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The Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (Wales) Regulations 2020 (revoked)

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Restrictions on movement and gatherings during the emergency periodF15E+W

8.—(1) During the emergency period, no person may leave the place where they are living [F1or remain away from that place] without reasonable excuse.

(2) For the purposes of paragraph (1), a reasonable excuse includes the need—

[F2(a)to obtain supplies from any business or service listed in Part 4 of Schedule 1 including—

(i)food and medical supplies for those in the same household (including animals in the household) or for vulnerable persons;

(ii)supplies for the essential upkeep, maintenance and functioning of the household, or the household of a vulnerable person;

(aa)to obtain money from or deposit money with any business or service listed in paragraphs 38 or 39 of Schedule 1;]

[F3(ab)to collect goods which have been purchased from a person providing a service in response to orders or enquiries by virtue of the exception to the requirement to cease carrying on a business in regulation 6(2)(a);]

[F4(b)to take exercise, [F5within an area local to the place where the person is living], either—

(i)alone,

(ii)with other members of the person’s household, or

(iii)with the person’s carer;]

(c)to seek medical assistance, including accessing any of the services referred to in paragraph 42 of Schedule 1 or accessing veterinary services;

(d)to provide care or assistance, including relevant personal care within the meaning of paragraph 7(3B) of Schedule 4 to the Safeguarding of Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 F6, to a vulnerable person, or to provide emergency assistance [F7to any person];

(e)to donate blood;

(f)to travel for the purposes of work or to provide voluntary or charitable services, where it is not reasonably practicable for that person to work, or to provide those services, from the place where they are living;

(g)to attend a funeral—

[F8(i)as a person responsible for arranging the funeral,

(ii)if invited by a person responsible for arranging the funeral, or

(iii)as the carer of a person attending.]

[F9(ga)to visit a cemetery, burial ground or garden of remembrance to pay respects to a deceased person;]

(h)to meet a legal obligation, including attending court or satisfying bail conditions, or to participate in legal proceedings;

(i)to access critical public services, including—

(i)childcare or educational facilities (where these are still available to [F10a child in relation to whom the person is the parent, or has parental responsibility for, or has care of]);

(ii)social services;

(iii)services provided by the [F11Department for Work] and Pensions;

(iv)services provided to victims (such as victims of crime or domestic violence);

[F12(ia)to access recycling or waste disposal services;

(ib)to visit a library;]

(j)in relation to children who do not live in the same household as their parents, or one of their parents, to continue existing arrangements for access to, and contact between, parents and children, and for the purposes of this paragraph, “parent” includes a person who is not a parent of the child, but who has parental responsibility for, or who has care of, the child;

(k)in the case of a minister of religion or worship leader, to go to their place of worship;

(l)to move house where [F13the move cannot be postponed];

(m)to avoid injury or illness or to escape a risk of harm.

(3) For the purposes of paragraph (1), the place where a person lives includes the premises where they live together with any garden, yard, passage, stair, garage, outhouse or other appurtenance of such premises.

(4) Paragraph (1) does not apply to any person who is homeless.

(5) During the emergency period, no person may participate in a gathering in a public place of more than two people except—

(a)where all the persons in the gathering are members of the same household,

(b)where the gathering is essential for work purposes,

(c)to attend a funeral, or

(d)where necessary—

(i)to facilitate a house move,

(ii)to provide care or assistance to a vulnerable person, including relevant personal care within the meaning of paragraph 7(3B) of Schedule 4 to the Safeguarding of Vulnerable Groups Act 2006,

(iii)to provide emergency assistance [F14to any person], or

(iv)to participate in legal proceedings, or fulfil a legal obligation.

F62006 c. 47. Sub-paragraph (3B) was substituted, with sub-paragraphs (1), (3) and (3A) to (3E) for sub-paragraphs (1) to (3) by s. 66(2) of the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 (c. 9).

F8Reg. 8(2)(g)(i)-(iii) substituted for reg. 8(2)(g)(i)-(iv) (7.4.2020 at 12.01 a.m.) by The Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 (S.I. 2020/399), regs. 1(1), 6

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I1Reg. 8 in force at made date at 4.00 p.m., see reg. 1(1)

F151984 c. 22. Sections 45C, 45F and 45P were inserted by section 129 of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (c. 14). The functions under these sections are conferred on “the appropriate Minister”. Under section 45T(6) of the 1984 Act the appropriate Minister, as respects Wales, is the Welsh Ministers.

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