Ignoring isolation request from NHS app is not illegal

Matt Hancock said today on Times Radio it wouldn't be illegal to ignore a message from the coronavirus app telling you to go into self-isolation. (PA)
Matt Hancock said today on Times Radio it wouldn’t be illegal to ignore a message from the coronavirus app telling you to go into self-isolation. (PA)

It will not be illegal to ignore the NHS app telling you to self-isolate, Matt Hancock confirmed today.

Speaking on Times Radio the health secretary said it was not mandatory to enter self-isolation if the app told you to, but it is if an NHS test and trace member of staff tells you to.

On Monday it will be illegal in England to not enter self-isolation after being told to do so by a staff member of NHS test and trace, with the threat of a £10,000 fine.

Hancock said: “If the app tells you to self isolate then you should self isolate, if an NHS test and trace contact tracer tells you to then you must by law.”

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