PEOPLE in England who refuse an order to self-isolate will face fines of up to £10,000, the Government has warned.
With new Covid-19 cases doubling every week, PM Boris Johnson said the hefty penalty was needed to control the spread of the killer bug.
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What can I be fined for?
Boris Johnson is set to unveil £10,000 fines for people in England who fail to isolate as he outlines his plan for a winter of lockdowns to beat coronavirus.
The PM will brace families for fresh curbs, which could be in place for the next six months, in a sombre TV address to the nation this week.
He is looking at cutting pub opening hours, a ban on households mixing and tough penalties for those who flout the rules.
New laws will be rushed through to enforce self-isolation, with fines of up to £10,000 for anyone who defies orders to stay at home.
A senior government source said: “There’s not much on the cards to look forward to. The next six months’ll be pretty s***.”
People can also be fined for flouting the recent 'Rule of Six' measures – or for breaking a mandatory rule on wearing face coverings in shops, which came into force on July 24.
Lockdown restrictions have continually been eased since Wednesday, May 13.
But from September 14, the government reduced the number of people allowed to meet outdoors in England from 3o to just six.
Anyone refusing will be fined up to £100 as Mr Johnson looks to prevent a second coronavirus wave.
You could also be fined for breaching the different coronavirus regulations in place in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
How much can I be fined?
New £100 fines have been announced if Brits meet in groups of more than six indoors or out, doubling for each repeat offence up to £3,200.
Those who test positive for Covid-19, as well as their cohabitants and members of their “support bubble” could also face penalties of up to £1,000 for leaving the house.
These measures came into force from Monday, September 14.
Meanwhile, there will be increased enforcement of of quarantine rules for travellers into the country.
In an article written exclusively for the Sun, Home Secretary Priti Patel said: "These new rules are easier to understand and easier for the police to enforce.
"They will be able to disperse gatherings of more than six people and fine individuals involved £100, doubling up to a maximum of £3,200 for repeat offenders.
"They will continue to hand down £10,000 fines for people hosting raves or other large unlawful events.
"I know that, as part of our national effort, the law-abiding majority will stick to these new rules."
Meanwhile, shoppers who don't wear face coverings risk being fined £100.
Kids under 11 and those with disabilities are exempt.
It brings shops in line with public transport, where masks have been compulsory since June 15.
Also, people in England who refuse orders to self-isolate will face fines of up to £10,000 amid surging coronavirus infections.
In a significant toughening up of the regulations, the government has warned it is now people's legal duty to self-isolate if they test positive for the disease – or are told to do so by NHS Test and Trace.
What happens if I fail to pay the fine?
From Monday, September 14, people will get criminal records if they breach new Covid "rule of six" rules.
Priti Patel urged people to respect the regulations or risk hefty fines as marshals start to patrol streets.
Anyone meeting in a group of more than six indoors or out are now breaking the law.
Home Office officials say those who refuse to accept £100 on-the-spot fines will be arrested and taken to court.
A source said: "Those who repeatedly break the rules need to know they could face a criminal record."
How many people have been fined so far?
A Scots cop has in September been slapped with a £480 fine under Covid rules after failing to self-isolate on his return from Dubai.
It's claimed Constable Robert Isaacs, 28, headed to the popular holiday spot in August before returning to work in Kirkintilloch.
In May, figures showed London and Yorkshire were the worst areas for Covidiots in the country – as police issued more than 14,000 fines across England and Wales before lockdown restrictions were eased on May 13.
There has been just 34 cases of people with covid-19 symptoms breaking the quarantine rule after traveling into the UK from high risk areas, Home Office figures show.
But recently, there have already been a number of high profile fines for people breaking lockdown rules.
Fines were slapped on those organising illegal raves for over 30 people – then maximum allowed in a gather before the Rule of Six came into force.
In London, the Metropolitan Police has responded to more than 1,000 unlicensed events since the end of June, receiving information on more than 200 events across the city in a single weekend.
Notable incidents of fines being issued include:
- July: Lincolnshire Police issued the first fine for a person breaking quarantine regulations after returning back to England
- August: A surge in Bolton was linked to a Layton Migas, a clubber who went to Ibiza and failed to isolate on his return, instead throwing a house party.
- 4 September: A teenager was slapped with a £10,000 Covid-19 fine after 100 people attended a house party in Devizes, Wiltshire, while the boy's mum and dad were away on holiday.
- 11 September: Student Stuart Hawk was fined £10,000 for a house party in Lenton, Nottinghamshire. Stuart Hawk, 19, is furious over the hefty penalty despite inviting 50 friends over to his flat on Friday night.
- 12 September: A party host in Dowbridge, Kirkham was fined £10,000 by Lancashire police after 45 revellers were found at their home.
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