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Coronavirus Bill Explanatory Notes

Publish date: 20/03/2020

The bill enables action in 5 key areas: increasing the available health and social care workforce – for example, by removing barriers to allow recently retired NHS staff and social workers to return to work (and in Scotland, in addition to retired people, allowing those who are on a career break or are social worker students to become temporary social workers) easing the burden on frontline staff – by reducing the number of administrative tasks they have to perform, enabling local authorities to prioritise care for people with the most pressing needs, allowing key workers to perform more tasks remotely and with less paperwork, and taking the power to suspend individual port operations containing and slowing the virus – by reducing unnecessary social contacts, for example through powers over events and gatherings, and strengthening the quarantine powers of police and immigration officers managing the deceased with respect and dignity – by enabling the death management system to deal with increased demand for its services supporting people – by allowing them to claim Statutory Sick Pay from day one, and by supporting the food industry to maintain supplies Second reading is on 23/3/20

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-bill-what-it-will-do/what-the-coronavirus-bill-will-do