Yes, any government would need emergency powers in an epidemic like this, to shut down activities which endanger not just those taking part, but others near them, and endanger the NHS too.
That does not mean that we should trust the Tories.
The government agreed under pressure to have the emergency powers reconsidered after six months, not to run for two years as they first proposed.
In this fast-moving emergency, that should be monthly.
Parliament should go online rather than either shutting or being depleted due to self-isolation. Make the government accountable!
The legislation gives