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Self-isolation guide

If you test positive

You must self-isolate for 10 full days however it is now possible to end self-isolation from day 6, following 2 negative LFD tests taken on consecutive days. The first LFD test should not be taken before day five. If both these test results are negative, and you do not have a high temperature, you may end your self-isolation after the second negative test result. See this diagram to help you to understand the rules.

People ending isolation before the 10 full days are strongly advised to limit contact with vulnerable people, not visit crowded or poorly ventilated spaces, and work from home. 

Close contacts

People who are fully vaccinated or under the age of 18 years and 6 months who have had contact with someone with Covid-19 do not need to self-isolate.

They should take an NHS rapid lateral flow test every day for 7 days to help slow the spread of Covid-19, if they are aged 5 or over.

Those who test positive should self-isolate straight away, in line with guidance

Those who develop symptoms must still isolate and access a PCR test.

You are fully vaccinated once 14 days have passed since your final dose of a Covid-19 vaccine given by the NHS.

Anyone over 18 years and six months who is not fully vaccinated must self-isolate for 10 full days if they are a contact of someone with Covid-19. A PCR test should be taken however even if the result is negative, isolation must continue for 10 full days.

Full government guidance on these changes is available.

There is also additional guidance and requirements for those working in health and social care settings.

We have included information on this page to help you plan for your self-isolation period, so you can have everything in place that you might need to stay safe at home.

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