Joint Committee on Human Rights Chair’s briefing paper: The Health Protection Coronavirus Restrictions (England) & the Lockdown Restrictions

In this document the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulation 2020 and their counterparts in the other UK jurisdictions give legal effect to the ‘lockdown’. These Regulations must be reviewed by the Health Secretary every 21 days.

The Regulations give legal effect to the nationwide ‘lockdown’ announced by the Prime Minister on Monday 23 March. They impose the most wide-ranging restrictions on individual liberties, affecting the greatest number of people, since the Defence Regulations made during the Second World War.

This briefing paper analysis the Regulations through a human rights lens and outlines keys areas of concern and consequential recommendations.

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