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COVID-19: HMRC Updates and Workplace Guidance for NHS Test and Trace

We’ll be going over the official workplace guidance for NHS Test and Trace, HMRC form changes, government business support webinars and the latest restrictions lifted by the Prime Minister.

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NHS Test And Trace: Workplace Guidance 

Guidance on the NHS test and trace service for employers, businesses and workers.

The NHS test and trace service forms a central part of the government’s coronavirus recovery strategy, which seeks to help the nation return to normal as soon as possible for as many people as possible, in a way that is safe and protects the NHS and social care sector.

This service will also play an important vital role in providing an early warning if COVID-19 activity is increasing locally, regionally or nationally. This information will then be used to inform the government’s approach to stop the spread of the virus.

This guidance explains how employers and businesses can play their part in the NHS test and trace programme to slow the spread of the virus, protect the health and care system and save lives.

See guidance here:

This guidance should be used in conjunction with Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19):

By following the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) guidance, employers can reduce the risk of co-workers having to self-isolate if a member of staff tests positive for COVID-19.

This guidance is for England only. There are equivalent arrangements for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Help And Support If Your Business Is Affected By Coronavirus (COVID-19)

You can watch videos and register for the free webinars to learn more about the support available to help you deal with the economic impacts of coronavirus.


HMRC Changing Their Forms

HMRC is creating new versions of their forms that do not depend on Adobe Reader. Whilst this work is in progress the following methods can be used to make sure the form will download or open in Adobe Reader:

  • whatever browser you use, review your settings to make Adobe Reader the default program for opening PDF documents
  • Windows users should right click on the form link then select ‘Save target as’ or ‘Save link as’
  • Mac users should right click on the form link then select ‘Save linked file as’
  • save the form – the recommended place is in the documents folder
  • using Adobe Reader, you can open the form

If the form still does not open, then contact the Online Services help desks for more help:

Tell HMRC About An Option To Tax Land And Buildings

Use form VAT1614A to tell HMRC of an option to tax land or buildings.

To help businesses during coronavirus (COVID-19) HMRC have made temporary changes to the time limit and how you notify an option.

The changes apply to decisions made between 15 February 2020 and 30 June 2020.

Before you start, check the changes to the time limit and how you notify an option to tax land and buildings.

This guidance will be updated when this change ends.You should only complete this form to notify HMRC of your decision to opt to tax land and or buildings.


PM: Six People Can Meet Outside Under New Measures To Ease Lockdown

PM Boris Johnson announced groups of up to six people will be able to meet outdoors in England from Monday 1 June, provided strict social distancing guidelines are followed.

The Prime Minister announced the change as he set out a package to ease the lockdown in a way that is expected to keep the R rate down. Thanks to the public’s continued patience and hard work in helping to protect the NHS and contain the virus, the Prime Minister confirmed that the government’s five tests are being met. This means we can now move forward to the next phase of adjusting the lockdown.

A series of measures will be put in place in England from Monday 1 June in three core areas – schools, retail, and social contact. Thousands of high street shops, department stores and shopping centres will also begin to reopen in June.

Outdoor markets and car showrooms will be able to reopen from 1 June, provided they meet COVID-19 secure guidelines to protect shoppers and workers. All other non-essential retail should open from 15 June, as long as the government’s five tests are still being met and COVID-19 secure guidelines are followed.


Guidance On How OPSS Is Supporting Businesses And Local Authorities And Protecting Consumers During The Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic

The Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) is focusing on the key issues surrounding Government measures to protect the public during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

During this challenging period, they are working with businesses to understand where regulatory requirements are preventing them delivering the products the public and NHS need.


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