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Amendments to the Health Protection Coronavirus Regulations 2020

Regulations have been updated to reflect the Government announcement on 10 May

Executive summary

The Coronavirus regulations have been amended to reflect the Government announcement on 10 May 2020. The changes came into force upon 13 May 2020.  The main changes relax restrictions on movement, increase penalties and extend the list of places that may open. They are as follows:-

 Regulation 6 – Restriction on movement

  • Exercise – you can now exercise with one person from another household as well as alone and with members of your own household.
  • Visiting public open spaces – you can now visit public open spaces with one person from another household as well as alone and with members of your own household. Public open spaces include public gardens, open spaces and access land.
  • Selling, buying and rentals of residential property – you can now visit estate agents, view residential properties, prepare a residential property to move in, move house and visit a residential property for any activities to do with rental or sale of that property.
  • You can use a waste or recycling centre.

Regulation 10 – Penalties

  • Penalties have been increased from £60 to £100 for a first offence rising by increased steps to a maximum of £3,200 for repeat offences. The previous maximum was £960.

Schedule 2 part 2 – Businesses that may open

  • Garden centres and outdoor sports courts are added to the list of places that may open.

If any of the content in the above update raises any concern for you or if you would like any further information, please contact John Riddell on john.riddell@weightmans.com.

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