Low mood – a reasonable excuse to ignore coronavirus restrictions

Fiction: Feeling sad and low is reasonably to be expected of us all. Piers Morgan is right that we just have to put up with it. Law: “To avoid injury or illness or to escape a risk of harm” is a ‘reasonable excuse’ exemption within most of the coronavirus restrictions. Two main points: illness includes …

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International travel ‘quarantine’ restrictions

Fiction: On return to the UK from named countries from time to time, everyone must stay at home and quarantine for 14 days. Law: The restrictions on arriving from abroad in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are constantly changing, most notably in terms of their lists of affected countries from where people are arriving. …

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Restrictions on Holding of Gatherings – from 28 August 2020 £10,000 fines

Fiction: Only rave organisers can be fined £10,000 for holding a rave. Law: Catching up with announcements of ‘fines from tomorrow’ made nearly 2 weeks ago, regulations have been published providing a fine of £10,000 for anyone ‘holding’ or ‘involved in holding ‘ an indoor rave. These apply from 28 August 2020.  Going much further, …

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Greater Manchester – the new restrictions

Fiction: People in Greater Manchester cannot meet up with each other and must stay at home as much as possible. Law: From Wednesday 5th August 2020, new laws were introduced over the ‘protected area’ of Greater Manchester area restricting its inhabitants from receiving people into their homes visiting anyone’s home in England that is outside …

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Lockdown ‘law’ in NW England is a fiction

Fiction: New lockdown laws have been put in place in NW England. Law: Leaving aside the issue of face covering, nothing has actually changed since ‘independence day’ on 4th July. At that point the government revoked the lockdown restrictions almost in entirety. They left a reducing list of businesses required to stay closed and, otherwise, …

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Time to blow the whistle on shops

Fiction: Employees have to wear a mask if their employer tells them to. Law: Wearing of face covering is not required by law, nor even government guidance, in ordinary situations such as supermarkets, shops and offices. It is not just employees with disabilities who have special legal protection. Any employee who objects can give themselves …

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