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Short Update: England and Wales brings in new criminal laws to fine people for not self-isolating, despite having no functional track and trace system

FairTrialsAdmin - September 22, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, New criminal offences, Rule of Law

In England, from 28 September, you can be fined £1000 if you do not stay at home and self-isolate following a positive test result for COVID-19 or if you are contacted by NHS Test and Trace and instructed to self-isolate. This can increase to £10,000 for repeat offences and for the most ‘egregious’ breaches, such as preventing others from self-isolating. 

However, there is still no functional track and trace system, with a lack of available testing and huge delays to tests preventing people from checking if they have the virus, while efforts to contact those considered at risk of transmission have also failed to contact more than 30% of those potentially infected. 

New laws have also come in which require businesses in certain sectors, such as hospitality (bars, pubs, restaurants and cafes), tourism and leisure (hotels, museums, cinemas), hairdressers, community centres and libraries, to request and keep a record of contact details from all visitors and customers for 21 days. 

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