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On 23 March the government stepped up measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus and save lives. Certain types of businesses and premises were required to close. On 26 March The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) Regulations (England) 2020 came into force setting out the statutory basis requiring the closure of businesses selling food or drink for consumption on the premises, and businesses listed in the regulation. The Regulation also sets out the limitations on the movement of individuals. 

Exempt businesses and premises are identified within the regulation, at Schedule 2, Part 3 of the regulation. At paragraph 37 of Part 3 the following businesses are identified as not required to close: Dental services, opticians, audiology services, chiropody, chiropractors, osteopaths and other medical or health services, including services relating to mental health.

As such, chiropractors are not required to close their business/premises. On 24 March 2020 the GCC issued advice (further to that issued on 18 March 2020) to registrants on decisions about treatment in relation to COVID-19. In that advice we emphasised the importance of putting patients’ health first and having regard to the Code. It is our expectation that a registrant should only provide treatment if, in their professional opinion, it is safe to do so for the patients, the registrant and any staff.

The GCC also welcomed advice issued by the Chiropractic Professional Associations. We note that guidance has since been updated, and further guidance issued by the Royal College of Chiropractors. Registrants will wish to review this advice and consider it carefully.

We know the impact this is having on the profession and the level of challenge and uncertainty involved. We will provide further information, to be updates regularly, in the dedicated coronavirus page of the GCC website here.