COVID-19: reopening places of worship in Scotland

As we noted yesterday, in Philip & Ors for Judicial Review of the closure of places of worship in Scotland [2021] CSOH 32, Lord Braid ruled in the Outer House of the Court of Session that the enforced closure, in January 2021 of places of worship under the Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions and Requirements) (Local Levels) (Scotland) Amendment (No 11) Regulations 2021 had been an unjustified and disproportionate infringement of the petitioners’ rights to freedom of worship and of assembly under Articles 9(2) and 11 ECHR and were also unconstitutional. Continue reading