Rapid Response Guidance Note: Covid-19, Social Distancing and Mental Capacity

Rapid Response Guidance Note: Covid-19, Social Distancing and Mental Capacity


CategoryNews Author Victoria Butler-Cole QC, Sian Davies, Alexander Ruck Keene Date

The Court of Protection team have been asked to advise on a number of occasions as to the legal position where a person (“P”) lives in the community and declines to practice social distancing in circumstances where P does not (or may not) have capacity to make decisions about social contact in the circumstances of COVID-19.  This guidance note provides an overview of the framework within which decisions need to be taken in England.  This document cannot take the place of legal advice. Read the full note here: Mental Capacity Guidance Note


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