Round-Up of Recent Government Announcements 17.07.20

Face Masks - Different regulations exist for wearing face coverings in different parts of the UK about which you can find out more on devolved government websites: England Northern Ireland Scotland Wales Current information indicates that the wearing of face masks in Pro Shops will be compulsory. Open Competitions: - For those in England, it has been confirmed by the Department of Culture Media & Sport in that non-elite competitions may take place. You must follow England Golf’s DCMS-approved guidance, available through  As part of this, England Golf have made clear to clubs that strict adherence to these guidelines is a must, with any deviation at the venue’s own risk, with no protection from enforcement agencies, the police or England Golf disciplinary proceedings. This means that pro-ams and open events can take place, which has also been confirmed to golf pros by the PGA. Job Retention Bonus - This is a one-off payment of £1,000 to employers that have used the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) for each furloughed employee who remains continuously employed until 31‌‌‌ ‌January 2021. The bonus will provide additional support to retain employees. To be eligible, employees will need to: earn at least £520 per month (above the Lower Earnings Limit) on average for November, December and January have been furloughed by you at any point and legitimately claimed for under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme have been continuously employed by you up until at least 31‌‌‌ ‌January 2021. Employers will be able to claim the bonus from February 2021 once accurate RTI data to 31‌‌‌ ‌January has been received. More information about this scheme will be available by 31‌‌‌ ‌July and full guidance will be published in the Autumn. The Eat Out to Help Out Scheme – during August, diners can get 50% off Monday to Wednesday on meals and non-alcoholic drinks, up to £10 per person, when eating at participating restaurants, bars, cafes and other establishments that have registered Eligible establishments are those in which food is sold for immediate on-premises consumption. This could include: restaurants cafés public houses that serve food hotel restaurants restaurants and cafes within tourist attractions, holiday sites and leisure facilities dining rooms within members’ clubs workplace and school canteens See here for the full guidance: - and here for registration details: - VAT Reduction – from 15‌‌‌ ‌July until 12‌‌‌ ‌January 2021, the UK government will cut VAT from 20% to 5% on any eat-in or hot takeaway food and drinks from restaurants, cafes and pubs, excluding alcohol. More information can be found here: - This VAT reduction also applies to all holiday accommodation in hotels, B&Bs, campsites and caravan sites, as well as attractions like cinemas, theme parks and zoos. See here: - and here: - Note: The temporary reduced rate does not apply to admission to sporting events and, unless notified otherwise, VAT on green fees. Updates on CJRS scheme There are some key dates on the CJRS scheme that might affect...
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