A ‘contact’ is a person who has been close to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 anytime from two days before the person was symptomatic up to ten days from onset of symptoms (this is when they are infectious to others).
To be classed as a contact the individual must have breached the contact definition with a positive case during their infectious period.
The contact definition is:
- less than 2 metres for 15 minutes or more
- less than 1 metre for 1 minute or more
- face to face for any time at all
The guidance below provides details of what is meant by a contact and how long they need to self-isolate for: