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Retail, Food & Hospitality Regulatory Update W/E 13th September

16 September 2020

Retail, Food & Hospitality Regulatory Update W/E 13th September. Carrier bag charge doubled and extended to all retailers.

Important Updates

Covid-19 government guidance and announcements this week:

  • Cabinet Office - Updated social distancing rules from 14 September. View >
  • Department of Health and Social Care
    - Parliamentary statement by Secretary of State Matt Hancock on updated social distancing rules. View >
    - Guidance for venues on recording contact information. View >
    - Local restrictions imposed in Bolton. View > View > View >
    - Local restrictions in Birmingham, Sandwell and Solihull. View >
  • Department for Business – Updated guidance on safe working. View >
  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government – Updated guidance on closure of business premises and venues. View >
  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport – Limit of 1000 people imposed for pilot events at sporting venues. View >
  • Department for Transport – Updated ‘travel corridors’ list of countries not subject to 14-day self-isolation period on arrival in the UK. View >
Ambitious food reformulation targets published: Public Health England has published what are described as ‘voluntary’ food reformulation targets aimed at reducing calorie, sugar and salt content of most foods by 2024 including eating out, takeaway and delivery sectors. A monitoring report has been published on current targets and a commitment to further action if progress towards the targets is considered unsatisfactory. A report by the National Audit Office on childhood obesity has highlighted that whilst Public Health England has made some progress with encouraging industry to reduce sugar levels in certain products, the government will not meet its ambition for industry to reduce sugar by 20% in products by 2020 and the 

evidence that the schemes in the programme will reduce childhood obesity rates is limited. UK Hospitality has commented that whilst supporting the aims “Never have the burdens threatening the existence of hospitality businesses been more acute – this is not the time to throw petrol on the fire". View > View > View > View > UK Hospitality > View > NAO >


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