The government has warned that those in England who fail to self-isolate will face fines of up to £10,000.

People will now have a legal duty to stay at home and self-isolate for a number of reasons due to the coronavirus pandemic.

These include if a person tests positive for the virus; are told to do so by NHS Test and Trace after coming into contact with someone with the virus; and it'll also be an offence to knowingly provide false information about your close contacts.

New fines for those breaching self-isolation rules will start at £1,000 – in line with the penalty for breaking quarantine after international travel - but could increase to up to £10,000 for repeat offences and for the "most egregious breaches," including for those preventing others from self-isolating.

This could include business-owners who threaten self-isolating staff with redundancy if they do not come to work.

The measure comes into force on September 28.

But will you really be fined? And how will police know if you've been out and about when you're meant to be isolating?

According to the government, a number of steps will be taken to make sure that people are complying with the rules. These include:

To help with compliance, the government announced a one-off £500 support payment for those on lower incomes who could face a loss of earnings as a result of self-isolating.

With new cases of coronavirus doubling every week, the Prime Minister said the allowance has been introduced to protect the most vulnerable from becoming infected.

Meanwhile, ministers are still looking at further restrictions, including a temporary two or three-week “circuit break” in an attempt to break the chain of transmission.

A Financial Times report said experts from the Government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) and the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Modelling (Spi-m) suggested a two-week lockdown to coincide with the October school half-term.

The timing of the lockdown would help limit any disruption to children's education, which has already been affected by the pandemic.

Other measures could see pubs and restaurants ordered to close or face a 10pm curfew across the country, while socialising between households could be banned.