Under new tough regulations announced on Saturday, people in England would face fines of up to 10,000 pounds ($13,000, 11,000 euros) if they refuse to self-isolate to stop the spread of coronavirus.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said this week that England was witnessing a second wave of Covid-19, and introduced new restrictions and regulations for millions of people across northwest, northern and central England.
He also clarified that from 28 September people will be legally obliged to self-isolate if they test positive or are told to by the National Health Service (NHS) tracing programme.
He was quoted saying, “The best way we can fight this virus is by everyone following the rules and self-isolating if they’re at risk of passing on coronavirus. 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.”
According to the current rules, people who currently have symptoms or have been tested positive are asked to self-isolate for 10 days and those who live with others who either have been tested positive or show symptoms of being infected, must self-isolate for 14 days.
The officials said that new fines introduced on Saturday will start at 1,000 pounds (in line with breaking quarantine after international travel) and rise to 10,000 pounds for repeat offences and the worst breaches which will include businesses that threaten self-isolating staff with redundancy. Those on low incomes will be able to claim an extra lump sum of 500 pounds if they are unable to work from home during their isolation, this was proposed as an incentive to get people to comply.
” We are seeing it in France, in Spain, across Europe — it has been absolutely, I’m afraid, inevitable we were going to see it in this country,” Johnson said as he warned about the second wave of the spread of virus as the cases have started rising rapidly again.
Britain has almost 42,000 numbers of deaths due to positive results of Covid-19, the worst death count from the pandemic in Europe.
New rules came into effect from this week, limiting social gatherings to six people from different households and local measures have been introduced across the country. However, Johnson has expressed that there are no plans to introduce another nationwide lockdown.