Statement on tier system in Greater Manchester
Earlier this week the UK government confirmed a tiered system of restrictions to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus (Covid-19).
The updated guidance from the government states that businesses can continue to operate, in a COVID-secure manner. Having carefully considered the guidance we have concluded that hearings will continue as planned, with additional measures.
From Monday 19 October, we will require everyone to wear a face covering in all public and communal parts of the building. This is in line with other courts and tribunals.
The health and safety of everyone attending our hearing centre is important to us and we are committed to working to the highest safety standards to allow us to continue to meet our statutory objective to protect the public.
All areas of our hearing centre adhere to the Covid-19 Secure guidance. We have carried out a thorough risk assessment as well as a significant programme of work to put safety and hygiene measures in place throughout the building.
The usual exemptions apply to wearing face coverings and face coverings are not required in a hearing room. There may be practical considerations to bear in mind if you choose to wear a face covering while giving evidence. If wearing a face covering interferes with your evidence being heard, the tribunal may address this.
For hearings yet to be listed, we will continue to actively consider whether they should proceed at our hearing centre or as a virtual hearing, taking into account the circumstances of all parties.
Further information about how hearings are operating, as well as a video of the measures we have put in place throughout the hearing centre, is available on our FAQs page.
If you have a specific query about a hearing you are involved in, considering these restrictions, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.