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TIER Updates

Message on behalf of TIER as of 20 September  

International travel restrictions to be relaxed and simplified in Scotland

Following the announcement by the UK Government on Friday, Scotland has also announced they will change their lists to be in line with England with the green and amber classifications merging. The red list will be retained for those countries deemed to have high COVID19 case rates or variants of concern. 

The following countries will also be added to the eligible vaccinated traveller policy from 4 October including Canada, Australia, Israel, New Zealand, Singapore, Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, Brunei, Taiwan, Dominica, Japan, South Korea, Qatar, Kuwait, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain

The changes that will include the removal of the pre-departure test and the use of lateral flow tests on day two in England have not been adopted by Scotland at this stage.

Tourism Alliance Coronavirus Update – 20 September

  • US Travel Ban To End In November

The Transport Secretary has announced to Parliament that the US will remove the travel ban on fully vaccinated UK residents travelling to the USA from early November. The removal of this restriction will also apply to residents of the EU, China, Iran, Brazil, South Africa and India. All visitors from these countries will, however, need to take part in a new testing and contact tracing regime.

  

  • Guidance On Quarantining Updated

The Guidance on quarantining has been updated to take into account the announcement of the changes that will come into effect on 4th Oct when the system changes to a simple Red/Green categorisation. There have also been a series of other amendments which include:

    • Definitions for ‘unaccompanied minor’ and ‘appropriate adult’
    • Stating that if an appropriate adult cannot enter managed quarantine with the child, they must apply for an exemption from managed quarantine.
    • Additional information on applying for permission for a child to travel alone, where it is not possible for the appropriate adult to travel with the child
    • Additional information on expectations for quarantining at home.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/booking-and-staying-in-a-quarantine-hotel-when-you-arrive-in-england

  

  • Recruiting Prison Leavers

On 21st October, the MOJ will be hosting a free interactive virtual summit to support businesses who are interested in recruiting people on release from prison. With many businesses currently experiencing skills gaps, the summit is a timely opportunity to hear first-hand from employers who have significantly benefitted from recruiting prison leavers.  

Businesses that are interested in recruiting people on release from prison to help alleviate their staffing shortage will hear from hospitality employers including Greggs and Greene King about the business benefits and how they can go about employing prison leavers.

You can book to attend using the following link

 

https://seewhatsontheinside.com/.

  

  • Performers And Cultural Professionals’ Exemption

From 22nd September there will be exemption from self-isolation for individual domestic artists and cultural professionals returning to England from professional activity abroad. It is also for international artists and cultural professionals travelling into England. In all cases the application must be for work purposes.

The individuals must be attending a paid professional performing arts event in England, for which they are being paid, that would be critically affected by having to self-isolate; or when their work schedule would be critically affected by having to self-isolate.

Applications for self-isolation exemption must be submitted by a well-established and recognised English producing venue or organisation, such as a theatre or theatre company, a concert hall, grassroots music venue or orchestra, a recording studio, dance studio or dance company, on behalf of the domestic or international artist or cultural professional when they are coming into England to work on a specific professional performing arts activity with that producer.

This exemption is not available for those entering England from red list countries.

                https://www.artscouncil.org.uk/covid-19/self-isolation-exemptions#section-1 

  • The Experience Of Disabled People

The Government’s Disability Unit has published an interesting piece of research on the experience of disabled people during the pandemic. While the study was in relation to accessing healthcare, the findings will be of interest to tourism and hospitality businesses in looking to see what they can do to support and encourage disabled people in going out and taking holidays. Some of the key findings are:

    • During the pandemic, disabled people have felt increased levels of shame and guilt about their ‘disabled’ identities and the needs that accompany them
    • Disabled people found the changing rules around COVID-19 difficult to understand and follow across different areas of their lives
    • The pandemic has exposed and exacerbated the existing inequalities they experienced
    • They felt that people in wider society have often been able to ‘cherry pick’ the COVID-19 rules they are going to abide by, because they have more freedom to do so, whereas disabled people cannot, mainly due to new and existing social barriers

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-lived-experience-of-disabled-people-during-the-covid-19-pandemic/the-lived-experience-of-disabled-people-during-the-covid-19-pandemic

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