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 or are identified by NHS Test and Trace as a close contact, to self-isolate. Failure to comply with this new duty will be 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 will 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.
Other members of the household will be legally obliged to self-isolate for a period ending 10 days after the onset of the infected person's symptoms (or, if they were asymptomatic, after the date of the test).
Non-household contacts will be obliged to self-isolate for the period notified to them by NHS Test and Trace (the period ending 10 days after their most recent exposure to the person who has tested positive).
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