Wales remains at its lowest Covid alert status, Alert Level 0. At this level only 4 legal requirements are in place to combat the spread of the virus:
Alert Level Zero:
- Businesses, employers and other organisations, including activity and event organisers, must undertake a bespoke coronavirus risk assessment of their premises and activities and take reasonable measures to minimise exposure to, and the spread of, coronavirus based on that bespoke risk assessment.
- Everyone must still self-isolate for 10 days if they test positive for COVID-19.
- Every adult (18 or over) who is notified by a contact tracer that they have had close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 must self-isolate for 10 days, unless they have been fully vaccinated in the UK (You are considered to be fully vaccinated, if it has been at least two weeks (14 days) since you completed a full course of an approved vaccine against coronavirus more than 14 days before they had the close contact.
- Adults and children over 12 must wear face-coverings in indoor public places, with the exception of hospitality settings such as restaurants, pubs, cafes or nightclubs, or for solemnisation of a marriage, formation of a civil partnership or alternative wedding ceremonies.
From Monday 11th October
People will be required to show the NHS COVID PASS to prove they are either fully vaccinated or have a recent negative Lateral Flow Test to attend:
- indoor non-seated events where over 500 people are mixing closely for prolonged periods
- outdoor non-seated events where over 4,000 people are mixing closely for prolonged periods
- any event of more than 10,000 people
To get your NHS Covid Pass please follow the follow link: https://covid-status.service.nhsx.nhs.uk/
This pass will also be useful as it allows you to prove to others that you have been vaccinated, or that you have had a negative lateral flow test result so as well as above will also be useful for:
- Travelling abroad
- showing your employer that you are fully vaccinated and are not required to self-isolate if you’re identified as a contact
Full guidance can be found at the following website: https://gov.wales/alert-level-0-guidance-employers-businesses-and-organisations-html
The UK Government has reduced the number of countries on the red list for international travel and Wales continues to follow this. The only Countries now on the UK Red List are as follows:
- Dominican Republic
People traveling to and from these countries must abide by the rules put in place for returning to the UK.
Although Scotland has now moved beyond its lowest level of Covid restrictions there is still a requirement for the following:
- legal requirement to wear face coverings in indoor settings subject to exemptions
- legal requirement for businesses to continue to collect contact details from customers
- limitations on numbers attending events
Full guidance for businesses and work places can be found at the following link: https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-general-guidance-for-safer-workplaces/
Guidance for the hospitality sector can be found at the following link: https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-tourism-and-hospitality-sector-guidance/
Although travel within the UK is unrestricted Scotland also follow the UK Governments list of Red Countries and anyone travelling to or from these countries should make themselves aware of the restrictions and obligations in place.
As of 1st October 2021 COVID vaccine certificates are required to get into the following higher risk settings in Scotland:
- late night premises with music, which serve alcohol at any time between midnight and 5am and have a designated place for dancing for customers
- indoor events (unseated) with 500 or more people
- outdoor events (unseated) with 4,000 or more people
- any event with more than 10,000 people
Businesses and event organisers will need to develop a compliance plan by 18th October 2021 to show how they will enforce these rules. Businesses or event organisers can refer to the following website and download the app to help them with this process: https://www.covidcheck.scot/
Individuals can download the NHS Scotland Covid Status app from the following link: https://www.nhsinform.scot/covid-status or get a paper record of your vaccine status from NHS Inform Get a record of your coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination status | The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine (nhsinform.scot)
The restrictions in Northern Ireland have not been removed as quickly as they have from elsewhere around the UK however from 14th October, the limit allowing up to 15 people from no more than four households to meet in a private home or tourist accommodation will be removed.
Restrictions will remain in place to prevent gatherings of 30 people or more in domestic settings.
The use of face coverings remains mandatory on public transport, in taxis, private buses, coaches and on aircraft, in train and bus stations and in airports unless an exemption applies. This includes:
- boarding any mode of public transport
- when on board any mode of public transport
- when present on public transport premises or stops
Hospitality venues (cafes, restaurants, bars, pubs, social clubs, including in members’ clubs) are permitted to open and live music is permitted. Food and drink must only be consumed while seated at tables indoors.
Venues are still required to collect customer details to help with the Test, Trace, Protect contact tracing programme.
Face coverings must be worn if you leave your table (to pay, to access toilet facilities, play darts, pool or gaming machines), unless exempt.
From 31st October, people will be allowed to move around hospitality premises and indoor venues, including being able to stand to have a drink, eat food or watch a performance.
The legal requirement to maintain social distancing in hospitality settings, such as pubs and restaurants will move to guidance.
The restriction on indoor dancing will be lifted and nightclubs will be permitted to reopen.
The person or owner responsible for a hospitality business must take reasonable measures to ensure that social distancing measures are maintained at all times to limit the risk of transmission of the coronavirus. This includes hospitality settings within other indoor venues. These measures can be found at the following link: Summary of Restrictions for Tourism & Hospitality Businesses (tourismni.com).
International travel restrictions have been amended so as to adopt the same red list system that is being used across the UK. Proof of vaccination will be required and can be obtained by using the following link including a full explanation of their use: Coronavirus (COVID-19): COVID certificate for NI residents | nidirect
The legal restrictions in England have now all but been removed however the guidance for the continued use of face coverings and social distancing in crowded or public space is still recommended by the UK Government.
The traffic light system for travel no longer applies as of the 4th of October. Instead, there is a single red list for the rest of the world. If you’re travelling to the UK from a non-red list country or territory and are eligible under fully vaccinated rules, you will no longer require a pre-departure test before departing for the UK but you will need to take a PCR test on day 2 after you arrive. As from the end of October 2021 the day 2 PCR test will be replaced by the lateral flow test.