People in England who ignore orders to self-isolate could face fines of up to £10,000, the government has said.
Fines will initially start at £1,000 and increase for repeat offenders and for “the most egregious breaches” including stopping others from self-isolating, like an employer who asks a staff member to come into work in violation of an order.
The penalties are in line with those for people who fail to quarantine for 14 days after returning to the UK from a country not on the list of low-risk nations.
The new regulations will come into force in England on September 28, although ministers are discussing with the devolved administrations for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland about extending them across the UK.
The penalty is the latest in a series of financial punishments introduced by authorities aimed at deterring would-be rule-flouters amid a sharp upsurge in coronavirus infections.
What other acts can you be fined for?
The “rule of six”
From Monday September 14, new laws came into force banning groups of more than six in England, whether gathering inside or outside.
Find yourself in a group of more than a half-dozen without a work or education exemption, and you could be on the wrong end of a penalty which doubles on each repeat offence up to a maximum number, which depends on the country you are in (see below).
Scotland and Wales have different rules on household configurations, with under-12s not counting toward the total.
In Scotland, the limit is also six outdoors, but gatherings outdoors of up to 30 people are still allowed in Wales and Northern Ireland.
In Northern Ireland, the rule of six currently applies only in Ballymena, Co Antrim, and the Belfast city council area.
Face coverings on public transport and in shops
Fines for not wearing face coverings where it is mandated such as public transport, shops and supermarkets were also announced by the Home Office in August, with the bare-faced liable to be fined.
Scotland already had rules on face...