CORONAVIRUS REGULATIONS: THE LIST, SUMMARIES AND LINKS (TO MAKE YOUR LIFE EASIER)

There are now a large number of Regulations that deal with Coronavirus.  This is an opportune time to list them, summarise their contents and provide links.

 

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The Statutory Sick Pay (General) (Coronavirus Amendment) Regulations 2020 – These Regulations provide that a person who is isolating himself from others in accordance with advice on coronavirus is deemed to be incapable of work.

 

The Employment and Support Allowance and Universal Credit (Coronavirus Disease) Regulations 2020 – These Regulations provide that in certain circumstances the Secretary of State has discretion:

  • to disapply the seven waiting days that would otherwise apply to a person who has made a claim for an employment and support allowance;
  • to decide that a person who makes a claim for, or is entitled to, universal credit or employment and support allowance may be treated as a person having limited capability for work; and
  • to disapply the minimum income floor where it applies to claimants who are self-employed.

 

The Statutory Sick Pay (General) (Coronavirus Amendment) (No.2) Regulations 2020 – The Statutory Sick Pay (General) (Coronavirus Amendment) Regulations 2020 provide that a person who is isolating himself from others in accordance with advice on coronavirus disease effective on 12th March 2020 is deemed to be incapable for work. These Regulations amend that date to 16th March 2020.

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020 – These Regulations state that no person can leave the place where they are living without ‘reasonable excuse’. The closure or restrictions on certain business is also required.

 

The Coronavirus Act 2020 (Commencement No.1) Regulations 2020 – These Regulations bring into force sections 18, 19 and 21 of, and Schedule 13 to, the Coronavirus Act 2020 to ease the requirements around certification and registration of deaths and still-births and to modify the requirements for cremations.

The Working Time (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 – These Regulations allow workers to carry leave forward if additional time was not taken because the worker could not take leave because of working through coronavirus.

 

The Social Security (Coronavirus) (Further Measures) Regulations 2020 – These Regulations provide further measures in addition to those in the Employment and Support Allowance and Universal Credit (Coronavirus Disease) Regulations 2020.

 

The Statutory Sick Pay (Coronavirus) (Suspension of Waiting Days and General Amendment) Regulations 2020 – These Regulations suspend the limitation that Statutory Sick Pay is not payable for the first three qualifying days in a period of entitlement. They also specify when a person isolating by reason of coronavirus is deemed to be incapable of work.

 

The Motor Vehicles (Tests) (Amendments) (Coronavirus) Regulations 2020 – These Regulations exclude vehicles from the test certificate requirements for a one-off period of six months.

 

The Coronavirus Act 2020 (Commencement No.2) Regulations 2020 – These Regulations bring section 15 of, and Part 1 of Schedule 12 to the Coronavirus Act 2020 into force so that local authorities do not have to comply with certain duties in relation to meeting needs, and carrying out assessments, under the Care Act 2014.

 

The Coronavirus (Retention of Fingerprints and DNA Profiles in the Interests of National Security) Regulations 2020 – These Regulations provide for the extension of the time limits that apply to the retention of certain fingerprints or DNA profiles.

 

The Local Authorities and Police and Crime Panels (Coronavirus) (Flexibility of Local Authority and Police and Crime Panel Meetings) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020 – These Regulations make provision for the conduct of local authority meetings held before 7th May 2021, and for public and press access to these meetings.

 

The Local Government and Police and Crime Commissioner (Coronavirus) (Postponement of Elections and Referendums) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020 – These Regulations postpone the days on which certain by-elections and local referendums are to be held during the period from 16th March to 5th May 2021.

The Social Security (Coronavirus) (Further Measures) Amendment Regulations 2020 – Make amendments to the Social Security (Coronavirus) (Further Measures) Regulations 2020.

The Offender Management Act 2007 (Coronavirus) (Approved Premises) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 – These Regulations make consequential amendment to the Offender Management Act 2007 (Approved Premises) Regulations 2014 following the creation of a new coronavirus restricted temporary release provision.

 

The Accounts and Audit (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 – These Regulations extend the deadlines for relevant authorities to publish and make available for public inspection, their annual accounts and supporting documents in relation to the financial year beginning on 1st April 2019.

 

The Social Fund Funeral Expenses Payment (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 – These Regulations increase the amount paid for expenses additional to those listed in the Regulations from £700 to £1,000 for deaths which occur on or after 8th April 2020.

 

The Social Security (Coronavirus) (Prisoners) Regulations 2020 – These Regulations make provision for individuals on temporary release from prison due to the outbreak of COVID-19 in Great Britain to access means-tested benefits during the period of that release.

 

The National Health Service (Performers Lists) (England) (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 – These Regulations enable medical practitioners who are not general medical practitioners to provide general medical practitioner services without being on the medical performers list if certain conditions are met.

 

The Local Government (Coronavirus) (Structural Changes) (Consequential Amendments) (England) Regulations 2020 – These Regulations make amendments as required due to the postponement of local elections in England, which were due to take place on 7th May 2020, and which have been postponed to 6th May 2021.

 

The Statutory Sick Pay (General) (Coronavirus Amendment) (No.3) Regulations 2020 – These Regulations amend the Schedule to the Statutory Sick Pay (General) Regulations 1982. The Schedule sets out categories of persons who are deemed to be incapable of work by reason of coronavirus.

The Early Years Foundation Stage (Learning and Development and Welfare Requirements) (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 – These Regulations make amendments in order to assist the early years’ sector during the outbreak.

 

The Adoption and Children (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 – These Regulations make amendments to 10 sets of Regulations to relax and amend requirements imposed under them. The amendments are being made in order to assist the children’s social care sector during the coronavirus pandemic.

The School Admissions (England) (Coronavirus) (Appeals Arrangements) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 – These Regulations amend the School Admissions (Appeals Arrangements) (England) Regulations 2012 (“the 2012 regulations”) for appeals brought under sections 94 and 95 of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998 (as amended) and lodged on or after 24th April 2020 but on or before 31st January 2021 or before 24th April 2020 but where the appeal has not been fully determined on or before that date.

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 – These Regulations clarify that the prohibition applies both to leaving the place where a person is living without reasonable excuse, and also to staying outside that place without reasonable excuse.

 

The Offshore Petroleum Production and Pipe-lines (Assessment of Environmental Effects) (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 – The amendments disapply the requirement for offshore oil and gas developers to make copies of relevant documents available for public inspection where the effects of coronavirus mean that is not reasonably practicable. They clarify that copies of documents do not need to be made available to be obtained in person in these circumstances. Additionally, they provide that copies of the application for consent must be supplied by post where requested, during any period where copies of the application are not made available for public inspection.

The Non-Domestic Rating (Transitional Protection Payments and Rates Retention) (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 – These Regulations defers the payment of some instalments of the “central share” of non-domestic rating income by billing authorities and changes the dates by which billing authorities must make and certify end-of-year calculations required for the business rates retention and transitional protection payment regimes.

The Maternity Allowance, Statutory Maternity Pay, Statutory Paternity Pay, Statutory Adoption Pay, Statutory Shared Parental Pay and Statutory Parental Bereavement Pay (Normal Weekly Earnings etc.) (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 – The amendments apply where a person is a furloughed employee for the purposes of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

The Taking Control of Goods and Certification of Enforcement Agents (Amendment) (Coronavirus) Regulations 2020 – These Regulations prevent an enforcement agent taking control of goods during the lockdown period.

 

The State Pension Credit (Coronavirus) (Electronic Claims) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 – These Regulations allow electronic claims to be made for State Pension Credit.

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