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COVID-19 Licensing Issues: Further amendment to lockdown regulations and guidance Published Date: 13/05/2020

The Regulations

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2020 come into force on 13 May 2020 and amend the the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020.

The explanatory note sets out the amendments as follows:

  • Regulation 5 is amended to clarify the circumstances in which hotels may provide accommodation to “key workers”.
  • Regulation 6 is amended to extend the list of reasonable excuses for which express provision is made, including permitting people to leave their homes to visit public open spaces for open-air recreation with members of their households, and to permit people to exercise or engage in open-air recreation with one member of another household.
  • Regulation 10 is amended to increase the fines which may be imposed by fixed penalty notice. Garden centres and outdoor sports courts are added to the list of businesses which may remain open by an amendment to Schedule 2.

The Guidance

The Guidance 'Closing certain businesses and venues in England'  has also been updated to reflect the changes to the Regulations.