Coronavirus (COVID-19)—key corporate offences created under emergency health protection regulations

The following Corporate Crime practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Coronavirus (COVID-19)—key corporate offences created under emergency health protection regulations
  • Corporate offences created under PH(CD)A 1984—England
  • Corporate offences created under PH(CD)A 1984—Wales
  • Corporate offences created under regulations made under CA 2020 and the PH(S)A 2008—Scotland

Coronavirus (COVID-19)—key corporate offences created under emergency health protection regulations

This Practice Note summarises the key corporate offences created under health protection regulations to combat the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic (health protection (coronavirus restrictions) regulations). It covers offences that can be committed by a body corporate in England, Wales and Scotland as well as providing details of the separate offences that can be committed by individual company officers, based on consent, connivance or neglect. In relation to England and Wales, this Practice Note summarises corporate offences created by regulations in the form of SIs made under provisions of the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984 (PH(CD)A 1984). In relation to Scotland, it summarises corporate offences created by SIs made under provisions of the Coronavirus Act 2020 (CA 2020) and the Public Health etc (Scotland) Act 2008 (PH(S)A 2008).

Many additional offences created under the health protection (coronavirus restrictions) regulations can only be committed by individuals and are not covered in this Practice Note. For more information on all the legislation passed in response to the pandemic, from which the details of these offences can be accessed, see Practice Note: Coronavirus (COVID-19)—legislation tracker.

Note: Some of the health protection (coronavirus restrictions) regulations have subsequently been revoked as the response to the pandemic developed and, later, in response to the easing of restrictions. In particular, see the Health

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