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From today, (Monday 28 September) people in England will be required by law to self-isolate if they test positive or are contacted by NHS Test and Trace.

Legal duty to self-isolate comes into force today, to ensure compliance and reduce spread of COVID-19
Support is now available for people on low incomes who are unable to work while self-isolating through the £500 Test and Trace Support Payment
Fines for those breaking the rules now in place starting at £1,000 and increasing up to £10,000 for repeat offenders
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 we expect them to be in place by 12 October. Those who are told to self-isolate from today will receive backdated payments, if they are eligible, once the scheme is set up in their local authority.

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.

As the infection is now spreading rapidly again, these new measures will help ensure compliance and reduce the spread of COVID-19.

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