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Government Update Guidance and Laws

Posted: September 23, 2020
Posted: 23 September 2020

Following the Prime Minister’s announcements yesterday, detailed guidance notes have been published.

A summary of the changes can be found here: www.gov.uk/government/news/coronavirus-covid-19-what-has-changed-22-september

Frequently asked questions on the changes covering all aspects can be found here:

www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do

Two further documents covering businesses and personal changes are here:

www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-meeting-with-others-safely-social-distancing/coronavirus-covid-19-meeting-with-others-safely-social-distancing

www.gov.uk/government/publications/staying-alert-and-safe-social-distancing/staying-alert-and-safe-social-distancing-after-4-july

Some of the changes are guidance only, others will be law. At the start of the outbreak many of the rules were framed as guidance only, with the police having problems due to the rules being unenforceable. Recently changes have been backed by law.

The government already has the overall legislative framework in place to allow legally enforceable changes to be made without Parliament’s approval (the Coronavirus Act 2020), so legal changes are made by Direction (furlough scheme) or by Statutory Instrument (other changes). The law has yet to be put in place for most of the changes yesterday: when this is done it is likely that they will appear as part of the following revised Health Protection Regulations 2020 Statutory Instrument, the most recent version can be found here: www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2020/684

Finally, the following link is helpful in finding all the guidance notes when published. Tick the “guidance” and “news” boxes on the left of the screen:

www.gov.uk/search/all?level_one_taxon=5b7b9532-a775-4bd2-a3aa-6ce380184b6c&content_purpose_supergroup%5B%5D=guidance_and_regulation&content_purpose_supergroup%5B%5D=news_and_communications&order=updated-newest

If you have any questions regarding how this could affect your business please contact us at info@burgesshodgson.co.uk