Drifting Worlds Apart: How England and Scotland will promote self-isolation for the common good

The army join armed police in patrolling the area around parliament, Westminster, London
Photograph: Andy Hall/The Observer

How can we make sure as many people as possible self-isolate when they need to?

From the PM in England today:

Mr Speaker, these rules measures will only work if people comply. There is nothing more frustrating for the vast majority, the law-abiding majority that do comply than the sight of a few brazenly defying the rules. So these rules will be enforced by tighter penalties.

We have already introduced a fine of up to £10,000 for those who fail to self-isolate and such fines will now be applied to businesses breaking Covid rules. The penalty for failing to wear a mask or breaking the rule of six will now double to £200 for a first offence.

We will provide the police and local authorities with the extra funding they need, a greater police presence on our streets, and the option to draw on military support where required to free up the police.


From the FM in Scotland today:

Next, we are working with local authorities to ensure that when someone is asked by Test & Protect to self-isolate, they will be contacted proactively and offered essential practical support – for example help with delivery of food and other essentials. And, most importantly, we will introduce financial support of £500 for those on low incomes. More detail of this scheme will be published shortly.

As I said yesterday, we will keep issues of enforcement for non-compliance with self-isolation under review.

However, our judgment at this stage – particularly given the spirit of solidarity that is so essential in this fight against COVID – is that supporting people to do the right thing is much more effective than threatening harsh punishment if they can’t.


5 thoughts on “Drifting Worlds Apart: How England and Scotland will promote self-isolation for the common good”

    1. I actually tried to pay attention to what he was saying, but the delivery was poor, the gestures hammy and, when he told a blatant lie about how the majority of us have observed the lockdown since the start – clearly Dominic Cummings and other cronies do not count – I found that my attention wandering. In the brief snippets of Mark Drakeford and Nicola Sturgeon, the delivery was clearer, much more succinct and their body language suggested they meant what they were saying.

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