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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. Government suggested lanyards and badges …

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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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Face covering: litigation threats and administrative headache

Fiction: Shoppers and public transport users have to declare their ‘reasonable excuse’ for not wearing a face covering and put up with dirty looks as they buy their bananas or travel to work. Law: As a good starting point we recommend remains our post on Face covering for 6 to 12 months from 24th July.  …

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Face covering for 6 to 12 months from 24th July

Fiction: Everyone must wear masks in shops and restaurants and controllers of premises can insist they are worn. Law: From 24th July 2020, in England the wearing of a face covering in ‘relevant places’ has, subject to a ‘reasonable excuse’ exemption, been made a legal requirement. Children under the age of 11 are excluded. The …

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Lower prices and no queues here

Fiction: Businesses don’t have a choice about imposing social distancing and other Coronavirus measures. Law: Subject to consideration of health and safety risk assessments as mentioned below, businesses can choose to impose some, all possible or no social distancing measures at all. They can offer dual service provision, directing those worried about Coronavirus to the …

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Eyebrows can be threaded from 13 July (but they always could….)

Fiction: Professional beauty treatments have been unlawful since beginning of lockdown and remain restricted. Law: Salons have been restricted for nail, beauty and hairdressing services since the start of lockdown. Mobile services have never been restricted. Read below, cut and pasted from an early post but, for hairdressers, read beauticians and nail artists.  From 13th …

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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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