Self Isolation

Self isolation means staying at home at all times, due to either having confirmed COVID-19 infection or might have the infection.

If you have been asked by the NHS test and trace to self isolate it is a legal requirement. If you do not self isolate you could be heavily fined.


  • If you have symptoms of COVID-19 (without a negative PCR test result)
  • If you have tested positive for COVID-19
  • If you are living with someone who has tested for COVID-19
  • If you have been notified that you were in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, by the NHS test and trace service (or by your NHS Covid-19 app)
  • If you have travelled back from abroad and the country you have travelled from is in the red list (or amber list and you have not been fully vaccinated for COVID-19)


  • do not travel to your work, school, public places (including open spaces like parks)
  • if you are self isolating without a PCR test, and you develop symptoms of COVID-19, then order a PCR test.
  • do not have any visitors at your home
  • all essential shoppings should be done online or by phone. You can get help from the NHS Volunteer Responders


  • if you tested positive: self isolate for 10 days from the day you had symptoms (from the day you did the test if you dont have symptoms)
  • if some you lived with tested positive: self isolate for 10 days from the day their symptoms started (or the day they tested positive if they did not have symptoms)
  • if you have been told to self isolate by NHS test and trace: self isolate for 10 days since the day the person you were in contact with tested positive.
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