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Short Update: Police set for limited role in enforcing UK's COVID-19 quarantine

FT Admin - June 9, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, Extended police powers, New criminal offences

The 14-day quarantine period for individuals returning to the UK from abroad came into force on 8 June. The National Police Chiefs Council has issued guidance emphasising that the role of police in enforcing the quarantine period will be limited. Whilst the guidance sets out that officers can use 'reasonable force' to return individuals to their selected quarantine address or can issue a £1,000 fixed penalty notice, other options should be considered first. Public Health England staff will be primarily responsible for monitoring returning individuals and ensuring that the quarantine rules are followed.  

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