Coronavirus (COVID-19)—key offences created by the Coronavirus Act 2020 [Archived]
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Last updated on 27/07/2020

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

  • Coronavirus (COVID-19)—key offences created by the Coronavirus Act 2020 [Archived]
  • Offences created under the Coronavirus Act 2020 (CA 2020)—England and Wales
  • Offences created under the CA 2020—Scotland

Coronavirus (COVID-19)—key offences created by the Coronavirus Act 2020 [Archived]

ARCHIVED: This Practice Note has been archived and is not maintained. This follows the expiration of the key provisions for criminal offences created by Coronavirus Act 2020 (CA 2020). It covers offences which apply principally in England and Wales as well as Scotland. For guidance on the corporate offences created to address the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic under health protection regulations, see Practice Note: Coronavirus (COVID-19)—key corporate offences created under emergency health protection regulations.

Offences created under the Coronavirus Act 2020 (CA 2020)—England and Wales

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LegislationOffences createdPenaltiesFurther resources
CA 2020, s 50, Sch 20 (Power to Suspend Port Operations), para 6—failing to comply with a port direction or supplementary direction without reasonable excuse (related to the suspension of port operations)

(summary only offence)
an unlimited fine and / or 51 weeks’ imprisonment (England and Wales)

level 5 fine and / or 12 months’ imprisonment (Scotland)

level 5 fine and / or 6 months’ imprisonment (Northern Ireland)
CA 2020, s 51, Sch 21 Pt 2 (Powers Relating to Potentially Infectious Persons), para 23 (England)
These provisions, as they apply to England, expired as of 10 December 2021. See: The Coronavirus Act 2020 (Early Expiry) (No. 2) Regulations 2021, SI 2021/1399.
—failing to comply with any direction, reasonable instruction, requirement or restriction given to or imposed on the person
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