Further to other updates from QEB Hollis Whiteman about the revised legal landscape arising from the Coronavirus Act 2020, this additional briefing note from Philip Stott analyses the new powers and offences dealing with potentially infectious persons. Although most media attention has been on the regulations affecting all persons and businesses, there are far-reaching powers involving the liberty of the subject now given to public health officers, constables and immigration officers when dealing with those suspected, or determined, to be infected with Covid-19. Some of those powers have appeal routes to the Magistrates’ Court, and are backed up by the creation of new offences for non-compliance. As such, this note is recommended reading for legal professionals working in the criminal justice system.
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