The UK Covid-19 Inquiry

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Key Calendar Dates 

Wednesday 29th March 2023 10am
Module 2B: Core decision- making; political governance in Wales Preliminary Hearing 
Wednesday 29th March 2023 1.45pm
Module 2C: Core decision- making; political governance in Northern Ireland Preliminary Hearing 
Tuesday 25th April 2023 
Module 1: Resilience and preparedness Preliminary Hearing 
Tuesday 13th June 2023 
Module 1: Resilience and preparedness Public Hearing 

The UK Covid-19 Inquiry


The UK Covid-19 Inquiry is an independent public inquiry set up to examine the UK’s response to and impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, to learn important lessons for the future. This inquiry will not deal with issues of civil and criminal liability, instead recommendations for future change will be presented.

Public inquiries are independent investigations, established in response to public concern about a particular event or set of events.

 An inquiry typically sets out to establish:

  • What happened, and why?
  • What decisions went wrong, and what went right?
  • What lessons can be learnt to prevent a recurrence of any adverse impacts from these events?


The inquiry was formally opened on 20th July 2022 by the Chair, Baroness Heather Hallett, a former Court of Appeal Judge. Baroness Hallett is highly experienced in this area and has previously led the inquest into the 7/7 London bombings and ‘On the runs’ inquiry.

Following a public consultation, the final Terms of Reference for the Inquiry were received in June 2022. The full terms of reference can be viewed here.

Baroness Hallett has committed to undertaking a thorough investigation of the wide range of issues that occurred during the Covid-19 pandemic. She has indicated that the necessary steps will be taken to ensure that bereaved families are central to the inquiry’s investigation and that their concerns will be addressed.

Baroness Hallett’s opening statement to the Inquiry can be viewed here or read in full here.

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    The UK Covid-19 Inquiry was last modified: March 29th, 2023 by Conal McGarrity