National Police Chiefs’ Council chair Martin Hewitt said:
“The overwhelming majority of people will do the right thing and follow the rules, which are helping to protect the NHS and save lives.
“As the Government has made clear, it will not be the role of police to conduct spot checks on those who should be isolating. Only if public health authorities suspect someone is not following the restrictions will police become involved. Our approach will be proportionate to the circumstances and we will continue to engage, explain, encourage and, only as last resort, enforce.
“We will continue to work with the Government on the detail as the legislation is drawn up and will provide officers with clear guidance on their role.”