UK and Ireland: Coronavirus – Legislation and Guidance Update

Legislation Update

(This blog post covers legislation & guidance between 14th May – 11th June

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Ireland

The HSA has published “COVID-19 Templates and Checklists” to help employers open their businesses in a safe manner in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace.

The Planning and Development Act 2000 (Section 38) Regulations 2020 (SI No. 180 of 2020) provide that planning authorities shall upload all planning application documents onto their internet websites within 5 working days of receipt, subject to exceptional circumstances. This change is considered necessary in the context of the current Covid-19 pandemic and its associated travel restrictions.

The Road Safety Authority has issued an “Important notice on Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (Driver CPC) During Covid-19 Outbreak” regarding the renewal of Driver CPC cards.

The Department of the Taoiseach and the Department of Health have published guidance on “Phase 2 of Ireland’s Roadmap for reopening“, which is part of the wider roadmap for reopening society and business.

 

United Kingdom

The Office for Product Safety & Standards has published the following guidance: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Regulations OPSS – PPE Legislation Guidance for Businesses; New High-Volume Manufacturers of COVID-19 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) – Guidance for Businesses; and New Small-Scale Manufacturers of COVID-19 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) – Guidance for Businesses, Organisations and Individuals.

The Food Standards Agency has published “Guidance for food businesses on coronavirus (COVID-19)“.

 

Great Britain

The Statutory Sick Pay (General) (Coronavirus Amendment) (No. 4) Regulations 2020 (SI 2020 No. 539) provides from 28th May 2020 that a person who has been advised, by a relevant notification, that they have had contact with a person who has coronavirus, and that they should stay at home and self-isolate as a result, is deemed to be incapable of work, and therefore entitled to Statutory Sick Pay.

The HSE has published guidance documents on “Working safely during the coronavirus outbreak – a short guide” and “Talking with your workers about preventing coronavirus“. These guidance documents explain how employers can protect people from COVID-19 in the workplace.

 

England

The Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure, Listed Buildings and Environmental Impact Assessment) (England) (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 (SI 2020 No. 505) amend the Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2017 (SI 2017 No. 571) on a temporary basis, until 31 December 2020, certain requirements placed on local planning authorities and applicants for development requiring an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for publicity and inspection of documents where the authority or applicant (as the case may be) is not able to comply with a particular requirement because it is not reasonably practicable to do so for reasons connected to the effects of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), including restrictions on movement.

The Health Protection Health Protection (Coronavirus, Public Health Information for Passengers Travelling to England) Regulations 2020 (SI 2020 No. 567) imposes requirements, from 8th June 2020 for a period of twelve months, on operators of commercial transport services for passengers travelling to England by sea, air or rail, from outside of the common travel area.

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, International Travel) (England) Regulations 2020 (SI No. 2020 of 568) impose requirements, from 8th June 2020 for a period of twelve months, on people arriving in England from outside the common travel area in order to prevent the spread of infection or contamination from coronavirus.

The Environment Agency has published a Regulatory Position Statement (RPS) on “Emissions to Air from Large Combustion Plant in the Transitional National Plan: RPS C18” in response to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

 

Northern Ireland

The Statutory Sick Pay (General) (Coronavirus Amendment) (No. 4) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020 (SR 2020 No. 89) provide that a person who has been advised, by a relevant notification, that they have had contact with a person who has symptoms of coronavirus or has been infected by coronavirus, that they should stay at home and self-isolate as a result, is deemed to be incapable of work, and therefore entitled to Statutory Sick Pay.

The Northern Ireland Environment Agency has published a Regulatory Position Statement (RPS) on “Compliance with Abstraction Licence Conditions” in response to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs and the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) have published a Regulatory Position Statement (RPS) on “Reporting for PPC installations, waste sites and radioactive substances certificate holders” in response to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, International Travel) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020 (SR 2020 No. 90) impose requirements on individuals arriving in Northern Ireland and who have been in a country outside the common travel area in order to prevent the spread of infection or contamination from coronavirus or coronavirus disease.

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Public Health Advice for Persons Travelling to Northern Ireland) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020 (SR 2020 No. 97) impose requirements on persons operating commercial transport services for passengers travelling to Northern Ireland by sea or air from outside the common travel area.

 

Scotland

The Coronavirus (Scotland) (No.2) Act 2020 (2020 asp 10) makes changes that will help public services continue to operate during the coronavirus pandemic. It also includes changes to support businesses and individuals. These reflect changes to the way people can live and work during the emergency situation.

The Health Protection (Coronavirus) (International Travel) (Scotland) Regulations 2020 (SSI 2020 No. 169) enter into force on 8th June 2020 and expire in twelve months. The Regulations impose requirements on people arriving in Scotland who have been outside the common travel area in the 14 days prior to their arrival.

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Public Health Information for Passengers Travelling to Scotland) Regulations 2020 (SSI 2020 No. 170) impose requirements on persons (“operators”) operating commercial services for international passengers travelling to Scotland by sea and air from outside the open borders area comprising the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man and the Republic of Ireland.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has published a Regulatory Position Statement (RPS) on “COVID-19 RPS: Producer Responsibility – Packaging, WEEE & Batteries (Data)” in response to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

 

Wales

The  Health Protection (Coronavirus, International Travel) (Wales) Regulations 2020 (SI 2020 No. 574) (W. 132) which entered into force on 8th June, place a requirement on certain categories of people arriving in Wales from outside the common travel area to provide information about where they will reside in Wales and to isolate for a period of 14 days.

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