 March 2020

Virtual local authority meetings: Coronavirus Bill amended, ruling out uncertainty Published 23 March 2020

Premises Closures explained Published 23 March 2020

New regulations created by Secretary of State for business closure (COVID-19) will be enforced by local authorities Published 23 March 2020 

Regulations to enforce closure of premises Published 21 March 2020

FAQs for operators Published 21 March 2020

All UK bars and pubs to shut Published 20 March 2020

What licence is needed to deliver alcohol? Published 19 March 2020 (article by Charles Holland)

Lord Chief Justice urges hearings to continue remotely Published 19 March 2020

Licensing hearings during the coronavirus crisis Published 18 March 2020 (article by Gary Grant)

Can Hackney carriage and private hire drivers refuse to carry certain passengers through fear of infection? Published 18 March 2020 (article by James Button)

Institute of Licensing announcement re COVID-19 Published 17 March 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): right to work checks Published 30 March 2020