October 2020 updated Guidance relating to the LCF and COVID-19

6 Oct 2020

In March 2020 we issued a guidance note on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the LCF and Environmental Body (EB) obligations. This guidance was published on our website and sent by email to the main contact of all EBs. This guidance was reviewed and updated in June and September 2020.

We have now further reviewed this guidance and the updated guidance note is published on the right hand side of this page, and also on the COVID-19 page of our website. The COVID-19 page sets out a timeline of all ENTRUST advice, guidance and information which has been published and you can also review the previous guidance notes on this page. All updates relating to COVID-19 will be added to the page, as well as published as a news item on our website, and where relevant, emailed to EB main contacts.

The main update for this version is to extend the provision that EBs do not need to seek a special exemption for projects to be closed. We expect projects to open to the public where relevant, in due course, and in line with UK Government advice. Also, the update extends the provision that EBs do not need to seek a special exemption to pause project monitoring visits. This will be kept under review and EBs can continue to monitor projects remotely as necessary.

We will keep all guidance under review, in line with the Government advice during this unprecedented time. If EBs have any further questions which are not addressed in the current guidance note they should email helpline@entrust.org.uk