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What will the Coronavirus Bill do?

Publish date: 19/03/2020

The UK government’s coronavirus action plan, published on 3 March, set out measures to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak that are reasonable, proportionate and based on the latest scientific evidence. Specifically, it detailed: what we know about the virus and the disease it causes how the government have planned for an infectious disease outbreak what the government are planning to do next, depending on the course the coronavirus outbreak takes the role the public can play in supporting this response, now and in the future The plan also includes information on the government’s 4-stage strategy: contain, delay, research, mitigate. It sets out advice for how the public should respond in each stage, including what to expect as the outbreak advances. It also envisaged that changes to legislation might be necessary in order to give public bodies across the UK the tools and powers they need to carry out an effective response to this emergency. This paper sets out, subject to final approvals, the elements of the bill and the reasons why they are needed.