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|23 Sep 2020, 10:32 a.m.||Christopher Chope (Conservative - Christchurch)||Christopher Chope (Conservative - Christchurch)|
Question to the Department of Health and Social Care:
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish the (a) evidential and (b) scientific basis for tightening restrictions on gatherings in the open air in England under the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No 2) (England) (Amendment) (No 4) Regulations 2020.
Answered by Nadine Dorries - Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
We have taken swift action to limit the gathering group size to six people, against the backdrop of an increase in cases and infection levels across the country.
The Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) provides Ministers and officials with evidence-based scientific advice in emergencies based on a range of sources. SAGE has published the statements and the accompanying evidence to demonstrate how our understanding of COVID-19 has continued to evolve as new data merges, including the role that social interaction plays in transmission.
The work of the Joint Biosecurity Centre also supports the wider Test and Trace system to identify outbreaks and trends of COVID-19. Data on COVID-19 is published daily at the following link: