What are The Health Protection (Coronavirus) Regulations 2020

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What are The Health Protection (Coronavirus) Regulations 2020 and how could they affect us?

The Health Protection (Coronavirus) Regulations 2020 were introduced by the Secretary of State on the 10th February 2020 to address the global health crisis caused by the Coronavirus outbreak.

The Regulations give the Government power to keep people under quarantine for the sake of national health. They are made under the powers in the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984
and apply where the Secretary of State declares that the “incidence or transmission of Coronavirus constitutes a serious and imminent threat to public health, and that the incidence or transmission of the Coronavirus is such that the regulations are considered an effective means of preventing the further transmission of the Coronavirus”.
The Regulations allow for compulsory detention, isolation or quarantine.

The Regulations include a right to appeal to a Magistrates Court a decision to impose a restriction requirement.

They make it a criminal offence to:
  • Comply with a restriction or any requirement imposed under the regulation
  • Abscond, or attempt to abscond from detention or isolation
  • Provide false or misleading information intentionally or recklessly to a person carrying out a function under the Regulations
  • Fail to comply as a parent of a child subject to a restriction or requirement.

Punishment is by way of a financial penalty. 

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