Strict new rules under Covid measures designed to stop the spread of a new Omicron variant could see people vaccinated in England face fines of up to Â£ 10,000.
People who have been in contact with a case of the Omicron coronavirus will need to self-isolate for 10 days under new measures, regardless of the number vaccines they had.
Other new rules include the compulsory wearing of face masks in shops and on public transport in England, stricter testing requirements for travel.
Confirmed cases of UK Omicron variant
Â£ 10,000 fine under new Omicron variant measures
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “We will do everything we can to ensure that all eligible people are offered this booster in just over two months.”
Anyone who has been in contact with a case will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace.
People who refuse to follow guidelines could face a five-figure fine, reports The mirror.
The penalty for refusing to stay indoors once identified starts at Â£ 1,000 with the possibility of increasing up to Â£ 10,000 for repeat offenders.
The worries of the Covid at Christmas
Dr Harries had previously told BBC Radio 4’s Today program that although “the vaccines appear to be effective, but we are finding that the variant is more highly transmissible, having low intensity infection, but in a very large number of the population, (she) could always have a significant impact on our hospitals.
“And, of course, our behaviors in the winter and especially around Christmas, we tend to socialize more, so I think that will have to be taken into account.”
She added, “If we all decrease our social contact a bit, it actually helps keep the variant at bay.”
She suggested âbe careful, don’t socialize when we don’t particularly need itâ and get a reminder.