Wednesday, 6 January 2021

Coronavirus ~ STAY AT HOME

After months of struggle to contain the virus, the daily data continues to make for unhappy reading -  Government data.  It is reported that up to 5 January 2021 there had been 76,305 (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 60,916 new positive tests reported on 5 January 2021. The position across EU member States is reported by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control - HERE.

On Monday 4 January, the government decided that a further "lockdown" was required for England. For the government's reasoning see the Prime Minister's Statement on Coronavirus 4 January 2021 and 5 January 2021.

Revised legislation therefore applies from 6 January 2021. This legislation strengthens Tier 4 and applies the amended Tier 4 to the whole of England.

A publicly available webpage with the latest AMENDED legislation is a crucial requirement but, sadly, is not available for England. This is a highly unsatisfactory state of affairs. The law is to be found via numerous statutory instruments many of which "cut and paste" amendments into earlier instruments. 

The essential message is STAY AT HOME. Do everything possible to prevent spread of the virus.

Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland have their own restrictions and legislation.

England - The Regulations:

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (All Tiers) (England) Regulations 2020 - (SI: 2020/1374).  Note - link is to the latest available version of the legislation and includes the amendments effective 6 January 2021.

Hansard - House of Commons debate and vote 6 January 2021

The amending legislation:

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No.3) and (All Tiers) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2021 - (SI: 2021/8) - in force 6 January 2021.

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (All Tiers) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2021 - (SI: 2021/53) - in force 20 January 2021.

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (All Tiers and Self-Isolation) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2021 - (SI: 2021.97) - in force 29 January 2021

England - Government Guidance:

Guidance continues to be published at

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