The government has announced that from September 28 there will be fines for those who do not self-isolate/quarantine in England.
The doubling down on Covid-19 rules comes as the health secretary Matt Hancock warned that the country is at ‘tipping point’ of a second peak.
Boris Johnson is expected to address the nation as early as tomorrow to set out new measures.
With restrictions getting tighter, what lockdown rules can you be fined for breaking?
It was announced over the weekend that people in England who refuse an order to self-isolate could face fines of up to £10,000.
Fines will start at 1,000 pounds for a first offence, rising to 10,000 pounds for repeat offenders or cases where employers threaten to sack staff who self-isolate rather than go to work.
The new regulations will come into force in England on September 28.
Ministers are discussing extending these fines UK-wide.
Current government guidance tells people to stay at home for at least 10 days after they start to suffer Covid-19 symptoms, and for other people in their household not to leave the house for 14 days.
Anyone who tests positive is also asked to provide details of people outside their household who they have been in close contact with, who may then also be told to self-isolate.
The government have also introduced a new £500 support package for those with a low-income who cannot work due to self-isolation.
‘Rule of Six’
From Monday, September 14, it became illegal for social gatherings to include more than six people.
This includes indoors and outdoors for England and Wales, but Scotland and Northern Ireland have allowed groups of up to 20 outdoors.
Anyone caught breaking the law could receive a fine of £100, which will then double on each further repeat offence up to £3,200.
In Northern Ireland, the rule of six currently applies only in Ballymena, Co Antrim, and the Belfast city council area.
Children count as part of the six in England, but not Wales or Scotland.
Face coverings must be worn on public transport and inside public venues such as shops and hairdressers.
The police and Transport for London (TfL) officers have enforcement powers including issuing fines of £100.
Repeat offenders will have their fines doubled at each offence. For example, receiving a second fine will amount to £200 and a third fine will be £400, up to a maximum value of £3,200.
Facilitating large gatherings
From August, organisers of large gatherings of more than 30 people can be subject to fines of up to £10,000 in England and Wales.
However, no such restrictions have been put in place in Scotland or Northern Ireland.
What are the differences in fines across each UK country?
Those aged 18+ in England can be fined £100 for the first offence – lowered to £50 if paid within 14 days – doubling on each repeat offence up to a maximum of £3,200.
In Scotland, people aged 16+ can be fined £60 for the first breach – lowered to £30 if paid within 28 days – doubling for each further offence up to a maximum of £960.
In Wales and Northern Ireland, those aged 18+ can be fined £60 for the first offence – lowered to £30 if paid within 14 days – doubling for each repeat offence up to a £960 maximum.