Legal duty to self‐isolate
It is now a legal requirement for individuals in England to self‐isolate if they test positive for COVID‐19 or are contacted by NHS Test and Trace.
Fines have been introduced for those breaching self‐isolation, ranging from £1,000 to up to £10,000 for repeat offences and the most serious breaches. Employers who force or allow staff to come to work when they should be self‐isolating will also be liable for fines of up to £10,000.
Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said in a statement: “As cases rise it is imperative we take action, and we are introducing a legal duty to self-isolate when told to do so, with fines for breaches and a new £500 support payment for those on lower incomes who can’t work from home while they are self-isolating.
“These simple steps can make a huge difference to reduce the spread of the virus, but we will not hesitate to put in place further measures if cases continue to rise.”