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02 April 2020

Coronavirus Act 2020 Legislation

Members can access the provisions of the Coronavirus Act 2020 at:

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2020/7/contents/enacted/data.htm.

It contains a number of provisions which have specific application to Northern Ireland to include powers to act for the protection of public health, provisions with regard to the holding of inquests, the use of video and audio technology in the courts, mental health and mental capacity, extension of time limits for retention of fingerprints and DNA profiles and investigatory powers.

Regulations made by the Department of Health in exercise of powers under the Public Health Act (NI) 1967 with regard to the closure of certain businesses and restrictions on leaving the place where you live without reasonable excuse and the banning of public gatherings can be found in The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) Regulations (NI) 2020 SR 2020 No. 55 - http://www.legislation.gov.uk/nisr/2020/55/resources



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