Fiction: Schools can and should be cooperating in testing asymptomatic children for Covid-19. Law: This should not be happening. It is simply not justified and, without justification, breaches health and safety laws in a similar way to enforcing wearing of masks. Further to our letter help Stop Masks in Schools, we are providing another free […]
BREAKING NEWS Case launched: Stop masks in schools – please support it but do not wait for it. Still send your letters. They are working! Fiction: Schools can insist children wearing masks or face covering in the name of Covid. Law: Health and safety law did not change with the arrival of Covid (SARS-Cov-2). We are providing
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.
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
Fiction: On return to the UK from named countries from time to time, everyone must stay at home and quarantine for 14 days. Law: The restrictions on arriving from abroad in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are constantly changing, most notably in terms of their lists of affected countries from where people are arriving.
Fiction: You must test positive for Covid-19 in order to be asked to isolate, but track and trace doesn’t yet have force of law. (Update: see post Self-isolation regulations (and ‘close contact’)) Law: The Coronavirus Act 2020 gives powers of detention for screening and assessment for 48 hours, for isolation for up to 14 days
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,
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.
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
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