MCA & DOLs – Covid Update


The Department of Health and Social Care recently released guidance for using the Mental
Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (MCA DoLS) during the current COVID19 pandemic.

The regulations and statutory responsibilities have not changed, if a person still meets the
requirements for a DoLS referral, and their restrictions are above that of the general public, i.e:

  • They are unable to consent to their residence or care as a result of a mental disorder;
  • They are subject to continuous supervision and control and;
  • They are not free to leave.

then a referral must still be made to the relevant supervisory body.


Please read the following documents for more information:

COVID19 and MCA decision making tool

Mental Capacity Act Compliance and COVID 19 testing