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Lockdown – Your Personal and Business Rights and Restrictions

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020

In the face of the growing COVID-19 crisis, the government followed the example of other nations and introduced unprecedented restrictions on businesses and individual liberties. The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020 came into force at 1:00 p.m. on 26th March 2020. They remain in force until they are revoked by the Government, with a review to take place every 21 days. The first such review took place on 16 April 2020 and a decision was taken to extend the powers until 7 May 2020. The time that they remain in force is called ‘the emergency period’. 

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Released Under Investigation: delays and the case for review

During a police investigation, once a suspect has been identified and interviewed (whether under arrest or not), the police must decide what to do with him or her next. If the police are not yet able to charge the suspect they must release him or her. Typically there will be further enquiries to be made, or the file will be sent to the Crown Prosecution Service for a charging decision. Both of these take time. 

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