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 […]
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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: 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: 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
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
Fiction: The government has closed the schools. Law: It may be a while before we know what the law is here. In response to businessman Simon Dolan’s judicial review application which, bizarrely, may not be heard for a few months yet, the government has confirmed it did not direct closure of the schools. It says
Fiction: A government can close schools and restrict freedoms whenever it thinks it is best for the country. Law: The government must, like everyone, act within the law. Ministers’ powers may be wide but they are not without limits. If the powers aren’t wide enough, they need to go through Parliament to ask for more.