Police in the UK are set to begin enforcing COVID lockdown rules by knocking on people’s doors to check they are self-isolating if they have been mandated to do so by the government.
The Daily Mail reports that the procedure will go into effect today, and will extend to anyone who has tested positive or come into contact with someone who has tested positive for the virus.
The government will use the National Health Service ‘Test and Trace’ app, which has been download by more than 10 million Britons, to issue self-isolation orders to the public.
Police will also operate from tip-offs, according to the report. In other words, police will rely on snitch neighbours who report infractions.
Anyone found to be breaking the quarantine rules could be fined up to ten thousand pounds. Employers who obligate those affected to go to work could also be fined.
The UK Home Secretary Priti Patel announced Sunday that the government “will not allow those who break the rules to reverse the hard-won progress made by the law-abiding majority.”