North Yorkshire Police fine five people for failing to self-isolate - but none for failing to wear face mask
Police in North Yorkshire have fined five people so far for failing to self-isolate.
Laws, which came into effect on Monday, now mean that people can be made to pay £1,000 if they do not self-isolate when required to
That can rise up to £10,000 for repeat offenders and for "the most egregious breaches".
Speaking at a briefing from the North Yorkshire Local Resilience Forum, Superintendent Mike Walker said the force has not yet fined anyone for not wearing a face covering.
"While we realised we have a role to play, we will be working with the community and as a last resort using enforcement," he said.
"This does put an additional pressure on us at a time when local demand has returned to pre-Covid-19 levels.
"Everyone has a part to play. By adhering to the rules - as the vast majority have been doing - that is what we are expecting.
"We will do our best to protect the public of North Yorkshire and beat the virus."
The NHS website instructs people to self-isolate if you have any symptoms of coronavirus or have tested positive for the disease.
You must also self-isolate if you live with someone who has symptoms or tested positive, someone in your support bubble has symptoms or tested positive, you're told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace or the NHS COVID-19 app, or you arrive in the UK from a country with a high coronavirus risk.
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