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masks are not compulsory (yet)

Fiction: Masks have to be worn in public and controllers of premises can insist they are worn by anyone who enters. Law: In England, the wearing of masks or ‘face coverings’ on public transport (including trains, buses and trams) is mandatory and enforceable by fine. School transport, taxis and private hire, and cruise ships are …

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If the government didn’t direct schools to close, who did?

Fiction: The government has closed the schools. Law: It may be a while before we know what the law is here.  In response to businessman Simon Dolan’s judicial review application which, bizarrely, may not be heard for a few months yet, the government has confirmed it did not direct closure of the schools.  It says …

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social distancing – still just a polite request ….

Fiction: You can’t stand within 2 metres (from 4th July 1 meter) of anyone except those in your own household. You have to keep that separation queuing outside a shop. You can’t hug your grandparents. Law: In England, this distancing rule has remained guidance only. Consenting citizens can hug each other if they wish. Always …

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SAGE minutes all in one document, searchable and indexed

Below is a link to updated SAGE minutes as published up to 07 Feb 2021. These may be illuminating. Search for your favourite phrase (e.g. “actuarial”, “Cummings”, “let’s hide”) and find everywhere it is repeated.  We have put together as a single document the complete SAGE Minutes as published by the government.  It is bookmarked …

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National low mood – a ‘reasonable excuse’ to ignore Covid restrictions and guidance

Fiction: Anxiety, depression and other mental illnesses are side-effects of lockdown restrictions that we all just have to put up with. Law: If lockdown is causing or likely to cause you mental or physical injury or illness, this will be a reasonable excuse to exempt you in large part from the restrictions. Take the restriction …

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Fast passes and discounts for the brave?

Fiction: Consumers have to bear the cost of lockdown equally. Law: Businesses can charge higher prices to consumers who want social distancing and other Covid ‘safety’ measures.  Equally, they can offer lower prices and ‘fast pass’ queues or opening hours for those who do not. This is the common law position in England and Wales. …

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Devolution confusion

Fiction: It’s not confusing at to have separate legislation for Wales.  (Okay, only those who promote devolution think this.) Law: Anyone looking at law in Wales has to consider UK legislation.  Anyone looking at UK/English legislation has to look at Wales legislation if they if they may be travelling to or dealing with someone in …

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