Coronavirus and the Law
These are unprecedented times and the pandemic has resulted in significant changes to the lives of every single one of us. The Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions) (Scotland) Amendment (No.2) Regulations 2020 came into force on 21st April 2020 and imposed considerable restrictions on an individual's liberty as well as place strict obligations on businesses.
If an individual is not complying with the regulations, the police have the power to issue a fixed penalty notice. The first fixed penalty issued amounts to £60, but if paid within 28 days the amount reduces to £30.
If someone who has already been issued with a fixed penalty notice continues to break the rules, the police can issue fixed penalty notices to a maximum of £960. You can also be prosecuted for a breach of the rules. However, the offence is non-imprisonable with the maximum fine being £10,000.
The police also have the power to order people to return to their home and they are allowed to use reasonable force if required.
If you have been issued with a fixed penalty notice and you believe that you had a reasonable excuse for being out with your home, please contact our office to speak to one of our solicitors.
The new regulations also place obligations upon businesses which must now take reasonable measures to ensure that a distance of two metres is maintained between any persons on the premises as well as waiting to enter the premises. Businesses that do not take all reasonable measures to comply with the legislation could be fined or prosecuted.
If Police Scotland or the Health and Safety Executive contact you, please contact our team immediately for the best possible advice and assistance.
McGovern Reid's Response to Coronavirus
McGovern Reid have taken a number of steps to protect the health of our clients and staff during the current pandemic. We have made physical alterations to our Wishaw office and both of our offices have appropriate space to allow face-to-face consultations with clients to comply with the Scottish Government's social distancing advice. However, our strong preference to consult virtually and we are able to use Skype, Facebook Messenger Call, Zoom Pro and telephone consultations to provide representation and advice to our clients.
We have also invested in a new case management system to allow our team to work remotely. We are also - when possible - allowing our staff to work from home.
We have taken a number of steps to ensure that no client is disadvantaged as a result of Coronavirus and you can contact our 24/7 helpline on 01698 359 550 to speak to one of our team.