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Legal Duty to Self-Isolate

New legal duty to self-isolate comes into force on the 28th Sept

 

From today, people in England will be required by law to self-isolate if they test positive or are contacted by NHS Test and Trace. This law has been introduced to ensure compliance with self-isolation rules and to reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

 

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.

 

Employers who force or allow staff to come to work who they know should be self-isolating will also be liable for fines of up to £10,000.

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