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New Coronavirus Law for England

Posted on: Sep 28,2020

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Self-Isolation) (England) Regulations 2020 came into force at midnight on Sunday 27th September 2020 and apply to England only.

After 28th September 2020, if you receive notification from the Secretary of State, a health professional or the local authority that you have;

  1. tested positive for COVID-19 or had close contact with someone who has
  2. a child you are responsible for tests positive for COVID-19 or has close contact with someone who has (Regulation 2(1))

Then you must self- isolate for a total of 14 days and tell the Secretary of State the names of the people in your household (Regulation 3). You may only break self-isolation in the circumstances laid out at Regulation 2 (3)(b). It is a criminal offence to breach self-isolation outside of these reasons (Regulation 11).



Regulation 7 makes it an offence for an employer to knowingly permit a worker (including an agency worker) to attend any place other than where the individual is self-isolating.  This includes individuals who are required to self-isolate because they live with someone who has tested positive. You have a duty to tell your employer that you are self-isolating (Regulation 8).  If your employer knows that you have tested positive (or live with someone who has tested positive), they must stop you from working, unless you can work from home. Any employer who fails to do so will face a fine, starting at £1,000.

See also

Sick pay 

Coronavirus and Work – Keeping Safe

Coronavirus Isolation Note

Courts and Tribunals COVID-19 preparation

Employment Tribunal Hearings during COVID-19 outbreak

Pay during Medical Suspension

Suspension on Maternity Grounds

Pregnancy and Maternity protection

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