Article 9 challenges to the COVID-19 lockdown in England: R (Hussain) and Dolan

On two occasions recently, the  Administrative Court has considered the legality of the lockdown Regulations in England so far as they impinge on the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion.

In R (Hussain) v Secretary of State for Health & Social Care [2020] EWHC 1392 (Admin), the claimant, the Chair of the Executive Committee of the Jamiyat Tablighi-Ul Islam Mosque in Bradford, challenged the Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (England) Regulations (now superseded by the Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (England) (No.2) Regulations): in particular, Regulations 5(5) and (6), 6 and 7 [1 & 2]: Continue reading