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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Businesses and Employers Bulletin

18 February 2021

The National Workplace Testing Programme

The National Workplace Testing programme will identify more positive cases of COVID-19 and ensure those infected, isolate, protecting those who cannot work from home and our vital services. This programme is crucial given that around 1 in 3 people have coronavirus without displaying any symptoms and will enable more peoplewho have the virus to be identified sooner and break the chains of transmission.

The programme is aimed at those without symptoms and who cannot work from home during lockdown. Companies in England with over 50 employees, can register on to order coronavirus tests for their workforces.

Organisations with less than 50 staff, sole traders, the self-employed, or members of the public, should visit their local authority’s website for further information about their testing services.



Booking and staying in a quarantine hotel when you arrive in England

Everyone who arrives at England must quarantine for 10 days from the point of their arrival. The day of arrival in England will be treated as day zero. From 15 February, for people who have travelled from, or passed througha country on the list, where travel to the UK is banned (the ‘red list’)in the last 10 days before arrival, you must quarantine in a managed quarantine hotel.

Before you travel you must:

For more information, clickhere.

Minimum standards for private sector providers of the COVID-19 tests for people arriving in England.

By law, all tests privately provided testing on day 2 and day 8 for international arrivals must meet minimum standards as outlined in the guidance. Providers must also complete a declaration that their tests meet all of these standards. More information on the minimum standards for day 2 and day 8 mandatory tests can be found in the guidance for private providers. Check the list of providers: Test to Release for international travel.

Get a coronavirus test if you are an HGV or van driver before you leave the UK for some countries

You must test negative for coronavirus before you travel from the UK to:

Check FCDO travel advice for any country you are planning to enter. For more information, click here.


New video content to help keep your business moving

Doing business with Europe has changed. You need to follow new rules on exports, imports, tariffs, data and hiring.

All businesses canfind outwhat has changed,and check theirpreparations,by visitingnewvideo content fromthe Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.The short,on-demand videos cover 18 topics, including importing and exporting,rules of originand audit and accounting. Click here to immediately access the video content. New rules are here – make sure your business is prepared.


Other opportunities

UN Climate Change Conference – Get Involved

The UK will host the 26thUN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow on 1-12 November 2021. The expression of Interest process to apply to get involved in UK Government managed spaces at COP26 is open now untilFriday 5 Marchat17:00GMT. This includes opportunities such as hosting of events, creative installations, and exhibition space. Find out more here.

Free cyber security webinars

The National Cyber Security Centre is running a series of free cyber security webinars and talks in late February and March 2021. These events are aimed at UK businesses of all sizes, educational institutions, and charities. Find out more and register here.