Its been quite a day for the citizens of the United Kingdom, though not unexpected. First of all we will start with the UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson‘ latest announcement, which laid out the new lockdown rules for the UK.
As from Monday evening, the British people would only be allowed to leave home for the following “very limited purposes“:
- Shopping for basic necessities, as infrequently as possible and a maximum of once per day.
- One form of exercise a day – for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household
- Any medical need, to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
- Travelling to and from work, but only where this is absolutely necessary and cannot be done from home.
All shops selling non-essential goods will be closed as well as playgrounds, libraries and places of worship.
Police will have the right to enforce these rules wherever they deem necessary. The initial period for this lockdown has been set at three weeks, however, expect period to be extended far beyond this initial stated period.
So thats basically it for the new UK Lockdown rules, they are pretty much in line with what the rest of Europe are doing now.
But the UK are one step ahead in other ways, the new Coronavirus Bill is by far the most Draconian piece of legislation the UK Government has ever unleashed onto its people.
Coronavirus Bill (HC Bill 122)
- If the state deem it necessary, Vaccination can be performed without patient consent.
- Changes to the Mental Health act will mean a single practitioner can have someone sectioned into psychiatric care. A second opinion will not be required.
- Most Councils duties to its residents no longer have to be adhered to. This includes meeting the eligible needs of vulnerable older people, disabled people, and care leavers moving into adult social care.
- Forced detainment of anyone ‘suspected’ of having the Covid19 Virus.
We are still ploughing our way through the 100 page bill, but that seems to be the worst of it. Initially, this bill would be active for two years before review, however after pressure from opposition this was changed to a review after six months.
The bill has removed all rights from an individual living in the UK while the bill remains enacted. Police and health workers may detain anyone they want without second opinions. The right to appeal exists, however this right cannot be used until the crisis is over as appeals in courts are on hold because of the crisis.
Mark Windows goes through some of the highlights in the Coronavirus Bill in the latest episode of Windows on the World. We highly recommend a listen and subscribing to the channel to keep up to date with the very latest on what could be one of the greatest events in our generation.