COVID-19 - Update and Status
Current government guidelines and restrictions in the UK
Current guidance from the government states that when you leave home you must:
Wash hands - keep washing your hands regularly
Cover face - wear a face covering over your nose and mouth in enclosed spaces
Make space - stay at least a metre away from people not in your household
If you are feeling unwell, you should get a test and do not leave home for at least 10 days.
The Government has made changes to previous issued guidance to help curb the spread of COVID19. A summary of the most recent changes is as follows:
People should work from home where possible
Pubs, bars and restaurants must now close at 22:00, and must operate table service only
The planned re-opening of sports events for fans has been delayed
Face coverings are now compulsory for shop workers, bar staff and waiters
Fines for not wearing masks or following rules increased to £200 for first offence
New rules have come into force around social gatherings:
Social gatherings are limited to a maximum of six people.
This applies to people meeting indoors and outdoors, including in their own homes.
This does not apply to schools and workplaces.
Fines of £100 can be issued, doubling with each offence up to a maximum of £3,200.
Arriving in the UK
Arrivals to the UK must self-isolate for 14 days unless travelling from a country on the Government’s ‘travel corridor’ list.
The list of countries on the travel corridor list can be found here and is kept updated as changes to the list are issued.
Arrivals from countries not on this list must self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival in the UK.
Where self-isolation is required, you must travel directly to the property you have nominated to self-isolate in. You must then remain in self-isolation in that property for 14 days. Fines can be issued if you do not self-isolate.
Further details on entering the UK can be found on the Government website.
Some areas of the UK have been put under greater restrictions in response to signs of the virus increasing. Different rules and restrictions operate in areas under local lockdown.
Face coverings are mandatory in certain situations:
public transport including indoor transport hubs (e.g. airports and rail stations)
shops and supermarkets
indoor shopping centres
banks, building societies, and post offices
You are expected to wear a face covering immediately before entering any of these settings and must keep it on until you leave.
The Government strongly encourage you to wear a face covering in other enclosed public spaces where social distancing may be difficult and where you come into contact with people you do not normally meet.
This can be enforced by the police with fines of £200 for a first offence, up to a maximum fine of £6,400 for repeat offences.
The Government has reversed their message on returning to the workplace and now encourage people to work from home where possible.
Most businesses have been able to reopen, including shops, bars, restaurants, hairdressers, gyms and theatre and entertainment venues.
Bars, pubs and restaurants must now close by 22:00 and must only operate table service.
In all cases strict social distancing must be practised, along with a host of other industry specific precautions.
Schools have re-opened for the new school term in September
It is now mandatory for children to return
Schools must implement measures to protect students and provide a safe an environment as possible
Status of service delivery:
All services can be delivered, albeit with some alternative arrangements in place or adjustments to the ‘normal’ way of service delivery.
School applications may be disrupted. School viewings are not possible.
Keeping our staff and clients safe
RSS are constantly updating our practices in line with guidance issued by the government to ensure we are keeping all of our clients and our staff safe.
What we are currently doing to keep our staff and our clients safe:
No shared transport. RSS consultants will travel separately to our clients and assignees in line with government guidance.
All RSS staff that meet with clients are to abide by social distancing at all times. This means keeping 2 meter distance.
Masks will be worn and hand sanitiser made available.
When entering properties, proper hygiene will be maintained by washing hands often, and using hand sanitiser.
How Relocation Support Services can help
We’ve broadened our services to help our clients as much as possible during these times. Please contact us to discuss how we can support or see below some of the services we can provide to help ease the
Keeping clients safe: Where it is not possible for clients to physically view properties themselves, or where their preference is not to physically view a property, RSS can 'virtually' view properties on behalf of our clients
Live video tours, or recorded video viewings can be provided to clients allowing them to make a selection without physically being present
Ideal for those having to self-isolate or shield and are unable to attend property viewings themselves
Removal services are now possible and we can fully assist in making arrangements for our clients
We can arrange virtual surveys in order to provide a quotation in instances where our client cannot physically attend
All our removals partners have extremely strict compliance measures to meet Government guidance
Where clients are required to isolate on entering the UK, RSS can provide high quality temporary accommodation
RSS can provide transportation from the airport or train station to the accommodation in line with government guidance that this is pre-arranged
RSS can support in providing and delivering shopping for you if you have to self-isolate
This could be assistance with setting up online accounts or collection/delivery of food to the property
This also applies to collection and delivery of medication and prescriptions where needed
LEASE EXTENSIONS & RENT REDUCTIONS
RSS can handle negotiations to extend a tenancy in situations where employees have to stay longer in their property than they were expecting
Take advantage of low inflation rates by negotiating rent reductions