On 24 March 2020, the Prime Minister, with agreement of the Minister of Health, issued an Epidemic Notice under s5 of the Epidemic Preparedness Act 2006.

This allows the use of special powers by Medical Officers of Health in accordance with s70 of the Health Act 1956 for the purposes of preventing the outbreak and spread of COVID-19.

The Director General of Health, acting as the Medical Officer of Health (MOOH), has now issued the following two orders that are related to this operating guideline: