Coronavirus: Five new COVID-19 laws and fines that the government has evaded | Political news


Several new rules, laws and penalties relating to coronaviruses have been revealed by the government.

Ministers updated legislation that gives police the legal powers to make sure people follow emergency measures.

But among the widely known changes, like limiting the number of people who can gather to six, there have also been new additions.

Sky News takes a look at some of the other ads slipped overnight:

1. Leaving solitary confinement ‘recklessly’ results in a fine of £ 4000

Anyone who “violates” the obligation to self-isolate without a “reasonable excuse” will be fined £ 4,000 for their first offense – up to £ 10,000 if it is the second or second. the third.

That is, if, leaving isolation, they can come into or come into close contact with another person.

Or if they are “reckless as to the consequences of this close contact”.

2. Maliciously forcing someone into segregation will result in a penalty of £ 1,000.

One of the concerns some had about contact tracing was that people who tested positive and were asked for their close contacts could mischievously give someone’s name to force them to self-isolate as well.

This will now be illegal – punishable by a fine of £ 1,000.

The new regulations stipulate that anyone who “knowingly gives false information” about their relatives “commits an offense”.

Matt Hancock says he needs to ‘be able to move to the beat’ to contain the spread of COVID-19

3. Tell at work you are isolating or incurring £ 50 charges

All staff in isolation must inform their employer of their entry into service and will be released from their duties.

If they don’t, they will receive a fixed penalty notice of £ 50.

This is because the government wants anyone who isolates themselves to tell their employer, so that it is easier to ensure that companies are not forcing workers into the office.

4. Hospitality forced to prevent people from singing and dancing

Owners of pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants should “take all reasonable steps” to stop singing on site by groups of more than six people or any dancing.

Exemptions apply to marriages and civil partnerships – but only to the happy couple.

5. Limited music volume

And owners of the same types of businesses have also been banned from playing music on premises above 85 decibels.

Live music performances are excluded from the obligation.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has tried to quell the anger of some Tory MPs by saying he needs to “be able to move at a pace” to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

But the Big Brother Watch civil liberties campaign group condemned the way the changes were introduced, saying, “Again, this was imposed without scrutiny by Parliament. Where is it going to end?

“The government cannot and should not legislate on every part of our life. ”

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