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25 September 2020 - Reminder for Hospitality Venues of New COVID Legislation

Reminder for Hospitality Venues of New COVID Legislation. There's been a lot of new regulations come in this past week for pubs & restaurants. Here's a quick reminder on some of these key new laws you'll need to abide by:

24 September 2020 - Update for Taxi Drivers on Face Masks

Update for Taxi Drivers. Following the Prime Ministers announcement on 22 September 2020, the Department for Transport (DfT) laid a Statutory Instrument in both Houses of Parliament to mandate the wearing of face coverings in taxis and private hire vehicles (PHVs) in England under the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984. This regulation has now come into effect.

22 September 2020 - Update from Prime Minister re COVID restrictions

Latest update (22nd September) from Prime Minister regarding COVID restrictions includes

22 September 2020 - £250, 000 Scammed from Three Local Residents in One Week

£250, 000 Scammed from Three Local Residents in One Week. Our Fraud Victim Support Officer, Malcolm Philips, is urging residents to be wary of scam calls following a total loss of over £250,000 from two Newbury and one Wokingham resident last week.

18 September 2020 - Three new pieces of legislation relating to COVID have come into force today (18th September)

Three new pieces of legislation relating to COVID have come into force today (18th September). 1 – Test & Trace. It’s now a legal obligation that certain businesses/premises collect test & trace contact details from their customers. 2 – QR Unique Venue Code. Venues/premises must generate a unique QR code from Government website and display prominently in their premises (from 24th September). 3 – Social Distancing Management – It is now a legal responsibility that responsible persons for certain businesses (food or drink consumed on premises) must now take reasonable measures to ensure social distancing guidelines, on their premises, are strictly adhered to.

17 September 2020 - Successful Outcome Following Bonfire Nuisance Complainants

Successful Outcome Following Bonfire Nuisance Complainants. Our Community Trading Standards team recently received reports regarding a Wokingham resident who was having numerous bonfires over the period of a few weeks. These bonfires were affecting surrounding neighbour’s use of their gardens and they were unable to open their windows due to the smoke and smell.

10 September 2020 - ‘Hands. Face. Space.’ Public information campaign

The ‘Hands. Face. Space.’ Public information campaign, launched by the Government yesterday, urges the public to continue to wash their hands, cover their face and make space to control infection rates and avoid a second peak.

9th September - Scam Alert - HMRC Scam

Scam Alert - HMRC Scam. We've been hearing reports of residents receiving an automated call stating that there is unpaid tax to be paid to HMRC and to either press 1 or to call a number given. On doing so the scam is then perpetuated by stating a warrant is open for their arrest for non payment of taxes. Residents are then directed to various ways of paying the outstanding amount.

9th September 2020 - Extension of tenants’ protection from eviction

Extension of tenants’ protection from eviction. The government on 7 September wrote to councils to notify them of the extension of emergency measures regarding notice periods which came into force 29 August 2020.

9th September 2020 - Wedding Services: Update from CMA on cancellations & refunds

Wedding services: coronavirus (COVID-19), cancellations and refunds. Statement setting out the CMA’s views on how the law operates in relation to contracts for wedding services affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
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