Brits To Pay $13,000 Fine For Breaking Quarantine Rules

( New rules set to be implemented in the United Kingdom mean that British people who do not follow quarantine rules could be fined as much as £10,000 ($13,000). The rules would apply to people who have tested positive for COVID-19 and would act as a deterrent for people leaving their homes while infectious.

The new rules would also apply to people who have come into contact with somebody who has tested positive for the virus and will come into effect on September 28.

As part of the new package of rules, the government will also help people who are forced to quarantine as a result of contracting the virus, giving people a one-time payment of £500. It comes as the British government faces the very real possibility of implementing another national lockdown to stop the rising number of COVID cases.

Last week, the United Kingdom saw 4,422 cases – that’s the highest number of cases since the virus hit its peak around May.

Matt Hancock, Britain’s health minister, said on Sunday that the country is now at a “tipping point” and faces a choice between taking stricter measures now and acting more responsibility, or facing another national lockdown.

“The nation faces a tipping point and we have a choice,” he said to Sky News. “The choice is either that everybody follows the rules…or we will have to take more measures.”

Conservative British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said the country is facing a second wave of the virus and said that “people who choose to ignore the rules will face significant fines.”

“We need to do all we can to control the spread of this virus, to prevent the most vulnerable people from becoming infected, and to protect the NHS and save lives,” Johnson added. “And while most people are doing their absolute level best to comply with the rules, I don’t want to see a situation where people don’t feel they are financially able to self-isolate.”

While the one-time payment of £500 will certainly help, it’s less than what the vast majority of people in the United Kingdom make during two weeks of work.