As of Monday September 28, new laws to combat the spread of the coronavirus have been introduced.
Ministers updated the legislation giving the police new powers to impose fines on those who breach the latest measures.
But there is a lot to consider. Even the prime minister didn’t get it right at first when asked what new restrictions would apply to the northeast.
Civil liberties campaign group, Big Brother Watch, condemned the way the changes were put in place, saying, “This has been imposed again without parliamentary scrutiny. Where will it end?”
“The government cannot and should not regulate every part of our lives by law.”
The latest laws for England include doubling the fines for not wearing a face covering and fines up to a whopping 10,000 pounds for repetitive offenses like failure to remain in self-isolation.
Here is a summary of all the fines you may face now for not following the rules for Covid-19 in England.
- 1 1. £ 200 for wearing a mask
- 2 2. £ 1,000 for exiting self-isolation
- 3 3. £ 4,000 for “reckless” abandonment of self-isolation
- 4 4. £ 1,000 for making false claims about someone else
- 5 5. £ 1,000 for deliberately not naming your family in Test and Trace
- 6 6. £ 1,000 if you don’t make sure your children stay isolated
- 7 7. 50 pounds for not telling your boss that you are self-isolating
- 8 8. £ 1,000 to force an isolating worker to work
- 9 9. £ 1,000 for loud music or dancing in a pub
1. £ 200 for wearing a mask
In England the fine has doubled for not wearing face covering in a long list of indoor spaces. the mirror Reports.
For a first offense, it’s £ 200. For repeat offenders, the fine doubles for each subsequent infraction, so a second fine is £ 400 and then increases to £ 800, £ 1,600, £ 3,200 and £ 6,400. Fines are cut in half if you pay them within 14 days.
In England you must wear face covering in the following indoor areas:
- public transport (planes, trains, trams and buses)
- Taxis and private rental vehicles
- Transport hubs (airports, train and tram stops and terminals, seaports and terminals, bus and bus stops and terminals)
- Shops and supermarkets (places that offer goods or services for retail or rental)
- Shopping malls (shopping malls and indoor markets)
- Auction houses
- Spaces that offer hospitality (bars, pubs, restaurants, cafes), except when they are seated at a table to eat or drink (see Exceptions )
- Post offices, banks, building societies, lawyers and accountants, credit unions, short-term loan providers, savings clubs and money service providers
- Real estate and rental agents
- Facilities for body care and beauty treatments (hairdressing salons, hairdressers, nail salons, massage centers, tattoo and piercing studios)
- Premises that provide veterinary services
- Visitor attractions and entertainment venues (museums, galleries, cinemas, theaters, concert halls, cultural and heritage sites, aquariums, indoor zoos and visitor farms, bingo halls, amusement arcades, adventure seating centers, indoor sports stadiums, fairs, theme parks, casinos, ice rinks, bowling alleys, indoor play areas including soft play Areas)
- Libraries and public reading rooms
- Places of worship
- Undertakers (undertakers, crematoriums, and burial chapels)
- Community centers, youth centers and clubs
- Exhibition halls and conference centers
- public areas in hotels and hostels
- Storage and distribution facilities
You are expected to wear face covering before entering any of these locations and keep it on until your departure unless there is a reasonable excuse to remove it, e.g. B. when eating or drinking.
The police can legally fine you if they “reasonably believe” that you have committed a crime.
The fines will be applied locally and you have 28 days to pay. It’s not on your criminal record. However, if you fail to pay, you can be charged and brought to justice.
2. £ 1,000 for exiting self-isolation
If you test positive for Covid-19, you must stay where you live for 10 days after your symptoms started – and not even go to exercise.
This time period may vary if your test took too long to complete or come back. In these rare cases, the 10-day clock starts five days before the test.
First-time offenders can be fined £ 1,000 if they leave self-isolation. That’s £ 2,000, £ 4,000, and £ 10,000 for the second, third, and fourth offenses.
In the meantime, if you’ve come into contact with a positive Covid-19 case, you must now also legally self-isolate for 14 days and are instructed by NHS Test and Trace to isolate.
The 14 day period starts when the person you have been in contact with first developed symptoms.
According to the instructions, if you come into close contact with someone who tests positive, you must self-isolate for 14 days. However, the law will only apply if officially notified to you after Monday September 28th. This means that you will be notified by either NHS Test and Trace or a council official. It is not included if a warning on the new Covid-19 app prompts you to isolate.
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3. £ 4,000 for “reckless” abandonment of self-isolation
It is now a crime to “ruthlessly” abandon self-isolation in such a way that someone else is in danger.
This offense comes with a much larger fine of £ 4,000 for first-time offenders – and jumps to £ 10,000 for a second offense.
As with the other offenses, the police will give you this fine straight away and if you don’t pay it you will be brought to justice.
For this law to work all four things must happen:
- You left self-isolation with no reasonable excuse
- You had reason to believe that you would come into close contact with another person or group
- You then came into close contact with another person or group
- They were “inconsiderate of the consequences of this close contact on that other person’s health.”
The person you met doesn’t have to get coronavirus for you to be fined £ 4,000.
Government sources suggest that the law could be used to punish people who, for example, walk into their office or other crowded place and know they are breaking rules.
4. £ 1,000 for making false claims about someone else
If you tell the test and trace service that you’ve met someone in the pub, they’ll be forced into a two-week quarantine if it turns out that you have coronavirus.
But there is a huge fine for lying about it. It may be tempting to self-isolate an ex or enemy, but there is a special clause in the law to stop false and vengeful claims that quarantine others.
You are committing a crime if you “knowingly falsely tell” Test and Trace or a council official that “someone is in close contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus”.
If caught you could be fined £ 1,000 for a first offense, £ 2,000 for a second, £ 4,000 for a third and £ 10,000 for a fourth offense.
The law was introduced for two reasons – the first is malicious reports like the one described above.
The second reason is to prevent people from falsely claiming their friends and family have been exposed to coronavirus in order to receive an isolation payment of £ 500.
5. £ 1,000 for deliberately not naming your family in Test and Trace
Just as it is a crime to mistakenly force people into isolation, it is a crime to help them avoid it.
It is now a criminal offense to “knowingly give false information” about self-isolation, either to the NHS Test and Trace or to the local council’s public health team.
For example, the law states that if asked to do so by the NHS Test and Trace or the council, you must name each member of your household.
This is because if you test positive for Covid-19, you want your household to isolate with you for 14 days.
You are also legally required to provide Test and Trace or the Council, upon request, with the address where you wish to self-isolate.
If you make false statements about any of these things, you are committing a criminal offense. If caught you will be fined £ 1,000 for a first offense and if caught again you will be fined £ 2,000, £ 4,000 and £ 10,000.
6. £ 1,000 if you don’t make sure your children stay isolated
The fines in the new laws apply to adults aged 18 and over.
However, children are not exempt – because the adult responsible for them can be punished in the same way if they do not do their best to keep the child isolated.
The responsible adult must provide Test and Trace or the council with the address where the child is self-isolating and keep it there for the specified period of time.
If you don’t, expect the same system of fines as if you were isolating yourself – £ 1,000, then £ 2,000, then £ 4,000 and £ 10,000.
7. 50 pounds for not telling your boss that you are self-isolating
Unless you are working from home, it is now a legal requirement to tell your boss if you have been instructed to self-isolate.
This includes informing your employer of the start and end dates of your isolation phase.
You should do this “as soon as possible” and definitely before you go to work.
Similar laws apply to temporary workers, whose employers are then legally obliged to pass on the information about the chain to the company that hired a temporary employment agency in the first place.
The fine for not doing this is much lower at £ 50.
The law was put in place to ensure there was a paper trail, which means employers can be fined for forcing self-isolating workers to come to the office.
8. £ 1,000 to force an isolating worker to work
Businesses can also be fined £ 1,000, which increases to £ 2,000, £ 4,000 and £ 10,000 for repeat offenses for forcing self-isolating personnel to work.
It is a criminal offense to “knowingly allow” an employee to visit “a place other than” where he is in isolation for the purpose of employment.
This excludes the places where someone can legally be in self-isolation.
Like the other offenses, this is punished with a fixed penalty, but it can also lead to legal prosecution.
If a criminal offense is committed by a corporate body and a director or manager finds “neglect, consent, or tolerance”, that manager may be personally prosecuted.
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9. £ 1,000 for loud music or dancing in a pub
New laws prohibit pubs, bars, restaurants and cafes from playing music that exceeds 85 decibels at the source of the music. Live performances are excluded.
The manager must also take “all reasonable steps” to prevent customers from dancing on the premises.
And they must also take “all reasonable steps” to stop singing about customers in groups of six or more.
This translates the guidelines that already apply to pub landlords into law. The aim is to avoid an environment where people have to scream – which increases the risk of the virus spreading through the air.
Pub landlords or other directors or managers may be fined £ 1,000 for a first offense and £ 10,000 for a fourth offense. This cuts in half to £ 500 if paid within 14 days.