Mental Health Act 2001
F7[Exigencies of public health emergency
2A. (1) A reference in this Act to the exigencies of the public health emergency is a reference to the exigencies of the public health emergency posed by the spread of Covid-19 and, in particular, to:
(a) the manifest and grave risk to human life and public health posed by the spread of Covid-19;
(b) the necessity, for compelling reasons of public interest and for the common good, for measures and safeguards to prevent, minimise or limit the risk of persons being infected with Covid-19;
(c) the effect, on the availability of consultant psychiatrists and other persons to perform functions under this Act, of the spread of Covid-19 and of the deployment of the resources of the health services in order to—
(i) prevent, minimise or limit the risk of persons being infected with Covid-19,
(ii) test persons for Covid-19, and
(iii) provide care and treatment to persons infected with Covid-19.
(2) In this section, ‘Covid-19’ means a disease caused by infection with the virus SARS-CoV-2 and specified as an infectious disease in accordance with Regulation 6 of, and the Schedule to, the Infectious Diseases Regulations 1981 (S.I. No. 390 of 1981) or any variant of the disease so specified as an infectious disease in those Regulations.]
Inserted (30.03.2020 to 9.11.2020 or other date if continued in operation) by Emergency Measures in the Public Interest (Covid-19) Act 2020 (2/2020), s. 16, commenced as per s. 1(2)(b), (3)(a), (b), subject to exception in s. 24.
The section heading is taken from the amending section in the absence of one included in the amendment.