Thank you for contacting me about the renewal of the Coronavirus Act.
The Coronavirus Act is a vital piece of legislation in our national response to the Coronavirus pandemic and one which I fully support. The purpose of the legislation is to protect us all and ensure that, throughout the pandemic, sufficient staff are available and deployed where they are most needed, as well as ensuring members of the public are supported, the virus spread can be slowed and contained, and the deceased are managed with respect and dignity. The Act expires at the end of March and so needs to be renewed to ensure that Local Authorities, the Police and the NHS continue to have the powers needed to respond to the pandemic and to implement restrictions if required. They are also necessary as we move forward with the cautious easing of restrictions set out in the Prime Minister's Roadmap.
I would like to reassure you that all the measures in the Coronavirus Act are temporary, and proportionate to the threat we face. It is important that they will only be used when strictly necessary, and will only be in place for as long as deemed necessary to respond to the pandemic effectively. I welcome therefore that the Government has carried out an extensive review of the provisions within the Act and, because of the excellent progress in our fight against this virus, the Government is now able to expire and suspend a raft of measures within the Act.
The measures outlined in the Government's Roadmap provide a path out of this pandemic, offering us a route to normal life. I am encouraged that we are currently meeting each of the Government's four tests for easing restrictions and remain on track to deliver on vaccine commitments meaning we can move forward to the next stage of the Roadmap from March 29th. The Government is also committing the remaining stages of Roadmap into law.
In the meantime, it is vital that the tools needed to continue to fight this virus and support families, our public services, and the economy through it, as provided in the Coronavirus Act, are maintained. That is why I fully support the continuation of the Act and will be voting to renew it.
Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.
Sally-Ann Hart MP