Breaking coronavirus laws not only puts your health at risk, it can also result in a £ 10,000 fine.
Since the country is strictly cordoned off, people need a “reasonable excuse” to leave their home, such as shopping for essentials, looking for medical care and exercise, reports the MEN.
With the country struggling with high infection rates, activities like meeting friends, picnicking, or other recreational or recreational activities are prohibited and can result in a hefty fine.
New fines have recently been introduced, including £ 800 for people attending house parties and heavy fines for people traveling from abroad in violation of the country’s new quarantine rules.
There are many other criminal offenses that can be fined, including not wearing face coverings and lying about a positive Covid test with the NHS Track and Trace service.
Every nation in the UK has different rules, but we have compiled a list of the coronavirus laws in force in England and the financial penalties you can get if you break those laws.
Leave your home
You can only leave your home for specific reasons during the UK’s third national lockdown.
Fines start at £ 200 if caught leaving your home without a “reasonable excuse”. However, the fine doubles for further violations and can cost you up to a maximum of £ 6,400.
It is against the law to go out to meet friends and socialize with people outside of your household. However, you can go to work, volunteer, shop essentials, play sports, care for others, seek medical help, and attend a funeral.
Organizers of illegal gatherings of more than 30 people such as raves or house parties can face heavy fines of £ 10,000.
If you attend a gathering of more than 15 people you will be fined £ 800, which doubles to a maximum of £ 6,400 after each offense.
You can only meet in larger groups outside of your household and your support and childcare bubbles under certain circumstances.
Quarantine after travel
Vacationing in the UK is currently illegal and you can be fined if you are away from home.
Travelers arriving in the UK with a substantial reason to visit are required to self-isolate for 10 days.
The government has designated a number of countries as “red lists” and people arriving from these countries must self-isolate in approved quarantine hotels.
Travelers to the UK are required to complete a Passenger Location Form stating where they have been and where they will be in the UK.
You will be fined for not completing the form before arriving in the UK. You can be fined up to £ 10,000 if you provide false information.
Those who hide the fact that they have been to “Red List” countries in the 10 days prior to their arrival in the UK face a prison sentence of up to 10 years.
You could also be fined £ 10,000 if you fail to self-isolate when prompted.
People traveling from abroad must do two coronavirus tests during their self-isolation. Failure to pass the first test will result in a £ 1,000 fine. If you fail the second test the fine is £ 2,000.
Track and trace
If you tested positive for coronavirus or were instructed by NHS Test and Trace to self-isolate because you came into contact with someone who has been in contact with the virus, you could be fined for not adhere to.
Fines start at £ 1,000 for not self-isolating. If they do not self-isolate in a ruthless manner, they will face a higher fine.
If you leave quarantine early and endanger someone else, you will be fined £ 4,000 for an initial crime.
If you give false information about your close contacts with NHS Test and Trace after a positive test, you could be fined £ 1,000.
This includes not mentioning some of your close contacts or naming people with whom you have not yet met.
The police can also access the NHS test and trace database when they have received leads on potential quarantine breakers.
Violations of the workplace
Companies that violate the coronavirus law can expect heavy fines.
Venues that open illegally during lockdown if they have been legally advised to close will be fined £ 10,000 for each day they are open.
Businesses must also ensure that illegal gatherings are not taking place on their premises and will be fined for failing to do so.
Entrepreneurs also need to make sure their businesses are Covid-proof.
Fines can be imposed if social distancing is not adhered to through measures such as one-way systems and limiting the number of customers allowed at the same time.
Loud music can also result in a fine – because people are encouraged to sing – and if the dancing occurs without social distancing.
The fine for a first offense is £ 1,000 and is halved to £ 500 if paid within 14 days.
Forcing an employee to come to work while isolating themselves could result in a £ 1,000 fine to the company. However, an employee can also be fined for failing to tell their employer that they are self-isolating.
You are legally required to wear face covering in several public places in England.
Face covers are required on all public transport, and employees and customers in shops, restaurants, and banks must wear them as well.
Restaurants are currently closed for lockdowns, but you will still need to wear face-covering when picking up a take-away order.
You can be fined £ 200 for not wearing face covering when necessary when not exempt.
If you pay your fine within 14 days all you have to do is pay £ 100.
The fines are doubled for each additional offense up to a maximum of £ 6,400. After the first offense there is no longer any discount.