New Coronavirus regulations: The ‘Self-Isolation Regulations’
The Self-Isolation Regulations came into force on Monday 28 September 2020 and were made in response to the serious and imminent threat to public health which is posed by the incidence and spread of Covid-19 in England.
They set out, amongst others, complex and lengthy mandatory self-isolation provisions for those who have tested positive for Covid-19 or have come into contact with someone who has tested positive.
From an employment perspective, regulations 7,8 and 9 are the most relevant.
- Regulation 7 prevents an employer from knowingly allowing a self-isolating worker or agency worker to attend any place other than their designated place during the isolation period for any purpose related to the worker’s employment.
- Regulation 8 puts a self-isolating worker under an obligation to notify their employer of the requirement to self-isolate as well as the start and end dates of their isolation period. This needs to be done as soon as possible and in any event, before the worker is next due to start work within the isolation period. Similar provisions apply to agency workers under regulation 9.
A person who contravenes a requirement under regulations 7,8 and 9 without reasonable excuse commits a criminal offence and may incur penalties between £1,000 and £10,000.
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All information in this update is accurate at the time of writing. It is meant for general information only and is not legal advice.