Enforcement and support for self-isolation
Ensuring infected individuals and their close contacts isolate is one of our most powerful tools for controlling transmission.
We know that someone with the virus can remain infectious to other people for up to 10 days after developing symptoms. It can take up to 14 days for individuals to develop coronavirus symptoms after they catch the virus, and in this time, they can unknowingly pass it on to others, even if they don’t have symptoms.
Self-isolating helps prevent family, friends and the community from contracting coronavirus, as well as helping to protect the health and care system.
From 28 September, new enforcement and support measures for people to self-isolate include:
- A legal duty on individuals to self-isolate if someone tests positive or is identified as a contact by NHS Test and Trace.
- A new Test and Trace Support Payment scheme - this consists of a £500 taxable lump sum payment for those on low incomes to support them if they cannot work during their self-isolation period. Click on the link above to apply.
- Penalties for those breaking the rules, including fines on a sliding scale from £1,000 up to a maximum of £10,000 for multiple breaches.
- A new legal obligation on employers that they must not knowingly enable or encourage their employees to break the law on self-isolation.