Close contacts to face fines if they fail to isolate for 14 days

Government is considering making it mandatory for people to self-isolate after coming into contact with someone who has Covid-19, Tánaiste says

5th November, 2020
Close contacts to face fines if they fail to isolate for 14 days
Leo Varadkar said it makes no sense to put in a mandatory self-isolation system for international travel passengers while having a voluntary system for close contacts. Picture:

People could soon be facing fines for failing to self isolate for a fortnight after coming into close contact with a person infected with Covid-19.

It is already mandatory for people to wear face coverings in shops and on public transport and to obey Garda directions to return home if they are on a non-essential journey more than five kilometres from their home.

In the Dáil, Leo Varadkar, the Tánaiste and Minister for Business, said...

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