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Self-isolation – what you need to know

It is a legal obligation in England to self-isolate if asked to do so by NHS Test and Trace. 

This is to ensure individuals, who test positive or are identified as close contacts, self-isolate and minimise the possibility of transmitting COVID-19. 

If people do not comply they will be subject to fines of at least £1,000 and up to a maximum £10,000 for repeat or very serious offences. 

From Monday 16 August, people who are double jabbed or aged under 18 will no longer be legally required to self-isolate if they are identified as a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case. 

Self-isolation exemptions

You’re not required to self-isolate if you live in the same household as someone with COVID-19, or are a close contact of someone who has tested positive, and any of the following apply: 

  • you’re fully vaccinated (received both jabs) 
  • you’re below the age of 18 years 6 months 
  • you’ve taken part in or are currently part of an approved COVID-19 vaccine trial 
  • you’re not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons 

NHS Test and Trace will contact you to let you know that you have been identified as a contact and check whether you are legally required to self-isolate. If you’re not legally required to self-isolate, you will be provided with advice on testing and given guidance on preventing the spread of COVID-19. 

Visit GOV.uk for the full guidance 

If you are not fully vaccinated (have not received both jabs)

If you have been contacted by NHS Test and Trace because you live with someone that has COVID-19 or have been a close contact of someone that has tested positive, you must self-isolate and follow the stay-at-home guidance. 

Visit GOV.uk for the full guidance 

If you test positive

If you test positive for COVID-19 you will still need to self-isolate regardless of your vaccination status or age.  

When self-isolating, follow the stay-at-home guidance. This will help reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 to other members of your household and community. You must stay at home at all times and not have contact with other people.  

Visit GOV.uk for the full guidance 

Practical and financial support for self-isolation

We may be able to help with practical support if you have been contacted by NHS Test and Trace and told to self-isolate. NHS Test and Trace will instruct you to self-isolate if any of the following apply: 

  • you have tested positive for COVID-19 regardless of your vaccination status or age 
  • you are not fully vaccinated (received both jabs) and live with someone that has COVID-19 or have been a close contact of someone that has tested positive 

Click here for information on the practical and financial support for self-isolating 

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