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19 March 2020

Government introduces Coronavirus Bill 2020 as emergency legislation to support its response to COVID-19

Summary

The Bill includes a wide range of powers and flexibilities for government and public services during the COVID-19 outbreak. They include measures to contain the spread of the virus, ease the burden on front-line staff and mitigate the impact of staff shortages, support the economy, close schools and childcare, postpone local council and other elections, and other measures. The Act includes details about how these provisions can be used, how long they will last (2 years for most measures), and how often they should be reviewed (every 6 months). (For more detail, see Coronavirus Act 2020 on 25 March 2020.)

Source(s)

Coronavirus Bill 2020