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

This Practice Note summarises the key 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

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)—failing to comply with any direction, reasonable instruction, requirement or restriction given to or imposed on the person under Part 2 of Sch 21, without reasonable excuse

—failing to comply with a duty under Sch 21, para 18(1) or (2) (duties of individuals who have responsibility for a child) without reasonable excuse

—absconding or attempting to abscond while being removed to or kept at a

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