• The government has announced a 4-week pause to the relaxing of coronavirus restrictions in England. It is expected that England will move to Step 4 on 19 July, though the data will be reviewed after 2 weeks in case the risks have reduced. The move to Step 4 will be confirmed one week in advance. This means that people should continue working from home where they can. Government guidance on what you can and cannot do has been amended accordingly. Different guidance applies in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
  • Free asymptomatic work-place testing has been extended for a month until the end of July. The new final date to order workplace tests is 19 July.
  • Updated guidance gives information on applying to the EU Settlement Scheme where continuous residence in the UK has been affected by coronavirus. In particular, it explains when it may be possible to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme where permitted absence from the UK has been exceeded, but the reason for that absence is because of coronavirus. 
  • The existing measures in place to protect commercial tenants from eviction will be extended to 25 March 2022. This is to ensure that the sectors who are unable to open have enough time to come to an agreement with their landlord without the threat of eviction. Statutory demands and winding up petitions will also remain restricted for a further three months to protect companies from creditor enforcement action where their debts relate to the pandemic.
  • Updated guidance brings together all relevant information for farmers, landowners and rural businesses during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. 

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