COVID-19 officer guidance

Health and Safety Guidance for officers and staff, including links to government guidelines and regulations on the coronavirus outbreak.

‚ÄčGuidance for officers and staff

Public Health England has issued guidance for first responders who may come into close contact with symptomatic people with potential COVID-19.

Emergency legislation

The Health Protection (Coronavirus) Regulations 2020, which was prepared by the Department of Health and Social Care, allows for a number of public health measures to be taken, in an attempt to reduce the public health risks arising from the coronavirus (COVID-19). The instrument was made under the emergency procedure set out in section 45R of the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984.

The Regulations have been made without a draft having been laid and approved by a resolution of each House of Parliament, due to reason of urgency, so that public health measures can be taken in order to quickly respond to the threat to human health from the new strain of Wuhan novel coronavirus.

Among other measures, the Regulation authorises officers to be able to use force to return an individual to isolation if they have, or are suspected to have the coronavirus, and refuse to follow the instructions of a medical professional to remain in isolation.

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