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This week our Crowdjustice campaign reached a significant milestone with over £400,000 now pledged to our cause and I would just like to thank you all for your incredible support and encouragement so far.
Now a second deadly lockdown is upon us. Once again non-essential shops are closed, along with hotels and campsites. Entertainment venues are shut and so are leisure facilities like swimming pools and gyms. Beauty salons and hairdressers are no longer open which means a return to the DIY snip. For many people, the period between now and December 2 will be extremely tough. One mental illness charity says the number of people seeking support for suicidal thoughts tripled during lockdown.
As the Government continues to storm ahead, shattering the UK economy and showing a complete disregard for any freedoms and liberties we once had, we simply cannot stand aside and continue to accept these measures that have been imposed based on spurious data.
I have been asked many times about the outcome of our appeal at the Royal Courts of Justice and I am afraid we are still waiting on the three presiding Judges to deliver their verdict. However, whilst we await judgement, we can still try to live the fullest lives possible within the limitations of the lockdown.
Many were quick to spot some loopholes and highlight the differences between these regulations and the original lockdown. For example:
1. Businesses are allowed to sell alcohol for consumption off the premises as long as you order online, by telephone or, weirdly, by post.
2. The rules state you are allowed to see one other person for ‘open air recreation’. That does not have to mean going for run. You could meet a friend just to chat in the park. There is also an exemption which means you can bring a child under school age along too – as well as anyone who needs supervision such as someone with disabilities.
3. The official guidance is to ‘minimise time spent outside your home’. But there is no limit to the amount of time you spend out of the home as long as it is ‘for recreation’. Plus you are allowed to leave home to buy things from the shops, fulfil legal obligations, take kids to school and attend a place of worship for individual prayer – so bear that in mind if anyone asks why you are not at home.
Our legal experts believe there are some even more interesting possibilities within the framework of The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (No. 4) Regulations 2020 for those willing to argue their case. Here are three areas open to interpretation:
1. EMPLOYING MUM AS A CLEANER - Cleaners, nannies and tradespeople are allowed to visit someone else’s house for the purposes of work. There is nothing to stop you from employing a member of your family in these roles. You could employ your mum as a cleaner or another family member as a handyman or nanny. As an additional benefit they would get to see their relatives at the same time.
Legal justification: A person is allowed to leave home ‘for the purposes of work’ [6.(4)(a)]
2. IMPORTANT WORK MEETINGS - People are forbidden from gathering unless it for various exceptional reasons – and one of those is ‘for work purposes’. You do have to demonstrate that it was ‘reasonably necessary’ to meet up. But this still opens up a huge range of possibilities. You might legitimately have to meet work colleagues about matters which are too sensitive to be discussed on email or over the phone. Or perhaps you need to meet someone who is not an actual colleague for all sorts of reasons – to brainstorm an idea, to discuss a job opportunity, to work on a proposal or to exchange information. This meeting is even allowed to take place in your home. Technically you could have up to 30 people in your home for a work meeting.
Legal justification: Exemption 2 in relation to gathering is that it is ‘reasonably necessary for work purposes’. [11.(3)(a)]
3. FOOTBALL STUDY SESSION OR WINETASTING - Under the new regulations, you are permitted to gather ‘for the purposes of education or training’ as long as it is ‘reasonably necessary’. This can take place inside the home and can be for no more than 30 people. This means people can carry on with private tuition and group classes. Perhaps you want to continue learning a language with a tutor or working towards a qualification or skill. Or gather for a breadmaking or cookery course or to learn a musical instrument. Taking this to its logical conclusion, what about a wine-tasting course with friends? What’s to say you couldn’t gather for a ‘football study session’? Perhaps the class could even be timed around live matches? You have to be prepared to argue that it is reasonably necessary. It would be interesting to see what the police or a magistrate would say about this. But surely no-one would want your study of the beautiful game to be impacted by lockdown?
Legal justification: A person is allowed to leave the home as long as it is ‘reasonably necessary’…‘for the purposes of education or training’ [6. (4) (b)]. Two or more persons (not more than 30) are allowed to gather ‘for the purposes of education or training’ [11. (3) (b) ]
We will update you as soon as we receive the verdict from our appeal. However, one thing remains certain – we will continue to fight and we will not rest until our leaders are held to account for the unforgivable damage done and to ensure lockdowns simply cannot be allowed to happen again.
In the meantime, we must continue to gather as much support as we can. Please share our updates and the link to our Crowdjustice page with your networks, and make sure you are following the Keep Britain Free social media channels, the links to which are below.
With nearly 21,000 people now signed up to Keep Britain Free, our voice and influence is getting stronger each day.
Together, we will Keep Britain Free.