United Kingdom

COVID-19 Resources

Overview

United Kingdom (overall), England, and Greater London

UK Parliamentary Acts

The Coronavirus Act 2020 (effective March 25, 2020) is the most important piece of legislation passed by the UK Parliament in response to Covid-19. It grants the UK government exceptional emergency powers and essentially forms the basis of all other rules and regulations implemented by the UK government in response to Covid-19.

The Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 (effective June 25, 2020) implements both permanent and temporary changes to England’s insolvency law. The temporary measures involve: the suspension of wrongful trading rules, suspension of statutory demands and issuance of winding up petitions and governance changes relating to meeting and filing requirements. The act has retrospective effect and temporary measures will largely apply until September 30 2020. Other important parliamentary acts include the Contingencies Fund Act 2020 (effective March 25, 2020; increases the maximum capital of the UK’s contingency fund from 2% to 50%), and the NHS Funding Act 2020 (effective March 16, 2020).

Social distancing rules in England

Travel and quarantine rules

You must self-isolate for 14 days if you arrive in the UK  from a country outside the common travel area (being Ireland, Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man). Before your arrival in the UK, you must complete a passenger locator form. You must present these details on your arrival in England. This applies to both visitors and UK residents. You do not have to isolate for 14 days if you are travelling from one of the countries on the Travel Corridors List.

Significant recent developments

Northern Ireland

Northern Irish legislation

Most of the Covid-19 restrictions in Northern Ireland are contained in the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020 (effective 28 March 2020), which has been subsequently amended.

Social distancing rules in Northern Ireland

Some types of gatherings are still not permitted and certain businesses, premises and venues will remain closed. Full details concerning the current social distancing rules can be found here.

Employers should make every effort to help people to work from home where they can. But where work cannot be done at home, employers should take clear, practical steps to help protect workers and create safe places to work. Rules relating to business and the workplace and government guidance in this regard can be found here.

Travel and quarantine rules

You may not have to self-isolate for 14 days when you arrive in Northern Ireland, if you are returning from certain exempted countries or British overseas. Read the list of countries and territories excluded from quarantine.

Significant recent developments

Northern Ireland – Coronavirus Resources

Northern Ireland Executive

Northern Ireland Assembly Research and Information Service (RaISe)

Scotland

Scottish Parliamentary Acts

The Coronavirus Scotland Act 2020 (effective April 7, 2020) grants Scottish ministers exceptional emergency powers and forms the basis of all other rules and regulations implemented by Scotland, in response to Covid-19. The Coronavirus (Scotland) (No.2) Act (effective May 27, 2020) introduced further measures of support in response to the pandemic. Subsequently, regulations such as the Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions) (Scotland) Regulations 2020 have been introduced by the Scottish government and essentially form the “Lockdown rules” (power to introduce such rules is devolved from the Coronavirus Act 2020 passed by the UK government).

Social distancing rules in Scotland

Scotland is currently implementing in Phase 3 regulations. This means some types of gatherings will still be stopped and certain businesses, premises and venues will remain closed. Full details concerning the current social distancing rules can be found here.

Rules relating to business and the workplace and government guidance in this regard can be found here.

Travel and quarantine rules

People arriving from 57 overseas destinations that have similar or lower levels of Covid-19 infection compared to Scotland do not have to self-isolate. Passengers arriving from these exempted countries and territories will still be required to complete an online passenger locator form prior to travel and to supply contact details, travel details and the address of the final destination where they will be staying. Read the list of countries and territories excluded from quarantine.

Significant recent developments

Wales

Welsh legislation

The principal regulations implementing the Welsh response to the pandemic are the Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (No 2) (Wales) Regulations 2020. These Regulations have revoked and incorporated earlier Regulations. There are also Regulations dealing with travel and quarantine requirements.

Social distancing rules in Wales

Some types of gatherings are still not permitted and certain businesses, premises and venues will remain closed. Full details concerning the current social distancing rules can be found here.

Rules relating to business and the workplace and government guidance in this regard can be found here.

Travel and quarantine rules

People arriving in Wales from certain exempted countries and territories will still be required to supply contact and travel details but will not be required to self-isolate for 14 days. Read the list of countries and territories excluded from quarantine.

Significant recent developments

Insights

Insights

Updates September 2020

New U.K. Job Support Scheme to Take Effect November 1

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Updates July 2020

Key Takeaways From the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020: The Standalone Moratorium

6 min read  
Updates July 2020

Key Takeaways From the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020: Restriction on Ipso Facto Clauses

4 min read  
Published Articles July 2020

How will coronavirus change the way workplaces operate?

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Updates July 2020

Key Takeaways From the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020: A New Era for Restructuring?

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Updates July 2020

Coronavirus Update: Travelers From the ‘Safe List’ Can Now Enter the European Union

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Updates July 2020

Key Takeaways From the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020: The Temporary Measures

4 min read  
Updates June 2020

Returning to Work Post-Shutdown, Part III: Potential Trends and Changes to U.K. Workplaces

6 min read  
Updates June 2020

Returning to Work Post-Shutdown, Part II: Addressing the Economic Impact of COVID-19

10 min read  
Updates June 2020

Returning to Work Post-Shutdown, Part I: U.K. Workplace Considerations

11 min read  
Updates May 2020

U.K. Immigration Update: Coronavirus May 2020

4 min read  
Updates May 2020

COVID-19 Pandemic: U.K. Equity Investment and Company Financing

5 min read  
Published Articles May 2020

UK Data Regulator Issues Update on Approach to Enforcing GDPR during COVID-19

6 min read  
Updates April 2020

English High Court Sets out Principles for COVID-19 Adjournments and Time Extensions

3 min read  
Updates April 2020

U.K. Data Privacy Regulator Weighs in on Apple and Google’s COVID-19 Contact Tracing Proposal

4 min read  
Updates March 2020

U.K. Employment Update: Statutory Changes Announced in Response to Coronavirus

4 min read  
Updates March 2020

U.K. Government Announces Plan to Fly Back British Nationals Stranded Abroad During Coronavirus Pandemic

3 min read  
Updates March 2020

U.K. Immigration Update: Home Office Releases Guidance for Visas During Coronavirus Pandemic

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Updates March 2020

Coronavirus: NHS Needs U.K. Manufacturers’ Assistance to Make Ventilators

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Updates March 2020

Coronavirus: A Guide for U.K. Employers

3 min read  
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