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People across England – including here on the Isle of Wight – are now required by law to self-isolate if they test positive or are contacted by NHS Test and Trace.

Those on lower incomes who cannot work from home and have lost income as a result will also be eligible for a new £500 Test and Trace Support Payment.

Local Authorities will be working quickly to set up Test and Trace Support Payment schemes and the Government expect them to be in place by 12th October. Those who are told to self-isolate from today (Monday) will receive backdated payments, if they are eligible, once the scheme is set up in their Local Authority.

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Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock has said:

“Anyone can catch coronavirus and anyone can spread it. We all have a crucial part to play in keeping the number of new infections down and protecting our loved ones.

“As cases rise it is imperative we take action, and we are introducing a legal duty to self-isolate when told to do so, with fines for breaches and a new £500 support payment for those on lower incomes who can’t work from home while they are self-isolating.

“These simple steps can make a huge difference to reduce the spread of the virus, but we will not hesitate to put in place further measures if cases continue to rise”.

Those who fail to comply with the law will be fined. Those breaching self-isolation rules face a fine starting at £1,000, in line with the existing penalty for breaking quarantine after international travel. This could increase to up to £10,000 for repeat offences.

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Employers who force or allow staff to come to work when they should be self-isolating will also be liable for fines of up to £10,000, sending a clear message that this will not be tolerated.

Home Secretary Priti Patel has said:

“These new measures are about saving lives. Everyone must take personal responsibility and self-isolate if they test positive or if told to do so by NHS Test and Trace.

“For those who fail to do so, the police will enforce the law. These new fines are a clear sign that we will not allow those who break the rules to reverse the hard-won progress made by the law-abiding majority”.

If someone or another member of their household has symptoms of coronavirus, they should, as now, isolate immediately. If someone receives a positive test result, they are now required by law to self-isolate for the period ending 10 days after displaying symptoms or after the date of the test, if they did not have symptoms. Other members of their household must self-isolate for the period ending 14 days after symptom onset, or after the date of the initial person’s positive test.

If someone is instructed to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace, because they have had close contact with someone outside their household who has tested positive, they are legally required to self-isolate for the period notified by NHS Test and Trace. Both household and non-household contacts must self-isolate for the full period, regardless of whether they have symptoms and, if they develop symptoms and take a test, regardless of whether any test taken gives a negative result.

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free country apparently

NHS app not downloaded – tick
Bluetooth switched off – tick
location data switched off – tick
not giving real name or address to anyone – tick
not getting any tests done – tick
not believing all the spoon fed garbage on main stream media – tick
not listening to government or scientists who are making it up as they go along – tick
means no chance of being fined at all and can retain freedom of movement, without another human being, trampling all over my rights and able to ignore the dross they are peddling in the news.


In the meantime the 10pm deadline for the majority of hospitality outlets does not apply for the parliaments bars as they are classified as under ‘work canteens’ therefore exempt. Talk about taking the p**s !

Real Islander

That is because covid plays by governments rules and waits for Boris to make unscientific rules, that have no basis on facts or common sense.


You are indeed mentally deranged, just a wind up merchant for attention. Why not go and catch Covid to become immune if you are lucky to survive it with your friends and family. Do us all a favour!


ziggy – i see you are one of the gullible sheeple – baaaaaaaaaa

Real Islander

Perhaps you should read what the censored professionals are saying. In my book it is fascism/communism if you only have one opinion allowed.


Wow what a quick u-turn by the government. They just announced that the 10pm curfew for the bar in parliament will now apply to them now. Was it common sense or feedback. Whatever – pleased to see ..


What an idiot – tick

Little Pots

As most children caught colds within days of returning to schooling, then with CV being far more infectious, surely we are all likely to be infected this coming Winter, no matter what we do.
Just a case of slowing the spread, so the NHS can just cope, and the Tory party aren’t blamed should that ‘not’ have been the case imo.

Real Islander

Being as the test used will give false positives, that in turn leads to more media fear/panic. The test used for covid was never intended for this as it is totally inaccurate.

Martin smith

Mr justice????

Mr justice


Sharps the word

Good luck with trying to get £1,000 fine from people.
Every and any excuse will be used, and ‘should’ by some miracle the authorities fine someone, then the media will pile in, finding some sob story to make the Government look like the evil bad guy in it all.
That is why the country is doomed. The great unwashed won’t be told now, and so do as they please.

Mad Benny

Just as well make it a million pound fine. For those who don’t think that British law should apply to them won’t be paying any fine.   They will have every excuse, and NO monies will be collected from this, as the media would have a ‘field day’ should some ‘poor victim’ ever receive a fine.   Only the more senior now obey to the letter of the laws, the young know that Police, jail spaces, courts, and free legal aid, and a weak, gullible, liberal society here is there to be used, and abused and the toothless Tiger can… Read more »


the police do not turn up for burglary or shoplifting – so if they turn up at peoples homes for this – then they have no excuse for not turning up when an actual crime is committed.
Going outdoors is not a crime and the facist jackbook morons in government aren’t living in the real world.


You are right, serious fight across the road from mine and the 999 operator was more interested in my details than the screaming in the background. She asked my date of birth!!! WHY? I don’t understand. They never even came to see my CCTV although offered while giving my details as they were even more important apparently.

Real Islander

That is because it is about control, not your health, or they would ban fluoride in the water, mercury & aluminium in vaccines, pesticides,fertilisers and all that processed food… which we all know is detrimental to your health. So please spare me the idea that your government actually care about you.

Reality Check

This is not about control. If it was it would be something that actually created some control, like taxes. This does not. Police do not have the ability to manage basic crimes such as theft. Even uninsured, speeding drivers are only found out through road incidents.

Real Islander

That`s why gov have given the police 60 million…


Spot on Ben. Hardly coincidence that certain areas whose residents ignore ever other law should be at the top of the list for this infection too.
Yet those who can never now be blamed, won’t dare be for this either. Will be everyone else’s fault but theirs.

Black Jack

It would appear from reading the ‘New Rules’ that the Police or ,Covid wardens’ will require access to phone records and/or the list that venues have of people that have attended the venue. The venues I have been to only ask for name and phone number not an address. Extra note the NHS phone app is supposed to only hold details on your phone. Something does seem to be at odds with what we are told, and what if your phone is switched off.

Real Islander

Future generations will be bewildered that a prosperous country threw its economy off a cliff in a failed attempt to suppress a disease that kills less than 1 per cent of those infected, most of them in their eighties and nineties.


Missing the point. Your thoughts are restricted by your focus on the death rate. I’m not in agreement with any of the Government incompetence we have seen but as a commenter your views are too polarised and therefore unhelpful.

Real Islander

“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.” 
― C. S. Lewis


I refuse to download the app. Can’t afford to self isolate and not covered for the £500 payout. I won’t let our government dictate my movements. I’m not against the guidelines as vague and mostly useless that they are but I’m sure I like a lot of the population can be sensible enough to take all the precautions necessary without being ordered about . How will they ever police it as there’s never enough police about already and how are they going to get these fines paid? Most people are still struggling with the original lockdown effects and have no… Read more »

Tim C

I’m with you, the first lock down crippled me financially as i’m newly self employed. Don’t qualify for any help or grants and defo wont get any £500 isolation payment, I’d be surprised if anyone gets it. No app for me thank you, sounds very expensive.

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