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Lockdown 2.0: The regulations

As of today, England has entered into a second national lockdown which will remain in place until 2 December. The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (No. 4) Regulations 2020 set out the new restrictions which have come into force.

The regulations state that “no person may leave or be outside of the place where they are living without reasonable excuse”. The Regulations however set out a number of exceptions whereby a person can leave the house, these include:

  • To buy essential items for your household or a vulnerable person;
  • To exercise outside or visit an outdoor public space either alone or with one other person outside of your household;
  • To attend medical appointments;
  • To undertake activities in connection with the purchase, letting or sale of a residential property; and
  • To attend a place of worship

Another obvious exception is for the purposes of work or to provide voluntary or charitable services, where it is not possible to work from home and to attend school, college or university.

The government has also advised that people should avoid travelling in and out of their local area with the exception of travel for work purposes where this cannot be done at home, education and medical appointments.

The regulations also order the closure of certain businesses including non-essential retail, leisure facilities and hospitality venues.

Employers not ordered to close will be able to keep their workplaces open for employees who are not able to effectively work from home. The guidance states “everyone who can work effectively from home must do so”. This may allow some flexibility for employees to move between home and a Covid secure workplace if they considered that they could work more effectively in the workplace than at home.

If you have any questions in relation to the impact of the lockdown 2.0 on your business, please email or call our Employment Law team today on 0113 207 0000.

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Paul Kelly

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