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LAPADA Coronavirus Advice & Support - Updated 25 07 20

We are sharing the latest current vital information from LAPADA which every business needs to read! Links to all the recent webinars also included below.

Editor's note: LAPADA has been central to the support system for the antiques industry during the Corona crisis and membership of this essential trade body is wholeheartedly recommended by ANF!

Antiques News & Fairs - Invitation: The launch of LAPADA Leaders webinar series with Dr Tristram Hunt

 


Dear Member,

The regular exhibitors at art and antiques fairs amongst you will have been pleased to hear, in the Prime Minister's recent explanation of the next steps easing existing measures, the inclusion of the re-opening of such events from 1 October (provided rates of infection do not increase and subject to the successful outcome of pilots). Whilst notable events including Frieze have decided not to run this year and whilst social distancing measures will be required at the fairs which do, organisers have been preparing for socially distanced versions of their events for many weeks and we hope that those of you who choose to exhibit before the end of the year may do so confidently - and successfully! Should you like to get a taste of what to expect, the initial guidance for organisers can be found in section 2.2.3 here, and a summary of some of the salient points can also be found below.

On a separate note: the government is consulting on new measures to protect internal trade within the UK when powers return from the EU in January 2021. Such measures seek to protect the UK’s economy by preventing new burdens on cross-UK business and provide certainty to support coronavirus recovery. The proposals aim to ensure that all devolved policy areas stay devolved while maintaining certainty for business by ensuring that rules and standards across the UK are mutually recognised, so that trade is as easy for business as possible: the white paper is available here. BEIS is consulting on the options set out in the white paper with four open questions. If you would like to contribute, the deadline is 13 August.

We are glad that many of you have found these weekly LAPADA updates useful. As the year speeds on we plan to move to wider updates and advice, including, of course, information regarding - and steps you can take to help prepare for - the end of the transition period out of the EU.

Best wishes,

Freya & the LAPADA Team  
 
 


 

 


Anticipating Art & Antiques Fair Reopening from 1 October

The guidance makes clear that the following measures should be considered to allow for safe resumption of business events - including fairs - and conferences:

  • Entrance to event or conference spaces will be staggered to reduce queuing and overall capacity will be limited to ensure social distancing can be maintained; queues will need to be monitored
  • Contactless registration systems should be introduced at venues to reduce waiting times and limit contact between organisers and guests
  • Paper handouts and gifts should no longer be offered
  • Events will be planned around one way systems for visitors
, and ideally floor markings and signage will remind all present to observe social distancing wherever possible
  • Spaces between exhibition booths will be increased and aisles widened to achieve social distancing requirements

All venues will also have enhanced cleaning procedures, with hand washing and sanitising facilities at frequent intervals

Read more in section 2.2.3 of the guidance.
 
 
 
Should You or an Employee Show Symptoms of Coronavirus

The NHS Test and Trace service provides free testing for anyone with coronavirus symptoms. The guidance states:

"Once they have ordered the test, they’ll be asked by the NHS Test and Trace service to provide details of anyone who they have been in close recent contact with. This will not automatically be all their co-workers, but anyone who who has been close to them anytime from 2 days before the person was symptomatic up to 7 days from onset of symptoms (this is when they are infectious to others). This could be a person who:

  • has had face-to-face contact within one metre
  • has been within 2 metres for more than 15 minutes
  • has travelled in a small vehicle, or in a large vehicle or plane

Where an interaction between 2 people has taken place through a Perspex (or equivalent) screen, this would not be considered sufficient contact, provided that there has been no other contact such as any of those indicated above. The contact tracers will not consider the wearing of personal protective equipment [i.e. a face covering] as a mitigation.

You should help your employees self-isolate if they:

  • have coronavirus symptoms and are waiting for a test result
  • have tested positive for coronavirus
  • are a member of the same household as someone who has symptoms or has tested positive for coronavirus
  • have been in close recent contact with someone who has tested positive and received a notification to self-isolate from NHS Test and Trace

You should not share the identity of a worker who has tested positive with other workers.

If a worker is asked by the NHS Test and Trace service to self-isolate, you should:

  • not ask them to come into work and tell them to stay at home for their period of self-isolation
  • continue to communicate with them and provide support
  • allow them to work from home if they remain well and it is practicable to do so, for example, by finding alternative work that can be completed at home

If a worker cannot work from home, you:

  • must ensure they receive Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) provided they meet the eligibility criteria
  • may consider giving them the option to use their paid leave days if they prefer


Employees in self-isolation are entitled to SSP for every day they are in isolation, as long as they meet the eligibility conditions.

You may be able to reclaim SSP. The NHS Test and Trace service will provide evidence to your worker that they have been told to self-isolate. You should ask them to follow the instructions on getting an isolation note if you require evidence. You may need this evidence to reclaim SSP."

Read the full guidance here.
 
 
 
 
Face Coverings in Shops Mandatory from today, 24 July

The guidance states: "it is not compulsory for shop or supermarket staff to wear face coverings, although employers should consider recommending their use where appropriate and where other mitigations are not in place. For example, there will be times when screens or visors are in use, or when a staff member is not in close proximity to people they do not normally meet, and so wearing a covering for staff will not be necessary. Employers should continue to follow COVID-19 secure guidelines to reduce the proximity and duration of contact between employees."


In line with with the sanction on public transport, customers who do not wear a face covering in shops from 24 July will face a fine of up to £100. Shops will be expected to encourage compliance with the law. Should an individual without an exemption refuse to wear a face covering, a shop can refuse them entry and, if necessary, can call the police, who have  formal enforcement powers and can issue a fine.

As with public transport, children under 11 and those with certain disabilities will be exempt. There are also scenarios when customers are permitted to remove a face covering when asked. One example given in the guidance is "if asked to do so by shop staff for the purpose of age identification" and it is logical to assume that a similar request for the purposes of identifying a customer against photo documentation in order to comply with Anti Money Laundering Regulations is also permitted.

As laid out in previous newsletters, 'face coverings' are not medical-standard 'face masks'. The full government guidance on when to wear a face covering and how to make your own can be found here.
 
 
 
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
 
Whilst previous emails have outlined how the scheme will continue and the contributions that employers will be required to make each month, and this is also available on the Knowledge Bank or here, a small point to note this week is the clarification that notice periods being served by furloughed employees include contractual notice periods.

Remember that 31 July is the last day that you can submit claims for periods ending on or before 30 June, and that you can now submit claims for periods starting on or after 1 July. You can also now submit August claims in advance.  Use HMRC’s online examples and calculator to help work out what you can claim, for any of these periods.

Find an updated overview of the scheme here; the step-by-step guide has also been updated with more information about flexible furlough and overpayments. You can register here for the next live webinar about the extension to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and flexible furloughing - giving an overview of the changes to the scheme and more information on how employers will be affected, flexible furloughing, key dates and support available - or watch a YouTube video here.
 
 
 
 
Reopening Guidance and Possible Local Variations

A quick-reference tool, asking a short (2 minutes) series of questions to return only the advice relevant to your business, is now available here.

The advice ends with 'More help with your risk assessment' which takes you to the existing guidance on safely reopening various workplaces, including shops (you can watch a video on this topic here).

Links to guidance in other areas which may be relevant to some of our members can be found below:
* other people's homes - visiting or delivering to clients (find video here)
* warehouses (find video here)
* vehicles - art and antiques transporters (find video here)
* offices - applicable to some LAPADA Approved Service Providers (find video here)

Following your risk assessment and resultant measures being taken to mitigate these risks, remember to complete and display the notice confirming that you have complied with the government's guidance on managing the risk of COVID-19. An amended version of this notice, including the point "Where people cannot be 2m apart, we have done everything practical to manage transmission risk" is now available: print it here.

Containing and managing local coronavirus outbreaks: as of 18 July, local authorities have new powers to close specific premises and cancel events, if required in response to local outbreaks. Local lockdown will remain a last resort when other actions have been insufficient. More information is available here.
 
 
 
Travel Corridors

Passengers returning to or visiting England from lower risk countries or territories detailed in the travel corridor exemption list no longer need to self-isolate on arrival. All passengers, except those on a small list of exemptions, are still required to provide contact information on arrival in the UK.  Find out more here. To receive specific foreign travel advice, sign up to email updates here. Information for travel into Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will be published in due course by the Devolved Administrations.
 
 
 
Government Webinars

Recorded webinars are available to help businesses:
* making your premises COVID-secure: shops; other people's homes
* for topics that cover support from HMRC
* for small businesses and changes to reporting, regulation and tax

Links to the same pages are also available here, in a format which you may find easier to navigate, and with registration links to any new webinars as they arise included.
 
 
 
LAPADA Webinars 

Recordings of previous webinars are available below:

* The PR Power Hour: Top Tips for Communicating in Challenging Times
* Writing and Designing Compelling Newsletters
* Instagram
* Facebook
* YouTube and Pinterest
* Twitter, LinkedIn
* SEO, and Quora and Medium
* Tips for Photographing your Stock
* HR advice for employers affected by COVID-19
* AML compliance for the art market
 
 
 
LAPADA Leaders 

Raising the profile of our Association and providing inspiration for members from other players in our industry, the series has seen Freya Simms in conversation with captains of culture. Links to the recordings are available below - the series will recommence with monthly talks in late July - watch this space.

* Tristram Hunt, Director, V&A discusses how the crisis can revolutionise and democratise cultural experiences and what cultural organisations can learn from the pandemic lockdown. Tristram talks about the role of public arts and culture in the post-coronavirus age as well as his future plans for the V&A.

* Design icons Kelly Hoppen and Katharine Pooley discuss the impact of the crisis on design trends and how it will affect the way we live and experience our homes.
 
* Former NPG Director and National Trust trustee, Sandy Nairne and The Foundling Museum’s Caro Howell discuss the practicalities for museums as they look to reopen and what creative strategies will be employed to engage new audiences.

* Goodwood House Curator James Peill and Head of Collections for Buccleuch Estates Scott Macdonald discuss country house curation and how in a world crisis the buildings and their collections are a monument to permanency.
 
 
 
 



News & Fairs Previews

LAPADA Coronavirus Advice & Support - Updated 25 07 20

We are sharing the latest current vital information from LAPADA which every business needs to read! Links to all the recent webinars also included below.

Editor's note: LAPADA has been central to the support system for the antiques industry during the Corona crisis and membership of this essential trade body is wholeheartedly recommended by ANF!

Antiques News & Fairs - Invitation: The launch of LAPADA Leaders webinar series with Dr Tristram Hunt

 


Dear Member,

The regular exhibitors at art and antiques fairs amongst you will have been pleased to hear, in the Prime Minister's recent explanation of the next steps easing existing measures, the inclusion of the re-opening of such events from 1 October (provided rates of infection do not increase and subject to the successful outcome of pilots). Whilst notable events including Frieze have decided not to run this year and whilst social distancing measures will be required at the fairs which do, organisers have been preparing for socially distanced versions of their events for many weeks and we hope that those of you who choose to exhibit before the end of the year may do so confidently - and successfully! Should you like to get a taste of what to expect, the initial guidance for organisers can be found in section 2.2.3 here, and a summary of some of the salient points can also be found below.

On a separate note: the government is consulting on new measures to protect internal trade within the UK when powers return from the EU in January 2021. Such measures seek to protect the UK’s economy by preventing new burdens on cross-UK business and provide certainty to support coronavirus recovery. The proposals aim to ensure that all devolved policy areas stay devolved while maintaining certainty for business by ensuring that rules and standards across the UK are mutually recognised, so that trade is as easy for business as possible: the white paper is available here. BEIS is consulting on the options set out in the white paper with four open questions. If you would like to contribute, the deadline is 13 August.

We are glad that many of you have found these weekly LAPADA updates useful. As the year speeds on we plan to move to wider updates and advice, including, of course, information regarding - and steps you can take to help prepare for - the end of the transition period out of the EU.

Best wishes,

Freya & the LAPADA Team  
 
 


 

 


Anticipating Art & Antiques Fair Reopening from 1 October

The guidance makes clear that the following measures should be considered to allow for safe resumption of business events - including fairs - and conferences:

  • Entrance to event or conference spaces will be staggered to reduce queuing and overall capacity will be limited to ensure social distancing can be maintained; queues will need to be monitored
  • Contactless registration systems should be introduced at venues to reduce waiting times and limit contact between organisers and guests
  • Paper handouts and gifts should no longer be offered
  • Events will be planned around one way systems for visitors
, and ideally floor markings and signage will remind all present to observe social distancing wherever possible
  • Spaces between exhibition booths will be increased and aisles widened to achieve social distancing requirements

All venues will also have enhanced cleaning procedures, with hand washing and sanitising facilities at frequent intervals

Read more in section 2.2.3 of the guidance.
 
 
 
Should You or an Employee Show Symptoms of Coronavirus

The NHS Test and Trace service provides free testing for anyone with coronavirus symptoms. The guidance states:

"Once they have ordered the test, they’ll be asked by the NHS Test and Trace service to provide details of anyone who they have been in close recent contact with. This will not automatically be all their co-workers, but anyone who who has been close to them anytime from 2 days before the person was symptomatic up to 7 days from onset of symptoms (this is when they are infectious to others). This could be a person who:

  • has had face-to-face contact within one metre
  • has been within 2 metres for more than 15 minutes
  • has travelled in a small vehicle, or in a large vehicle or plane

Where an interaction between 2 people has taken place through a Perspex (or equivalent) screen, this would not be considered sufficient contact, provided that there has been no other contact such as any of those indicated above. The contact tracers will not consider the wearing of personal protective equipment [i.e. a face covering] as a mitigation.

You should help your employees self-isolate if they:

  • have coronavirus symptoms and are waiting for a test result
  • have tested positive for coronavirus
  • are a member of the same household as someone who has symptoms or has tested positive for coronavirus
  • have been in close recent contact with someone who has tested positive and received a notification to self-isolate from NHS Test and Trace

You should not share the identity of a worker who has tested positive with other workers.

If a worker is asked by the NHS Test and Trace service to self-isolate, you should:

  • not ask them to come into work and tell them to stay at home for their period of self-isolation
  • continue to communicate with them and provide support
  • allow them to work from home if they remain well and it is practicable to do so, for example, by finding alternative work that can be completed at home

If a worker cannot work from home, you:

  • must ensure they receive Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) provided they meet the eligibility criteria
  • may consider giving them the option to use their paid leave days if they prefer


Employees in self-isolation are entitled to SSP for every day they are in isolation, as long as they meet the eligibility conditions.

You may be able to reclaim SSP. The NHS Test and Trace service will provide evidence to your worker that they have been told to self-isolate. You should ask them to follow the instructions on getting an isolation note if you require evidence. You may need this evidence to reclaim SSP."

Read the full guidance here.
 
 
 
 
Face Coverings in Shops Mandatory from today, 24 July

The guidance states: "it is not compulsory for shop or supermarket staff to wear face coverings, although employers should consider recommending their use where appropriate and where other mitigations are not in place. For example, there will be times when screens or visors are in use, or when a staff member is not in close proximity to people they do not normally meet, and so wearing a covering for staff will not be necessary. Employers should continue to follow COVID-19 secure guidelines to reduce the proximity and duration of contact between employees."


In line with with the sanction on public transport, customers who do not wear a face covering in shops from 24 July will face a fine of up to £100. Shops will be expected to encourage compliance with the law. Should an individual without an exemption refuse to wear a face covering, a shop can refuse them entry and, if necessary, can call the police, who have  formal enforcement powers and can issue a fine.

As with public transport, children under 11 and those with certain disabilities will be exempt. There are also scenarios when customers are permitted to remove a face covering when asked. One example given in the guidance is "if asked to do so by shop staff for the purpose of age identification" and it is logical to assume that a similar request for the purposes of identifying a customer against photo documentation in order to comply with Anti Money Laundering Regulations is also permitted.

As laid out in previous newsletters, 'face coverings' are not medical-standard 'face masks'. The full government guidance on when to wear a face covering and how to make your own can be found here.
 
 
 
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
 
Whilst previous emails have outlined how the scheme will continue and the contributions that employers will be required to make each month, and this is also available on the Knowledge Bank or here, a small point to note this week is the clarification that notice periods being served by furloughed employees include contractual notice periods.

Remember that 31 July is the last day that you can submit claims for periods ending on or before 30 June, and that you can now submit claims for periods starting on or after 1 July. You can also now submit August claims in advance.  Use HMRC’s online examples and calculator to help work out what you can claim, for any of these periods.

Find an updated overview of the scheme here; the step-by-step guide has also been updated with more information about flexible furlough and overpayments. You can register here for the next live webinar about the extension to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and flexible furloughing - giving an overview of the changes to the scheme and more information on how employers will be affected, flexible furloughing, key dates and support available - or watch a YouTube video here.
 
 
 
 
Reopening Guidance and Possible Local Variations

A quick-reference tool, asking a short (2 minutes) series of questions to return only the advice relevant to your business, is now available here.

The advice ends with 'More help with your risk assessment' which takes you to the existing guidance on safely reopening various workplaces, including shops (you can watch a video on this topic here).

Links to guidance in other areas which may be relevant to some of our members can be found below:
* other people's homes - visiting or delivering to clients (find video here)
* warehouses (find video here)
* vehicles - art and antiques transporters (find video here)
* offices - applicable to some LAPADA Approved Service Providers (find video here)

Following your risk assessment and resultant measures being taken to mitigate these risks, remember to complete and display the notice confirming that you have complied with the government's guidance on managing the risk of COVID-19. An amended version of this notice, including the point "Where people cannot be 2m apart, we have done everything practical to manage transmission risk" is now available: print it here.

Containing and managing local coronavirus outbreaks: as of 18 July, local authorities have new powers to close specific premises and cancel events, if required in response to local outbreaks. Local lockdown will remain a last resort when other actions have been insufficient. More information is available here.
 
 
 
Travel Corridors

Passengers returning to or visiting England from lower risk countries or territories detailed in the travel corridor exemption list no longer need to self-isolate on arrival. All passengers, except those on a small list of exemptions, are still required to provide contact information on arrival in the UK.  Find out more here. To receive specific foreign travel advice, sign up to email updates here. Information for travel into Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will be published in due course by the Devolved Administrations.
 
 
 
Government Webinars

Recorded webinars are available to help businesses:
* making your premises COVID-secure: shops; other people's homes
* for topics that cover support from HMRC
* for small businesses and changes to reporting, regulation and tax

Links to the same pages are also available here, in a format which you may find easier to navigate, and with registration links to any new webinars as they arise included.
 
 
 
LAPADA Webinars 

Recordings of previous webinars are available below:

* The PR Power Hour: Top Tips for Communicating in Challenging Times
* Writing and Designing Compelling Newsletters
* Instagram
* Facebook
* YouTube and Pinterest
* Twitter, LinkedIn
* SEO, and Quora and Medium
* Tips for Photographing your Stock
* HR advice for employers affected by COVID-19
* AML compliance for the art market
 
 
 
LAPADA Leaders 

Raising the profile of our Association and providing inspiration for members from other players in our industry, the series has seen Freya Simms in conversation with captains of culture. Links to the recordings are available below - the series will recommence with monthly talks in late July - watch this space.

* Tristram Hunt, Director, V&A discusses how the crisis can revolutionise and democratise cultural experiences and what cultural organisations can learn from the pandemic lockdown. Tristram talks about the role of public arts and culture in the post-coronavirus age as well as his future plans for the V&A.

* Design icons Kelly Hoppen and Katharine Pooley discuss the impact of the crisis on design trends and how it will affect the way we live and experience our homes.
 
* Former NPG Director and National Trust trustee, Sandy Nairne and The Foundling Museum’s Caro Howell discuss the practicalities for museums as they look to reopen and what creative strategies will be employed to engage new audiences.

* Goodwood House Curator James Peill and Head of Collections for Buccleuch Estates Scott Macdonald discuss country house curation and how in a world crisis the buildings and their collections are a monument to permanency.