COVID-19 legislation and guidance: update to 24 July

This post includes a rolling update of new legislation and guidance on coronavirus COVID-19 during the week commencing 18 July 2021 *.


Sunday 18 July to Saturday 24 July

Legislation

England

  • The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Self-Isolation) (England) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2021, SI 2021/864These Regulations correct an error in the commencement provisions of the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Self-Isolation) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2021. The effect is to ensure that the amendment made by regulation 2(2)(a) of those Regulations (which provides that the exemption from the duty to self-isolate for the purpose of posting Coronavirus tests is extended to include tests for antibodies) comes into force on 19th July 2021.
  • The Health Protection (Coronavirus, International Travel and Operator Liability) (England) (Amendment) (No. 6) Regulations 2021, SI 2021/855. These Regulations amend the Health Protection (Coronavirus, International Travel and Operator Liability) (England) Regulations 2021 (“the principal Regulations”). Regulation 4 makes amendments to the principal Regulations to introduce a new category of “eligible category 2 arrival”. A person who is in this category is exempt from the requirement to self-isolate that would otherwise apply. (Category 2 countries are specified in Schedule 2 to the principal Regulations). In order to benefit from the exemption, the person in question must have proof of their exemption status and must make the appropriate declaration on their Passenger Locator Form. (The Passenger Locator Form contains information about persons arriving in England and must be completed and produced if so required by the principal Regulations.)

Scotland

  • The Health Protection (Coronavirus) (International Travel etc.) (Miscellaneous Amendments) (Scotland) (No. 6) Regulations 2021, SSI 2021/265. These Regulations amend the Health Protection (Coronavirus) (International Travel) (Scotland) Regulations 2020. They exclude passengers who have departed from, or transited through mainland France (including Corsica), from status as “eligible vaccinated arrivals” within the meaning of regulation 2A of those Regulations, who would have been exempt from certain requirements imposed by the Regulations. They also remove the duty on an operator of a relevant service which commences in France to check that such a passenger possesses the required evidence.

Summary


Guidance

Recently revised guidance. 


Church of England

The latest revision and streamline of the Church of England guidance documents is summarized in our 20 July post Church of England Guidance – Step 4, essential reading for incumbents/churchwardens and area deans.

Updated: Thursday 22 July, 16.35

  • New Q&A added “What is the Church of England’s position on ‘vaccine passports’?”  Quoting from the conclusion to its submission to the Government’s consultation on vaccine certification (6pp), it states [emphasis in original submission]:”While the Church is, in principle, opposed to making use of ‘vaccine passports’, it should adopt a flexible approach to their limited wider use with the important caveats that such use ought to be demonstrably beneficial to society as a whole, protective of the vulnerable in particular, non-discriminatory in nature and proportionate in use.”

Church in Wales


Law and Religion UK

Post last updated, 23 July 2021 at 13:17.


* Information on COVID-19 on L&RUK

These updates are published at the start of each week; they are not reissued, but new items are added throughout the week as they become available, providing a “rolling update” of the latest developments during the current week. They are also added to COVID-19 Coronavirus: legislation and guidance which is  the main source of  information, and listed with the newest items last (unlike the CofE documents, infra); items in the weekly updates yet to be added are marked “§“.  The updates for the earlier weeks are here.

Church of England documents

Church of England documents are listed under their full title and issue number, in the same order as they appear on the Church’s web site.

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Cite this article as: David Pocklington, "COVID-19 legislation and guidance: update to 24 July" in Law & Religion UK, 18 July 2021, https://lawandreligionuk.com/2021/07/18/covid-19-legislation-and-guidance-update-to-24-july/

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