Coronavirus (COVID-19) resources and information

Marketing Lancashire supports a wide range of businesses across the county and is in close communication, on their behalf, with government agencies and VisitEngland/VisitBritain to monitor the situation surrounding Coronavirus (COVID-19).

We aim to update this page with the latest news and opportunities for Lancashire businesses.

September 2021:

Marketing/Visit Lancashire Partners’ Covid-19 Update (21.09.21)– announcement of measures to simplify international travel.

August 2021:

Updated government guidance on self isolation available (16.08.21) if certain criteria apply, from 16 August, you will not be required to self-isolate if you are notified you have had close contact with someone with COVID-19.  Please check the criteria.  

July 2021:

Marketing/Visit Lancashire Partners’ Update following updated guidance (30.07.21) – including the UK Government waives quarantine for arrivals fully vaccinated from Europe and USA to England, international cruise restart and NHS Test & Trace COVID-19 compliance checks in hotels and other guest accommodation.

New Government hospitality strategy to help pubs, bars and restaurants build back better from the pandemic – Hospitality Sector Council set up and co-chaired by entrepreneur Karen Jones and Minister Scully to oversee delivery of the strategy.

Marketing/Visit Lancashire Partners’ Update following updated guidance (20.07.21) – including announcement of the intention to make full vaccination a condition of entry to nightclubs and other venues where large crowds gather by the end of September.

Marketing/Visit Lancashire Partners’ Update following updated guidance (15.07.21) – The Working Safely during coronavirus guidance for England has been updated to reflect the changes from step 4.  Summary of the contents of the guidance available.  Priority actions to take: Six steps to protect yourself, your staff and your customers.

Guidance for offices, factories and labs (14.07.21) – for those who run or work in these settings.  Including risk assessment, ventilation, tests and vaccinations.

Marketing/Visit Lancashire Partners’ Update following updated guidance (13.07.21) update following government announcement on 12.07.21.  Confirmation that England will move to Step 4 from 19 July.  While cases are high and rising, everybody needs to continue to act carefully and remain cautious. 

Marketing/Visit Lancashire Partners’ Update following updated guidance (06.07.21) – update following government announcement on 05.07.21 outlining more details about step 4 of the England roadmap (expected to start on 19 July).  Removal of outstanding legal restrictions on social contact, life events, and opening of remaining closed settings.

June 2021:

Marketing/Visit Lancashire Partners’ Update following updated guidance (18.06.21) – round-up of the latest official COVID-19 updates.

Marketing/Visit Lancashire Partners’ Update following updated guidance (15.06.21) – Step 4 of the Government roadmap has been delayed until July 19th, with the exception of weddings and commemorative events

Covid-19 Impact & Business Performance Survey tourism businesses are asked to take a short survey.

May 2021:

Covid-19 Impact & Business Performance Survey – Marketing Lancashire, in partnership with Global Tourism Solutions (UK) Ltd, are undertaking a survey to estimate the economic value of tourism across Lancashire for 2020.  We hope you can take part, all information supplied is anonymous and wholly confidential.  

Visit Lancashire Partners are invited to be part of the Rediscover Lancashire Escape the Everyday campaign (18.05.21) – next week the new campaign will launch, supported by funding secured from VisitEngland Destination Management Organisations’ Recovery Marketing Fund, which supports recovery during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Marketing/Visit Lancashire Partners’ Update following updated guidance (15.05.21) – the heritage locations guidance has been updated for Step 3 of the roadmap (from 17 May)

Marketing/Visit Lancashire Partners’ Update following updated guidance (12.05.21)  – the hotels and other guest accommodation guidance has been updated to include measures that will apply from Step 3 from 17 May in England. 

Marketing/Visit Lancashire Partners’ Update following updates guidance (11.05.21) – The Prime Minister confirmed England will move to Step 3 on 17 May.  Details are included in the update.

Further easing of COVID restrictions confirmed for 17 May (10.05.21)- planned Step 3 easements will go ahead as planned including limited indoor social mixing; reopening of indoor hospitality and entertainment venues and 30 guests permitted at weddings.

Mental Health Awareness Week 10 – 16 May – you can download the Every Mind Matters campaign toolkit for resources to support the activity and raise awareness of the guidance and tools available to help adults during this time and beyond, and seek support if needed.

Free VisitEngland business recovery webinar on Tuesday 11 May, 11am – hear about the upcoming Escape the Everyday summer campaign and how to get involved and encourage visitors this summer and to do so responsibly.     

Marketing/Visit Lancashire Partners’ Update following updates guidance (06.04.21)
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pdate to restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services guidance.  Updated information for Step 3 (no earlier than 17 May) including entertainment indoors and outside venues.

April 2021:

April Partners’ newsletter (29.04.21) – including the Pink Book of legislation, food standards, al fresco dining and the annual attractions survey.

Take Part in VisitEngland’s Annual Attractions Survey – this year’s survey is particularly important as it will help to understand the impact of the pandemic on the attractions sector in 2020. If you’ve received an invite to the survey please do respond as soon as you can.

Food Standards Agency advice for re-opening – as hospitality businesses across England re-open their doors, the Food Standards Agency has provided refreshed guidance for the sector as they begin to serve the public again. The guidance aims to support food businesses prioritise food safety as well as customer and staff wellbeing, when restarting.

Marketing/Visit Lancashire Partners’ Update following updates guidance (09.04.21)the visitor economy, hotels and other guest accommodation and restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services guidance has been updated with more detail on step 2. Other updates to note also include events guidance for local authorities and additional information on NHS Test and Trace for hospitality venues and other settings.

Visit England Business Recovery Webinar, 13 April, 11am – join the free session reviewing the latest data on domestic consumer sentiment, inbound prospects, and the latest wave of EU exit consumer sentiment post the end of the transition period.

Launch of Fisheries and Seafood Scheme – applications now open to a new £6.1m scheme to support the sector adapt to life outside the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy and recover from the impacts of Covid-19.

Launch of new Recovery Loan Scheme – businesses ranging from coffee shops to gyms can now access loans from £25,000 – £10m.  Include an 80% government guarantee and interest rate cap.

Step 2 of the Government Roadmap for easing Covid-19 restrictions will take place as planned from 12 April – gyms, outdoor attractions, libraries , personal care premises, all retail, outdoor hospitality, self-contained accommodation can open.  Weddings can take place with up to 15 guests.  Click here for guidance on opening safely.

Check if you are eligible for the Restart Grants Scheme –  scheme administered by local authorities.  Non-essential retail sector, hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym sector businesses may be eligible.

Twice-weekly rapid testing announced – everyone in England will be able to take free Covid tests from 9th April.  Business can still apply for workplace testing until 12th April.

Second round of Government’s Culture Recovery Fund recipients announced – £400m to help over 2,700 organisations survive and thrive.

Marketing/Visit Lancashire Partners’ Update following confirmation of continuation of Govt. roadmap (06.04.21) – some Covid restrictions will be eased from Monday 12 April, including opening of self-contained accommodation, outdoor hospitality venues and outdoor attractions such as zoos and theme parks.  None essential retail will open and weddings can take place with up to 15 guests.

Marketing/Visit Lancashire Partners’ Update following updated guidance (01.04.21) – including further guidance for the visitor economy and hospitality sector along with clarification shared by DCMS in response to a number of questions that have been raised by the sector.

March 2021:

Marketing/Visit Lancashire Partners’ Update following updated guidance (24.03.21) – including clarity on guidance on the reopening of accommodation.

Marketing/Visit Lancashire Partners’ Update following updated guidance (23.03.21) – update on new guidance for businesses in the hospitality, accommodation and leisure sectors to check their eligibility for Restart Grants.

Marketing/Visit Lancashire March Partners’ Meeting – a virtual meeting will take place on Wednesday 24 March at 10am (open to all partners).  The meeting will include a guest speaker – Jenny Heyes from Napthens Solicitors – who will present and answer questions on specific HR considerations related to the impacts of Covid-19.

Marketing/Visit Lancashire Partners’ Update following updated guidance (11.03.21)– including on Covid grants and outdoor dining/events.

Marketing/Visit Lancashire Partners’ update following budget announcement (04.03.21)summary of highlights for the tourism and hospitality industry including extension of the job retention scheme, restart grants, extension of VAT reduction and business rate relief.  

February 2021 updates:

Marketing/Visit Lancashire Partner’s update following government announcement (26.02.21) – further summary and clarification of the 22.02.21 announcement

Changes to the Kickstart Scheme – the funding creates new job placements for 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit who are at risk of long term unemployment.  A minimum of 30 job placements are no longer required to apply directly for a grant.

Guidance: Covid-19 Response – Spring 2021 Executive Summary full government report available.

Marketing/Visit Lancashire Partner’s update following government announcement (22.02.21) – a summary of the announcement

Roadmap for easing of restrictions in England announced– a four step plan commencing on 08.03.21.

2020 Heritage and the Economy report demonstrates the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the heritage sector –  Historic England have been collaborating with a number of heritage organisations throughout the pandemic to understand the impact on the sector. 

Marketing Lancashire are supporting Hospitality UK in their drive for businesses to write to their MP asking the Government to provide support for tourism businesses as part of this year’s budget – Lancashire businesses are asked for their support.

Marketing Lancashire launches Covid-19 recovery plan for Lancashire – a tactical plan, developed in consultation with local authority stakeholders, the LEP’s Tourism, Culture and Place sector group, Marketing Lancashire’s Board and Visit Lancashire partners.  Key priorities to help the sector through 2021 and into 2022.

Drive to increase workplace (no symptom) Covid-19 testing – businesses, both private and public sector, with 50 + employees are encouraged to sign up.  This is free with full support from NHS Test & Trace.

Government introduce new quarantine for passengers into the country – tighter measures and enforcement will apply from 15.02.21.  Including 10 days quarantine in a hotel following arrival from certain locations and two tests.  New penalties for none compliance will apply.

January 2021 updates:

National Careers Service Virtual Jobs Fair to take place on 27 & 28 January – Exhibition Day takes place on day 1 and the Virtual Jobs Fair on Day 2.  A chance to hear about opportunities and see vacancies in the North West.

Department for Education launch new campaign for The Skills Toolkit – An Hour to Skill (14.01.21) – to inspire the nation to spend one hour a week learning online.  Free, high-quality online courses.

SMART lateral flow Covid-19 test programme expanding in Blackburn with Darwen (13.01.21) – available for people without symptoms of coronavirus who have to leave their home to work during the lockdown, including essential and frontline workers.

Marketing Lancashire invites partners to Virtual Partners’ Meeting – taking place on Tuesday 19 January at 2pm.  This will include sharing the outline of the Recovery Plan for Lancashire Tourism & Hospitality.

£4.6 billion in new lockdown grants to support businesses and protect jobs announced (05.01.21) – one-off top up grants for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses worth up to £9,000 per property to help businesses through to the Spring.

Marketing/Visit Lancashire Partner’s Covid-19 Updated Guidance (05.01.21) – guidance for retail, hospitality and leisure sectors as lockdown begins.

National lockdown announced for England (04.01.21) – the lockdown restrictions apply from 06.01.21.

December 2020 updates:

November 2020 updates:

October 2020 updates:

  • 30.10.20 government announce new national restrictions  – beginning on 05.11.20 people are required to stay at home (except for specific purposes), prevent gathering with people they do not live with (except for specific purposes).  Certain businesses and venues are required to close.  Applies throughout England.

September 2020 updates

August 2020 updates

July 2020 updates:


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