New legislation and guidance to 28 November

These weekly updates on the legislation and guidance on coronavirus COVID-19 are 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 the earlier weeks are here.

Sunday 22 November to Saturday 28 November

Under Regulation 23 Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England)(No. 4) Regulations 2020, SI 2020/1200, the current lockdown in England will cease automatically at the end of Wednesday 2 December. However, Regulation 25 revoked the three separate Regulations relating to the Medium, High, and Very High Alert levels, other than Schedule 3 within each of these Regulations (SI 2020/1103SI 2020/1104, and SI 2020/1105 as amended) Consequently, new three tier regulations will have to be brought into force to implement the COVID-19 Winter Plan, summarized in our post, below.

The government has  been under continued pressure on the lack of  parliamentary scrutiny on coronavirus-related legislation, and since first set of three tiers regulations was introduced, it has stated that it would place further regulations before parliament prior to them coming into force. Motions “to approve regulations related to public health” are scheduled in both Houses for 1 December. This raises two issues regarding the possible outcomes:  the overlap of new legislation if it is brought in to be effective on 2 December, as indicated in the Winter Plan; contingency measure if no parliamentary agreement is reached before the current legislation expires.

Guidance/Communications on lockdown post 2 December

Law and Religion UK

Church of England 

Monday 23 November

  • Following the publication of the Government’s Covid-19 Winter Plan, including permission for the resumption of public worship, we are awaiting the publication of detailed guidance after which we will update our advice. There is an additional statement from the Bishop of London
  • General Synod debate on the response to the covid-19 pandemic (GS 2192) at the end of which motion passed by 401 votes to 4 with 8 recorded abstentions.

Other churches and faith organizations

Legislation

Scotland

Northern Ireland

Guidance

There is different guidance for: COVID-19: Guidance for small marriages and civil partnerships. DBEIS and MHCLG, (updated 6 November),and COVID-19: Guidance for wedding and civil partnership receptions and celebrations. DBEIS and MHCLG, (updated 6 November 2020).

Other guidance

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

Post last updated, 28 November at 17:40. 

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