If you have any of the 3 main symptoms of COVID-19 however mild, you must self-isolate for 10 days from when your symptoms started.
You should arrange to have a test to see if you have COVID-19. Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
If you are not experiencing any of the 3 main symptoms but have tested positive for COVID-19 you also must self-isolate for 10 days, starting from the day the test was taken. If you develop symptoms during this isolation period, you must restart your 10-day isolation from the day you develop symptoms.
Duty to self isolate
There is a legal duty on all those who test positive for COVID-19 to self-isolate. Failure to comply with this duty is an offence carrying a fine of at least £1,000 and up to £10,000 for multiple breaches.
The duty means that anyone notified of a positive test result and any of their notified contacts, who are over 18 and not fully vaccinated, have a legal duty to self-isolate.
Local contact tracers may call you if you need to self-isolate.
They will call from the following phone number: 01253 478000.
How long to isolate
Those testing positive for COVID-19 will be legally obliged to self-isolate for a period ending 10 days after the onset of symptoms or, for people who did not have symptoms when they were tested, 10 days after the date of the test. If you develop symptoms during this isolation period, you must restart your 10-day isolation from the day you develop symptoms.
From Monday 16 August, close contacts of a positive COVID-19 case will no longer need to self-isolate if they are either:
- Fully vaccinated with 2 doses of a UK COVID-19 vaccine
- Under 18 years old
Contacts must have received their 2nd dose of the vaccine at least 14 days prior to contact with a positive case to be able to avoid isolation.
If you are a close contact of a positive case, you will be asked to take a PCR test.
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Double vaccinated contacts are not required to self-isolate while they wait for the results of the PCR test.
Contacts must still isolate if they are over 18 and not yet double vaccinated, or test positive from a PCR test regardless of age.
Close contacts are still at risk of spreading infection when vaccinated, so are advised to consider other precautions such as wearing a face covering in enclosed spaces, and limiting contact with other people, especially with anyone who is clinically extremely vulnerable.
Please read the government guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus infection.
You may have to self-isolate when you arrive in England, if you are travelling from a country that is not on the travel corridor exempt list. Please check the government website for further details, including how to self-isolate when you travel to the UK.
Support if you are self isolating
You could be eligible for a support payment of £500 if you are financially impacted by needing to self-isolate.
Find out if you are eligible
Our Corona Kindness service can help if you need further support with tasks such as food shopping or getting medical supplies.
Call 0808 196 3080 or email email@example.com