New COVID-19 legislation and guidance to 17 October

This is a weekly update on the legislation and guidance on coronavirus COVID-19 up to Saturday 17 October; it is intended as a quick reference to the latest developments. New items will be added throughout each week as they become available, and included in COVID-19 Coronavirus: legislation and guidance which is now the main source of information§. The updates for earlier weeks are here.


Sunday 11 October 2020 to Saturday 17 October 2020

Law and Religion UK

Church of England

“Following the announcement on Monday October 12 of a new three-tier risk alert system for COVID-19, we understand that Places of Worship can remain open at all Tiers – although at the ‘high’ and ‘very high’ Tiers there should be no mixing between households. This recognises the important role churches and other places of worship continue to play in serving their communities and providing vital comfort and support to people amid very difficult times.

Whilst Government guidance has been revised to allow certain activities to take place in church buildings, it is still vital that the necessary hygiene and social distancing precautions are kept in place in order to protect the NHS and save lives.

The information on this page is regularly updated, so please check back to ensure you have the latest guidance. When major changes are made, we will publish update through the Church of England Twitter and Facebook accounts. Please read the detailed guidance below to ensure all activities are conducted in a safe and hygienic way.

England – Legislation

  • The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Local COVID-19 Alert Level) (Medium) (England) Regulations 2020, SI 2020/1103. Made at 5.00 p.m. on 12th October 2020; Laid before Parliament at 6.00 p.m. on 12th October 2020; Coming into force 14th October 2020. These Regulations impose restrictions on gatherings and businesses in England, other than in the areas specified in Schedule 2, where the local COVID-19 alert level is assessed as being medium.
    The restrictions on businesses include the imposition of restricted hours for certain businesses and closure of certain businesses. The need for the restrictions in these Regulations must be reviewed by the Secretary of State every 28 days. The Regulations themselves expire six months after the date on which they are made.
  • The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Local COVID-19 Alert Level) (High) (England) Regulations 2020, SI 2020/1104. Made at 5.00 p.m. on 12th October 2020; Laid before Parliament at 6.00 p.m. on 12th October 2020; Coming into force 14th October 2020. These Regulations impose restrictions on gatherings and businesses in the areas specified in Schedule 2, where the local COVID-19 alert level is assessed as being high, and on gatherings elsewhere by persons living in the specified areas. The restrictions on businesses in the specified areas consist of limitations on the sale of alcohol for consumption on the premises, the imposition of restricted hours for certain businesses and closure of certain businesses in the specified areas.
    The need for the areas to be subject to the restrictions in these Regulations must be reviewed by the Secretary of State every 14 days and the restrictions must also be reviewed every 28 days. The Regulations themselves expire six months after the date on which they are made.
  • The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Local COVID-19 Alert Level) (Very High) (England) Regulations 2020, SI 2020/1105. Made at 5.00 p.m. on 12th October 2020; Laid before Parliament at 6.00 p.m. on 12th October 2020; Coming into force 14th October 2020. These Regulations impose restrictions on gatherings and businesses in the areas specified in Schedule 2, where the COVID-19 alert level is assessed as being very high, and on gatherings elsewhere by persons living in the specified areas. The restrictions on businesses in the specified areas consist of limitations on the sale of alcohol for consumption on the premises, the imposition of restricted hours for certain businesses and closure of certain businesses in the specified areas.
    The restrictions will cease to have effect in relation to a particular area 28 days from the date in which the restrictions came into force in that area, unless the Secretary of State directs otherwise. If such a direction is issued, the restrictions will continue in effect for a further 28 days. The need for the restrictions in these Regulations must be reviewed by the Secretary of State every 28 days. The Regulations themselves expire six months after the date on which they are made.

England – Guidance

The DHSC has published Local restrictions: areas with an outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) with information on local COVID alert levels and the BBC has Local lockdown rules: Check Covid restrictions in your area.

Wales 

Scotland

Other

Other


§ – item to be added to COVID-19 Coronavirus: legislation and guidance. 

Post last updated, 14 October at 07:17.

Cite this article as: David Pocklington, "New COVID-19 legislation and guidance to 17 October" in Law & Religion UK, 12 October 2020, https://lawandreligionuk.com/2020/10/12/new-covid-19-legislation-and-guidance-to-17-october/

 

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