People in England who refuse a self-isolation order could be fined up to £ 10,000, according to the government.
The new legal duty requires people to isolate themselves if they prove positive for coronavirus or if they are identified as close contact, by September 28th.
The new measures also include a 500 500 lump sum payment for those on lower incomes and a penalty for employers punishing those who tell them to isolate themselves.
It comes as the prime minister considers stricter restrictions after an increase in cases.
4,422 new cases of Covid-19 and 27 deaths reported on Saturday.
The fines initially start at £ 1,000, increasing to 10 10,000 for repeat offenders and for the “most horrible violations”. Until now, isolation tips have been guidance only.
Announcing the new rules for England, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the best way to fight the virus was to follow all the rules.
“So no one underestimates how important this is, the new regulations will mean that you are legally required to do so if you have the virus or have been asked to do so by the NHS Test and Trace. People who choose to ignore the rules will face significant fines.
“We must do everything we can to control the spread of this virus, to prevent the infection of the most vulnerable people and to protect the NHS and save lives,” he said.
At a glance: What are the new rules?
- People in England being told to isolate themselves from the NHS Test and Trace faces fines of £ 1,000 – up to .000 10,000 for the worst offenders – if they do not
- This includes those who have a positive test and those recognized as close contacts confirmed cases
- The also includes employers forcing staff to ignore a self-isolation order
- The NHS Test and Trace will do regular contact with those who isolate to check compliance
- The measures effective from 28 September and it will be imposed by the police and local authorities
- Those who receive benefits or low income and can not work from home can receive a one-time payment of £ 500 if self-isolated
Those who achieve the highest penalties are described as including those who prevent the isolation of other people, such as an employer who insists that a staff member comes to work in violation of an order.
The sanctions are in line with those for people who have not been quarantined for 14 days after returning to the UK from a country not on the list of low-risk countries.
In Bolton, a returning holidaymaker who did not isolate and instead did a pub scan is partially charged for the spike of the city in cases.
Iron fist in velvet glove
The Prime Minister is concerned that the existing regulations are being violated too often – and is disappointed that they are not always implemented effectively.
Government scientific advisers have suggested up to four out of five people should self-isolate bending or breaking the rules.
Thus, from September 28 in England, fines are imposed.
But this iron fist is surrounded by a velvet glove.
Following pilot programs in some parts of Lancashire, a lump sum of £ 500 will be available to people with benefits who need to be isolated – or who have a low income and cannot work from home.
Regional political leaders, such as Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham, are pushing for it.
But compliance is not the only problem.
Delays in delivering test results can affect how quickly contacts of infected people isolate themselves, even if they want to or get paid to do the right thing.
Shadow Chancellor Anneliese Dodds welcomed the “belated” announcement of additional financial assistance to support those who need to be isolated.
However, he added that “it would not take months for the penny to drop that people with low incomes needed more help.”
The UK government hopes the new measures will be repeated in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland – all of which have the power to set their own coronavirus rules.
Officials said the NHS Test and Trace would be in regular contact with people who told them they would be isolated and would report any suspicions that people were not complying with police and local authorities.
Police will also check compliance with Covid-19 hotspots and between groups considered “high risk”, as well as monitoring reports from members of the public about people who have tested positive but are not isolating themselves.
Prosecutions could be pursued in “high-profile and miserable” cases of non-compliance.
As with other Qur’anic rules, there will be specific exceptions for those who need to escape illness or injury in isolation, and for those who need care.
Changes in support for low-income or low-income people will initially affect up to four million people who cannot work from home in England, the government has said.
The 500 500 lump sum payment exceeds both legal sick pay £ 95.85 per week and a previously announced additional 18 182 reward for those said to be isolated in high-risk intervention areas
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