10K FINE FOR FIRMS WHO STOP SELF-ISOLATION
Updated: Oct 13, 2020
Business owners who threaten self-isolating staff with redundancy if they do not come to work, can be fined up to £10,000 from 28 September.
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.
There will be 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.
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; and
Acting on instances where third parties have identified others who have tested positive, but are not self-isolating.
Support payments of £500 to those on low income can self-isolate without worry about their finances.
From 28 September 4 million people who are in receipt of benefits in England will be eligible for this payment
Local Authorities will set up these self-isolation support schemes by 12 October.
Those who start to self-isolate from 28 September will receive backdated payments.
This financial support comes as the government places a legal requirement on people to self-isolate when instructed to by NHS Test and Trace and introduces tougher fines for breaking the rules.
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