From 3 to 31 August, get a 50% discount when you eat in at restaurants that are registered with the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme.

Don’t forget to sign up for the Eat Out to Help Out scheme

Restaurants and other establishments serving food for on-premises consumption can now sign up to a new government initiative aimed at protecting jobs in the hospitality industry and encouraging people to safely return to dining out.  The scheme offers consumers a 50% reduction, up to a maximum of £10 per person, against the cost of their food and/or drink-in on Mondays to Wednesdays throughout August.   Customers do not need a voucher as participating establishments will just remove the discount from their bill. Businesses simply reclaim the discounted amount through an online service, supported by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). Claims can be made on a weekly basis and will be paid into bank accounts within five working days.     To register go to Eat Out to Help Out Scheme .   There are also promotional materials available to support the scheme – here

Can you help with counter terrorism

The Home Office & the Counter-Terrorism Police Unit are seeking help from businesses, including restaurants and takeaways/delivery operations, as part of a significant strategic review of counter-terror policy.  The team are very keen to gather views from a whole host of SME’s to help shape a new online platform designed to help organisations better protect and prepare against a terrorist attack.  To this end they are inviting businesses to take part in one of a series of 45-60 minute online workshops on Thursday and Friday this week (23rd and 24th July).    Anyone interested in helping with this is asked to  email Chris Jones directly at the CT Police –  Christopher.Jones@met.police.uk (also cc’ing Heather Wood at Heather.Woodward@beis.gov.uk)

Pavement Licences

The Government has made it easier for restaurants to apply for temporary pavement licences to setup outdoor seating areas under the Business and Planning Bill. Draft guidance on temporary pavement licences is available here

Customer logging toolkit for businesses

Public Health England has published the Customer Logging Toolkit for situations where businesses are required to keep records of those visiting their premises/events. This contains a variety of template materials for businesses to display, as well as guidance on how the policy works.

Businesses should be storing the information securely for 21 days and sharing it with NHS Test and Trace, if asked to do so. Businesses do not need to do anything else with the information.

If a customer tells you they have tested positive for coronavirus, you should tell them to self-isolate as soon as possible and to register their contacts with NHS Test and Trace. You should not use the log of customer details you have collected to contact other customers yourself. Instead, if NHS Test and Trace assess that the customer was on your premises while potentially infectious, they will contact you to provide support and to obtain the details of anyone who may have been exposed to the virus.

Mandatory use of Face Coverings
The Government has announced the mandatory use of face coverings in shops and on public transport from 24 July – see  guidance.  There is some confusion over whether this applies to those operating takeaway services but it is generally felt that this is likely to be the case.   There is no requirement for those working in retail areas to wear a face covering, but it is highly advised that they are worn unless there are other mitigations in place or the colleague is exempt due to a condition stated within the guidance. Retailers should encourage the use of face coverings but do not need to enforce this law.

Sustainable Face Masks 

A new sustainable, single-use face mask that is biodegradable has been launched by Rapid Action Packaging (RAP).    The  RAP™ Barrier Face Mask is made from sustainable Forest Stewardship Council compliant board.  Significantly, by separating the elastic band (worn over the ears), the mask can be disposed of without danger to the environment as it will break down in the waste.  The mask is available in both adult and children’s sizes.   Further information from Martin Beaver at Martin.Beaver@rapuk.com

Disposal of single use face coverings etc.

The Government has issued guidance for the disposal of personal protective equipment such as face masks, gloves and shields.   These items should be discarded in general black waste bins and not in recycling bins. See https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-disposing-of-waste

Local Government grants & funds

The Government has published details of the amount of grant support they have given to councils for their discretionary grants and details of how much each has distributed in support.  Those who have struggled to get support might find it useful to compare what their local council has done versus others, particularly as some have distributed more than they have been given, others less.   Businesses that have struggled to get support might use this information to put pressure on their local authorities.   Details can be found at https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/900467/200713-local-authority-grant-payments.csv/preview

Jim Winship

Director

The Pizza Pasta & Italian Food Association

M: 07850 104034

E: jim@papa.org.uk

 

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