06 January 2021
The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (No. 3) Regulations 2020 make provision for a local authority to give directions relating to premises, events and public outdoor places in its area.
These Regulations have been amended from 6 January 2021, to clarify the powers of a police community support officer.
The definition of ‘constable’ includes PCSOs, but in relation to enforcement, a PCSO cannot use reasonable force, if necessary, to remove people from events or public outdoor spaces (under regulation 12(3)(b) and (4)(b)); this power only applies to a constable.
These Regulations have also been extended, to expire on 17 July 2021, rather than 17 January 2021.
Please see our coronavirus document for an overview of further legislation relating to the Coronavirus.