Learn when you must self-isolate and how to protect others from infection inside and outside of your home.
Self Isolation Guidance from Monday, 16 August
From 16 August, if you have been fully vaccinated you will be exempt from the requirement to self-isolate if you are a contact of a positive case. From this date, if you are under 18 and a contact of a positive case you will also be exempt from self-isolation. In both instances, you will be advised to take a PCR test. If you test positive you will still need to self-isolate regardless of your vaccination status or age.
By law, you must self-isolate immediately if:
Stay at home even if you feel well. Symptoms can take up to 14 days to appear.
If you have symptoms or have tested positive, all members of your household must self-isolate.
If you do not have symptoms of COVID-19 your household does not need to self-isolate with you. However, they must take extra care to:
Your child may be told by their school or college to self-isolate if they have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
Get a test if you have:
If you have to stay at home but feel well enough to work, ask your employer if you can work from home. If you can work from home, you will not need an isolation note.
If you need to self-isolate and you’re on a low income, are unable to work from home and will lose income as a result, you may be able to claim a payment of £500.