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World £10,000 fines for self-isolation breaches

02:25  20 september  2020
02:25  20 september  2020 Source:   bbc.com

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Fines will initially start at £ 1, 000 rising to £ 10 , 000 for repeat offenders, and for "the most egregious breaches ". Self - isolation can be costly for some in terms of lost income and job security (even with the offer of £ 500 payments). There is now growing concern among experts - both those advising

We'll have another update for you on Monday. 1. £ 10 , 000 fines for failing to self -isolate. From 28 September, those who refuse an order to self -isolate could be fined up to £ 10 , 000 . The new measures also include a one-off support payment of £ 500 for those on lower incomes.

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People in England who refuse an order to self-isolate could be fined up to £10,000, the government has said.

The new legal duty requires people to self-isolate if they test positive for coronavirus, or are traced as a close contact, from 28 September.

New measures also include a one-off £500 support payment for those on lower incomes, and a penalty for employers who punish those told to self-isolate.

A further 4,422 new Covid-19 cases and 27 deaths were reported on Saturday.

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Related video: £ 10 , 000 fines for breaching self - isolation rule. Fines for not wearing face coverings where it is mandated such as public transport, shops and supermarkets were also announced by the Home Office in August, with the bare-faced liable to be fined .

Fines will initially start at £ 1, 000 rising to £ 10 , 000 for repeat offenders, and for “the most egregious breaches ”. Up until now, advice to self -isolate As with other coronavirus rules, there will be specific exemptions for those who need to escape from illness or harm during their isolation , and for those

There were 350 new cases reported in Scotland, the highest daily increase since May, 212 new cases in Wales, and 222 in Northern Ireland.

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Fines will initially start at £1,000 rising to £10,000 for repeat offenders, and for "the most egregious breaches". Up until now, advice to self-isolate has been guidance only - existing exemptions will continue to apply.

Announcing the new rules for England, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the best way to fight the virus was for everyone to follow the rules - including the requirement to self-isolate.

He added: "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.

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A look at the new fines that come in on September 28 for breaching the ruleson self -isolating. People in England who refuse an order to self -isolate willface fines of up to £ 10 , 000 , the Government has warned amid deepening concernat the sharp upsurge in coronavirus infections.

Carrot-and-stick plan for England also includes cash help for lost earnings during isolation periods.

"People who choose to ignore the rules will face significant fines.

"We need to do all we can to control the spread of this virus, to prevent the most vulnerable people from becoming infected, and to protect the NHS and save lives."

At-a-glance: What are the new rules?

  • People in England who are told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace face fines of £1,000 - up to £10,000 for the worst offenders - if they fail to do so
  • This includes those who test positive and those identified as close contacts of confirmed cases
  • It also includes employers who force staff to ignore an order to self-isolate
  • NHS Test and Trace will make regular contact with those isolating to check compliance
  • The measures apply from 28 September and will be enforced by police and local authorities
  • Those in receipt of benefits or on low income and who cannot work from home may receive a £500 one-off payment if self-isolating

Those attracting the highest penalties are described as including those who stop other people from self-isolating, such an employer who requires a staff member to come into work in violation of an order.

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self :yes (or self :no). include (or exclude) self posts. People in England who refuse to self -isolate when required to do so will face fines of up to £ 10 , 000 under an emergency "Carrot and stick" plan I wish people in America had any repercussion at all for intentionally breaking isolation or quarantine.

Fines will start at £ 1, 000 (,292) and rise to £ 10 , 000 (,920) for repeat violators. Self - isolation orders will apply to people who test positive for Covid-19 and to those identified as being at risk through the National Health Service's (NHS) test-and-trace system.

The penalties are in line with those for people who fail to quarantine for 14 days after returning to the UK from a country not on the list of low risk nations.

In Bolton, one returning holidaymaker, who did not self-isolate and instead went on a pub crawl, is being partly blamed for the town's spike in cases.

Iron fist in a velvet glove

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The prime minister is concerned that existing regulations are too often being flouted and are not being effectively enforced.

The government's scientific advisers have suggested as many as 4 out of 5 people who should be self-isolating bend or break the rules.

So, from 28 September in England, fines initially of £1,000 can be levied, rising to £10,000 for repeat offenders.

But the iron fist is encased in a velvet glove.

Following pilot schemes in some parts of Lancashire, a £500 lump sum will be available to people on benefits or on low incomes who have to self-isolate and who cannot work from home.

The UK government hopes the new measures will be replicated in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland - which all have powers to set their own coronavirus rules.

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  What coronavirus lockdown breaches can you be fined for? People who breach coronavirus lockdown rules in England could face fines of up to £10,000, the government has said. © Getty People who break coronavirus lockdown rules in England could face fines of up to £10,000 Fines will start at £1,000 and rise to £10,000 for repeat offenders including those who stop others from self-isolating - such as an employer who asks a staff member to come into work in violation of an order.

New fines for breaching the rules will start at £ 1, 000 , but rise to up to £ 10 , 000 for repeat offences. Those who prevent others from self -isolating But the previous advice was merely guidance, not the law, and not enforceable with fines . However, there have been fines for those who fail to quarantine

He spoke of the “legal duty to self -isolate” with fines of up to £ 10 , 000 for “repeat offences and serious breaches ”. The health secretary also announced a new £ 500 payment in England to help support low income workers who have to self -isolate.

Officials said NHS Test and Trace would be in regular contact with individuals told to self-isolate and would report any suspicions that people were not complying to the police and local authorities.

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Police will also check compliance in Covid-19 hotspots and among groups considered to be "high-risk" as well as following up reports from members of the public of people who have tested positive but are not self-isolating.

Prosecutions could follow in "high-profile and egregious" cases of non-compliance.

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As with other coronavirus rules, there will be specific exemptions for those who need to escape from illness or harm during their isolation, and for those who require care.

Changes to support for those in receipt of benefits or on a low income will initially affect up to four million people who cannot work from home in England, the government said.

The one-off payment of £500 is above both statutory sick pay of £95.85 per week and a previously-announced additional award of £182 for those told to self-isolate in highest risk areas of intervention.

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