Changes to self-isolation
From Monday 17 January, people with COVID-19 in England can end their self-isolation after five full days, as long as they test negative on day 5 and day 6 and do not have a temperature.
Individuals who are still positive on their rapid lateral flow tests must stay in isolation until they have had 2 consecutive negative tests taken on separate days.
Read more about self-isolation changes on gov.uk (opens in a new window).
We are still in Plan B in response to the risks of the Omicron variant
- face coverings are required by law in most indoor settings
- workers who can work from home should do so
- certain venues and events are required by law to check that all visitors aged 18 years or over are fully vaccinated, or have proof of a negative test in the last 48 hours, or have an exemption
COVID-19 remains a serious health risk. You should stay cautious to help protect yourself and others.
- get vaccinated as soon as you are eligible
- get boosted now - a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine is available for everyone aged 18 and over, and some people aged 16 and over, who have had 2 doses of the vaccine at least 3 months ago.
- everyone aged 16 and over can get a 1st and 2nd dose of a vaccine.
- single doses are being offered to all 12 to 15 year-olds
- meeting outdoors is safer, if you meet indoors, let fresh air in
- get tested and follow self-isolate rules if you have tested positive for the Omicron variants
- stay at home if you are unwell
- regularly wash your hands, if you can't use soap and water, wash your hand with alcohol-based hand sanitiser containing at least 70% alcohol
- download and use the NHS COVID-19 App
Advice and guidance
Information specific to Worcestershire
Further advice and guidance
COVID-19, Domestic Abuse and Your Community
You might be worried about yourself or a friend/relative’s wellbeing whilst we are being asked to stay at home as part of the COVID-19 emergency measures. If so, help is available:
SafeLives ending domestic abuse # you are not alone
Safe Lives have all the domestic abuse resources in a one stop link:
Website: SafeLives ending domestic abuse - Domestic abuse and COVID-19 (opens in a new window)
Free phone 24 hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline 0808 2000 247
Men’s Advice Line on 0808 801 0327 (Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm)
In an emergency always dial 999
For more information about this service and further domestic abuse related information and services please visit the Worcestershire County Council Domestic abuse website.