techUK Bulletin, 27 May: COVID-19 Taskforce

Today’s bulletin focuses on:

  • Quarantine on Arrival: Exemptions
  • Lockdown: Reopening retail
  • BEIS Webinar: making your retail workplace COVID-secure
  • Test and Trace Pilots

techUK's dedicated mailbox is open for any queries, questions and concerns you may have.

For more information and the latest guidance please visit techUK’s COVID-19 information hub which is updated daily. 

Quarantine on Arrival: Exemptions


The Home Secretary confirmed that Quarantine on Arrival will be applied in the UK from 8 June, and outlined those who would be exempt from the rules. The exemption list and overall policy will be kept under review, including the idea of so-called ‘Air Bridges’.


Following calls from techUK, the exemptions include “a person who is engaged in urgent or essential work on electronic communications networks” and “an information technology or telecommunications professional…[providing]….an essential or emergency response to threats and incidents relating to the security of any network and information system and ensure the continued operation of any network and information system.” 

Lockdown: Reopening retail


The Prime Minister set out a timeline for the re-opening of retail shops in June, as well as updated guidance on how to safely reopen for employees and customers.

Outdoor markets, garden centres and car showrooms will be able to reopen from 1 June, as soon as they are able to meet the COVID-19 secure guidelines. All other non-essential retail shops will be expected to be able to reopen from 15 June if they meet the five tests and they follow the COVID-19 secure guidelines.

BEIS Webinar: making your retail workplace COVID-secure


To assist with this reopening the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy will host a webinar on Thursday 28 May at 11:00, providing guidance for people who run shops, branches, stores or similar environments on how they can make their workplace COVID-secure.

Test and Trace Pilots 


Following a pilot scheme in 11 local authorities the Government announced £300m extra funding for local authorities to develop and action their plans to reduce the spread of the virus in their area, including implementing local Test and Trace.

This comes ahead of the expected announcement by the Prime Minister later today of the launch of a nationwide Test and Trace service on Thursday. 

How we are supporting our members


techUK continues to support our members and the wider tech industry through this period.

On Tuesday 26 May we will be hosting a cyber-security webinar on how companies can stay secure as staff continue to work from home. 

Please visit techUK’s COVID-19 Information Hub for the latest information and guidance. techUK also continues its work supporting Government. If you wish to make an offer of support you can do so by emailing our dedicated inbox

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