Places you have to wear a face-covering from 8 August 2020

The UK government announced today the list of places you have to wear a face-covering compulsorily from 8 August 2020 in England.

  • funeral directors
  • premises providing professional, legal or financial services
  • cinemas
  • theatres
  • bingo halls
  • concert halls
  • museums, galleries, aquariums, indoor zoos or visitor farms, or other indoor tourist, heritage or cultural sites.
  • nail, beauty, hair salons and barbers – other than where necessary to remove for treatments
  • massage parlours
  • public areas in hotels and hostels
  • place of worship
  • libraries and public reading rooms
  • community centres
  • social clubs
  • tattoo and piercing parlours
  • indoor entertainment venues (amusement arcades, funfairs, adventure activities e.g. laser quest, go-karting, escape rooms, heritage sites etc)
  • storage and distribution facilities
  • veterinary services.
  • auction houses

The above list of places where you have to wear a face-covering from 8 August 2020 are additions to the following list of places where you have to wear a face covering by law.

  • You must wear a face-covering when you are taking the public transport and in indoor transport hubs like the airports, rail and tram stations and terminals, maritime ports and terminals, bus and coach stations and terminals. This law comes into effect from 15 June 2020.
  • You are also required to wear face-covering in shops and supermarkets. This law comes into force from 24 July 2020.
  • Other places you must wear face-covering include indoor shopping centres, banks, building societies, and post offices, credit unions, short-term loan providers, savings clubs and money service businesses.
  • NHS settings, including hospitals and primary or community care settings, such as GP surgeries. 

If you are going to buy a face-covering ensure that the face-covering you bought comply with the product safety regulations.

Read the Government guidance here.

Make your own face-covering

You can make your own face covering if you are unable to get surgical masks from the shops. The UK government has also published guidance on how to wear and make a face cloth covering.

You don’t need to buy a sewing machine to make your own cloth face covering. You can use your old T-shirt.

The guidance comes with step by step how to make your own face covering with pictures illustration. It is very simple to follow.

The benefit of using cloth face-covering is that it is washable and reusable, it would be more cost effective in the long run. Additionally, you are also saving the environment by reducing waste from surgical masks.

More businesses reopening in July 2020 with COVID-19 secure measures in place

More businesses to reopen in July 2020. Every business must implement and comply with the COVID-19 secure measures requirements.

Companies House filings during COVID-19 pandemic

Companies House also gear up to support UK businesses during COVID-19 pandemic. They automatically extend your company’s filing deadline. This will help your company to avoid a late filing penalty if you are unable to deliver your company accounts on time. You do not need to do anything. You just need to go to Companies House website to check your new filing deadline.

Concurrently, your confirmation statement filing deadline will also be extended. You would have 6 weeks to file your confirmation statement. Similarly, for the events driven filings, you will have 42 days (6 weeks) to notify Companies House instead of the usual 14 days filing deadline.

In addition, Companies House also created an interim paperless filing service to accept documents which would normally require a live signature.

You are encouraged to file your company documents to Companies House digitally. You can use the web filing service to submit the following documents to Companies House.

To file online, you would require your company’s authentication code. The authentication code is the electronic equivalent of your company’s director(s) signatures. Keep safe your authentication code.

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

Face coverings are compulsory in shops from 24 July 2020

The UK government announced today (14 July 2020) that face coverings are compulsory in shops and supermarkets from 24 July 2020 to minimise the spread of the COVID-19.

Today is 14 July 2020 so you have 10 days to get your face covering ready. People who use London public transport to go to work or make an essential journey must wear a face-covering since 15 June 2020. The requirement was mandatory around the same time secondary schools and non-essential businesses were allowed to reopen from 15 June 2020.

This July month further more businesses are reopening and people are also encouraged to go back to work. You will find more people visiting shops and supermarkets. It is a wise move to make it mandatory for people to wear a face covering inside a shop or supermarket to minimize the spread of the COVID-19.

If you are going to buy a face-covering ensure that the face-covering you bought comply with the product safety regulations.

Cost of a face covering

The surgical face mask per piece seems to have dropped compared to last month. Last month, I noted the price for 3 pieces of surgical mask from a local supermarket was £3 and this month the price has dropped to £2.50 for 3 pieces.

Recent social media reports that face masks waste are polluting the environment. Sometimes, you can easily spot blue face masks in London streets. Our accountants use the washable, reusable 3 layers of fabric face coverings.

Use of washable, reusable fabric face covering is cheaper in the long run compared to using the single-use surgical face mask. Say, you bought a fabric face covering for £4 apiece and you can wash it for 30 times (maybe more) that equal to 30 days.

£2.50 for 3 face mask equal to 83 pence per mask, if you use one mask a day, 30 days equal to £25. The general surgical face mask pollution will also go down.

Let’s do a test, light a candle, then you try to sneeze to blow out the candle with your mask on. See what happens. After that, you do the same test using a fabric face covering (usually cotton fabric with 2 or 3 layers one). Your candle stays lit also. Then you compare your outcome to sneeze without a surgical face mask or face covering on, your candle won’t stay lit and your droplets will land on surfaces.

For this reason, face coverings are compulsory in shops and supermarkets from 24 July 2020 would definitely minimise the spread of the COVID-19. a wise move. Read the full guidance from the Department of Health and Social care here.

Make your own face-covering

You can make your own face covering if you are unable to get surgical masks from the shops. The UK government has also published guidance on how to wear and make a face cloth covering.

You don’t need to buy a sewing machine to make your own cloth face covering. You can use your old T-shirt.

The guidance comes with step by step how to make your own face covering with pictures illustration. It is very simple to follow.

The benefit of using cloth face-covering is that it is washable and reusable, it would be more cost effective in the long run. Additionally, you are also saving the environment by reducing waste from surgical masks.

More businesses to reopen this July 2020 with COVID-19 secure measures in place

More businesses to reopen this July month. Every business must implement and comply with the COVID-19 secure measures requirements.

Companies House filings during COVID-19 pandemic

Companies House also gear up to support UK businesses during COVID-19 pandemic. They automatically extend your company’s filing deadline. This will help your company to avoid a late filing penalty if you are unable to deliver your company accounts on time. You do not need to do anything. You just need to go to Companies House website to check your new filing deadline.

Concurrently, your confirmation statement filing deadline will also be extended. You would have 6 weeks to file your confirmation statement. Similarly, for the events driven filings, you will have 42 days (6 weeks) to notify Companies House instead of the usual 14 days filing deadline.

In addition, Companies House also created an interim paperless filing service to accept documents which would normally require a live signature.

You are encouraged to file your company documents to Companies House digitally. You can use the web filing service to submit the following documents to Companies House.

To file online, you would require your company’s authentication code. The authentication code is the electronic equivalent of your company’s director(s) signatures. Keep safe your authentication code.

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

Wear a face mask or a face covering

Due to the Covid19 outbreak, the UK has gone into lockdown from 23 March 2020 and after 7 weeks on 10 May 2020, the Prime Minister announced an easing of the lockdown. The UK government encouraged people to wear a face mask or a face covering when going to public places.

With this announcement, you can now go to work if cannot work from home. Additionally, you can also meet one person outside your household. This is a very encouraging positive move to slowly bring back the UK economy.

Especially for businesses that keep their accounting books and records on papers. They can now go to their office to gather those accounting records and pass it on to their accountants to prepare their company accounts. Remember, Companies House allows limited companies to extend their company accounts filing deadline for an additional 3 months without a penalty but you must apply for it. There is no extension allowed when comes to submitting your confirmation statement with Companies House.

At the same time, you could take the opportunity to discuss the financial support for businesses during coronavirus outbreak announced by the UK government if you prefer to do it face to face.

  • Claiming Statutory sick pay paid to employees due to COVID19
  • Claiming wages through the coronavirus job retention scheme
  • Deferral of VAT payments due to COVID19
  • Deferral of Self Assessment return due to COVID19
  • Business rates relief
  • Business support grant funds
  • support for the self-employed
  • Support for the small and medium-sized businesses
  • Also, support for large businesses

How to make a face mask or a face covering

Understandably, the UK government has published guidance on how to make a face mask or face covering for yourself. You can make a face mask or a face covering using a T-shirt. It is very simple to make and the guidance comes with measurement and picture to follow.

There is also an alternative available, a sewn cloth face covering. This is also very simple to make. You do not need a sewing machine.

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