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UK announces £10,000 fine for self-isolation breaching, £500 support for lower incomes

Christian Fernsby ▼ | September 20, 2020
People will be required by law to self-isolate from 28 September, supported by payment of £500 for those on lower incomes who cannot work from home and have lost income as a result.
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New fines for those breaching self-isolation rules will start at £1,000 bringing this in line with the penalty for breaking quarantine after international travel but could increase to up to £10,000 for repeat offences and for the most egregious breaches, including for those preventing others from self-isolating.

For example, this could include business owners who threaten self-isolating staff with redundancy if they do not come to work, sending a clear message that this will not be tolerated.

A number of steps will be taken to make sure that people are complying with the rules, these include:

NHS Test and Trace call handlers making regular contact with those self-isolating, with the ability to escalate any suspicion of non-compliance to Local Authorities and local police;

Using police resources to check compliance in highest incidence areas and in high-risk groups, based on local intelligence;

Investigating and prosecuting high-profile and egregious cases of non-compliance;

Acting on instances where third parties have identified others who have tested positive, but are not self-isolating.

Recognising that self-isolation is one of the most powerful tools for controlling the transmission of coronavirus, this new Test and Trace Support payment of £500 will ensure that those on low incomes are able to self-isolate without worry about their finances.