A £4,000 fine for 'recklessly' leaving self-isolation and pub loud music ...

New laws and fines at a glance:  
Fines for people who refuse to self-isolate, starting at £1,000 and rising to £10,000 for serial repeat offenders. But if you are found to have 'recklessly' left self-isolation - the fine starts at £4,000  Recklessly is described as deliberately going somewhere crowded where you could infect others - like an office.  A £1,000 fine if you maliciously claim someone could have been exposed to coronavirus, and the falsehood is then discovered. Pubs, bars, restaurants and cafes are banned from playing music at more than 85 decibels - roughly the noise level in a busy restaurant or that made by heavy traffic. Live performances are exempt from this rule. Landlords and managers must take 'all reasonable measures' to stop singing on their premises by customers in groups of more than six, and dancing by anyone.  Weddings are exempt from this rule. Fines of £4,000 for people who are 'reckless' and come into contact with other people when they know they should be at home in isolation.  Examples given include people going to work in an office or other crowded place when you should be at home. £50 fine for staff who fail to tell their workplace they need to self-isolate.  Employers banned from forcing staff to work when they should be self-isolating or going along with an employee's desire to work instead of self-isolating

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Police will be allowed to dish out £4,000 fines to people who 'recklessly' breach their self-isolation under new rules sneaked out by ministers overnight. 

Pubs and other venues in England are also banned from playing loud music or allowing singing or dancing under sweeping new coronavirus legislation quietly introduced today.

People who refuse to self-isolate can also be fined up to £10,000 if they consistently refuse to stay at home under sweeping new powers put in place by ministers.

And Boris Johnson's administration has also introduced a £1,000 fine for those who maliciously force people into isolation by falsely telling authorities that they could have come into contact with the virus.

This means that people taking a dark revenge on an ex-partner or a terrible boss by forcing them to stay at home face being hit in the wallet if discovered. 

There are also fines for people who try to go into work when they should be in isolation and who fail to tell their employer about their situation. 

But the laws also say you are allowed to break self-isolation, with reasons that are acceptable including taking a pet to the vet. 

The manner in which these fines have been introduced without a vote sparked a furious backlash from Tory backbenchers already unhappy at the way ministers are freelancing new legislation without scrutiny from Parliament.

Tory former minister Steve Baker likened some of the Government's coronavirus restrictions to George Orwell's dystopian novel 1984, specifically referencing a ban on singing and dancing in bars, cafes and restaurants.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock told the Commons this afternoon he has agreed to hold a further meeting with a Tory MP leading a rebellion over Parliament's ability to scrutinise Government-imposed coronavirus restrictions.

Mr Hancock told MPs Commons he would meet Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the influential Tory backbench 1922 Committee, and other Tories to discuss matters further. 

Mr Hancock told MPs: 'I welcome the scrutiny that this House gives. I have answered seven urgent questions, given 12 statements and taken 800 interventions since the start of this pandemic and I am committed to continuing to the engagement.'

But former chief whip Mark Harper interrupted him to say: 'But it's not just about scrutiny, it's about the laws we're making and the ones that for example came in at midnight tonight, with 12 pages of detailed laws, lots of detail and criminal offences and duties not mentioned when they were set out in a statement last week, including duties on employers, directors and officers with serious criminal penalties.  

Boris Johnson (pictured today) has introduced a £1,000 for those who maliciously force other people into isolation by making false claims to authorities that they could have come into contact with the virus

Boris Johnson (pictured today) has introduced a £1,000 for those who maliciously force other people into isolation by making false claims to authorities that they could have come into contact with the virus

The wide-ranging laws and the list of punishments were revealed in legal documents and came into force on Monday.

The wide-ranging laws and the list of punishments were revealed in legal documents and came into force on Monday.

Acceptable excuses for breaking self-isolation 

The legislation released today lists acceptable reasons for breaching your own self-isolation.

As well as threatening five-figure sums for spurious breaches, there is a vast swathes of acceptable excuses that can be given.

Medical care is one perhaps obvious reason. The rules set out that this can be either 'required urgently' or as a referral from a GP for less emergency treatment.

The range of physical medical care covered includes dentistry, the optician, audiologists, chiropodists, chiropractors and osteopaths. Mental health treatment is also on the list.

Animal owners are also allowed to take their pets or working animals for treatment 'where this is required urgently or on the advice of a veterinary surgeon'.

Legal duties are also permissible, such as being required to attend a court case or other legal proceeding, or to answer bail.

Another reason given is 'to avoid a risk of harm' - for example if your home is on fire you will not be breaking the rules if you flee in terror.

You can also attend a funeral of a 'close family member' and to obtain 'basic necessities' like food and medication for people in your home - including pets - if there is no other way you can get

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