Lockdown restrictions in Wales to be extended and strengthened

8 January 2021

The alert level four restrictions introduced in Wales before Christmas are to remain in place and will be strengthened in some key areas to prevent the new, highly-infectious, strain of the virus spreading from person to person in those shops and workplaces which remain open.

Education Secretary promises teacher-assessed grades

7 January 2021

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has made a statement to Parliament regarding schools in national lockdown in which he confirmed many of the arrangements previously announced by the Prime Minister (see “New lockdown announced for England”).

Employment rights after Brexit

7 January 2021

When the 11-month transition period ended on 31 December 2020, the UK finally completed its slow withdrawal from the European Union with, at the last possible moment, a trade deal setting out at least part of their future relationship.

Second Covid-19 vaccine approved for use in the UK

5 January 2021

The Oxford University/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine has been approved for use in the UK by the MHRA, and the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has issued updated advice recommending that as many people as possible in high-risk groups be given their first vaccine dose.

New lockdown announced for England

5 January 2021

The Prime Minister announced a further national lockdown in England on 4 January 2021 with people told to stay at home, except for specific reasons including essential shopping, to work (if it is not reasonable for their job to be done at home), to exercise, to seek medical help or to escape domestic abuse.

Restrictions on primary schools introduced across London

4 January 2021

On 30 December, Education Secretary Gavin Williamson announced plans for secondary schools to delay the return of pupils after the Christmas holidays but said that the majority of primary schools would not be affected (see “More delays for those returning to school in January”).

More delays for those returning to school in January

30 December 2020

In a statement to the House of Commons, Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said that children’s education is an “absolute priority” for the Government and keeping schools open is “uppermost in all of our plans”.

Updated guidance for the clinically extremely vulnerable

22 December 2020

Following the Government’s decision to introduce new Tier 4 restrictions from 20 December (see GB Governments introduce tougher rules now and at Christmas), it has produced further guidance for the most vulnerable people in these areas.