People in England who refuse a self-separation order could face a fine of up to 10,000, the government has said.
For a new legal duty, people need to self-isolate from September 28 if they test positive for coronavirus, or are detected as a close contact.
The new measures include a one-off £ 500 subsidy for low-income earners, and penalties for employers who punish people who ask to be separated.
It comes The Prime Minister considers strict sanctions After the boom in cases.
A further 4,422 new Covid-19 cases and 27 deaths There were reports on Saturday.
Were There have been 350 new cases reported in Scotland, The highest daily increase since May, 212 new cases in Wales, And 222 in Northern Ireland.
Penalties for repeat offenders and for the “most obscure breach” will initially start at 1000. So far, the advice to self-separate has only been guidance.
Announcing the new rules for England, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the best way to fight the virus is for everyone to follow the rules.
“So no one will underestimate how important this is. The new rules will mean that if you have a virus or you have been told to do so by NHS tests and traces, you are legally obliged to do this. Those who choose to ignore will have to pay significant fines.
“We need to do everything possible to control the spread of this virus, prevent the most vulnerable people from becoming infected and protect the NHS and save lives,” he said.
At a Glance: What Are the New Rules?
- People in England who are told to self-isolate by NHS tests and traces Penalty of worst 1000 – up to £ 10,000 for worst offenders – If they fail to do so
- This Including those who test positive And Called close contacts Is a confirmed case
- That Employers are also included Which forces employees to disregard self-separation orders
- The NHS will create tests and traces Regular contact with those different Check compliance
- Steps Apply by September 28th And will be Enforced by police and local authorities
- In the pursuit of benefits or those with low incomes and who cannot work from home A one-payment fee of £ 500 can be received If self-isolation
The highest penalty attraction is defined as those who have stopped self-isolating others, such as the employer insisting on an employee member to come to work in violation of the order.
Penalties are relevant for people who fail a quarantine for 14 days after returning to the UK from a country not on the list of low-risk countries.
In Bolton, A returning holiday maker, who did not self-isolate and instead went on a pub crawl, partly to him. Being convicted For cases spike the city.
A handful of iron in velvet gloves
The Prime Minister is concerned that existing rules are often violated – and he is frustrated that they are not always effectively enforced.
The government’s scientific advisers have suggested that as many as four out of five people should avoid self-isolation or break the rules.
Therefore, from 28 September in England, fines can be levied.
But this iron fist is wrapped in velvet gloves.
Following pilot schemes in some parts of Lancashire, people will receive a lump sum of £ 500 on benefits of self-separation – or low-income and unable to work from home.
Regional political leaders such as Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham are pushing for this.
But compliance is not the only problem.
Delays in delivering test results can affect how quickly contacts of infected people are isolated, whether they want to or are paid to do the right thing.
Shadow Chancellor Nelles Doddes has welcomed the “delayed” announcement of additional financial aid to support self-separatists.
However, he added, “It shouldn’t take months for money to finally run out and people with low incomes need more help.”
The UK government hopes the new measures will be replicated in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland – all of which have the power to determine their own coronavirus rules.
Officials said the NHS test and trace will be in regular contact with individuals called for self-isolation and people will report suspicions that police and local authorities are not complying.
Police will investigate compliance with the reports of members of Covid-1 hot hotspots and “high-risk” groups, as well as those who test positive but do not self-isolate.
Complaints can occur in “high-profile and vague” cases of non-compliance.
Like other coronavirus rules, there will be certain exemptions for those who need to avoid illness or damage during their isolation, and for those who need care.
Changes in the provision of benefits to low-income people will initially affect four million people in England who cannot work from home.
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