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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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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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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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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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