The Inquiry is in its investigation stage and continues to prepare for evidence hearings. Opening statements and the first evidence hearings are due to start on Monday 2 November 2020. The November hearings will be virtual and conducted remotely due to the expectation that social distancing measures will still be in place at this time.
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.