The amendment Coronavirus Restriction Order implementing the new restrictions in England has been published and came into force at 12.01 a.m. on 14th September 2020.
This instrument amends The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No. 2) (England) Regulations (S.I. 2020/684) (the “Original Regulations”) that came into force on 4 July 2020.
The previous amendment to the Regulations (The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No.2) (England) (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations 2020) permitted the opening of; casinos, indoor skating rinks, indoor play areas, including soft play areas, bowling alleys and conference centres and exhibition halls.
The provisions detailed in this latest amendment will come into force at 12.01 am on 14 September 2020.
This instrument makes a number of changes to the Original Regulations “to better enable the public health measures” to achieve the intended purpose of reducing public health risks posed by the coronavirus. In particular:
Regulation 5 of the Original Regulations is amended to provide for:
The exemptions to the gatherings limit are (Regulation 5(3)):
Additionally, regulation 1(4ZA) is inserted into the Original Regulations to provide that the gatherings restrictions in private dwellings contained in the Regional Lockdown Regulations remain in place. This affects: the Public Health (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Leicester) (No. 2) Regulations 2020; the Public Health (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Blackburn with Darwen and Bradford) Regulations 2020; the Public Health (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (North of England) Regulations 2020; and the Public Health (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Bolton) Regulations 2020 (together “the Restrictions”). Consequential amendments are also made to these regulations to facilitate this.
The police and local authorities will continue to monitor compliance with the Original Regulations, including the amendments set out in this instrument.