They were laid before parliament on that date and came into force on 4 July. We recommend all VCSE organisations have an awareness of these regulations to understand how it might affect your service delivery, staff, volunteers and beneficiaries.
These Regulations are made in response to the serious and imminent threat to public health which is posed by the incidence and spread of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) in England. The Secretary of State considers that the restrictions and requirements imposed by these Regulations are proportionate to what they seek to achieve, which is a public health response to that threat.
It includes details that the review of local restrictions and requirements imposed by these Regulations should happen at least once every 14 days, with the first review being carried out by 18 July 2020. As soon as the Secretary of State considers that any restrictions or requirements set out in these Regulations are no longer necessary to prevent, protect against, control or provide a public health response to the incidence or spread of infection in England with the coronavirus, the Secretary of State must publish a direction terminating that restriction or requirement.
The document is split into the following areas
- Introductory Text
- Citation, commencement, application and interpretation
- The emergency period and review of need for restrictions
- Requirement to close premises and businesses during the emergency
- Further restrictions and closures during the emergency period
- Restrictions on movement
- Restrictions on gatherings
- Linked households
- Enforcement of requirement
- Offences and penalties
- Fixed penalty notices
SCHEDULE 1 : The protected area
SCHEDULE 2: Underlying Medical Conditions
SCHEDULE 3 : Businesses subject to restrictions or closure