From today.

It will be a punishable offence in the United Kingdom not to comply with an official instruction to self-isolate, with fines starting at £1,000 and rising to £10,000 for ‘repeat offenders or serious breaches’.

Via BBC:

Police officers can check that people are complying with the rules in virus hotspots and among high-risk groups based on “local intelligence“, the government said.

The law applies to people who have tested positive for coronavirus, or who have been told by NHS Test and Trace to self-isolate because they have been in close contact with someone with the virus.

And if someone tests positive, it is illegal to knowingly give false information about their close contacts to NHS Test and Trace….

Good times.

Covid-19: Up to £10,000 fine for failure to self-isolate in England (BBC)

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9 thoughts on “Isolate Or Else

  1. Zaccone

    Extremely harsh punishments like this will just do two things:

    1) People will refuse to go for a test even if they’re sick, because they’ll be worried about the strict punishments.
    2) It will further the divide between the state/police and the people. Community policing by consent is far better than this sort of policing by fear/punishment.

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      1. E'Matty

        Hopefully. It’ll be great if such reactionary policies cause more people to wake up and reject the absolute BS coming from the governments on the grossly exaggerated threat posed by this virus. We only need to tip the balance so much before the more herd-like then join our ranks. Those types tend to follow whichever way they think the crowd is going and will follow whatever voice is presented as a voice of authority.

        Great to already see a real rise online in people thinking for themselves and questioning the whole narrative. The more desperate the media and political class become, they more they try to demonise these people and crush this dissent, which only hastens the likelihood of a total breakdown in trust in the government and media. Bring it on! I’d almost welcome the government trying to do the same here with large fines. They’re walking a tight rope and a policy like this could be the very thing that tips a critical mass of the populace over the edge and away from the trance of this ridiculous Covid hysteria narrative.

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    1. f_lawless

      1) Maybe in the immediate future but if things reach their logical conclusion, at a certain point down the line citizens will be effectively banned from access to public life and services unless they agree to a test or can prove they’ve had a recent test.

      2) “Community policing” sounds like Stasi-era East Germany, urging people to spy and inform on their neighbours

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