England national lockdown 5 November 2020

England national lockdown from 5 November 2020 till 2 December 2020 starting today. People in England must follow the national restrictions implemented by the government as follows:

National restrictions during the national lockdown from 5 November 2020

Meeting indoors

You cannot meet anybody socially indoors unless they are in your household or support bubble.

Meeting outdoors

You can meet with 1 person from another household in outdoor public spaces, following social distancing. Children under 5 and anyone dependent on continuous care do not count towards the 2 person limit.

Weddings and funerals

Weddings, civil partnership ceremonies can only take place where one of those getting married is seriously ill and not expected to recover. Funerals can take place with up to 30 people in attendance.

Working from home

You must work from home if you can. If you cannot work from home you should continue to go to work (unless you are clinically extremely vulnerable).

Essential shops

Open. Essential retail should follow COVID-Secure guidelines.

Non-essential Retail

Closed. Can only open for click-and-collect and delivery services.

Exercise

You can exercise outside on your own or with your household; your support bubble; or one person from another household.

Leisure and gyms

Closed, except for allotments and outdoor playgrounds.

Hospitality

Closed except for takeaway, click-and-collect, drive-through and other delivery services. Takeaway not permitted after 22:00.

Education

Early years, schools and FE colleges open. Universities must reflect wider restrictions.

Healthcare services

You can leave home for any medical reason.

Residential care

Care homes are encouraged to provide safe, COVID-secure visiting opportunities. See the guidance for details on how to keep visits safe.

Travel

You must not travel in the UK or overseas other than for permitted reasons, including work, education, medical reasons, caring responsibilities or for essential retail.

Public transport

You may still use public transport but should only travel for permitted reasons and should look to reduce the number of journeys you make, avoid travelling at peak times and walk or cycle where you can.

Overnight stays

Overnight stays and holidays away from primary residences are not allowed, except for work and other educational purposes.

Entertainment and tourism

Entertainment venues are closed. Public gardens at visitor attractions are open.

Vulnerable people

If you are 60+ or clinically vulnerable, be especially careful to follow the rules and minimise contacts with others. If you are clinically extremely vulnerable you are advised to stay at home as much as possible, except to go outdoors for exercise or to attend essential health appointments.

Worship

Closed. Except for: funerals, broadcasting acts of worship, and individual prayer.

Childcare

Registered childcare and childcare activities open to enable parents to work, or for respite care. Parents can form a childcare bubble with another household for informal childcare, where the child is 13 or under.

Youth clubs and activities

Some youth services are able to continue, such as 1:1 youth work and support groups, but most youth clubs and groups will need to cease for this period.

Download national restrictions poster

You may download the England national lockdown 5 November 2020 to 2 December 2020 national restrictions poster here.

Businesses to close during England national lockdown from 5 November 2020

Businesses and venues must close or open with restrictions apply to reduce social contact.

Non essential retails

Non-essential retail, such as clothing and homeware stores, vehicle showrooms (other than for rental), betting shops, tailors, tobacco and vape shops, electronic goods and mobile phone shops, and market stalls selling non-essential goods. These venues can continue to be able to operate click-and-collect (where goods are pre-ordered and collected off the premises) and delivery services.

Cafes, restaurants, pubs and bars

Hospitality venues such as cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars and social clubs; with the exception of providing food and drink for takeaway (before 10pm; and not including alcohol), click-and-collect, drive-through or delivery
Accommodation such as hotels, hostels, guest houses and campsites. Except for specific circumstances, such as where these act as someone’s main residence, where they cannot return home, for homeless people, or where it is essential to stay there for work purposes.

Leisure and sports facilities

Leisure and sports facilities such as leisure centres and gyms, swimming pools, tennis and basketball courts, golf courses, fitness and dance studios, climbing walls, archery, driving, and shooting ranges.

Cinemas, theatres, arcades, museums etc.

Entertainment venues such as theatres, concert halls, cinemas, museums and galleries, casinos, amusement arcades, bingo halls, bowling alleys, skating rinks, go-karting venues, soft play centres and areas, circuses, funfairs, zoos and other animal attractions, water parks, theme parks.

Botanical gardens, heritage homes

Indoor attractions at botanical gardens, heritage homes and landmarks must also close, though outdoor grounds of these premises can stay open.

Hair and nails salons

Personal care facilities such as hair, beauty, tanning and nail salons. Tattoo parlours, spas, massage parlours, body and skin piercing services must also close. It is also prohibited to provide these services in other peoples’ homes.

Community centres

Community centres and halls must close except for a limited number of exempt activities as set out below Libraries can also remain open to provide access to IT and digital services – for example for people who do not have it at home – and for click-and-collect.

Churches and mosques

Places of worship, apart from for the purposes of independent prayer, and service broadcasting and funerals.

Businesses can open with exempt activities

These businesses and places will also be permitted to be open for a small number of exempt activities, including:

  • Education and training (including for schools to use sports and leisure facilities where that it part of their normal provision).
  • Childcare purposes and supervised activities for children.
  • Blood donation and food banks.
  • To provide medical treatment.
  • For elite sports persons (in indoor and outdoor sports facilities), professional dancers and choreographers (in fitness and dance studios).
  • For training and rehearsal without an audience (in theatres and concert halls) and for the purposes of professional film and TV filming.

Businesses and venues which can remain open

Other businesses are permitted to stay open, following COVID-19 Secure guidelines. This includes those providing essential goods or services, including:

  • Essential retail such as food shops, supermarkets, pharmacies, garden centres, hardware stores, building merchants and off-licences.
  • Petrol Stations, car repair and MOT services, bicycle shops, and taxi and vehicle hire businesses.
  • Banks, building societies, post offices, loan providers and money transfer businesses
  • Funeral directors
  • Launderettes and dry cleaners
  • Medical and dental services
  • Vets and pet shops
  • Agricultural supplies shops
  • Storage and distribution facilities
  • Car parks, public toilets and motorway service areas.
  • Outdoor playgrounds

Companies House filings

You can submit your company documents to Companies House online. You would require your company’s authentication code to do so. The authentication code is the electronic equivalent of your company’s director(s) signatures. Hence, you must keep it safe.

The documents you can file online includes:

Companies House has also created an interim paperless filing service to accept documents which would normally require a live signature during COVID-19 pandemic. You can easily upload your documents to the Companies House website.

If you require help with your company’s filings, contact our accountants. They will be more than happy to assist you.

Businesses in Westminster Go Green

Businesses in Westminster Go Green to build a greener city in London. Concise is proud to be in Westminster. One of the ways to do this is to manage your businesses commercial waste and work cooperatively with Westminster City council.

Westminster Go Green by recycling

Businesses in Westminster are encouraged to recycle as much as possible. In our regent street office building, there is a dedicated area for recyclable commercial waste and general waste. Different colour waste bags are introduced for general and recyclable waste for easy identification by the waste collectors.

According to Westminster, 60% of our waste can be recycled. If you and me take part to actively recycle at home and at work, this will reduce the amount of waste going to the landfills.

If you walk along the Regent street and its surrounding streets, you would see many recycle bins back to back with the general waste bins along the streets. It is very convenient for the public to recycle waste on the go.

The law protecting the environment

There is also a law to ensure businesses dispose of their waste correctly in Westminster. Section 47 Notice Environmental Protection Act 1990 outline the responsibilities businesses in Westminster must follow when presenting their waste on the public highway especially if you are disposing of your commercial and general waste by putting them on the streets for collection. You are advised to read about the Bags off streets (BOS) waste collection rules.

In brief, you must remove your waste bags from the street if your waste was not collected or missed the collection time for the day. It is also nice for visitors to enjoy and take photos of the beautiful streets in Westminster without the waste bags in the background.

If you failed to comply, your business may be issued with a Notice of Intended Prosecution. I am sure you do not want this. You have another option if you do not want to be prosecuted that is you pay a fixed penalty. I am also sure you do not want this also.

Lets work together to support Businesses in Westminster Go Green project. After all, we all benefits from clean environment.

Companies House also Go Green

You can submit your company documents to Companies House online. You would require your company’s authentication code to do so. The authentication code is the electronic equivalent of your company’s director(s) signatures. Hence, you must keep it safe.

The documents you can file online includes:

Companies House has also created an interim paperless filing service to accept documents which would normally require a live signature during COVID-19 pandemic. You can easily upload your documents to the Companies House website.

If you require help with your company’s filings, contact our accountants. They will be more than happy to assist you.

Medium COVID alert level

What you need to know and do if you are in the local areas rated as medium COVID alert level.

The Government issues the following to the public.

This is for areas where national restrictions continue to be in place.

This means:

– You must not socialise in groups larger than 6, indoors or outdoors (other than where a legal exemption applies).

– Businesses and venues can continue to operate, in a COVID-secure manner, other than those that remain closed in law.

-Certain businesses are required to ensure customers only consume food and drink while seated, and must close between 10 pm and 5 am.

– Businesses and venues selling food for consumption off the premises can continue to do so after 10 pm as long as this is through delivery service, click-and-collect or drive-through.

– Schools and universities remain open.

– Places of worship remain open, subject to the rule of 6.

– Weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on numbers of attendees.

– Exercise classes and organised sport can continue to take place outdoors, or indoors if the rule of 6 is followed; there are exceptions for supervised activities for under-18s, and disability sport.

You must:
Wear a face covering in those areas where this is mandated

You should continue to:
– Follow social distancing rules
– Work from home where you can effectively do so
– When travelling, plan ahead or avoid busy times and routes; walk or cycle if you can.

Find out more about the measures that apply in medium alert level areas to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Source: GOV.UK

Companies House filings during COVID-19 pandemic

You can submit your company documents to Companies House online. You would require your company’s authentication code to do so. The authentication code is the electronic equivalent of your company’s director(s) signatures. Hence, you must keep it safe.

The documents you can file online includes:

Companies House has also created an interim paperless filing service to accept documents which would normally require a live signature during COVID-19 pandemic. You can easily upload your documents to the Companies House website.

If you require help with your company’s filings, contact our accountants. They will be more than happy to assist you.

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