discrimination

Greater Manchester – the new restrictions

Fiction: People in Greater Manchester cannot meet up with each other and must stay at home as much as possible. Law: From Wednesday 5th August 2020, new laws were introduced over the ‘protected area’ of Greater Manchester area restricting its inhabitants from receiving people into their homes visiting anyone’s home in England that is outside …

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Lockdown ‘law’ in NW England is a fiction

Fiction: New lockdown laws have been put in place in NW England. Law: Leaving aside the issue of face covering, nothing has actually changed since ‘independence day’ on 4th July. At that point the government revoked the lockdown restrictions almost in entirety. They left a reducing list of businesses required to stay closed and, otherwise, …

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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 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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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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