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Date Posted: 14/10/2020

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COVID Self Isolation Rules

  • 14.10.20 - New self-isolation rules for workers and employers – with criminal sanctions for failing to comply

    On 28 September the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Self-Isolation) (England) Regulations 2020 came into force.

    In summary the Self Isolation Regulations state that persons are now legally required to self-isolate if they have been notified by the Secretary of State, the NHS Test and Trace Service, a healthcare professional or the local authority that they have:

    • tested positive for COVID-19 pursuant to a test after 28 September; or
    • have had close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 after 28 September.

If an employee or an agency worker has been notified in this way, they will now be legally obliged to inform their employer/agency of their requirement to self-isolate, and provide start and end dates of the self-isolation period. Should they fail to notify their employer, and/or fail to self-isolate - without reasonable excuse, they will be committing an offence, and could  face a fine (receive a fixed penalty notice) of up to £10,000.

Agencies, clients and any other employer of the agency worker (e.g. an umbrella company) will be required to share information with each other if they are notified by the agency worker regarding self-isolation periods.

In conjunction with this,  if an employer, agency or client has been notified or has been made aware that an employee or an agency worker is required to self-isolate and allows them to continue working other than where they must self-isolate, i.e. their home/place of stay (without reasonable excuse) they will be also committing an offence under the regulations, and could be fined (receive a fixed penalty notice). Fines start at £1000 and can increase up to £10,000.                       

These regulations are currently only applicable in England.

Please ensure you keep MAS informed of your availability at all times.  Please also ensure in accordance with your written instructions, you provide MAS with any health updates as required. All travellers returning to the UK from most EU and Worldwide countries must self isolate.  There are some exemptions and you should check the website  for travel corridors via this url -