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12/08/2020 By : Nabeela Hussain

COVID-19 Update 11 August

New Updates

Brunei and Malaysia added to travel corridor list passengers arriving in England from Brunei and Malaysia will no longer need to self-isolate, as long as they haven’t been in, or transited through, any other non-exempt countries in the 14 days preceding their arrival. BEIS WebinarsThe Department for Business, Energy and Industry Strategy are running a series of webinars on various COVID-19 support schemes:

Extension to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and flexible furloughing - Register here

  • Wednesday 12 August, 14:15 – 15:15

  • Thursday 13 August, 09:45 – 10:45

  • Friday 14 August, 14:15 – 15:15

Eat Out to Help Out Scheme - Register here.

  • Wednesday 12 August, 15:45 – 16:40

COVID-19 Self-Employment Income Support Scheme, Universal Credit and Child Benefit - Register here.

  • Tuesday 18 August, 14:15 – 15:00

  • Wednesday 19 August, 15:45 – 16:30

  • Thursday 20 August, 11:15 – 12:00

  • Friday 21 August, 09:45 – 10:30

COVID-19 Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme - Register here.

  • Tuesday 20 August, 12:45 – 13:30

Updated Visa GuidanceThe Home Office has updated its visa guidance for people coming to the UK via the Global Talent, Start-Up, and Innovator visa routes. If an endorsement has expired because the person has not been able to travel to the UK, they may still be eligible for a visa. Updated Q&A on Rural Development Programme for England - Growth Programme FundingDEFRA & MHCLG have updated their Q&A to provide guidance if there are COVID-related issues associated with completing projects or submitting bids as part of the Round 3 call. 

Industry Updates

  1. Costa Cruises is planning to restart its operations from Italian ports gradually from 6 September.  

  2. P&O cruises has extended their pause of operations until 12 November 2020 and cancelled a selection of longer-term cruises until 31 March 2021.

  3. Seabournhas announced that it will cancel upcoming voyages for three cruise ships in its fleet as a part of its pause in global ship operations. The announcement applies to Seabourn Encore, Seabourn Ovation, and Seabourn Sojourn with each ship having a different “effective through” date.

 Situation Update 11 August 2020

The updated weekly data  (up to Sunday 9 August) for the Job Retention Scheme and the Eat Out to Hep Out Scheme is also available here.

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