The turbulent trajectory of the UK’s laws to combat the spread of Covid-19 over the last two years is such that it can be hard to recall exactly what has been prohibited and when. BCL partner John Binns writes for The Barrister speaking about the history of the lockdown regulations.
In these extraordinary times, it may be worth a reminder of precisely how the UK government is able to criminalise ordinary conduct by the general population, such as leaving one’s home, or ‘gathering’ with people, in response to the threats of a pandemic. By looking at these powers and how they have been used before in England, we may be better placed to predict how they may be used again, perhaps imminently.
Amid recent concerns reported by the BBC that some are taking advantage of the Government’s schemes to support businesses affected by coronavirus, what are the real risks? John Binns and Andrew Watson investigate.
The government is consulting on legal changes that would assist the distribution of coronavirus and flu vaccines, by amending the exemptions to various criminal offences. John Binns looks at the detail.