Legal Duty to Self-Isolate Comes into Force

Starting from today, there is now a legal duty to self-isolate if required by the Government to do so. This will be a requirement for anyone who tests positive to a test for the virus or if they are contacted by NHS Track and Trace.

Matt Hancock, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, said in a statement:

“Anyone can catch coronavirus and anyone can spread it. We all have a crucial part to play in keeping the number of new infections down and protecting our loved ones. 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.”

A spokesperson for the Government added:

“Fines will also be introduced from today for those breaching self-isolation rules, starting at £1,000, in line with the existing penalty for breaking quarantine after international travel. This could increase to up to £10,000 for repeat offences and the most serious breaches, including for those preventing others from self-isolating.”