Statement from the council for 13.11.2020

Friday, November 13, 2020

Please note these daily briefings will now be weekly on Fridays.

Testing Essex County Council has been identified as one of the authorities where directors of public health will be issued with lateral flow devices – a form of fast COVID 19 test for mass application, which is currently being piloted in Liverpool. NHS England is working with ECC to determine how the tests will be rolled out and more information will follow in due course.

Vaccine The Government published their response to the announcement by Pfizer/BioNTech on the positive efficacy results from Phase 3 studies of their potential Covid-19 vaccine.

Students The Government has published guidance for students to travel home at the end of the term while controlling Covid-19 transmission risk.

Shielding An updated easy-read guidance has been added to this information for shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable from COVID-19.

Funerals Guidance for arranging or attending a funeral have been updated to reflect the new national restrictions.

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme The scheme has been extended. This guidance has been updated with details of how to claim for periods after 1 November 2020. 30 November 2020 is the last day employers can submit or change claims for periods ending on or before 31 October 2020. Eligibility criteria has been made clearer for employees who are made redundant on or after 23 September 2020 and you have re-employed and employees that have a fixed term contract that expired after 23 September. The dates relating to TUPE eligibility have also been corrected.

Restaurants, pubs and cafes Restaurants, pubs and cafes will get automatic freedoms to provide takeaway services for another year.

Riding Schools Riding schools cannot reopen to deliver lessons unless these form part of the core curriculum of formal education or professional/work-related training/development. This includes 1-1 training sessions. Employees of the riding centre may continue to visit the premises to maintain the property, and care for the animals located there (including exercise them). You can continue to visit riding establishments as a member of the public if this is where a horse that you own or care for is kept (presumably in a stable attached). You may continue to exercise a horse you own or care for in a public outdoor place (including ride it) as part of outdoor recreation. This can be within your same household or support bubble, or in a 1-1 meeting with one other person you don't live with.

Car Traders

Car and other vehicle showrooms “and other premises, including outdoor areas, used for the sale or hire of caravans, boats or any vehicle which can be propelled by mechanical means” are prohibited from opening during this period of national restrictions. Car Traders fall under this category and therefore a test drive would not be allowed.

Children’s Gyms

Schools and colleges can continue to use gyms, fitness studios, swimming pools, sports courts and other indoor leisure centres. Indoor gyms, fitness studios, indoor sports facilities and leisure centres can be used for supervised activities for children.

Schools Guidance has been updated to include information on the national restrictions by adding a ‘national restrictions’ section and updating the relevant information about face coverings, clinically extremely vulnerable children and extra curricular activities.

Foreign travel The Government published guidance for the investigation and management of coronavirus in travellers returning from Denmark and their household contacts. On 7 November, the Government removed Germany and Sweden from the travel corridor exemption list. People arriving into the UK from these countries will need to self-isolate for two weeks. Bahrain, Cambodia, Chile, Iceland, Laos, Qatar, UAE and Turks and Caicos Islands will be added to the list 4am 14 November. Greece, except the islands of Corfu, Crete, Kos, Rhodes and Zakynthos will be removed from the list 4am 14 November.

Workplaces The guidance has been updated for restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services ro reflect new national restrictions from 5 November: Hospitality venues like restaurants, bars and pubs must close, but can still provide takeaway and delivery services. Sale of alcohol is permitted via pre-order for collection or delivery services only. Anyone who can work from home, should (section 1.1) and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals should not attend work if they can’t work from home for this period of restrictions (section 2.1).

NHS advice

Everyone is reminded to follow the NHS advice which includes preventative measures about social distancing. Please also remember to keep your hands clean, especially if you have been outside e.g. at the supermarket or using an ATM.

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We would like to reassure everyone that we are working closely with our partners from across Essex in the NHS, emergency services, county council and other local authorities, ensuring that well-practiced plans are put into place. Updates The council is monitoring Government guidance daily and will be issuing communications to staff, members and the public regularly, so please watch our website, sign up for e-mail alerts or go to our social media channels to keep up-to-date with the latest information.