Law and religion round-up – 26th July

“Signor, guardate un poco, che maschere galanti

Don Giovanni, W A Mozart

Face-covering in England

Governmental confusion regarding the scope of the face-covering provisions, which we reported last week, continued until hours before the legislation was said to be coming into force. The snappily-titled The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Wearing of Face Coverings in a Relevant Place) (England) Regulations 2020 were laid before Parliament at 1.15 pm on 23 July and became effective on 24 July 20. These Regulations require members of the public to wear face coverings whilst inside a “relevant place” specified in the Regulations in England to protect against the risks to public health arising from coronavirus, except in certain limited cases.

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