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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Welcome to Wales

Fiction: Lockdown relaxations you read in news and social media apply to England and Wales. Law: Wales is very significantly different from England. Unreported by the media, quietly at 6:00 p.m. on Friday 10th July the Wales Assembly Government revoked its lockdown restrictions almost in entirety and replaced them with a “No. 2” set by …

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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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Risk assessments: an important chink in the lockdown armour

Fiction: Health and safety obligations require social distancing measures to be imposed in the workplace and businesses generally. Law: Guidance is generally unenforceable but, as a matter of legal obligation, employers and controllers of premises are required to undertake evidence-based health and safety risk assessments. If there is no evidence of a significant danger, no …

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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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