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Covid-19 resources: Government departments

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Page last updated 14 July 2021.

Department for Digital Culture Media and Sport

  • Press release – Prime Minister announces stronger enforcement measures as easements resume

The Government has announced a series of tough new enforcement measures targeting the most serious breaches of social distancing restrictions.

Department for Education

Lateral flow tests to be deployed to all secondary schools and colleges to help detect asymptomatic cases and break chains of transmission from January.

  • Guidance – Coronavirus (COVID-19) asymptomatic testing for staff in primary schools and nurseries

Information on rapid asymptomatic coronavirus (COVID-19) testing for staff in primary schools, school-based nurseries and maintained nursery schools.

  • Guidance – Coronavirus (COVID-19) asymptomatic testing in schools and colleges

Information for schools and colleges about how they can start to test pupils and students from January.

Group of ministers, charities and Youth Ambassador Dr. Alex George to focus on improving mental health and wellbeing in school, college and university

Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs

How to dispose of your personal or business waste, including face coverings and personal protective equipment (PPE), during the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Press release – Sewage signals early warning of coronavirus outbreaks

Government-led programme is providing an early warning of coronavirus outbreaks by monitoring sewage and sharing data with NHS Test & Trace

Department for Transport

The guidance on travel to and from amber list countries to England will change 19 July 2021.

Previous posts:

  • Guidance on face coverings on public transport

From 15 June, face coverings will be required while using public transport in England

  • News story – Travel ban implemented to protect public health following South Africa COVID-19 outbreak

New travel restrictions on passengers arriving in England from South Africa.

  • News story – Mandatory COVID-19 testing introduced to bolster border measures

International arrivals required to prove negative COVID-19 test result before departure for England.

From 4am on 15 January 2021, pre-departure testing will be required for all inbound passengers to England.

From 4am on 15 January 2021, the government will be introducing pre-departure testing requirements for all inbound passengers to England.

  • News story – Travel from South American destinations, Portugal, Panama and Cape Verde banned to prevent spread of new variant

New travel restrictions from 4am Friday 15 January on passengers arriving in the UK from South American destinations, Portugal, Panama and Cape Verde.

  • News story – Mandatory COVID-19 testing introduced to bolster border measures

International arrivals required to prove negative COVID-19 test result before departure for England.

  • News story – All UK travel corridors temporarily suspended to protect against new international variants

Emergency border measures introduced to prevent the spread of new variants of coronavirus into the UK.

  • Guidance – Coronavirus (COVID-19): safety screens for taxis and PHVs

How drivers, vehicle owners and licensing authorities can use safety screens to protect themselves, their workers and passengers from coronavirus.

  • News story – India added to red list as cases of new variant rise

India to be added to England’s red list at 4am on Friday 23 April 2021.

  • News story – 630 fines issued to airlines carrying passengers with incorrect paperwork

The Civil Aviation Authority has issued 630 fines since February to airlines carrying passengers without the right documents.

  • News story – Government confirms traffic light list ahead of cautious return to international travel

International leisure travel from England no longer illegal from 17 May 2021 but strict border control measures will remain in place.

From 17 May, the ‘Stay in the UK’ regulation will cease and international travel will be allowed to restart, governed by a new traffic light system.

  • Guidance – Red, amber and green list rules for entering England

Countries rated as red, amber or green for Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the rules you must follow to enter England.

  • News story – Portugal moved to amber list to guard public health against variants of concern following first traffic light review

Cautious approach to reopening international travel to protect public health and the vaccine rollout.

  • Guidance – Red, amber and green list rules for entering England

Countries rated as red, amber or green for Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the rules you must follow to enter England.

Foreign Commonwealth & Development Office

Statement on the origins of coronavirus from the governments of Australia, Canada, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Israel, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Republic of Korea, Slovenia, United Kingdom, and United States.

Government Equalities Office

The Minister for Equalities’ Oral Statement to the House, on the first quarterly report to the Prime Minister and Health Secretary on progress to understand and tackle COVID-19 disparities experienced by individuals from an ethnic minority background.

Government Equalities Office, Race Disparity Unit

  • Correspondence – COVID-19 health disparity review: letter to stakeholders

Minister for Equalities Kemi Badenoch’s letter to stakeholder engagement participants to the Public Health England Review, to thank them for their work and invite them to further engage with government.

Government Office for Science

  • Press release – Government Chief Scientific Adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance on the new variant of COVID-19 in the UK

Government Chief Science Adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance comments on the new variant of COVID-19.

Patrick Vallance writes about the aim to have vaccines and therapeutics available at scale within 100 days. This piece was published in the Financial Times.

HM Treasury

The furlough scheme has been extended until the end of April 2021 with the government continuing to contribute 80% towards wages – giving businesses and employees across the UK certainty into the New Year, the Chancellor announced today.