Coronavirus (COVID-19) Self-isolation and when you need to do this

Changes to self-isolation 16 August 2021

From 16 August, if you’re fully vaccinated or under 18, you will not need to self-isolate following close contact with someone who has COVID-19. You’ll still need to take a PCR test and self-isolate if it’s positive. 

When to self-isolate and what to do from the NHS (opens in a new window)

What is self-isolation?

Self-isolation is when you do not leave your home because you have or might have coronavirus (COVID-19). It is very important that anyone who has the virus, or might have been exposed to it, restricts the number of people they meet for 10 days. This is the most effective way of preventing the coronavirus from spreading.

Anyone who has tested positive to COVID-19 must stay at home for the full isolation period. This is because they could pass it on to others, even if they don’t have symptoms.

Who needs to self-isolate?

The following groups will be required to self-isolate, should they be identified as a close contact of a positive COVID-19 PCR test result:

  • those who have not received their COVID-19 vaccination
  • those who have not received both doses of their COVID-19 vaccination
  • those who have received their second dose within the last 14 days
  • those who have tested positive following a PCR test
  • those who have been fully vaccinated and are displaying COVID-19 symptoms (ahead of getting a PCR test)
  • those who arrive in the UK from a country with a high coronavirus risk. Up to date details are available on the red, amber and green list rules for entering England from GOV.UK (opens in a new window)

Are you are self-isolating or vulnerable due to COVID-19 and need assistance?

Website: Here2Help Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Customer Service Contact Team telephone 01905 768053 choose option three ( this number is available from Monday to Thursday from 9.00am to 5.00pm and Friday from  9.00am to 4.30pm) 

Test and trace support payment

A new £500 lump sum self-isolation support payment has been set up to help people on low incomes who are unable to work from home if they are told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace and will lose income as a result. 

Website: Test and trace support payment

Get an isolation note for your employer

If someone needs time off work they can get an isolation note to give to their employer.

Website: Get an isolation note from then NHS (opens in a new window)