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Self-isolation regulations (and ‘close contact’)

Fiction: Groups of students and sections of the population can be detained for 14 days as a group in their halls or residence or apartment blocks under the new self-isolation regulations. Law: The ‘self-isolation’ restrictions came into force from 28 September 2020, although they relate only to tests conducted after that date, for 12 months.  …

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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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Restrictions on Holding of Gatherings – from 28 August 2020 £10,000 fines

Fiction: Only rave organisers can be fined £10,000 for holding a rave. Law: Catching up with announcements of ‘fines from tomorrow’ made nearly 2 weeks ago, regulations have been published providing a fine of £10,000 for anyone ‘holding’ or ‘involved in holding ‘ an indoor rave. These apply from 28 August 2020.  Going much further, …

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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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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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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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