Quiz: How well do you know the current UK lockdown rules?

The government plans to announce changes to the lockdown rules on Sunday. But how clearly have they explained the current rules?

Alastair Tibbitt Caroline Molloy
7 May 2020
A nurse prepares to take a sample at a COVID 19 testing centre in the car park of the Bowhouse Community Centre in Grangemouth as the UK continues in lockdown to help curb the spread of the coronavirus., 24 April 2020
But how good is that test?
Andrew Milligan/PA Wire/PA Images. All rights reserved.

We’ve been in “lockdown” for 6 weeks. But what exactly does that mean, and does it mean the same thing for everyone?

What exactly are you allowed, and not allowed, to leave your house for? Can only essential workplaces stay open? Do only key workers have to go to work? And what is a key worker anyway?

Who decides if a job can be done from home? What happens if you’re vulnerable due to health reasons, or household member is? Why is there all this traffic on the roads already? Can workplaces currently open if they don’t have social distancing rules in place? Can health and safety rules help?

Test your knowledge (and remember that government ministers themselves seem a bit vague on some of the answers!)

Note: This article is correct as at publication date, 7th May 2020. Nothing in this article constitutes legal advice. If you are concerned your employer is not in line with existing laws, or that they are not going far enough to follow guidance/good practice, or are just not behaving reasonably, you should get in touch with your union or the conciliation service ACAS who may be able to help. Bad employers may try to get away with not meeting even legal minimum requirements, but good ones should go above and beyond.

Stop the secrecy: Publish the NHS COVID data deals

To: Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

We’re calling on you to immediately release details of the secret NHS data deals struck with private companies, to deliver the NHS COVID-19 datastore.

We, the public, deserve to know exactly how our personal information has been traded in this ‘unprecedented’ deal with US tech giants like Google, and firms linked to Donald Trump (Palantir) and Vote Leave (Faculty AI).

The COVID-19 datastore will hold private, personal information about every single one of us who relies on the NHS. We don’t want our personal data falling into the wrong hands.

And we don’t want private companies – many with poor reputations for protecting privacy – using it for their own commercial purposes, or to undermine the NHS.

The datastore could be an important tool in tackling the pandemic. But for it to be a success, the public has to be able to trust it.

Today, we urgently call on you to publish all the data-sharing agreements, data-impact assessments, and details of how the private companies stand to profit from their involvement.

The NHS is a precious public institution. Any involvement from private companies should be open to public scrutiny and debate. We need more transparency during this pandemic – not less.

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