Cinemas, theatres, concert and bingo halls CAN ALL OPEN

Fiction: Cinemas, theatres, concert halls and bingo halls are not yet allowed to reopen. Law: The government has been sure not to tell anyone, but when quietly at 00:01am on 4th July the government revoked the lockdown restrictions in almost their entirety and replaced them with a “No. 2” set by the same title, it …

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Bands and orchestras can gather together

Fiction: Brass bands, orchestras and every other large group of 30 or more people are still unable to get together to rehearse. Law: Brass bands and orchestras can now rehearse in England. Gatherings of up to 30 people, including musicians, are allowed anywhere in England unless there is a specific prohibition. Under the new law …

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Disability discrimination – some common decency, please.

Fiction: Guidance on social distancing and other restrictions must be applied equally to everyone. Law: Applying restrictions and rules equally to everyone –  enforced queuing, closing toilet facilities, restricting use of lifts, insistence on wearing masks etc – will result in unlawful discrimination, most obviously against citizens with disabilities. Discrimination laws under the Equality Act …

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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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