28th September 2020
The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Self-Isolation) (England) Regulations 2020 came into force in England today.
It is now an offence for an employer to permit a worker (including an agency worker) to leave their place of self-isolation in order to attend work. (Staff may, of course, continue to work from home during a period of self-isolation). If a school knows a worker has tested positive for coronavirus (or lives with someone who has tested positive) they are now responsible for stopping the worker from attending the workplace. Failure to do so will result in the school receiving a fixed penalty fine of £1,000. Subsequent failures will lead to increased fixed penalty fines up to a maximum of £10,000. The regulations also introduce a new obligation for workers to tell their employer that they are self-isolating, failure to do so will become a criminal offence in most circumstances.