Britain to Impose Fines of up to £10,000 for Coronavirus Restriction Violations

By Kurt Stolz on 20 September 2020
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The United Kingdom announced it would impose fines of up to £10,000 ($12,916) against individuals who do not comply with coronavirus restrictions.

The number of new daily cases in Britain has risen to over 4,000, causing the move as Prime Minister Boris Johnson tries to avert a nationwide lockdown.

The country’s health secretary, Matt Hancock, speaking on a BBC news program hosted by Andrew Marr, made the issue quite clear.

“If everybody follows the rules then we can avoid further national lockdown.”

When asked if England might face another national lockdown, Hancock said, ”I don’t rule it out, I don’t want to see it.

The government will impose fines of £1,000 against those who do not self-isolate after testing positive and for those individuals who leave their homes after being traced as a close contact of someone who contracted the virus.

The fines will go into effect on September 28.

Individuals who are repeat offenders will face fines of up to of £10,000 as will those who commit the most serious of breaches.

“We’ve relied on people’s civic duties to do the right thing, but there is a minority of people who are not,” Hancock said.

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