This post includes a rolling update of new legislation and guidance on coronavirus COVID-19 during the week commencing 15 August *.
Sunday 15 August to Saturday 21 August
The Coronavirus (Extension and Expiry) (Scotland) Act 2021 (Evidence) (Saving Provision) Regulations 2021, SSI 2021/280. By virtue of section 2(4)(a) of the Coronavirus (Extension and Expiry) (Scotland) Act 2021, paragraph 11 of schedule 4 of the Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020 will expire at the end of 30 September 2021. These Regulations make saving provision and provide that the modifications to section 259 of the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995 (c.46) which were made by paragraph 11 of schedule 4 of the 2020 Act continue in effect in relation to evidence of a statement admitted before the end of 30 September 2021.
The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2021 (Amendment No. 14) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2021, SR 2021/233. These Regulations amend the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2021 by—(a) permitting conferences and exhibitions with certain restrictions; (b) removing the limit on persons who may be seated at a table to consume food and drink; (c) removing the restriction on outdoor house parties, outdoor raves or outdoor gatherings at a private dwelling; other laws may still place restrictions on such events; (d) removing references to bubbles; and (e) making some technical changes.
COVID-19: arranging or attending a funeral or commemorative event. Updated in line with changes to self-isolation for contacts from 16 August. Public Health England and Department of Health and Social Care, Last updated 17 August 2021.
Church of England‡
- New Q&A added “What is the Church of England’s position on ‘vaccine passports’?”
Law and Religion UK
- Law and religion round-up – 15 August. Changes to self-isolation rules in England
Post last updated, 20 August at 15:22.
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 are listed under their full title and issue number, in the same order as they appear on the Church’s web site.