New self-isolation laws come into force
Anyone told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace must do so by law from today (September 28), or face a fine of up to £10,000, under new central government regulations.
Employers who refuse to let their workers self-isolate by threatening their jobs if they do so, have been told they will also be fined.
Under the new laws:
- If you or someone in your household has any coronavirus symptoms, or you receive a positive test result, you must isolate immediately for 10 days.
- You should only stop isolating if you receive a negative test result.
- If you are identified as a contact of a positive case, you must isolate for the full 10 days since your point of contact - regardless of whether you develop symptoms or not and even if for some reason you receive a negative test result.
- When self-isolating, do not go to work, school or any other public spaces. Any exercise should be taken within your home, and you should ask friends or family to buy food or other essentials.
People on low incomes who cannot work from home and will lose money as a result of self-isolating and on one of the qualifying benefits, will also be eligible for a new £500 Test and Trace Support Payment.
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