Coronavirus rules: The lockdown breaches you could be fined up to £10,000 for

Coronavirus rules: The lockdown breaches you could be fined up to £10,000 for

People in England who refuse an order to self-isolate could face fines of up to £10,000, the Government has said. Fines will initially start at £1,000 rising to £10,000 for repeat offenders and for "the most egregious breaches" including those who stop others from self-isolating, like an employer who asks a staff member to come into work in violation of an order. The penalties are in line with those for people who fail to quarantine for 14 days after returning to the UK from a country not on the list of low-risk nations. The new regulations will come into force in England on September 28, although ministers are discussing with the devolved administrations for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland about extending them UK-wide. The heavy penalty is the latest in a series of financial punishments introduced by authorities aimed at deterring would-be rule-flouters amid a recent sharp upsurge in coronavirus infections. What other acts can you be fined for? The "Rule of Six" From Monday September 14, new laws came into force banning groups of six or more in England, whether gathering inside or outside. Find yourself in a group of more than a half-dozen without a work or education exemption, and you could be on the wrong end of a penalty which doubles on each repeat offence up to a maximum number, which depends on the country you are in. Similar rules apply in Scotland and Wales with differences on household configurations and under-12s not counting toward the total. In Scotland ...
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