New measures to support those undergoing self-isolation

The Prime Minister has announced a new package of measures to support and enforce self-isolation –  people will be legally obliged to self-isolate if they test positive or have been asked to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace, but those on low incomes who lose work as a result will be entitled to a £500 Test and Trace support payment. These measures will help to control the spread of the virus, protect the NHS and save lives.

  • The best way we can fight this virus is by everyone following the rule of six; wash your hands; cover your face; make space; and self-isolate of you have symptoms or if you have been contacted by NHS Test and Trace.
  • From 28 September, people will be required by law to self-isolate – recognising that self-isolation is one of the most powerful tools for controlling the virus. New fines for those breaching the rules will start at £1,000, but could increase to up to £10,000 for repeat offences and for the most egregious breaches.
  • But we don’t want to see a situation where people don’t feel they are financially able to self-isolate – which is why we are also introducing a new £500 Test and Trace Support payment for those on low incomes who are required by NHS Test and Trace to remain at home.     
  • Many people are following the rules around self-isolation, but these steps will make sure more do and help ensure the public do not unknowingly spread the virus.


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