COVID-19 Response (Urgent Management Measures) Legislation Bill

  • enacted
4 New Part 34 inserted

After Part 33, insert:

Part 34 Directions relating to COVID-19

477 Application and purpose of Part

(1)

This Part applies while an epidemic notice is in force for COVID-19 under section 5 of the Epidemic Preparedness Act 2006.

(2)

The purpose of this Part is to provide a response to the outbreak of COVID-19, and a recovery from it, that—

(a)

avoids, remedies, or mitigates the actual or potential adverse effects of the outbreak; and

(b)

facilitates co-ordinated processes and planning.

478 Interpretation

In this Part, unless the context otherwise requires,—

education entity means—

(a)

a registered school (as defined in section 2(1):

(b)

a service provider (as defined in section 309):

(c)

a hostel (as defined in section 2(1)):

(d)

a private training establishment (as defined in section 159(1)):

(e)

an institution (as defined in section 159(1))

(f)

an educational body (as defined in section 320):

governing authority, in relation to an education entity, means the body that is primarily responsible for the governance of the education entity.

479 Power for Secretary to direct institutions in relation to COVID-19 measures

The Secretary may, for the purpose of this Part, direct the governing authority of an education entity (or the governing authorities of a class of education entities) to comply with any specified requirements—

(a)

to close or open the education entity or any part of it (including in relation to all, or any specified category, class, or year group, of students):

(b)

for the operation, control, or management of the education entity:

(c)

to provide education or instruction through the education entity in any specified ways (for example, through distance or online learning).

480 Effect of directions

(1)

Every education entity to which a direction applies must give effect to the direction on the date on which the direction is given or on any later date that is specified in the direction.

(2)

A direction overrides every other provision of this Act (apart from the provisions in this Part).

481 Publication and review of directions

(1)

As soon as practicable after a direction is given, the Secretary must ensure that it is published in the Gazette and on an Internet site maintained by or on behalf of the Ministry.

(2)

A direction expires on the earlier of—

(a)

its expiry date:

(b)

the end of the period for which the epidemic management notice for COVID-19 is in force.

482 Academic freedom unaffected

Nothing in this Part limits the academic freedom of institutions set out in section 161.