The Inquiry’s opening statement hearings started on Monday 2 November 2020. Its first evidence hearings are due to start on Wednesday 11 November 2020. The November hearings will be virtual and conducted remotely due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on Monday 23 March, the Inquiry temporarily closed its office and asked staff to work from home until further notice. After a detailed risk assessment and the introduction of stringent measures to ensure staff safety and continued compliance with government guidance, the Inquiry reopened its offices to a limited number of staff members on 4 May 2020. Further information can be found in the Inquiry’s ninth update note.