UK: People who defy coronavirus rules will pay fines upto £10,000

Grant Boone
September 20, 2020

People who choose to ignore the rules will face significant penalties. We hope that we have succeeded by giving you the full details and information.

Ministers need to act "sooner rather than later" if they are to prevent a new surge in coronavirus (Covid-19) cases leading to more deaths, a scientist has warned.

People who may have coronavirus will be required to self-isolate by law - with those who refuse facing fines of up to £10,000 in England.

Britain's capacity to test for coronavirus infections has also come under strain since schools in England reopened this month, with many people reporting that tests were unavailable or only possible at locations hundreds of miles away.

The new regulations will come into force in England on September 28, although ministers are in discussion with the devolved administrations for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland about extending them UK-wide.

Following concerns about a second wave of the virus, the Government this week imposed a ban on all social gatherings of more than six people in a bid to tackle a steep rise in COVID-19 cases in the country. And so nobody underestimates just how important this is, new regulations will mean you are legally obliged to do so if you have the virus or have been asked to do so by NHS Test and Trace. This punishment is also provided for people who ignore the order to go to self-isolation.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has admitted it may take weeks to solve.

He told Sky News's Sophy Ridge on Sunday: "We have a choice". In this regard, he allowed the most stringent measures to be taken, up to a new national quarantine.

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The new fines will start at £1,000 - in line with breaking quarantine after worldwide travel - and rise to £10,000 for repeat offences and the worst breaches, including businesses that threaten self-isolating staff with redundancy, officials said.

The penalties are in line with those for people who fail to quarantine for 14 days after returning to the United Kingdom from a country where there is not a travel corridor.

This will include the people who have been told to self-isolate themselves after coming in contact with someone who has been infected by the virus.

The UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Saturday that anyone who is caught defying the self-isolation rules will have to pay a fine upto £10,000 ($12,914).

Ministers were on Friday reported to be considering a second national lockdown after new Covid-19 cases nearly doubled to 6,000 per day, hospital admissions rose and infection rates soared across parts of northern England and London.

Like other coronavirus rules, there are special exemptions for those who need to avoid illness or damage when they are isolated, and for those who need care.

Downing Street said the new requirements, which will be enforced from September 28, also come with support payments of 500 pounds for those on lower incomes who can not work from home, such as construction workers, and stand to lose income as a result of the mandatory self-isolation. Many counties are now re-imposing lockdowns.

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