27 March Update

After initial confusion yesterday, some clarification from @PoliceChiefs, rules on what you can do outdoors, and how you could be fined, summarised by BBC correspondent Dominic Casciani. Still waiting for the full guidance to police forces on all coronavirus powers, not just on social – or rather: physical – distancing.

Police have already issued fines to people breaching coronavirus lockdown rules, less than 24 hours after new laws came into force, the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) confirmed to reporters – without further details yet.

Extraordinary scene at Grodzinski in Edgware sees police officer attempt to fine bakery £80 for drawing social distancing lines in chalk to help keep customers safe from coronavirus.

The Derbyshire police and other uncertainty over the rights to enforce what made the front page of The Times today, while new reports of police drones maintaining public order come in. Again in north Wales, patrolling parks and open spaces in the more rural areas of Wrexham.

Neath Port Talbot Council aired a flying surveillance camera is barking orders at ‘people not following government measures on social distancing’. @BigBrotherWatch quoted a local resident saying: “This upset a lot of people today at Neath Boots. People were waiting for prescriptions and people were very orderly and staying two metres apart’.

The lawyer David Allen Green has produced a detailed guide on his Law and Policy Blog explaining the restrictions on freedom of movement introduced under the emergency coronavirus legislation.

Dijen Basu QC and Elliot Gold have produced a similar guide on the UK Police Law Blog.

Louise Hooper of Garden Court Chambers has produced a briefing on the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020

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