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Changes to coronavirus restrictions and new back to work guidance

Subject: Coronavirus emergency

Source: GOV.UK: Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, Health and Safety Executive

The Prime Minister has announced changes in the coronavirus restrictions. From Wednesday 13 May 2020, there will be no limits on the frequency of outdoor exercise people can take; walking, sitting and resting in parks, playing sports and exercise with members of your own household, or with one other person from another household. . Also permitted will be to drive as far as you like to reach an outdoor space. However, the guidance remains on observing social distancing and remaining 2 metres apart from them

Penalties for infringement of the rules are to increase from £60 to £100 and will double for each subsequent infringement up to £3,600.

However the legislation necessary to change the legal regulations in England - the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020 (2020 No. 350) - has not been published at the time of writing. The devolved administrations in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales will publish similar but not identical legislation.


Practical guidelines were published today regarding workplaces being made as safe as possible and to give people confidence to go back to work during the coronavirus pandemic. The guidance has been developed in consultation with approximately 250 businesses, unions, industry leaders as well as devolved administrations


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