Emergency law would safeguard jobs of NHS volunteers as virus crisis deepens

Proposals include four-week job guarantee, banning over-70s from big gatherings and stadium closures in battle against Covid-19

A range of drastic new measures, including emergency legislation allowing people to switch jobs and volunteer to work in the NHS or care homes, are being drawn up by ministers in an attempt to tackle the coronavirus crisis.

The measures – which also include plans for courts to use telephone and video links to avoid people having to attend in person – are likely to be included in a special Covid-19 emergency bill, as the government prepares to move to the next phase – delay – of its response to the spread of the virus.

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